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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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Reading Spring Writing

February 5 . Issue #76

“Be yourself.
Everyone else is already taken.”
– Oscar Wilde –

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week my five points of interest lean heavily on me and my books. The world of publishing keeps me going.

1. The protagonist of my children’s book’s, Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog, is originally from Bern, Switzerland and his best friend, Ariela is from Brazil; it just makes sense that I should have a Brazilian, Portuguese version of my book.

I am thrilled to announce: Samba em um Dia de Neve, the new translated version of book number one in the Samba the Dog series; now available from Amazon and all other fine book stores.

My thanks and appreciation goes out to my team who made it happen; for consultation on all things Brazilian, Adrianna of Dance Migration; Translation services, Luiz Rocha; Proofreader, Denise Queiroz Herren; Illustrations and front cover design, Joshua Miller; Book design and layout Kim McDougall of  Castelane.

2. I still have some ARC’S, Advanced Reader Copies of my new book, Samba in Brazil.

If you would like to check out the new book, here is the link for you to download your free copy of Samba in Brazil.

Reviews are important to authors. Without them, you experience difficulty selling books. Shoppers look to Amazon and Goodreads reviews to help them make their decisions on purchases.

I am looking for honest reviews on Goodreads or Amazon. Here is a link to my book featured on Amazon where you can post your review. Samba in Brazil  Please mention in your review the following: “I was sent a free book and I am voluntarily leaving this honest review.”

Thank you in advance for taking the time, much appreciated.

3. The David Suzuki Foundation is looking for recruits and I have submitted my application. I am looking to become a butterfly ranger.

Groundhog Day, February 2nd, a day to find out if spring will arrive early. I believe that spring is in the air, park training will return in six weeks time.

In the meantime, I may just watch Groundhog Day once again. Is it just me or do these strange times feel like that movie?

4. This week I have uncovered book 2 in the Harry Potter series and I am reading with interest, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

5. What I am watching and recommending the final season of Schitt’s Creek. Very funny!

I am also reviewing Akira Kurosawa films, what made him so good? The realism, the dynamics, the skill of the actors. The film, Shichinin no samurai (Seven Samurai) by Kurosawa, 1954. This is one of the best Japanese swordfights ever filmed, in my opinion.

Part of the magic is in the choreography and the choreographer, Japanese swordsman extraordinaire, Yoshio Sugino.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone would enjoy the newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a fun children’s book check out one of my books. Samba on a Snowy Day or my new book, Samba in Brazil.

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

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Growth Spring

Newsletter 37

Newsletter 37

Hello all and welcome. 

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.

The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.  

To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

– Marcel Proust –

Have you experienced growth or does this all look like destruction to you? In my search for the positives during this Global Pandemic I found more than a few.  I share some of the positives during these stormy days.

1. Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski, has created and hosts a new web series entitled, Some Good News “SGN”.  You can see the show  on Youtube it is in a news style format and devoted entirely to good news. Krasinki is doing the show in isolation from his home — during this COVID -19 Pandemic.

2. In Ontario most of the parks and trails are closed to the public. Toronto’s High Park home to some fantastic Japanese donated cherry trees is also closed. The Toronto Parks people installed a camera to catch the cherry blossoms and so far over a million people have viewed what’s happening on the live video feed.

3. Herbie Hancock is one of my favourite musical talents. I spent time this week watching the documentary on the making of  –    The Imagine Project and listening to the album. So many great songs and performers on this record. I forgot to mention International Jazz Day last week, it happened Friday April 30th and if you missed it, well you still have a chance. International Jazz Day  hosted by Herbie Hancock, at home – available for you thanks to Youtube. 

4. My older daughter Adrianna has an appreciation of all things Brazilian, she is part of a dance company, Dance Migration, that features Samba dancing. When not dancing or teaching dance in Ontario she spends winters in Brazil.

Virtual Dance Class

The situation in Brazil at this moment is even more dire than what we are experiencing here in Canada. Adrianna wanted to do something to help the Brazilian artists, friends and mentors, and she came up with an idea to create virtual dance and music classes with some of the great artists of Brazil. A fantastic initiative, well done Adrianna.

5.) Sharing the love of reading with young people is important to me and it inspires me to want to write and tell stories that children can appreciate. Some children’s book authors who blow me away are found reading their stories to children and parents, or anybody who wants to listen from home. Jacqueline Woodson is one such author here she is reading from her book Pecan Pie Baby.

A brilliant video from Tom Foolery Productions – “The Great Realisation” growth in a time of isolation. “A bed time story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.”

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, Samba on a Snowy Day is still available at Amazon.com. 

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