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Mindfulness Music Reading

February 12 . Issue #77

“There is no enlightenment outside of daily life.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal. This week I spent time with Thich Nhat Hanh, checked out the Japan Film Festival, listening to Quist, Corea, McFerrin and more…

1. My reading pleasure came from Thich Nhat Hanh. I am reading Present Moment Wonderful Moment; I am in the moment!

2. I am listening to Quist and using his fantastic backing tracks to jam with my harmonicas in many different keys.

3. The Japan Foundation is putting on a film festival and I am watching animated features.

4. Palouse Mindfulness offers a free mindfulness course. I have completed the course and I revisit it often. The sessions have gone virtual, like everything else these days, the January session of this year set me the right path.

Speaking of virtual, a shout out to Audrey Thomas-Ashman of Ashman Assistance. Audrey and her firm pointed me in the right direction when I first got involved in social media. Their focus is on food bloggers now. I highly recommend Audrey Thomas-Ashman.

5. I just heard the news that Chick Corea passed away and I felt deep sorrow; RIP maestro. I spent many weekends jamming with Chick during his living room sessions.

Chick Corea and Bobby McFerrin jamming to Armando’s Rhumba #2.

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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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Ballet Book Publishing Reading Writing

January 1 . Issue #71

Happy New Year 2021

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
― Alfred Lord Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892)

Welcome to another year. And hoping this year is far better than the one we say adios to. This week I share with you 5 things that I found interesting and I hope you may find some interest in as well.

1. The big news for me this week, my book Samba in Brazil is complete and has been uploaded to the printers.

Pre-orders are available through Amazon.com. We have a limited number of Samba in Brazil books available and they are at a special pre-order price, but only for a limited time. The official release date is February 21, 2021.

2. The joy of Christmas lingers in the hearts of many people, even though lots of them were doing a virtual Christmas. This was a first for me, not celebrating with my family and friends, and it brought back memories of my childhood Christmas.

3. I started a new book, a fantasy series by Lian Hearn, Grass For His Pillow. A book where the swords have names. My kind of book.

There are a couple of books I read over and over again. One of them is The Beloved, Reflections on the Path of the Heart by Kahil Gibran and the other, The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.

I always seem to get something new out of these books on each reading. “In all paths, there are some things which can be learned only as one delves deeper and deeper.” Musashi

4. This Christmas eve I spent time watching ballet, “The Nutcracker” a Christmas tradition in our family.

My Christmas present to my wife Nina, which was purchased way before lockdown, a Bobby McFerrin concert at Koerner Hall, in Toronto. Unfortunately, it has been cancelled, rescheduled to this time next year. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” McFerrin

5. New Year’s Eve for me has usually been about dining out and celebrating the arrival of a new year in a quiet, peaceful and loving manner.

This year we are locked down and television will be the entertainment of choice. We watched a fun movie, a comedy and we ordered take-out from one of our fave Japanese restaurants, complemented with a fantastic pinot grigio wine.

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. Happy New Year!

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