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Music Reading Writing

December 10.Newsletter 121

Ram Dass tells of a student who went to a Zen master.
“What can you tell me about death?” the student asked.
“Nothing,” the other replied. “I’m a Zen master. Not a dead Zen master.”– Stephan Rechtschaffen –

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. A place for me to share with you five things that gave me some joy, hope, happiness or simply caught my eye. This week celebrating Brubeck, Schumacher, books and more…

1. Dave Brubeck, the west coast, cool jazz pianist celebrated a  birthday this week. December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012, a life well-lived, I saw him perform in 2011 at the Toronto Jazz Festival. He sounded great at 91 years of age and he still had an amazing vitality. This week I celebrated his birthday by revisiting some wonderful concerts and great records. One of my favourites is Time Out – The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

That old saying about the apple and the tree holds true when it comes to the offspring of Dave Brubeck. His children carry on the musical legacy. I enjoyed listening to the Brubeck Brothers Quartet as they paid tribute to their father.

2. My eye candy this week, watching a documentary about one of the best Formula 1 race car drivers, Michael Schumacher. The film simply titled Schumacher is the only film endorsed by the Schumacher family.

3. My reading list for 2021 – The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell, Fight Night by Miriam Toews, The Pull of The Stars by Emma Donoghue, Taste: My Life Through Food by Stanley Tucci and The Everyday Hero Manifesto by Robin Sharma. Just a few of the books that I have either read or am eager to read over the holidays.

4. Author Michael A. Singer puts it perfectly in his book The Untethered Soul: Let’s say you’re living life without the thought of death, and the Angel of Death comes to you and says, “Come, it’s time to go.” You say, “But no. You’re supposed to give me a warning so I can decide what I want to do with my last week.” How do you suppose the Angel of death would react. “What – I gave you 52 weeks and what did you do?”

So I agree that the Angel of Death is our best teacher – sharing, celebrating, giving thanks and having gratitude for the time that we have.

I mention this as a loved one is dealing with a pet who is on its last legs. There is never an easy way to deal with the pain associated with having to say goodbye to a beloved pet. There are some great resources to let you know when to let go.

5. People often ask me about writing. How do ideas come to you and how do you find creativity, they ask? The practice of writing takes practice.

The more you do it the better you get or at least the easier it becomes. And once you can get into a routine it’s just like any other routine. You set a time, make up a schedule and you practice. Be it martial arts, exercise, music, art as in sketching or writing.

I write 3 or 4 hundred words every day. Some of these words will turn into stories and some will just be for my journal. Journaling is what motivates creativity. So get writing!

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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Reading Theatre Writing

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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Reading Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo Writing

November 5 . Issue #116

There is no way to peacepeace is the way.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Hello and welcome one and all. Happy Diwali to you. Yes, this week I join in the celebrations of Diwali, also known as the festival of lights.

1. Diwali is part of a five-day celebration that honors Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity.

Celebrants light lamps, set off fireworks and gather with friends and family to exchange gifts and enjoy holiday meals together, honoring community and a new year.

2. Uncovering and rereading old poetry books “The Heart Has Its Seasons” this book from the 70’s features photographs by award-winning photographer Larry Fink.

There are some great poems and plenty of prose. I spent time in Autumn: The Heart in Autumn; freedom and choice, decision and judgement, commitment and faithfulness, hope and promise, vision and adventure.

3. This week I went back into the dojo, the training hall in Toronto that I am a member of. I went with an old friend and we spent two hours training Japanese sword and short staff – Jodo.

It was wonderful to connect with another person, to discuss the martial arts, world affairs and the weather. We were training in the park at the start of the Pandemic. This week it would have been a challenge, the temperature dropping to below zero and a little snow flurry as well.

The featured photo is of the early morning snow flurry — that did not seem to bother the gaggle of geese enjoying the Beaver River.

4. This week I watched a documentary about surfing, Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton.

I love the look of surfing. This documentary has some of the most amazing looking waves I have ever seen.

5. My ear candy for the week was the music of the great Brazilian classical pianist Nelson Freire who died October 31st, aged 77.

RIP Maestro. There is a documentary on the life and times of Nelson Freire but I have not been able to find it playing on any of my viewing platforms. I found some great concert music, wonderful performances by Maestro Freire.

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, is also available on Amazon.

Or order 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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