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Lockdown Physical Distancing

Newsletter 36

Newsletter 36

Hello all and welcome to this weeks newsletter.

As I write this I am starting my seventh week of self-isolation. I get out to help with shopping and to walk around my neighbourhood while maintaining physical distancing.

This is a very different world from the one I knew before this Pandemic struck. This week I found a great ten part music class for the kids. Especially kids who want to learn to play harmonica. I also share a wonderful Dr. Seuss story and a few more things that interested me and hopefully will be of some interest to you too.

1. There are plenty of COVID-19 initiatives happening to raise funds for various deserving groups. I like this one because it directly helps children and it has star power. Some great talent reading some fantastic children’s books. — Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams — teamed up to help kids impacted by COVID-19 outbreak. The actresses just launched Save With Stories to directly raise money for Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, both of which are providing food and educational supplies.

The initiative has its own brand-new Instagram account, @SaveWithStories, where celebrities read children’s books aloud to entertain, educate, and distract kids and parents who are social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. I especially like Julia Louis Dreyfus reading a great Dr. Seuss book, Erdle The Turtle.

2. Liam Ward, a great harmonica player I follow, listen to  and learn from, has launched a new children’s harmonica ten part lesson plan. Aptly entitled Kids Harmonica Lessons

If you have a child who wants to learn harmonica this is  great opportunity.

If  harmonica is not your thing — how about drums, all children like to hit things. Ten New Skills – On this site you can learn how to build your own drum kit among many other things.

Once you have the drum set you may want to start lessons and I know just the place to start. check out Ben Minal and his inspirational lessons, getting started on practice pads. 

My listening pleasure has been all about jamming along to live performances, hosted by harmonica master, Ronnie Shellist

3. I have been reading my new E-Book, a gift from Amazon on World Book Day, Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas. It really puts life into perspective, how you must value everyday that you are blessed with.

I am also re-reading Saotome Mitsugi sensei’ book, The Harmony of Nature. I met sensei when I was staying in Florida a few years ago and I wrote a brief  passage on that special time, “An Unexpected Meeting”.

4. Movies that caught my eye this week, actually a four part mini series. “Unorthodox” based on the New York Times best selling book of the same name by Deborah Feldman.

I enjoyed this show, the acting, the concept – well done.

5.) My daughter Nadia recently asked me what I thought was the best part of this physical distancing that we are all or at least, we all should be going through. My immediate response,  “There is nothing that I like about this”. 

Given the chance to ponder the question for a week, I can say that the best part, or at least a redeeming feature of this lockdown is the chance to reconnect with myself. My practice schedule of music, martial arts, meditation and fitness, has become my main focus when I am not working on my writing.  Nadia is all about health and wellness (Rise Wellness Collective), so my answer to her question will likely resonate with her.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, Samba on a Snowy Day is still available at Amazon.com. 

Please consider a contribution to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these challenging times.

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Earth Week Reading

Newsletter 35

Newsletter 35

Fight Today For A (Better) Tomorrow

Earth Week 2020, April 20 – 26

The theme for Earth Day 2020, Wednesday April 22nd, is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Hello all, a warm welcome to this weeks newsletter. This weeks focus is on our Universe and home, planet Earth. Thursday the 23rd is World Reading Day and I share some tips on how to get free reads. I’ll also  share a few more things that interested me this week while in self-isolation. 

1. With so many children staying at home finding ways to keep them interested, active and hopeful has become a challenge for some parents.  Inspire kids to protect our planet and to take care of each other. Planet Protector Academy (Home Edition) is sharing a program made for kids staying at home.The programming is ideal for children ages 6 to 11. It incorporates music, theatre and humour to empower children to make a difference in protecting the planet.

Children become virtual superheroes as Apprentice Planet Protectors and learn how to get involved in the community through collaborative models.

Sessions are one hour each, Monday to Thursdays (10 to 11 Pacific time) and start (Monday, April 20) to kick off Earth Week. Sign up the kids in your life now to get in on the fun.

2. World Book Day also known as World Book and International Day of the Book took place on April 23rd. Amazon Books was offering some excellent books for free.  I took advantage of a few books, Along The Tapòs by Fernando Vilela, translated by Daniel Hahn. This is a very cool children’s book about rescuing a pet turtle on the Amazon River. The illustrations are fantastic, transporting you directly to the Amazon jungle of Brazil.

Another of my choices, from China, Lu Yao’s Life. My other choice, Your Perfect Year by Charlotte Lucas, this one interested me because of the novels description. “A man consumed by a meaningless life is going to do something he’s never considered doing before. He’s going to enjoy the day… Someone has left a leather-bound day planner with the handwritten title Your Perfect Year for him to find and so sets in motion a quest to find the owner.  

The Amazon Books free offer may be over when you read this, BookHub always has some great reads available for free.

3. For your viewing pleasure this week so many great documentaries on Hot Docs and all for free if you team up with CBC Gems.

I signed up for a free account and not only do I get to see the Hot Docs programs but I can see the regular streaming programs as well. CBC has more than a couple of great shows, however two that I enjoy are, Working Moms and Kim’s Convenience.

4. Listening to your favourite musicians has never been easier during their stay at Home concerts. I really enjoyed Hozier doing his thing from home with his bandmate Alex Ryan. I also enjoyed checking out Nora Jones as she performed some of her mini concerts.

Global Citizen and WHO presented; One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers. The concert was streamed live, 8 hours of music for your listening pleasure, and raising over 100 million for WHO.

5.) Earth Day and the things we can accomplish to help protect the only planet we have. The featured image, flowers I spotted on one of my walks this week.

Earth Day should be celebrated everyday:

A list of just some of the awesome things you can do to help out. Plant something – Ride your bike – Walk to the store – Let your voice be heard – Buy reusable bags – Use refillable water bottles – Conserve water at home.  

My book Samba on a Snowy Day is still part of a great book promotion The Corona Time Giveaway, that gets you some excellent children’s books for free.  

Stay safe, stay home if you can and continue to practice physical distancing. One life, one love, one planet.

Thanks for reading, if you think someone you know would like my newsletter please share it with them. If you’re looking for a great children’s book, Samba on a Snowy Day is available at Amazon.com.  Contribute to our next book project by  buying me a coffee, swing by Ko-fi.com. Every coffee really helps out during these challenging times.

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