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Newsletter 49

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.”  Max Ehrmann

Newsletter 49

Hello all. Welcome. This week I found some older books, I share a video on how to find happiness and I am pumped about my new initiative, karate in the park. Some other things to share with you as well. These are my five items of interest this week, hopefully, there’s something of interest for you too. 

1.  My basement is full of books and now I found time to review my library. I came across a book I had forgotten about Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson and I started reading it after my morning workout. It’s a great story, one of the books I read when it first showed up on a bestseller list back in 1995.

I also found a gifted copy of a Farley Mowat book, And No Birds Sang this was a gift from my father

He gave this book to me a month before he passed away, along with his war medals and a couple of other books about his regiment. The History of the Second Field Regiment R.C.A SEP 1939 — JUN 1945 and The Pictoral History of Canada’s Army Overseas 1939-1945.

It got me started on writing a book about his life. I hope I can complete it one of these days.

2. Sacred Geometry is a concept found in modern dance. My daughter, Adrianna, a dancer, and founder of Dance Migration, a Toronto dance company — was recently describing one aspect of sacred geometry applied to dance movement and I found it fascinating.

PLATO – The Athenian philosopher also found the concept intriguing.  In particular, he was convinced that geometry was the key to unlocking the secrets of the universe. The sign above the Academy entrance read: “Let no-one ignorant of geometry enter here”. In the original model Plato came up with, each shape represents an element. The Cube represents Earth, the Tetrahedron represents Fire, the Octahedron represents Air, the Icosahedron represents Water and the Dodecahedron represents Aether. 

The designs, the art, and the meanings, of Sacred Geometry.

 

 

 

 

3. This week I look forward to starting a pop-up karate class in the park. I contacted a few karate buddies and students. I asked if they felt like training. We will do our part to limit the spread of COVID by maintaining physical distancing and limiting participants to only 10 people. Our city has finally gotten to phase 3 of stage 2, meaning more people can congregate in the outdoors.  

4. The poetry of Max Ehrmann, beautiful poems that I have been reading this week and finding comfort in the heartfelt prose.

This is a week that reminded me of a tragedy that occurred in Toronto at about this time of year, back in 2018. After this rampage occurred I felt the need to write something.    

On Finding Happiness

Watching a youtube video that my friends at Sunday Morning Keiko shared. Something of interest for many who may be suffering during these times when the future seems uncertain. The secret formula of human happiness

5. For the children and parents, a link to a book promotion that is running for a limited time. Picture Books Celebrating the Outdoors,  and I share the link with you so you can enjoy an assortment of fun children’s books, including my book Samba on a Snowy Day. To receive my book all you have to do is provide your e-mail address. I then add you to my newsletter and that keeps you in the loop for more great things to come.

 

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, check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day

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 crazy times.

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Newsletter 37

Newsletter 37

Hello all and welcome. 

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone.

The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes.  

To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

– Marcel Proust –

Have you experienced growth or does this all look like destruction to you? In my search for the positives during this Global Pandemic I found more than a few.  I share some of the positives during these stormy days.

1. Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski, has created and hosts a new web series entitled, Some Good News “SGN”.  You can see the show  on Youtube it is in a news style format and devoted entirely to good news. Krasinki is doing the show in isolation from his home — during this COVID -19 Pandemic.

2. In Ontario most of the parks and trails are closed to the public. Toronto’s High Park home to some fantastic Japanese donated cherry trees is also closed. The Toronto Parks people installed a camera to catch the cherry blossoms and so far over a million people have viewed what’s happening on the live video feed.

3. Herbie Hancock is one of my favourite musical talents. I spent time this week watching the documentary on the making of  –    The Imagine Project and listening to the album. So many great songs and performers on this record. I forgot to mention International Jazz Day last week, it happened Friday April 30th and if you missed it, well you still have a chance. International Jazz Day  hosted by Herbie Hancock, at home – available for you thanks to Youtube. 

4. My older daughter Adrianna has an appreciation of all things Brazilian, she is part of a dance company, Dance Migration, that features Samba dancing. When not dancing or teaching dance in Ontario she spends winters in Brazil.

Virtual Dance Class

The situation in Brazil at this moment is even more dire than what we are experiencing here in Canada. Adrianna wanted to do something to help the Brazilian artists, friends and mentors, and she came up with an idea to create virtual dance and music classes with some of the great artists of Brazil. A fantastic initiative, well done Adrianna.

5.) Sharing the love of reading with young people is important to me and it inspires me to want to write and tell stories that children can appreciate. Some children’s book authors who blow me away are found reading their stories to children and parents, or anybody who wants to listen from home. Jacqueline Woodson is one such author here she is reading from her book Pecan Pie Baby.

A brilliant video from Tom Foolery Productions – “The Great Realisation” growth in a time of isolation. “A bed time story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020.”

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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Book Launch Party ***Postponed***

Book Launch Postponed – The featured Rose expresses promise, new beginnings, and hope.

Dear Friends & Family, 

With the mounting escalation of the COVID-19 crisis, we carry an important responsibility and concern for the protection of our guests, our visitors, guest artists of Dance Migration, as well as the management and staff of our venue, Sovereign Espresso Bar on Davenport in Toronto.  We have therefore taken the decision to postpone – yes, postpone – our Samba on a Snowy Day Book Launch this coming Wednesday 18th March in order to avoid unnecessary exposure to health risk.

Thank you for your understanding and for your continued support of my book and in the meantime please stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes,

Paul