Hello all! I am up in northern Ontario this week (Aug. 30th/19) taking in the flora and the fauna. My network services are at basic level. The phone works and that’s only on a clear day. On rare occasions I go into town and I log on to free wifi. My newsletter for this week might be a little late getting to you. Some things that interested me this week, and I hope will be of interest to you too.
Here are my five items, links or suggestions that should get you some inspiration.
- Turtles, how to identify Ontario turtles. Were you aware that turtles are endangered? I recently saw a snapping turtle being assisted by a conscientious driver on one of the rural roads up this way. The driver had pulled over in a rather unsafe manner. His car was blocking one of the lanes. I stopped a ways behind and put on my four way flashers to warn others. The good samaritan was trying to get a turtle to cross the road faster. Between the two of us we guided the turtle to the bush on the other side of the road. https://cottagelife.com/outdoors/how-to-identify-ontarios-8-species-of-turtles/
- Music in the wilderness, when not listening to the call of the wild, loons, owls, frogs and crickets, I listen to the latest recording by Luis Muńoz with Lois Mahalia, The Infinite Dream. Muńoz, a percussionist, composer and band leader, has released an exquisite recording. Beautifully textured, latin tinged melodies with the pleasing vocals of Mahalia. www.luismunoz.net
- Books from small town classic stores, like AlleyCats Music in Orillia. Hidden away in a dusty pile of books, I found an early edition Jonathan Livingston Seagull hard cover book. A story by Richard Bach with photographs by Russell Munson, published by Turnstone Press London. This book was on a reading list given to me by one of my karate teachers. A delightful little book about flight, freedom and being true to yourself. It’s the third copy I have owned, gifting the previous copies to deserving souls.
- Preparations are underway for a new and exciting season of karate and other martial arts. I never stop my practice, I may not practice certain forms for some time and then I find a desire to review them. Such is the case with a basic form named 27 movements (niju hichi waza). I start instructing karate at a new dojo in September and I plan to introduce this form as it has 14 of the basic karate techniques that are most common to all Japanese karate styles, all done in one stance, the iron horse stance (kiba dachi). If you are in the neighbour hood come by and say hello www.smadojo.com Shingikan Dojo in Vaughan, On.
- My pick for entertainment, gather up your fire wood, make or buy a fire pit and sit under the stars and enjoy a campfire. Make sure to be safe, pay attention to open fire warnings and always have a bucket of water or sand available.
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