Autumn Children's Books Reading

October 28. Issue #146

Nature’s first green is gold. Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief. So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. Robert Frost 1874-1963

Hello all. Welcome to my monthly journal. A place for me to share with you what I’ve been up to this past month. In this month’s journal, Indie Author Book Festival, Toronto trails, books, music and more.

Samba in Switzerland is coming along. The illustrations by Joshua Miller are fantastic. Next month I will have some samples for you to check out.

There are lots of events planned for November. I have a few appearances scheduled. Reading my books for the children in local schools. Get in touch if you want me to bring Scratchy, Samba or Ariela to your school.

1. Indie Author Day is happening and on November 5th I will be at the Richmond Hill Central Library, 1 Atkinson St. The library is hosting an Indie Author Book Fair. Come out and meet local authors and buy some books. I’ll have Samba, Ariela and Scratchy with me. My books will all be on sale for the entire week.

2. Autumn leaves: the colour of the leaves is striking at this time of year. If summer wasn’t my favourite time of the year then fall just might be. The featured photo is one I took during a visit to the Scarborough Bluffs Yacht Club.

I went to the outer edges of Toronto and hiked through the Scarborough Bluffs. I had no idea this treasure existed so close to downtown Toronto.

3. What I’m reading this month is a couple of books, Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, an amazing read. I don’t know how he can make something so bizarre seem so interesting. Just a great storyteller.

Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen Cope. Fascinating! A first-hand account of a retreat at Kripalu Yoga Centre that turned into a life-changing experience.

4. I’ve been in Toronto these past couple of weeks, and the only thing I like about it, is visiting the martial arts dojos. Black Tiger Karate and Dynamic Martial Arts are my favourites.

This past week I took my partner Nina with me to Black Tiger and she taught a beautiful stretch class. The students enjoyed the stretching and learned some new exercises. We may make this a regular Tuesday evening class. Anyone for stretching?

5. My listening pleasure this month, well, when not practising jazz standards on my chromatic harmonica. The music of Cuba.

Master musicians such as Chucho Valdes and Paquito D’Rivera. The Toronto connection to Cuba via Hilario Duran and David Virielles. The trumpet masters, Alexander Brown, and Alexis Baro, an awesome performance by Alexis at Lula Lounge this past year.

Then there are the fantastic saxophonist, Luis Deniz, this Link is of a performance that features trumpeter Alexander Brown too. Yosvany Terry is another sax player whose music is wonderful. Just a couple of names that come to mind and have filled my airwaves with their sweet sounds this month.

Many of these musicians have new albums out now to get more information check: latinjazznet

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 20

This weeks newsletter, on loss, love and paths. The featured photo — a makeshift memorial at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, January 9th, to honour all those who perished on the Ukrainian passenger flight 752. This week I received my bulk order of hardcover books and my paperbacks as well. Now I have to figure out how to sell them. I have started my marketing 101 course.

In this weeks newsletter I let you know about five things that interested me and I thought may be of interest to you too.

1.This week has been sad, downright heartbreaking. To all those who perished in the crash of Flight PS752 may they Rest In Peace and my prayers go out to the families and friends of the many victims. I am reminded of this profound quote and the beautiful prose that offers to me a sense of peace as I give thought and prayer to the events surrounding this tragedy.

“The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed.” J. K. Rowling 

“The Road Not Taken”
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


2. Making a poster for my book, thinking about marketing and researching different book launch ideas, preparing a press release for the official launch of my book. Preparing an application to the Writers Union of Canada. I’m not sure why, but they likely won’t accept me anyway.

3. Sonically, I am interested in the 21C Music Festival. Some amazing musicians, Zakir Hussain, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez, and Brian Blade will be performing together and in different configurations for the festival. Running from January 16 through to the 25th. And $21.00 for  tickets to the shows, a fantastic price to witness great music. 

Visually, I have started watching the 3rd season of the multi award winning, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, funny, funny, funny. 

4.Class started at Shingikan Dojo on Monday, children’s karate class. One of my students wanted to show me some poses – he was doing yoga but he didn’t call it that, only poses. Yoga and six year olds, movement, stretching and control of joints, ligaments and tendons, that is really what it is all about. Engagement of the mind, focus and balance, children are capable and motivated to make shapes and hold poses. Yoga or poses, yes it’s good for the children. Karate, punching, kicking and now poses too.

5. A book for the children in all of us, my book, Samba on a Snowy Day for you, or for your own children. I have joined a group of children’s book authors and I am sharing my book. Follow the link Children’s Books Give Away, it’s only available for a limited time. 

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