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Newsletter 50

Newsletter 50

Hello and welcome. My e-book promo continues this week, I hope you check out my book and some of the other great books that are included, books celebrating nature and the outdoors. This week I spent time exploring Yorkshire and the festival of Story. I take in some storytellers, listen to Annie Ross and more. Please join me for “5” things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you.

1. This week I am happy to report on a virtual storytellers festival that I am attending as an observer, the Yorkshire Festival of Story. Joanne Harris informed me and other members of her newsletter about it, she is the author in residence for this year’s festival. The festival normally runs for a weekend in  August. This year, as a virtual festival it will run for the month of August.

2. At the festival mentioned above, I became fascinated by storytellers. Clare Murphy treated families to a story on the first day of the festival. The reading was at 6 am North America time, fortunately, the Crowdcast live videos can be seen later and are available for 24 hours.  A wonderful example of her storytelling when a live show was, the thing, at a festival in 2016.  

Impressed and inspired by Clare’s performance, I feel the need to be much more entertaining when I read my stories. Thank you Clare.

3. Annie Ross passed away on July 21st, I only became aware of her passing while listening to my Sunday morning jazz radio show Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey.  I enjoyed Annie Ross’s singing, especially with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. And her song “Twisted”  made famous by Joni Mitchell, many actually think Joni wrote it. I spent my holiday Monday, (a civic holiday in Canada), listening and watching old T.V shows featuring Ms. Ross.

When the IAJE convention came to Toronto back in 2006 I attended and I met up with Jon Hendricks. He gave me a promotional copy of his new CD, L, H & R Redux, a band that included Hendricks, his daughter, Aria, and her childhood friend, Kevin Burke.

4. My basement library was hiding an old book, a rare and beautiful find. Published in 1912,  Prattles For Boys and Girls, the inscription on the back cover, To Marguerite, From Aunt Ruth, Henry and Nora with Love. A birthday gift to my mother from her Aunt and Uncle?

A compilation of short stories, poems and historical narratives; some as short as a few lines and some are several pages long, all with illustrations. The book contains quite a number of beautiful colour illustrations from American artists such as Joseph Warren, Alice Beach Winter and Phoebe Pickering Jenks. Having been inspired by the storytellers at the Yorkshire Festival of Story, I am exploring the possibility of reading some of these strange old stories to children during these strange times.

5. My viewing pleasure this week included a fantastic glimpse into life on Okinawa;

Alive and kicking at 100 – The secrets of the Japanese

Okinawa is an island to the southwest of Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. A place that I remember with fondness I wrote about it shortly after my visit in 2002,   Japan: Ancient Traditions… part 1.

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Newsletter 49

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”  Max Ehrmann

Newsletter 49

Hello all. Welcome. This week I found some older books, I share a video on how to find happiness and I am pumped about my new initiative, karate in the park. Some other things to share with you as well. These are my five items of interest this week, hopefully, there’s something of interest for you too. 

1.  My basement is full of books and now I found time to review my library. I came across a book I had forgotten about Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson and I started reading it after my morning workout. It’s a great story, one of the books I read when it first showed up on a bestseller list back in 1995.

I also found a gifted copy of a Farley Mowat book, And No Birds Sang this was a gift from my father

He gave this book to me a month before he passed away, along with his war medals and a couple of other books about his regiment. The History of the Second Field Regiment R.C.A SEP 1939 — JUN 1945 and The Pictoral History of Canada’s Army Overseas 1939-1945.

It got me started on writing a book about his life. I hope I can complete it one of these days.

2. Sacred Geometry is a concept found in modern dance. My daughter, Adrianna, a dancer, and founder of Dance Migration, a Toronto dance company — was recently describing one aspect of sacred geometry applied to dance movement and I found it fascinating.

PLATO – The Athenian philosopher also found the concept intriguing.  In particular, he was convinced that geometry was the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. The sign above the Academy entrance read: “Let no-one ignorant of geometry enter here”. In the original model Plato came up with, each shape represents an element. The Cube represents Earth, the Tetrahedron represents Fire, the Octahedron represents Air, the Icosahedron represents Water and the Dodecahedron represents Aether. 

The designs, the art, and the meanings, of Sacred Geometry.

 

 

 

 

3. This week I look forward to starting a pop-up karate class in the park. I contacted a few karate buddies and students. I asked if they felt like training. We will do our part to limit the spread of COVID by maintaining physical distancing and limiting participants to only 10 people. Our city has finally gotten to phase 3 of stage 2, meaning more people can congregate in the outdoors.  

4. The poetry of Max Ehrmann, beautiful poems that I have been reading this week and finding comfort in the heartfelt prose.

This is a week that reminded me of a tragedy that occurred in Toronto at about this time of year, back in 2018. After this rampage occurred I felt the need to write something.    

On Finding Happiness

Watching a youtube video that my friends at Sunday Morning Keiko shared. Something of interest for many who may be suffering during these times when the future seems uncertain. The secret formula of human happiness

5. For the children and parents, a link to a book promotion that is running for a limited time. Picture Books Celebrating the Outdoors,  and I share the link with you so you can enjoy an assortment of fun children’s books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. To receive my book all you have to do is provide your e-mail address. I then add you to my newsletter and that keeps you in the loop for more great things to come.

 

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these crazy times.

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Newsletter 48

“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.”  – Orson Scott Card

Newsletter 48

Hello all. Wishing you a warm welcome. This week I celebrate the outdoors with a new book promo, share some ear and eye candy and more …

1.  I am reading A Gift of Happiness by Gill Farrer-Halls a great book to peruse when looking for peace and solitude. The art is fantastic, by Artist and writer Robert Beer, well-known for his colourful and detailed illustrations.

2. Culture Days is a national celebration of arts and culture, taking place annually at the end of each September. This year’s events will be a little different, as many will be virtual and it will run longer. Running from September 25 to October 25th, highlighting thousands of free, participatory arts and culture events in hundreds of communities across Canada.

This week I spent time making a virtual presentation for The Writers Community of York Region, a video of me reading from my book Samba on a Snowy Day, and my soon to be released book, Samba in Brazil.

3. For the children and parents, a link to a book promotion that gets underway this week; Picture Books Celebrating the Outdoors,  and I share the link with you so you can enjoy an assortment of fun children’s books, including Samba on a Snowy Day.

Promo Link: Celebrating Nature and the Outdoors

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I have added the link in the title above as well as in the Promo Photo. All you have to do to get my book is to provide your e-mail. I then add you to my newsletter and that keeps you in the loop for more great things to come.

4. Watching some inspirational talks on how children are coping in these pandemic times, “talking to children about our new normal“. While working on my writing I found this podcast very helpful and informative. Communication seems to be one of the key factors. On what adults can do to keep it together while offering support and staying connected, check out this CBC podcast The Dose.

5. I remember when, not too long ago, we could venture outdoors to take in the local music festivals. This year all the live music festivals have been cancelled. Most of them have figured out some kind of virtual format. This week I managed to check into the Toronto Jazz Festival on web radio jazz.fm91, the Beaches Jazz Festival by streaming a live concert and the Toronto Summer Music Festival.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book check what Readers’ Favorites reviewers say about my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee helps out during these challenging times.

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