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Take it to the Edge and Empty Out

In order to have something, you actually need to leave it.  In order to remember something,  you need to take it to the point of almost forgetting. In order to listen to the music, you need to have silence. Yep, … Continue reading

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Catch Your Samurai Flow!

The other day, I had the rare pleasure of going to a little bar/restaurant called Lil’ Frankies with friends from work.   As a teacher and dad of two young children, I don’t get out much.   I was a amazed that … Continue reading

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Trash-Talkin’ Samurai: Deleting is Achieving

The other day my daughter, who is five, asked me where to find a good boyfriend.   Startled, I answered that the trash might be a good place.  Luckily, she laughed her head off.  I’m not quite ready to answer those … Continue reading

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100 Secrets to Becoming a Better Player: Samurai Thru-view

After reading Daniel Coyle’s Little Book of Talent, I realized that I was spending too much of my free reading time in English and needed to veer back to Japanese.   I pulled out ギター上達100の裏ワザ  (100 Secrets to Becoming  Better … Continue reading

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Keep the Fire Burning, (Man)

“Keep the fire burnin’…never let us lose our yearnin’”  . . . REO Speedwagon (ugh!) Do you try to have all of your breath all at once?  No.  A small steady supply feeds all your body systems and your mind.  … Continue reading

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Samurai Cleaning is Samurai Learning

A big snowstorm hit a few days ago and unfortunately my oldest daughter had a fever and we didn’t head out for sledding.   Before cabin fever set in, I resorted to extreme measures–I began cleaning.   I didn’t clean the whole … Continue reading

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“Don’t Give a Pluck, Guitar Samurai: “.ooooo1% is better than 0”

One of the nice things about signing up for Silverspoon, an internet Japanese immersion service, is that you get daily servings of corny motivational phrases.   After a while they start to rub off on you, and you start to believe … Continue reading

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The Things I Carry: A Day in the Life of a Silverspooner

I am on day 572 of 595 in Silverspoon, an internet service designed to help people immerse themselves in Japanese and become fluent.   I like the fact that there are limited days.  These past weeks I’ve passed over opportunities to … Continue reading

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One-Minute Tips for Effective Studying: A Samurai Minute Review

I am on a “one-minute” book roll.  This weekend, I had to spend expiring gift certificates at a Sanseido bookstore in New Jersey.   So many books so little time.  Fortunately, I chose an “illustrated” version of 1分間勉強法:  One Minute Tips … Continue reading

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One Minute Review: Enjoy Yourself to Learn a Foreign Language

As part of my Japanese immersion project, I have Japanese books stashed all over the place: in  my man bag, by my bedside, by the computer, etc.  At the Writer’s Room, where I spend 45-60 minutes each morning studying or … Continue reading

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