Ray Bradbury – “The Small Assassin”

Just try having kids and raising them after reading that one!
You’ll never look at them the same way.
Ray is really a genius and I like his work.

Now go back to your toddlers ūüôā


Kenneth Blanchard – “The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey”

(from The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey written by <!– @page { size: 8.27in 11.69in; margin: 0.79in } P { margin-top: 0in; margin-bottom: 0.08in } –>Kenneth Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken¬†Jr.¬†and¬†Hal Burrows)

I read this book from cover to cover. It is very powerful. I brought many gems out of it:

  • It’s tough¬†to¬†work¬†for¬†a¬†nervous¬†boss, especially¬†if¬†you¬†are¬†the¬†one¬†who’s making¬†your¬†boss¬†nervous! –¬†Benjamin Franklin’s¬†grandfather¬†cited¬†in¬†The¬†One Minute¬†Manager¬†Meets¬†The¬†Monkey by Kenneth¬†Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken¬†Jr.¬†and Hal¬†Burrows,¬†p18

  • […] higher¬†management¬†cannot¬†risk¬†promoting¬†people who¬†are¬†indispensable¬†in¬†their¬†current¬†jobs because¬†they¬†have¬†not¬†trained¬†a¬†successor. –¬†The¬†One¬†Minute¬†Manager¬†Meets¬†The Monkey by¬†Kenneth¬†Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken Jr.¬†and¬†Hal¬†Burrows,¬†p23

  • Things Not¬†Worth¬†Doing¬†Are¬†Not¬†Worth¬†Doing Well –¬†The¬†One¬†Minute¬†Manager Meets¬†The¬†Monkey by¬†Kenneth¬†Blanchard, William¬†Oncken¬†Jr.¬†and¬†Hal¬†Burrows,¬†p36

  • Experience is¬†Not¬†What¬†Happens¬†To¬†You;¬†It’s¬†What You¬†Do¬†With¬†What¬†Happens¬†To¬†You –¬†The¬†One¬†Minute¬†Manager¬†Meets¬†The Monkey by¬†Kenneth¬†Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken Jr.¬†and¬†Hal¬†Burrows,¬†p50

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    A monkey¬†is¬†The¬†Next¬†Move –¬†The One¬†Minute¬†Manager¬†Meets¬†The¬†Monkey by Kenneth¬†Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken¬†Jr.¬†and Hal¬†Burrows,¬†p26

  • The more¬†you¬†get¬†rid¬†of¬†your¬†people’s Monkeys,¬†The¬†more¬†time¬†you¬†have¬†for your¬†people –¬†The¬†One¬†Minute Manager¬†Meets¬†The¬†Monkey by¬†Kenneth Blanchard,¬†William¬†Oncken¬†Jr.¬†and¬†Hal Burrows,¬†p55

Kay Hetherly – “Kitchen Table Talk”

Magic happens in the kitchen

(from Kay Hetherly’s book Kitchen Table Talk – Anything and Everything Essays on America and Japan published by NHK Publishing)

I received this book from my wife. At first glance, I didn’t know what to expect from it. So I began to read it with the “Beginnner’s mind” attitude.

I read the first two pages and I couldn’t stop until I finished the book late that day. If you want to know what it is like to live in Japan, read it. This is a collection of short essays on various topics related to living in Japan as a foreigner.

My favorite is “The Chopsticks Debate.” What is yours?

Book information: ISBN 4140350636 or 9784140350638

J.R.R. Tolkien – “The Children of H√Ļrin”

Hador Goldenhead was a lord of the Edain and well-beloved by the Eldar.

By J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, Illustrated by Alan Lee

Very beautiful and yet very sad story.

Everything in the Tolkien universe sounds so coherent, so true. The action, the names, the places, everything is at the right place and nothing sounds odd. He is just my favorite writer.