Hello all. Welcome! I want to share with you 5 things that interested me this week and might bring you some revelation, and perhaps even enjoyment.
1. This week Toronto announced an initiative that fast tracks the building of modular housing for homeless people. The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit the homeless hard. Well done city of Toronto. The city of Vancouver B.C started the modular trend back in 2019. I took a virtual tour of Naomi Place one of the facilities Toronto has modelled their initiative on.
2. When COVID-19 began in mid-March and Ontario started cancellations, I took in a live show. Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten by Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group, I had not planned to write about it, but I did. I put together a report on the show using my pen name and it has now been published in Toronto Music Report.
The group Chieko Kojima and Ten Ten has kindly shared their performance on line and this week I had the pleasure of revisiting their fantastic performance.
3. As one of my American friends put it; from hoarding toilet paper to civil war in 3 months. Any suggestions from my Canadian friends? After my 21 second pause, I would just like to point out that this is a very good reason why everyone should get out and vote — in all the elections.
Reading is helpful and so very important, from Eula Biss who puts it well in her New York Times featured article “White Debt” to this excellent resource on how to be an ally. Six things you can do to be a stronger ally.
4. Eye candy for this week has been the stimulating art of Degas, The Dancers, and watching ballet that is reminiscent of these troubling times. Revelations by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
The Ailey All Access site gives you permission to watch special performances for free. I took in the Robert Battle’s “The Hunt”.
5. This week I have been reading George Selden and his wonderful, award-winning book The Cricket in Times Square. This is a book for all ages, although it was written for children age 6 – 9. The illustrations by Garth Williams are fantastic.
Over the last few months, I have been working on a young adult book, for ages 9 to 90. The young characters I have created are training deep in the woods. They train in martial arts and are guided by a bear of a teacher who pushes them to the maximum. After class, the students listen to stories that high light martial arts virtue.
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