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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 worked out their rhymes.   They treated these notebooks with a heck of a lot more […]

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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, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, etc.  If the ideas stop being interesting […]

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But there is Boddhidharma, fierce eyes, teeth showing, intent and determined, a free spirit who [will not accept] the propaganda of mediocrity.  He challenges you to be free enough of society to transform it for the better.   —L. Boldt  Zen and the Art of Making a Living Nurture your minds with great thoughts.  To believe […]

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I’ve mentioned samurai notebooks lately, but haven’t really gotten into detail about them for a while.   Samurai notebooks are notebooks where you put positive ideas, plans, information, etc and review on a regularly spaced basis.   My samurai notebooks aren’t necessarily pretty, but they have been transformational. The Why: Daniel Coyle reports that a great percentage […]

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Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.  –Ben Hogan You don’t have to “feel”happy to put your mind in happy places. Focusing on happiness is a decision. It’s possible that happiness is a habit of turning your mind to positive places.  There is also a key role for tears.  Sometimes you need to wring […]

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I did it!  I headed to the post office, got the right postage and sent my book proposal to an agent I worked with years before.   (I will tell you later what it was my book proposal was about.  I like to let creative projects incubate until they are ready.)   What’s amazing that even though […]

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Little pieces floating back to the edge of consciousness.  Samurai reviews old pages.  Review your notebook, change your mind.

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When in doubt, space it out.  Spaced repetition is a simple habit that has turbo charged my language learning.  Now I am using it to shake other things in my life.  

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Yeah, sing it, just like the Rolling Stones. “Sa-mu-rai Time is on my side! Yes it is!”  Don’t know how to sing?  That’s okay, sing it badly.  Don’t know who the Rolling Stones are?  Abandon all hope ye who enter. As I write this, I have a device strapped to my wrist, counting down and […]

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