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Restart the Suckage: Turn Resistance into Flow

The other day I had a memory of a time when someone needed to transfer gas from a friend’s car to make it to the gas station.  He took a hose, held it at a certain angle, sucked some gasoline … Continue reading

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You will never get “there”: The Now Samurai

Yesterday, I decided to stop at a cafe to have an iced latte.  Because it was hot outside and their air conditioner wasn’t on, it was relatively empty.  Then they turned on some Best of Jimi Hendrix, which I hadn’t … Continue reading

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Content Samurai: Know More, Do More, Play More

I’m not a New Year’s Eve guy.  I have nothing against other people’s celebrations.   For me, I like to start the new year well rested and not hung over.  I went to bed at 9:30.   I celebrated New Year’s day … Continue reading

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The Split Second Samurai: Love it or Leave It

As I approach learning and writing, I’ve noticed the power of not only small minute blocks of study but also the power of a second, or even a nano-second.   There is a split second, draw your katana decision.  Will you  … Continue reading

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Little Moves, Great Power: Lessons from the Cowardly Samurai

If I were to really be a samurai, I would probably be a samurai during the Tokugawa era, when the country was pretty much unified and most samurai were bureaucrats sitting around in the entertainment district trying to write haiku … Continue reading

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Samurai Swimming: The Importance of “Treading Water”

The other day I was minding my own business and paying attention to @ajatt’s twitter conversation when a rockin’ young ma twitterin’ man named @Mikeylovesrock asked, “Could someone create an @ajatt method for guitar fluency? :p I’d be much obliged.”  … Continue reading

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How to get better in one easy step. Show the Samurai Up!

All I need to know is how much is enough.   —James Heisig’s translation of  saying on a small stone basin at Ryonji,  a Zen temple Buddhist poet Saigyo tried to live “one inch above the ground.”  . . .not with … Continue reading

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