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I’m on the 23rd day of using Chains app to establish mini habits.  Everyday I do something small for six things that I am trying to make life-long habits:  learning languages, playing guitar, becoming a skillful librarian, getting in shape, increasing my financial strength and writing.  I’m noticing a few things: Committing to just a […]

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It’s been an app-y summer.   I’ve finished graduate school and though I am preparing to start a new career as a school librarian, there aren’t as many looming deadlines and forced readings as last year.   I’ve installed a few apps and I’m rolling with them: Simply-e–which allows you to use your New York […]

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I’m in Japan with a suitcase full of notebooks and professional literature.   I am on a dump and slash mission.   I’m here for thirty days and I hope to return without any of the notebooks and professional literature that I crammed into my suit case.   Sometimes you need to raze a village to […]

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I’m in transition. (No not that kind.).  I’m a teacher learning to be a teacher librarian.   But to be a teacher librarian these days means to be an information generalist in an age when information is metastasizing at a tremendous rate.  In library school, we are encouraged to learn coding languages as well as […]

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I’m sitting by a large window in a cafe in Manhattan, facing the East and hoping to get some rays of sun before I head into to the cave of work.  I have five more minutes before I have to go.   I am a time pressure samurai.  You can become one too. Time is […]

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Hello, Samurai Mindsters!   I’ve attached many vacuums to my time lately.  I am still a high school teacher.   I am a Librarian in Training (LIT!).   I also believe I am the parent of two little girls. I keep a samurai mind notebook to remind me of great ideas but I also incorporate another practice to […]

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You may have wondered where I have gone?  I’ve disappeared into the actual and virtual worlds of library training through Syracuse University.    I was away for the summer at the beautiful campus and then have been busy with online classes, learning, reading, in addition to my work as a personal coach and teacher. Currently, I […]

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Even if you talked to a lamp post about your goals, dreams, and obstacles you would benefit.   Talking and getting your aspirations, frustrations, and the tangled web of priorities outside of yourself gives you the benefit of getting out of your head and into action. I am offering to become your lamp post and your […]

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been two months since I’ve blogged on this site.  Where did I go?  I’ve been spending a little time blogging about teaching about Asia, but really the rest of the time has been taken up by teaching and also getting into a School Media Specialist program at Syracuse University.  […]

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Another school year has ended.  My wife and daughters are in Japan and I am living the wild bachelor life.   The other day I got a little wild and bought a  filing cabinet.   Crazy!  I know! Buying a filing cabinet is all  part of taking myself a little more seriously and allowing myself to play […]

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