During my first semester of grad school, the chair of the Psychology department gave each member of the new cohort a Daruma doll. Daruma-san’s single eye represents a goal that you are working towards accomplishing. He provides you with good luck and perseverance as you work toward the goal, and once it is accomplished you are supposed to thank him by drawing on his second eye. A new semester begins tomorrow, and I thought I’d enjoy the last of my free time by taking Daruma-san on an adventurous backyard photography session. I’m very much enjoying the results. With a little warrior like him watching over me, I know I’ll have another successful semester!