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Monthly archives for August, 2014

Waited Too Long

“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish a lot.” –Blaise Pascal   The dimly lit City Hall Annex foyer was dusty and stuffy. The willy-nilly building, recently constructed next to the main City Hall building in Nairobi‘s central business district, already looked tired. It may have been partly due to the heavy traffic […]

Reflections of A Former Cadet

“The hope of a secure and liveable world lies with disciplined nonconformists.” –Martin Luther King   I had waited eighteen months to join the National Youth Service (NYS) as a cadet. Being accepted at the university had been a-dream-come true. In my days, there were only about 2,000 freshmen admissions per year in Kenyan universities. Like […]

Give Yourself A Break

“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” ―Albert Camus   On this morning, I sit at the porch of a hermitage located in a narrow valley next to a small stream running through the sparse bushes. From my viewpoint, the eye and mind are soothed by the musical […]

Mistakes Happen – Part 2

“In life, we should always be ready to face a new challenge, strong enough to overcome a new problem, and determined enough to start all over again if all fails.”― Unknown   My hosts left on Friday morning as I prepared to go for my first meeting. As we bade each other goodbye, I looked […]


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