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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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April 30 . Issue #88

“circles of trust — are a rare form of community –
one that supports rather than supplants the individual quest for integrity – that is rooted in two basic beliefs.
First, we all have an inner teacher whose guidance is more reliable than anything we can get from a doctrine, ideology, collective belief system, institution, or leader.
Second, we all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher’s voice.”
– Parker Palmer –

Hello all and welcome. This week I share with you some great music, my take on the Oscars, the movies worth watching and more…

1. The Oscars; the 93rd annual Academy Awards happened on Sunday and it made history. Some notable firsts included the first all-Black producing team nominated for best picture. The first time two actors of Asian descent got the nod for best actor and the first year two woman were nominated for best director.  For all the details: read about it at Oscar Central.

2. The above quote from Parker Palmer resonates with me.  I have listened to his podcast and like what I hear, An Undivided Life.

3. My children’s creative writing workshop went well. There were about twenty-five children and they were super engaged. I had them creating characters, settings, themes and plots. The children came up with some fantastic ideas.

I came up with a couple of ideas for stories. Combining my reading of the Samurai and the Dragon King and the inspirational comments from the kids. My next book is in my head, with some key points on my notepad.

My next workshop, May 6th, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M put on by East Gwillimbury Public Library.

This workshop will give children an opportunity to come up with some ideas for their own stories and they can submit them to the library as part of the EGPL annual Write On, 2021 – competition.

The workshop is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 12. Email: sharrison@egpl.ca to register.

4. What I was watching this week, more of Oscar winner Francis McDormand – no, not Nomadland — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is a movie I had not seen and McDormand shines.

I was thrilled about the animated film from Pixar, Soul– a winning film; three Oscars, best film, best sound and best music. Yea, for my man Jon Batiste for the excellent music.

5. I have completed my marketing course, Starting From Zero by David Gaughran. I recommend the course as it gives you some good ideas, insights and techniques to help you sell more books. I used the information in the course to set up my first Facebook ad for one of my books.

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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