Bob’s Advice on the Holiday Blues

I have the holiday blues because people are starving and suffering, and so many families aren’t happy and together. It’s like the holiday cheer is being thrown in their faces. With my friends and family, and others, having such a hard time because of this time of year, I don’t feel like I have any right to celebrate.

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Art Critique with Mel

Earlier this year, I was privileged to have an art critique session with Mel Narish for my second Dojo Kun Character Book. This picture book for kids just came out in hardcover. It’s called "The Two True Karate Kids" and is about battling dishonesty. Anyway, here’s a peek at how my meeting with Mel went.

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Karate Picture Book in the World

Two months ago, I went to read my first karate picture book to a kindergarten class. In uniform, I introduced myself and told them the reason I was there. “I made this book so that kids who don’t train at my dojo, maybe who don’t do martial arts and who live in other parts of the world can learn some of the most important lessons of karate.”

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Michi as a Baby: a Main Character Portrait

Here you will find a picture of Michi as a baby, but in my second picture book story, she’s nine years old. She’s a sweet American “girl next door.” Michi and her good friend Makoto both love dogs and they each yearn to have one for a pet. That's when the trouble starts.

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