Category Archives: Notebook

Evernote: the Mirror on the Wall

Hey I’m back. I’m on summer vacation and I’m in a Japanese cafe overlooking a fish market.   The 2016-2017 school year was my first year as a librarian and I did not make time to write. I’m hoping to … Continue reading

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Let Your Samurai Flowers Bloom!

Yesterday, I had a curious experience.  I was doing a six-month review of a samurai notebook.  In the notebook, I was beginning to imagine how I want to reconstruct my work experience and life.   The shocking thing is that six … Continue reading

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How to Get Ahead Without Losing Your Head

I finally got around to picking up a copy of The Last Samurai:  The Life and Times of Saigo Takamori.  After watching the Hollywood Tom Cruise version of history, I realized it is time to get a real historian’s re-telling … Continue reading

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Be the Poet of Your Samurai Song: Samurai Mind Notebook

Be the poet of your life’s song.  Laurence Boldt, Zen and the Art of Making a Living When I first started teaching up in the South Bronx, I started to notice that some of my students had notebooks where they … Continue reading

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Automatic Samurai: Sprinkler Systems On!

I just finished my Building Your Personal Foundation course through CoachU, taught by Susan Abrams.   I was excited and challenged and by the idea of creating “automatic sprinkler systems” to fulfill various needs.   For example, I realized that one of … Continue reading

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Samurai in the Cloud: Bookmark Your Life on the eCloud

I resisted for the longest time but I am finally on the Kindle “cloud.”  It started with a used Kindle that I bought from a friend, and then I became a real convert when I realized that I could stay … Continue reading

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Take the Toys and Run!: Samurai Mind Notebook

I keep what I like to call a samurai mind notebook.  It is a notebook where I keep project ideas, inspirational quotations, and useful information.  I review the notebooks so that eventually everything is reviewed after 2 days, 4 days, … Continue reading

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May the Non-Force Be With You

I’ve been in Japan for about three weeks now.  The jetlag has gone away and I am coming to my senses more.   But I’ve noticed one strange thing.  Up until a few days, I had not bought reading material.  Reading … Continue reading

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“Weaponize” It

I’m trying to re-envision for work, for myself,  my audience and students.   I bought Zen and the Art of Making a Living, by Laurence G. Boldt, many years ago but was put off by its size and its tendency to … Continue reading

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Push ‘n Play Samurai: Small Steps Big Results

My little music theory experiment continues.   Music theory has scared me in the past but I have books that I have accumulated over the years that have laid dormant and untouched.   I have decided to take one book, Theory for … Continue reading

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