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 🙂

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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 Hùrin”

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.