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April 30 . Issue #88

“circles of trust — are a rare form of community –
one that supports rather than supplants the individual quest for integrity – that is rooted in two basic beliefs.
First, we all have an inner teacher whose guidance is more reliable than anything we can get from a doctrine, ideology, collective belief system, institution, or leader.
Second, we all need other people to invite, amplify, and help us discern the inner teacher’s voice.”
– Parker Palmer –

Hello all and welcome. This week I share with you some great music, my take on the Oscars, the movies worth watching and more…

1. The Oscars; the 93rd annual Academy Awards happened on Sunday and it made history. Some notable firsts included the first all-Black producing team nominated for best picture. The first time two actors of Asian descent got the nod for best actor and the first year two woman were nominated for best director.  For all the details: read about it at Oscar Central.

2. The above quote from Parker Palmer resonates with me.  I have listened to his podcast and like what I hear, An Undivided Life.

3. My children’s creative writing workshop went well. There were about twenty-five children and they were super engaged. I had them creating characters, settings, themes and plots. The children came up with some fantastic ideas.

I came up with a couple of ideas for stories. Combining my reading of the Samurai and the Dragon King and the inspirational comments from the kids. My next book is in my head, with some key points on my notepad.

My next workshop, May 6th, 4:30 – 5:30 P.M put on by East Gwillimbury Public Library.

This workshop will give children an opportunity to come up with some ideas for their own stories and they can submit them to the library as part of the EGPL annual Write On, 2021 – competition.

The workshop is open to all children between the ages of 7 – 12. Email: sharrison@egpl.ca to register.

4. What I was watching this week, more of Oscar winner Francis McDormand – no, not Nomadland — Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is a movie I had not seen and McDormand shines.

I was thrilled about the animated film from Pixar, Soul– a winning film; three Oscars, best film, best sound and best music. Yea, for my man Jon Batiste for the excellent music.

5. I have completed my marketing course, Starting From Zero by David Gaughran. I recommend the course as it gives you some good ideas, insights and techniques to help you sell more books. I used the information in the course to set up my first Facebook ad for one of my books.

Thank you for reading. If you think someone you know would enjoy my newsletter please share it with them. If you are looking for a great children’s book check out my new book, Samba in Brazil; on sale for a limited time.

Or one of my other books, Samba on a Snowy Day or the Brazilian/ Portuguese version Samba em um Dia de Neve.

Stay safe, stay well, stay strong and keep going.

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October 23 . Issue #61

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.”  Emily Brontë (1818 – 1848)

In this weeks newsletter, young authors, listening to nature and more…

My Weekly Journal

A weekly newsletter that gives you 5 personal interests that I share with you.

1. Happy to share my love of writing with some young authors this week. During the workshop, we reviewed the ingredients required to create a story. I read excerpts from two books; a few pages of my book Samba on a Snowy Day and one chapter from Roald Dahl’s, The Witches.

The writing organization I belong to WCYR presented me with an opportunity to share a creative writing workshop with children as part of the East Gwillimbury Public Library virtual programs. The workshop is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020.

2. My reading pleasure took me back to Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg. A great writer’s resource that includes thirty-five “Try this” exercises to get your pen in motion.

I am also enjoying a book I work on regularly, Just Write One Thing Today – 365 Creative Prompts To Inspire You Every Day by John Gillard. An inspirational gift from my daughter Nadia.

3. My ear candy is all about autumn. Especially Autumn Leaves. My inspiration for raking up the falling leaves.

Watching the RCM virtual presentation of The  Resounding Concert took up one of my evenings; a dazzling mix of eye and ear candy. Available to Livestream until October 24.

4. A friend recently mentioned that she had watched everything on Netflix, her question, “what next”?

I responded, “get outside and watch nature.”

5. Road trips, I used to take road trips; visiting martial arts dojo’s or friends cottages in the near north and jazz festivals, lots of music festivals. This Friday I will venture off on a road trip to distant Guelph to help my daughter’s dog, Samba.

Yes, that Samba; the protagonist of my book Samba on a Snowy Day.  He has injured his leg and needs to be fitted for a brace.

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. Soon to be available in Chapters – Indigo stores in Markham, Richmond Hill and Newmarket.

Please consider a contribution to our next book project; scheduled for February of 2021. You can contribute by buying me a coffee, just swing by Ko-fi.com.  You know I appreciate my coffee and in these crazy times every coffee really helps out.

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