Documentaries Reading Writing

May 7 . Issue #89

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” Ekhart Tolle

Hello all and welcome to my weekly journal where I share 5 things that piqued my interest during the week. Hopefully, there’s something of interest for you, or for your children.

1. This week happens to be Canadian Children’s Book Week. The readings and workshops that take place during Book Week can open a child’s eyes to the world of literature.

These readings and interactions with authors, illustrators and storytellers can kindle a child’s imagination and light a fire in their creativity.

My next Creative Writing Workshop is at Richmond Hill Public Library, Tuesday, May 11th,  7:45 – 8:45 P.M:  A Zoom virtual workshop. Register here: Writers Studio.

2. Did you know that May 8th is my birthday? It’s also World Migratory Bird Day. The featured image is courtesy of WMBD.

Sing, Fly, Soar – Like A Bird; there are events happening all around the World. And closer to home, there’s The Birds and the Bees Gardening Workshop, a self-guided tour of the Humber Arboretum.

3. Miles Davis (May 26, 1926 – Sept. 28, 1991) month, that’s what May is for me. And as I celebrate the birth of the cool, AKA Miles Davis I am listening to some of his classic recordings.

I particularly enjoy his early, 1955-56 hard bop music. Round About Midnight, Birth of the Cool, Miles Ahead, Kind of Blue and Porgy and Bess are all fantastic recordings and they feature some of the greatest jazz musicians of our time. Miles with Coltrane in Paris 1960, a fine example of what I love.

4. What I am watching this week; documentaries, only in Canada can you jump on this, the 2021 Hot Docs Film Festival. An incredible line up of fantastic documentaries by some great documentarians.

5. My literary tastes this week include books I am well into, “The Sun and Her Flowers” by Rupi Kaur, a book to savour, each poem a story in itself.

Ekhart Tolle, “The Power of Now” each chapter a study on concepts that are at first read, obscure,  intangible and enlightening.

A book I am just starting to get into; “How To Self-Publish and Market a Children’s Book” by Karen Inglis”. While writing this newsletter I have been listening to Ms. Inglis on an interesting Podcast by The Creative Penn team.

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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Newsletter 32

Newsletter 32

Welcome to all, in this weeks newsletter I share some tips on mindfulness. I also let you know I have joined a group of children’s book authors and we are offering our books for free. Check it out, Stay Home Together, some great stay at home reads for family fun.

“Who is your enemy? Mind is your enemy. No one can harm you more than your own mind untamed. And who is your friend? Mind is your friend. No one can help you more than your own mind, wisely trained— not even your own mother and father.” — Buddha

1. I completed a mindfulness course many years ago.  I was going through a rough period in my life, the collapse of a business, the transition from a way of life that had been with me for too many years. Something that helped me to get through that traumatic period in my life was embracing a mindfulness practice. My life was forced to change and I found myself on a different path. The current state of affairs in the world has made many people anxious, I hope that sharing this free mindfulness course will offer some help to those who are suffering with anxiety over the global pandemic. 

2. My audio escape has been via listening to Hot Docs Audio – Margaret Atwood in conversation, while she is in self-isolation just like the rest of us.  

For some physical challenges I have also been watching some great demonstrations of karate with karate@home and other martial arts as well. I joined an online book club,  the QBC, Quarantine Book Club, I checked out authors Rita Therese and I plan to check out some other authors too. 

3. Documentaries are wonderful and I am still checking out some great ones. The most fascinating to me is musician Kevin Hearn and his,  “There Are No Fakes”. Streaming now on Hearn buys a painting by the world’s first Indigenous art star, Norval Morrisseau, doubts about its authenticity raises controversial questions about authorship and ownership. 

4. Walking and physical distancing is a very new concept. Trying to stay six feet away from people, it is not as easy as it sounds. Once you find some space away from everyone that you’re not actually living with it’s great to do some tai chi. Tai chi while in the forest is the best, connecting with the universal, awareness, heartfulness and mindfulness. Fresh air; as much as you can – try to get your daily dose of fresh air.

5. At my home we’ve been cooking with Jamie Oliver, with An Italian In My Kitchen and with Nona Gina, these are all providing great ideas on what to make to sustain our family through these changing and challenging times. 

 Regarding documentaries, I love the Netflix doc, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, an in depth look at the life and times of Miles Davis. I mention this now as I heard the sad news that trumpeter Wallace Roney (May 25, 1960 – March 31, 2020) has died, a casualty of Covid-19. Throughout the last segment of the movie, Roney is featured, as he had Miles’ back, playing when Miles couldn’t. A wonderful interview of Wallace Roney and Dr. Billy Taylor gives you a glimpse into his musical life.

Joining Wallace is one of my favourite guitarist, Bucky Pizzarelli, who passed away on April 1, 2020, at the age of 94. His son John Pizzarelli, also a guitarist and frequent musical associate, indicated his father had Covid-19.

More sad news related to this Global Pandemic, Ellis Marsalis (Nov. 1934 – Apr. 2020), jazz pianist, educator, and patriarch of the Marsalis jazz family, has died at the age of 85. His death was announced in tweets from New Orleans Mayor, LaToya Cantrell and Jazz at Lincoln Center, where his son, trumpeter, Wynton is the artistic director. He reportedly went into the hospital over the weekend with symptoms of pneumonia. The New York Times reports that his son Branford says the cause of death was complications from COVID-19.

And We Shall Persevere

We will get through this together, remember to stay home if you aren’t a front line worker. Stay safe, wash your hands, practice physical distancing.

Love and Light

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