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Newsletter #2

Hello all! Some things that interested me this week, and may interest you too.

Only five items, links or suggestions that will be able to get you some inspiration.

Here are some links to some sites I like, sites that inspire me, make me want to read or are just plain interesting.

  1. Music is a very big part of my life, I listen to music frequently. I attend live shows, concerts, clubs and even festivals. Most recently, August, 18th to be exact,  I attended the Markham Jazz Festival and checked out a few good groups. One that really caught my attention and made me want to move and tap my foot, Bywater Call. I really enjoyed the band, the fact that they have a saxophone and a trumpet player is a bonus. The lead vocalist, Meghan Parnell has a wonderful voice. Her energy, her passion and her beautiful, powerful voice are captivating. Check the band out here, Their debut CD is expected out in the fall of 2019.
  2. Transformational coaching! Have you heard of that? I recently attended a coaching conference and I was impressed with speaker Dr. Jean Coté. I summarized his talk, you can check out a webinar here, Dr.Cotè on or check my blog –, check out my summary report of Dr. Coté’s talk at the coaches conference.
  3. Last week I mentioned a book I was reading about a master gardener, today I invite you to check out some incredible gardens, swing over to Japan and view some beautiful gardens, go to japan-guide.
  4. Last week I mentioned classic literature and this week I found a provider of the classics for free., locates classics that have gone into the public domain and they make them available on Kindle or other electronic readers. I downloaded to my kindle reader  one of my favourite children’s authors Thornton Burgess, auth of the Bed-Time Storybooks a series of books with titles like Sammy Jay and Reddy Fox. Some of these titles have gone into the public domain and this awesome site is allowing free downloads of these classics. Not only children’s literature, but classics in many genre, I downloaded a couple of books by another of my favourite authors, P. G. Wodehouse. You can browse the bookshelf here:
  5. My pick for entertainment, get out and enjoy summer. Get to the beach, or get to the water. Better yet, get on the water. I picked up a deal on a canoe and I’m trying it out on Lake Muskoka, near the town of Gravenhurst, Ontario. I found some  secluded rivers and I’m being entertained by nature.

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Newsletter #1

My Newsletter – Summer Inspiration

Some things that I’m interested in this week.

Only five items, links or suggestions that you will be able to get some information on.

Links to some sites I like, sites that inspire me, make me want to read or are just plain interesting.

  1. Ever Widening Circles. What I like about this newsletter is it’s inspirational stories and its conspiracy of goodness. Like this recent story on  the hidden power of algorithms Ever Widening Circles or how to bring  the Island Fox back from the brink of extinction. A 9 minute inspirational story, saving-the-island-fox
  2. My previous blog touched on getting children active, what about starting them early. Find a yoga baby class Life With Baby or a program that I actually teach, a karate, parent and tot program created by the Stouffville Community Centre. Sign up for a program: recreation, lessons, programs.
  3. Reading books in the summer, what could be more delightful. Settling in on beautiful summer day at the beach with a great read. I am presently enchanted by “The Samurai’s Garden” a 1994 novel by American author Gail Tsukiyama. Goodreads Link to The Samurai’s Garden
  4. My pick for evening entertainment, a great show on  Prime TV, especially if you’re into the New York jazz scene. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel an American period comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino.
  5. Classic literature, can children still read Dr. Suess.  The Toronto star newspaper lists Green Eggs and Ham in the top ten children’s  books. I have rediscovered the Dr. Suess series as a wonderful way to entertain my 9 month old grandaughter.                                         

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Getting Kids Motivated

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Lunchtime Karate

How do you get children active?

Promise them fun and make sure you carry through on that promise. In the photo above I’m guiding a lunchtime karate class for JK – grade 2 children, with my assistant Nina.

You want your children active. You also want them safe, you may or may not want to be a participant in their activity.  How best can you accomplish this and still maintain peace in the home?

Here I list a few proven ideas that have worked for me over the past. I will also share some motivators I think are a great idea.

I’ll also give you a few book recommendations that have some good ideas. There are some great blogs out there too. Just search, “How do I get my child away from the screen.” 

With my kids, it was always about dance. That’s what they wanted to do, that’s what we got them into. Getting the younger daughter away from the television was a challenge. But once she was out the door and tossed in the car, she accepted her fate and seemed to enjoy the interaction with the other children.

Her favourite dance teachers were the ones who got it.  The kids want to have fun, that is job number one for them and the great teachers make sure they include fun in all of their classes.

It seems like an easy decision, but setting limits on time spent in front of the screen, computer or video games. A maximum of two hours a day, that’s fourteen hours a week. 

So what do you do with the rest of the time? Boring! Can you hear the kids saying that already? Yes, you just may have to encourage them to get outside, get active.

Thornhill Park photo by PJY

What about reading, try it! Find a book that your child is interested in and read it together or let your child read it alone.

Photography can be fun for children of all ages, get outside and take some photos. You never know, some hobbies become a profession.

There are so many negative effects associated with too much screen time. Take that idea up a notch and get outside and read.

Owl in sleep mode, photo by Nadia S.

On getting outside and being active, check out this book by Richard Louv. “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder.” Here is a link to his site.

For tips on parenting, try this book. There is great advice for parents here.

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