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December 3 . Issue #120

Make just a ripple.
Come on be brave.
This time a ripple,
Next time a wave.
Sometimes you have to start small,
Climbing the tiniest wall.
Maybe you’re going to fall—
But it is better than not starting at all!
“Everybody Says Don’t,” Anyone Can Whistle – Sondheim

Hello all and a warm welcome to you. This week has been a challenge staying warm the beginning of the week looked like full-blown winter. In this weeks newsletter a visit to Broadway, books that have inspired, enjoyable eye candy and more…

1. Steven Sondheim passed away this past week (March 22, 1930 – November 26, 2021) a master of musical theatre. A composer and a lyricist, he is the man behind such hits as “Send in the Clowns” and the dark musical “Sweeney Todd” among many other Broadway shows.

Many theatres paid tribute to Sondheim by darkening the lights. And on Broadway, theatre stars, including Lin Manuel Miranda gave a performance, “Broadway Honours Sondheim” in Times Square, Manhattan, NYC.

2. My karate non-organization, Sunday Morning Keiko came up with an initiative to post a book a day to our FB page during November. These were books that members found inspirational, I have put together a list of the books submitted. More than a couple of interesting books for me:

The Zen Way to Martial Arts,” by Taisen Deshimaru “The Intuitive Body ” by Wendy Palmer and “Heaven’s Wind: The Life and Times of Nakamura Temu” by Stephen Earle.

3. My eye candy this week, watching “Colin in Black and White” on NetFlix.  An interesting and entertaining series from Colin Kaepernick, his early life as an elite athlete.

4. My musical listening pleasure, the smooth as silk saxophone playing of Paul Desmond. An album I especially enjoy is one he made at a jazz club I frequented back in the day. George’s Spaghetti House, where he made a live album with guitarist Ed Bickert.

5. My new early reader chapter book for children is slowly moving along; Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time For Friends. The illustrations are complete and now the work begins to design the front and back cover. Have a look at some chapters and illustrations that I want to share with you.

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;  Paperback version, on sale for a limited time. And the Portuguese version, Samba no Brasil, now available as a set.

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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Gardening Summer Theatre

Newsletter 45

Newsletter 45

“Everything’s a story – You are a story -I am a story.”
― Frances Hodgson Burnett 

Hello all. Welcome. This week I celebrate gardening and Canada Day. I also look deeper into the art of the short story. And I happily confirm that I will be going back to work. These are my five items of interest this week, hopefully, there’s something of interest for you too. 

1.Ted talks are great. This week I caught Ron Finley the gangsta gardener, talking about solutions to food deserts. When I am working in my garden I find it therapeutic. Now is a great time to be a gardener and you can get your children involved as well. Children gardening and how to feed a community by Frankie Flowers. 

2. Canada Day celebrations – the virtual celebration is on. A musical celebration by homegrown artist’s.

7 ways to celebrate Canada Day with kids. 

One of my previous employers has asked me to start work mid July. Teaching a virtual, family karate class for the summer. Sounds like great fun to me, I am ready.

3. I have been reading Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro  – her short stories are fascinating. I recommend reading and savouring each short story. Take some time to reflect on the story; have fun checking references. Take the short story “Wenlock Edge” first published in the New Yorker in 2005. The story has references to “On Wenlock Edge” by A.E Houseman and “A Shropshire Lad”  as well as “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight”.  

4. The last theatrical stage show I attended was, “Come From Away”, a great show and a fun night out for my wife and I. My friends at Mirvish Theatre keep in touch by newsletter. They sent me this cool link to The Louder We Get and I share it here for all those folks who graduated this year. 

5. The sound waves for me leaned heavily on the trumpet spectrum this week — names like, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, a tiny desk performance. And the Toronto trumpeter Alexis Baro performing “Noche”. 

Jens Lindemann, a snowstorm serenade of  Oh- Canada.

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Ballet Children Children Activities Dance Flamenco Rock'n Roll Theatre

Newsletter 8

Paul Yanuziello

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.

Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration and information.

  1. Last week I mentioned that I was inspired by the drumming of Ginger Baker. I started drum lessons  when I was ten years old. My mother forced all of us, me and my two brothers, to take some kind of lessons in the arts. I started with accordion, that lasted two lessons, I took Flamenco dance lessons, I liked that, but not dance, the percussion. I took drumming, yes that was for me, I loved banging on things. I was in a few garage/basement bands and then I got invited to sit in with a fantastic guitarist in my neighbourhood, Ed McDonald. I was fourteen years old and along with our bass player of the time, Don Alain, we practiced a lot. When I was fifteen I was playing in clubs with the band,  now named, Snowaxe.  I was in this band for along time. About eleven years and in that time we went through numerous bass players, and on looking back, I can say there were some good times. To get a good idea of what it was like, check out the movie This Is Spinal Tap, a movie that always makes me laugh.
  2. This week I took in a show entitled, The Paco deLucia Project at the George Weston Recital Hall. A fantastic show with great Flamenco guitar, dance singing and percussion. Flamenco Legends. To get a good idea of the inspiration for the group, listen to the master Paco diLucia performing with his septet live in Germany. Paco diLucia Live.
  3. Speaking of  shows, the Tony award winning show Hamilton, is on its way to Toronto.  Toronto’s  Ed Mirvish Theatre will play host to Hamilton this February with tickets going on sale October 28th.  HamiltonEdMirvishTheatre
  4. I have some kids in my karate class who have been victims of bullying. They haven’t said anything to me about it. It’s the parents who have mentioned it.  We’re talking young kids, seven and eight years old. As a karate teacher you walk a thin line – you can’t promote violence, we teach them to refrain from violent behaviour. You can teach them about self defence, you can give them the guidelines to stand up for themselves. To not be afraid to talk to adults about their problems. Anti bullying in Canada, the policy, the procedures and the problems. What you can do is inform all the students about how to carry yourself, what is good behaviour, and not acceptable behaviour. There are some great guidelines here. Canada Guide To Anti Bullying. Bullying prevention in schools by Prev Net, Promoting Relationships & Eliminating Violence Network – Canada’s authority on research and resources for bullying prevention. A great resource, bullying-prevention-facts-and-tools-for-schools
  5. The dance legend Alicia Alonso passed away this week, she was 98. The New York Times has some wonderful information on her outstanding achievements nytimes alicia-alonso. I learned about the inspirational Ms. Alonso from my mother who was a professional ballerina and dance master and like Ms. Alonso,  continued teaching and training, well into her 70’s.

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