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Poetry Reading Spring

April 9 . Issue #85

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh
Some say it’s just a part of it
We’ve got to fulfil the book
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
Won’t you help to sing?
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
Bob Marley – Redemption Song

April is national poetry month and this week I am looking at all things as a poet.

1. The featured photo is of a mural that I discovered on a recent walk in midtown Toronto. My new home is close to little Jamaica, the Eglinton & Oakwood area of TO, the home of roots-reggae.

That was recognized in 2015 with the opening of Reggae Lane and unveiling of this mural by  Adrian Hayles featuring some of the legendary musicians who called the neighbourhood home – Leroy Sibbles of the Heptones, Jackie Mittoo (aka Donat Roy Mittoo of the Skatalites), the Cougars, Johnny Osbourne, Ernie Smith, Stranger Cole and others.

2. Alexander McCaul Smith may not be a poet laureate but he surely can put together some joyous prose. I receive his monthly newsletter and this month he shares a poem; “Spring Comes, Even This Year“.

3. I really got into the reggae, ska and rocksteady music this week and it brought me right straight around to funk. Checking out the powerful vocalizing of Michael Dunston featured here on the Rhythm Express recording of “The Ghetto”.

Michael Dunston is also the featured vocalist for the group Soul Stew. My friends at JPEC captured a great performance of the band and Michael seen here singing on “What’s Happening” and “What’s Going On” bringing back that incredible Marvin Gaye vibe.

4. National Poetry Month happens every April and this year’s focus is ‘Resilience’ and it is certainly a fitting theme. What does that mean for you? Is there a poem wanting to be released in your soul?

Poetry Foundation puts out a poem for the day, I like this days poem and will share it with you all. The poem is by Robert Hershon, entitled Superbly Situated.

I have felt the passion to put my hand to a bit of prose in gratitude for the good things that I am blessed with. What better title than ‘Gratitude‘.

5. I have started reading a book of poems by Rupi Kaur; The Sun and Her Flowers it is a deep, different, humourous and wildly popular book.

My book Samba in Brazil is still available for a limited time as part of the Illustrated Children’s Book Spring Fling promotion.

If you’re in the hunt for some fun April reading, look no further! I have joined a group of bestselling authors who have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books.

Thank you for sharing my week. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day, Samba em um Dia de Neve or my new book, Samba in Brazil  – Free e-book for a limited time starting April 2nd, Illustrated Children’s Book Spring Fling!

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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Entertainment Lockdown Reading

April 2 . Issue #84

Plan with a purpose, prepare with a prayer, proceed with positivity and pursue with persistence.

Hello all and welcome, A Good Friday to everyone and Happy Easter.

1. A couple of treats to share with you this week. My book Samba in Brazil is part of a fantastic promotion for April featuring many award-winning authors. Get a free e-book, some authors require you to sign up for their newsletter, you can unsubscribe any time.

Alvin Ailey presents a free online performance, Blues Suite Ailey

Have you ever heard of Hiplet? A new dance craze – get dancin’.

Making Your Own Groove: What Happens When Ballet and Hip-Hop Combine?

2. What to watch? I checked out a feature film from last years Toronto Film Festival, “Ammonite” starring Kate Winslett. An award-winning film from director Francis Lee.

A fantastic story about a remarkable woman, Mary Anning, her discovery of ancient fossils and her life and times. Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier is a book on the subject of Mary Anning and it is now on my reading list.

3. Talking about reading, this week I started reading a historical fiction book from David M. Gaughran, Mercenary. The story of the USA’s most famous soldier of fortune.

 

4. My ear candy this week, the vocal stylings of jazz great Etta Jones. Etta Jones got her start in New York City at the famed Apollo Theatre. She was discovered by pianist bandleader Buddy Johnson.

Johnson needed a singer to fill in for his regular singer, his sister Ella Johnson. Later in her career, Etta Jones performed with Houston Person. Person became her musical partner and her manager.

I never saw Etta Jones live. I did manage to see Houston Person on a couple of occasions. A wonderful expressive tenor saxophone player. I reviewed one of the performances a few years back. Home Smith Bar 2013 Toronto Jazz Festival; Canadian Jazz Quartet with Houston Person.

5. Podcasts keep me entertained while I’m working on my writing and my newsletter. A couple that I find entertaining and educational: Malcolm Gladwell and Revisionist History Podcast have a listen if you have some time.

I enjoy listening to Jack Kornfield, he has a series of podcasts, here he speaks about the Sanctuary. A great talk on finding your inner sanctuary.

Thank you for sharing my week. Here in the province of Ontario, Canada we’re about to enter another lockdown. I think this is the third province-wide lockdown.

If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day, Samba em um Dia de Neve or my new book, Samba in Brazil  – Free  e-book for a limited time starting April 2nd, Illustrated Children’s Book Spring Fling!

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Children Activities Music Reading

March 26 . Issue #83

“Instructions for Living a Life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I find a chance to get back to some park training with friends, tour a new rural area and more …

1. The perfect writer’s mantra. Last week I found myself really paying attention. I was completely astonished and now I find myself telling you about it.

Writing sanctuary’s. Do you think such a thing exists? I am in search of the perfect writing sanctuary. I went to visit this potential site; three hours northeast of Toronto on a six-acre wood lot overlooking a beautiful lake.

Friday I am going in the other direction, about 3 hours northwest of Toronto on a small lake and with less property. It’s all about the energy for me.

2. Celebrating with David Suzuki on March 24th, Happy Birthday David, and may you be blessed with many more.

The virtual birthday bash took place on Wednesday and I was invited to attend the surprise birthday party the following day. Great fun.

3. I have children’s writing workshops coming up in April. The Markham Public Library will be hosting the event. This is a Zoom virtual event that you can register your children to attend and explore creativity with me.

I’ll be doing a reading from a little known Japanese fairy tale and from my new book Samba in Brazil.

Children’s Writing Workshop: A Storytelling and an Exploration of How We Arrive at Creativity.

4. My listening pleasure this week, all about the award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason and his rendition of Leonard Cohens’, “Hallelujah” joined in this performance by Didier Osindero, Alinka Rowe and Yong Jun Lee.

And Sheku with his family performing Redemption Song. What an amazingly talented family, Isata (piano), Jeneba  (violin), Braimah  (violin), Konya  (violin), Aminata  (violin), Sheku  (cello), Mariatu (piano).

5. This week my nighttime reading are the inspirational words of Thich Nhat Hanh from his classic Present Moment Wonderful Moment.

When I have a chance in the morning I am reading Bakemono Yashiki, The Haunted House.

My friends at Old Mate Media have a new release for the children, something to keep them happy and occupied during the upcoming Easter holiday. Ultimate At-Home Activities for Kids. The first eight pages of this great book of activities are free.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone you know would enjoy my newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a great children’s book check out my new book, Samba in Brazil; on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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