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March 19 . Issue #82

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week celebrating the Grammy awards, outstanding individuals, one year of COVID19 and more …

1. The Grammy’s happened this week and some great artists were given recognition for outstanding achievements. My main listening pleasure revolves around the blues, jazz, R&B, World and Classical music, of course, that’s mostly out of the limelight.

And the winner is; Complete Winners and Nomination list.

2. My listening pleasure; checking out the winners including, Chick Corea, James Taylor and Kurt Elling featuring Danilo Pèrez.

3. This weeks film discoveries, a documentary on Norman Lear, fantastic and enlightening.

Stan and Ollie, an enjoyable look at a couple of comedians who were well before their time.

And a biopic, starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, the first Black U.S. Supreme Court justice, centres on his pivotal work in a sensational case as an NAACP lawyer.

4. Sunday, March 15, 2020, was the first official day of lockdown for me. My work at the community centre, teaching karate was cancelled, all public gatherings were cancelled.

A year later, I’ve learned to adapt. Virtual karate – teaching children from the safety of home. Physical distancing and wearing a mask when venturing outdoors.

The bottom line for me has been to maintain a positive outlook. To keep busy and to keep going.

5. This week I started reading The Art of Happiness, A Handbook For Living by the Dalai Lama and Dr. Howard Cutler.

My afternoon reading when chance permits is Spirit Dance, a Sci-Fi e-book by Douglas Smith.

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.

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

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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.

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

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January 29. Issue #75

Let us come alive to the splendor that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.”  Thomas Merton

Hello all and welcome to another week of inspiration and fun. This week has been all about painting, listening to classical music and writing, amongst other things.

1. Celebrating the birth of Mozart and listening to his music as played by Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet Concerto in D Major.

Watching, re-watching a fun show, Mozart in the Jungle.

2. Reading Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker Guide To The Galaxy” again.

And watching a tribute to the great Douglas Adams.

Watching “Your Honor” a series, not for the children.

3. This week was about the trumpet. This time last year one of my favourite trumpeters, Claudio Roditi, passed away, check out his beautiful playing on “Body and Soul”  https://youtu.be/I-FmBbR1iMU.  

 “His entire life was geared to enjoyment, of Life and Living it, of great music, of good food, travelling around the world playing his beloved rotary horns, meeting interesting and talented people, making new friends and visiting the longstanding ones, and maintaining his ready sense of humour. Claudio loved to laugh! He always saw the humour in situations, and frequently we were doubled over laughing about something or other.” Kristen Park

Another wonderful musician passed away that same week last year, the wonderful pianist, Norm Amadio. His music continues to bring comfort and joy. Norm and the trio play Jazz Bossa Nova.

4. Rise Wellness Collective is as their mission statement indicates Home To Harmony.  Empowerment: the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. Jillian and Nadia have open hearts and shine in perfect harmony, they offer virtual workshops, events and retreats to offer individuals a path to attaining health and wellness.

5. My book promotion is still running, free e-books, all genre; a big promotion. Check out the many different authors and books available, including book 1, in the Samba the Dog series, Samba on a Snowy Day.

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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