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December 25 . Issue #70

Merry Christmas – Happy Kwanzaa – Happy Holidays

To One And All


Welcome to my Weekly Journal

This weeks 5 things that interested me and I thought might interest you.


1. This week has been all about working on the new book. Co-ordinating with the team, and you know you have to have a team to put out a book.

Consultants, editors, designers, translators and others, including the illustrator. The illustrator, Joshua Miller, the most important person when the book is an illustrated picture book. Gratitude to my team, thank you for all of your help and guidance.

2. To manage the stress and the excitement of a new project it’s always nice to practice Yoga. The Yoga book that I keep coming back to for inspiration is The Yoga Bible, the definitive guide to Yoga postures, by Christina Brown.

Some other Yoga books to inspire, including my reference, the aforementioned Yoga Bible, can be found on the Sports Fitness Advisor site.

3. I will be taking a break from work and from working out for one week during the holidays. And then a forced government lockdown for another month. A perfect time for catching up on some reading.

I have started reading The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, a book that asks the question; Who are you really? Michael A. Singer speaks with Tami Simon of Sounds True podcasts in this mindful interview that is directly related to COVID-19.

Iai-do or Japanese Swordsmanship is a passion of mine, something that I have trained in since 1990. I have a few Japanese swords, one is for practice, one for cutting targets and an old one for admiring. Some youtube videos of me performing sword maintenance.

A sword book that I am presently reading, The Unfettered Mind, Writings From a Zen Master To A Master Swordsman by Takuan Soho, Translated by William Scott Wilson.

4. This week I spent more time in the kitchen, baking Christmas cookies and banana loaf. I picked one of my favourite cookies, Triple Nut Biscotti, recipe from my cousin Rosemary Molloy, author of the fantastic cookbook, Authentic Italian Desserts.

Rosemary is a food blogger and author of two cookbooks she lives in Italy and she has a site with wonderful authentic Italian recipes, An Italian in My Kitchen. Thank you, cousin.

5. Give me a shout out ( if you are interested in ARC’s, Advanced Reader Copies of my new book, Samba in Brazil. All you have to do is agree to provide an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads. I’ll send you a link to download the book so you can read it on your device.

The official release date of Samba in Brazil, February. 24, 2021 and it is available for pre-order from Amazon.

Thank you for reading, stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going. We’ll be back in 2021 with more sharing.

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Newsletter 7

Hello all!

Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too. Oh – by the way, my attempt at getting unhooked from my smartphone didn’t go as expected. I’m down 40% in screen time from last week with an average of two hours and some minutes per day. Six of those hours in the week were using the smart part of the phone as my GPS while driving. My attempt to reduce screen time continues.

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

1.  Ginger Baker passed away this week, he was one of the greatest influences for me in drumming. Pictured here are some of my albums that he is featured on, Cream, Blind Faith and Baker Gurvitz Army. Rolling Stone Magazine had this to say about  Ginger Baker – Cream Drummer .

The Ginger Baker Trio, was his outing with jazz greats Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell, an album he made in 1998 – Going Back Home shows Baker at his foundational best, check this performance, it gives you an idea of his jazz roots, Ginger Baker Jazz Trio Performance.

The documentary, Beware of Mr. Baker, check out the Trailer For The Documentary, this is an interesting view into Baker’s life, by filmmaker Jay Bulger. Luckily I still have some of my Ginger Baker records, I’m going to give Mr. Baker a spin right now, his playing is still inspirational. RIP Ginger Baker.

2. Yoga kids is a great idea to help get kids active – Go Go Yoga for Kids: A Complete Guide to Yoga… by Sara J. Weis –  is a book, and I love this concept and think it’s great for children, a yoga practice plan for kids. A session plan that takes yoga for children where it needs to be, there are some great resources here for teachers, parents and coaches, gogoyogakids.

3. When I read this book on teaching yoga to children it reminded me of the High Five Training, that I took a few years ago. It is a method of training coaches to provide activities and environments where children feel safe, welcome, competent, connected, empowered and special.  This course changed the way I go about teaching karate to children.

4. For my Canadian friends and any interested bystanders, I have been muddling through the issues that will affect our country for the next 4 years. The Canadian election is set for October 21st. I found this great summary of a survey on some important issues, enviro survey summary, that provides a guide to some of the more important questions and issues that I am interested in. They summarize how all of the parties stand on said issues.

Do you know who the parties are? Bloc Québécois – Conservative Party – Green Party – Liberal Party – New Democratic Party – People’s Party. Do you know who you will vote for? Take a stand, make sure you get out there and let your voice be heard, cast your vote.

5. I met up with a friend of mine over the weekend. Rick Hotton, a karate master, an author and an illustrator, he is also the founder of an international group known as Sunday Morning Keiko a community of like-minded people celebrating the martial arts journey.

Rick was in town for a karate seminar and I met up with him for some after seminar socializing in Burlington, Ontario. He is a wonderful storyteller and a fascinating individual, he has a book entitled Holy Molè Cartoon.  Randy Moore has written a great article,  Rick Hotton and the Mindful Art of Holy Molè. Check out his cartoon, it’s good fun and it’s mindful.

Still friends after this awesome kick to my head.

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