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Meditation Reading

Newsletter 38

Newsletter 38

Hello all and welcome.  5 things that interested me this week and may offer you some enjoyment too. I found this awesome video on meditation, it sums it all up beautifully. I joined Decathlon Canada Partners and prepare to give back to the community and a few other things to check out as well.

1. “Peace: It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.  the opening text for the mindfulness video The Samurai and the Fly

2. Coaches Canada has an initiative with Decathlon Canada Partners and I registered to take part. Meaning that I will be putting some martial arts training videos together for virtual classes designed for young or old folks.

Virtually JUNIOR, is an online edition of JUNIOR, Toronto’s international children’s festival, launching during the Victoria Day long weekend from Saturday, May 16 to Monday, May 18. Something entertaining for all the children and it is happening this weekend.

3. I am reading Chi Kung – The Way of Healing by Master Lam Kam Chuen and I am practicing a few Tai Chi and Chi Kung exercises. Here I am featured in a video doing a part of my  traditional Yang Family tai chi chaun form. Another video featuring Sifu Vincent Chu doing the full medium frame form.

Never Enough Books

Another book that I  have started Life by Lu Yao, promising to be an informative look at the new China. 

One more book I am slowly thumbing my way through, Integral Life Practice by Ken Wilber, Terry Patten, Adam Leonard and Marco Morelli. Described as a 21st century blueprint for physical health, mental clarity and spiritual awakening. Ken Wilber is the author of A Theory of Everything.

4. Koerner Hall Concert Hall and free concerts from the comfort of your home. All of the theatres in my home town are shuttered, but the show must go on. Koerner Hall is offering many of the concerts that they recorded live when concerts were a happening event, here are some for your streaming pleasure. A mix of classical, jazz and world music, Koerner Hall Concert Livestream. https://www.rcmusic.com/performance/live-from-koerner-hall-concert-livestream

5.) I am seeing more wildlife in my suburban home near Toronto. A racoon is on the hunt for grubs, a skunk was foraging in the flower garden, rabbits are everywhere and the birds are looking predatory. Here is a cool story about a fox family living on the beaches boardwalk in Toronto.

How many times do humans need to be told to not feed wild animals? Even the really cute ones. And that brings me to another story. I have completed draft number five of my Scratchy the Squirrel manuscript, a children’s story about a squirrel making new friends and trying to stay out of trouble.

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, one of my favourites, 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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