Children's Books Festivals Music Reading

July 29 . Issue #143

“Let us come alive to the splendour that is all around us and see the beauty in ordinary things.” Thomas Merton


1. Summer in the country and village festivals. I’ve completed two so far this summer, both were at the New Earth Village Festival. Great times! I got to read my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends to some children and children at heart, I sold some books and I had lots of fun.

Scratchy the Squirrel at New Earth Village

2. Classical Music festivals, jazz music festivals –  Symphony in the Barn, I have tickets for Saturday’s performance. I am super pumped to witness this cool idea of blending classical music and farm country life.

Yes, this is life, listening to live music, oh yeah and Arts in The Park too. Thank you to the Dance Migration for sharing their art in Walter Saunders Park in Toronto this past week  I must not forget to mention my report, now published, in That Canadian Magazine about all that Salsa on Blue Mountain.

3. My reviews of some music that I checked out, see Paul J. Youngman at Latin Jazz NetworkGregory Porter show review, Toronto Jazz Festival reports.

4. Finding book stores in small towns like Flesherton’s, Speaking Volumes Books and Creemore’s – Curiosity House Books is a fantastic pass time. You meet some great people and you browse the books.

I picked up some great books from both bookstores. Including,  A Bird Chronicle written by Rina Barone with illustrations by Ruth Ann Pearce, at the Curiosity House Books store.

5. Get out and enjoy the trails – but be careful. I was depending on my walking stick, which I found on the trail, and took a tumble. Luckily I was not severely injured, dislocated the index finger of my left hand and scraped my right shin. A small cut on my head, just to the side of my right eye and I tore my pants. Oh well, either get a  good walking stick or don’t depend on the forest stick.

I’ve had a lot of experience falling, ukemi, in martial arts training, so this could have been much worse.

The trails, Niagara Escarpment and Bruce Trail, the forest bathing, are excellent and I go for a dip in the Beaver River every morning, so great!

Thank you for reading, if you think someone you know would be interested in my newsletter please pass it along.

All of my books are now available at your favourite bookstores, support local bookstores with your online purchases. Make sure you get out and about this summer. Visit a book store, or the library and pick up some books. If you’re looking for a great early reader chapter book get my book Scratchy the Squirrel: A Time for Friends. Or one of my picture books, Samba on a Snowy Day or  Samba in Brazil.

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

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Newsletter 31

Newsletter 31

Hello all and welcome. The world as we know it has changed and most of us are living in a state of emergency. At times like this everyone must come together and help where ever they can. In many cases that means social distancing, self isolation or staying in quarantine and in so doing you may save a life. There are many people who are called to action, the front line workers, they are the hero’s and heroines of this global pandemic. Thank you – to all of you front line workers – you are all awesome.

1. Reading books to your children at this time of social distancing and self isolation is very important. If you want to know how it’s done or pass the job on to others, check out actor Chris O’Dowd reading Arnie the Doughnut, a fun kids book. You can also have a look at me reading my book, Samba on a Snowy Day. 

2. I love sailing and sometimes I check out youtube for information on sailing around the world, a dream of mine, something at the bottom of the bucket list. In one of the videos, I watched as the vessel sailed into the Chagos Archipelago, a group of islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. The skipper provided a little history on the island chain and a recommendation to watch the educational documentary, “Stealing A Nation” (John Pilger, 2004). I highly recommend the documentary.

For anyone interested in home schooling, some specials by my favourite documentary movie theatre, Hot Docs. Some wonderful children’s documentary’s  a dynamic lineup of free films to help inform, engage and soothe the anxieties of the present moment. Curated by the popular “Docs for Schools” program, these family-friendly, education picks cover multiple subject areas and age levels.

3. Some great musicians passed away this week. Kenny Rogers (1938 – 2020) left us at the age of 81, he was an award winning pop/country music singer, songwriter, musician and actor. I liked some of his songs, especially The Gambler. Rest In Peace Kenny Rogers. Also late this week, Manu Dibango (1933-2020), Afro-funk saxophonist based in France, a victim of Covid-19 – age 86. RIP Manu. One of my favourite percussionist’s, Ray Mantilla passed on March 21, he was 86, read what my friends at Latin Jazz Network had to say about Ray’s accomplishments. 

