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Music Reading Writing

June 18 . Issue #96

“Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.” Aretha Franklin

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal.  Here are 5 things that I thought were worth sharing this week.

1. Genius: Aretha, All Hail The Queen, starring Cynthia Erivo; a National Geographic film released in March 2021 and something I have been binge-watching this week.

Terence Blanchard (BlacKkKlansmanInside ManMalcolm X) composed original music for the series. Raphael Saadiq (InsecureStep)  is the executive music producer, responsible for producing, arranging and recording all of the original song elements within the series featuring live performances.

There are moments in this series that I felt like I was watching a documentary. This is a very good series and pays due respect to the Queen of Soul.

2. Soul music or R&B, (rhythm and blues music) is one of my first musical loves and this week I found myself listening to some of my favourites. Names like Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole and Roberta Flack to name just a few.

3. This week I started reading Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell.

4. I have found some awesome ‘Beta Readers’ and they have given me great advice for my new manuscript. The comments they provide relate mostly to the narration with suggestions that aid the flow of the story.

Through the help of one of my marketing research books, I borrowed an idea to get young volunteer readers through the help of one of my local library reading groups.

5. The featured photo is of the Feversham Gorge a short walk from my writing sanctuary, a place of beauty and great energy. I haven’t had a chance to do any serious exploring. At the end of this week, I will be going up there again; hoping to go fishing or meditating.

 

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.

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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Environmentalism Reading Writing

June 11 . Issue #95

“Linger longer in the unrepeatable present.”
– Dorothy Harsen

Hello all and welcome to my weekly newsletter. A place where I share 5 points of interest, things that inspired, motivated or simply made me feel some joy. Hopefully, something will be here for you to enjoy too.

1. World Ocean Day happened this week, something that I feel close to even though I am so far from the Ocean. It still affects me and I  do all I can to help protect the World’s Oceans.

With oceans in mind, I wrote a children’s story about a few zany Sea Dragons and an Octopus. (photo courtesy of National Geographic)

2. Italian Heritage Month, I love my Italian heritage and celebrate it all the time but especially this month. In honour of the occasion, I am going to dine at an Italian restaurant in downtown Toronto with the family. The restaurant, one of my favourites, Bella Vista Trattoria and Wine Bar.

Friday, June 11th, Toronto is allowing the opening of outdoor patios for dining. A first for many of us after many months of emergency lockdown, our third during this World pandemic.

3. Euro cup soccer, the beautiful game. Are you a fan of any of the European teams? Of course, Italy is my favourite team followed by Germany and then Spain.

Italy plays Turkey Friday, June 11th, 3:00 P.M EST. Viva Squadra Azzurra!

4. This week I started reading Subtle Energy: Awakening to the Unseen Forces in Our Lives by William Collinge. A fascinating read.

With interesting stories and simple exercises, offering clear, basic descriptions of feng shui, chakra theory, ayurvedic medicine and other ancient energy sciences.

Collinge helps readers to discover and explore their own energy fields and the ways that awareness of these fields can improve their health, relationships and overall happiness.

5.  This week I am watching a solar eclipse, there are some fantastic photographs of the event that occurred on the morning of June 10th; this one, over the city of Toronto.

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.

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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Documentaries Reading Writing

May 7 . Issue #89

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Ekhart Tolle

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal where I share 5 things that piqued my interest during the week. Hopefully, there’s something of interest for you, or for your children.

1. This week happens to be Canadian Children’s Book Week. The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature.

These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can kindle a child’s imagination and light a fire in their creativity.

My next Creative Writing Workshop is at Richmond Hill Public Library, Tuesday, May 11th,  7:45 – 8:45 P.M:  A Zoom virtual workshop. Register here: Writers Studio.

2. Did you know that May 8th is my birthday? It’s also World Migratory Bird Day. The featured image is courtesy of WMBD.

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like A Bird; there are events happening all around the World. And closer to home, there’s The Birds and the Bees Gardening Workshop, a self-guided tour of the Humber Arboretum.

3. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – Sept. 28, 1991) month, that’s what May is for me. And as I celebrate the birth of the cool, AKA Miles Davis I am listening to some of his classic recordings.

I particularly enjoy his early, 1955-56 hard bop music. Round About Midnight, Birth of the Cool, Miles Ahead, Kind of Blue and Porgy and Bess are all fantastic recordings and they feature some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. Miles with Coltrane in Paris 1960, a fine example of what I love.

4. What I am watching this week; documentaries, only in Canada can you jump on this, the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival. An incredible line up of fantastic documentaries by some great documentarians.

5. My literary tastes this week include books I am well into, “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur, a book to savour, each poem a story in itself.

Ekhart Tolle, “The Power of Now” each chapter a study on concepts that are at first read, obscure,  intangible and enlightening.

A book I am just starting to get into; “How To Self-Publish and Market a Children’s Book” by Karen Inglis”. While writing this newsletter I have been listening to Ms. Inglis on an interesting Podcast by The Creative Penn team.

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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