There are lots of free concerts available from artists self isolating, I particularly like following Chick Corea as he practices or workshops during his self-isolation.

4. Let’s face it, most kids want to be active. For the younger ones try to set up some fun scavenger hunts. There are lots of ideas online for indoor and outdoor treasure hunts. If your kids are into martial arts make sure they practice. No excuses – many great martial arts teachers are offering free classes online, including my friend and teacher Scott Langley sensei. This is especially for my students, continuing to learn Heian Shodan, there are many free videos here, phenomenal karate value. And for some cool agility ladder drills, check out Seamus O’Dowd sensei. 

5. “But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Budha, they attain the understanding of a Budha without using the mind.” — Bodhidharma


Courtesy Asian Art Museum

Stay safe, stay well, stay home if you can and stay strong. Don’t take chances with your health or the health of loved ones. Remember to stay connected through social media, telephone folks, face time, be with the ones you love but can’t be with. Write letters, find pen and paper and try some old fashioned style of communication. We will get through this together. 

Love and Light

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Book Launch Party

Newsletter 28

Newsletter 28

Hello all and welcome. In this weeks newsletter I look forward to spring as we get to set clocks ahead by an hour. I reminisce about Dr. Seuss, A.A Milne and E.H. Shepard. And I prepare for my official book launch of Samba on a Snowy Day. Here are five things I thought you might find interesting.

1. March 2, 2020 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday, he would have been 116 years old. CBC Books has complied a list of 60 facts you might not know about the children’s author. I especially like this one, “Seuss was voted “Least Likely to Succeed” by his classmates at Dartmouth.” And did you know he was a sculptor, check out some of his awesome art

2. Haru Matsuri – spring festival at Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (J.C.C.C.) where I spent time this week enjoying performances of  Jodo, Iaido, Kenjutsu, Japanese dance,

Sumie-é and a Chado tea ceremony. All making me believe that spring is just around the corner.

Another sure sign of spring- daylight savings time starts this Sunday, 3:00 AM remember spring ahead. We lose one hour, where did this ridiculous idea spring from, pun intended, it seems this is an energy saving initiative. I believe it is loosing steam and it’s only a matter of time until we Ontarian’s pull a Yukon.

3. I am preparing for the official book launch of Samba on a Snowy Day. You’re all invited, we have a limited amount of space though so make sure to reserve by going to Eventbrite to get your free ticket. Your way of assuring entrance for this fun party, featuring book reading meet and greet and even a Samba show, not the dog – dancers. 

4. The Royal Ontario Museum is going to host a Winnie The Pooh exhibition  just in time for spring break. A.A.Milne author of Winnie The Pooh, and E.H Shepard the illustrator. “Winnie-the Pooh brings to life the story behind the creative partnership of author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard. Finally, have your own Heritage Minute and find out how a black bear from White River, Ontario, inspired the honey-loving, yellow-furred bear of very little brain in this exhibition exclusively at the ROM”.  I love this quote, borrowed from the ROM.

5. I’ve been listening to Branford Marsalis this week and it just so happens he is in town, a sold out show at Koerner Hall on Saturday. Who knows, I may get tickets to review the show as I did back in 2012. So far though that’s not happening. Marsalis and the quartet are in nearby Kingston at the Isabel Bader Theatre March 6th and tickets are available if you happen to be looking for some musical inspiration. The singer who has captivated me this week, Snoh Aalegra: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert a wonderful voice reminding me a little of Alicia Keys.

Don’t forget to check out my book promo, available only for another week. If you are searching for your next favourite story? Look no further! This group of  bestselling authors have teamed up to offer a delightful selection of new books. Available for free, my book Samba on a Snowy Day is included.

Thanks for reading. If you like what you’ve read forward this to someone you think will enjoy it. Remember to check out my book, Samba on a Snowy Day available at your favourite book store. A fun children’s book for children to read to adults or the other way around. I hope to see you at my book launch where you’ll get to hear me read the book out loud. Check out my blog, follow the link, sign in. Get the weekly newsletter in your inbox, no spam I promise.

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