Monday, 20 December 2010

From Me to You - Yvonne Chaka Chaka lyrics

I don't want to turn my blogspot into a music lyric search page but somehow ...music is one of the things that touches my heart, motivates me ...inspires me.

I could not find the lyrics for Yvonne Chaka Chaka's - From me to you ...so I transcribed them. I hope they are accurate, please feel free to correct them ...and most of all enjoy.

I think its an appropriate song ... seeing as Christmas is just around the corner "peace on earth and goodwill to men"



Yvonne Chaka Chaka  - From Me to You

I have come to plead receive the love from me
So hard to find someone who’s kind
Now it’s to share to one another show some care
We all need some understanding to survive
Join me everybody to find the love we need

This is from me to you
All we have to do
Live together in our world and find the love we all once knew
This is from me to you
All we have to do
Live together in our world in true harmony

The time has come for me to sing this special plea
For love and peace
I beg you please
Now its time to share to one another show some care
We all need some understanding to survive
Join me everybody to find the love we need

This is from me to you
All we have to do
Live together in our world and find the love we all once knew
This is from me to you
All we have to do
Live together in our world in true harmony × 2

This is from me to you
Lets get together
All we have to do
harmony
Live together in our world and find the love we all once knew

This is from me to you
all we have to do
People crying ….people dying

Live together in our world in true harmony× 2

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

You are Me - By Alaine

Alaine Laughton recently visited Kenya and although I did not get to attend her concert I really love her songs ...

Alaine Laughton


"You are Me" especially pulls at all my heartstrings ... I am one of those people who believe that there is an inherent good human being in each one of us ... and just treating other people well brings out the best of them.  

I have often of course paid the price for this belief often ...people do like to take advantage ...and misuse those who treat them well. It is common to find people choosing the tangible ...such as electronics, money and other stuff ...over the intangible like friendships. Sometimes others will lie to you, con you - maybe and not feel a thing.


But all in all I still join Alaine in singing her song - enjoy the lyrics ...just note they are transcribed - so feel free to correct any errors you find




ALAINE - You Are Me


OhYeah × 2

Time is wasted we were meant to love each other - yeah
Separation is the root of all our problems  - woohhh
If I hurt you then I hurt myself hate you then I hate myself
If I kill you - I kill me

But if I love you like I love me
And if I treat you like I treat me
Oh what a world (what a world × 2)
Oh what a world (what a world × 2)
When I see you are me
Oh yea
You are me
(you are me)
You are me

We are dying bodies lying in the street
From the silence unmarked graves are crying out for peace ohhh
If I turn my back and walk away say… that’s not me so I’m okay – I fail
Cos it goes on and on again

But if I love you like I love me
And if I treat you like I treat me
Oh what a world (what a world × 2)
this would be
Oh what a world (what a world ×2)
When I see …

Bridge
You are me and I am you one blood, one spirit,
One world we are living and we could be the change we need

If I love you like I love me
And if I treat you like I treat me
Ohhh what a world…what a world …what a world this would be
Ohhh what a world …when I see

If I love you (like I love me) the way I love me

And if I treat you like I treat me
Oh what a world
what a world …what a world …what a world
This would be
Oh what a world
what a world…what a – world
then I see … you are me

you …you ….you are
you …you …you are …you are me ….yeah yeah









Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Nancy Jebet Langat - My New Heroine

The Kenyan team performance in the just ended club games "The Commonwealth Games" was fantastic to say the least.

The team hauled in 32  Medals, kept the National anthem singing throughout the games with spectacular 1,2,3 finishes in the 800 M men (Boaz Lalang and "double Kiplagat - Silas and Abraham), 3000 m men Steeplechase(the regular trio of champs - Matelong, Brimin Kipruto and Ezekiel Kemboi) , 5000 m women (World Champion - Vivian Cheruiyot, Sylvia Kibet and Ines Chenonges), 3000 m, steeplechase(World Champion - Milcah Chemos, Mercy Wanjiru and Jerotich Chepkemoi).
Kenya pulled spectacular 1, 2, 3 finishes. 3000 m Steeplechase Matelong, Brimin and Ezekiel Kemboi.

In 10,000 m Grace Momanyi and Doris Chepkwemo also did a one - two finish.
Our Marathoners "double Irene" - Jerotich and Kemunto did the same in the mens marathon while John Kelai and Amos Tirop did the honors in the men's race over the same distance. Other doubles were the men's 1500 m and Men's 10,000 and Men 5000 m. African Champion Grace Wanjiru Njue pulled a bronze in the 20Km walk.
 
Kenya also stunned others and surprised ourselves with two boxing medals from Benson Njangiru who won silver in the flyweight and Joshua Makonjio in the light heavyweight.

More surprises - Mark Mutai proved we can run shorter distances pulling Gold in 400 m and leading the relay team of the double Vincents - Kiplagat and Mumo along with Anderson Mureta to a Silver - quite a wake up call to the Athletics Kenya Federation and the Sports Ministry to start investing in facilities.

If you thought Dunford was a "Olympic fad" - you got it all wrong Jason Dunford and his brother David totally rock and Jason brought back the only swimming gold - which was Kenya's first gold medal in the games.

MY HEROINE

Nancy Jebet Langat is totally my heroine for the games. In the absence of the "Eldoret Express - Janet Jepkosgei" who pulled out the last minute - Nancy Jebet stepped up to the plate and said "why not - lets see what we can do?" The world 1,500 m champion tried her "hand" at the 800 m women's race and she won Gold.
She is the only double Gold medalist we had in the games and she totally pulled powerful performances in both races.
Nancy Jebet Lagat - My Heroine (in a past picture)

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

October 15 - Blog Action Day - Safe and clean water for the worlds poor

I never realised how much water could be an issue until one of the twins (Evalin Karijo) went to Kathonzweni as part of the AMREF water project team in the area.

Somehow water access, poverty, lack of health facilities, hunger always seem to go together and Kathonzweni was no different.

While the rest of the country grapples with issues that are more "esteem issues or self actualization matters" such as the constitution or endless political games - people in these areas of our country get up every morning just thinking of where their next meal will come from or where they will fetch water. Somehow children and women bear the brunt of all this. While the men will drown their sorrows in local brew or emigrate to Nairobi trying to search for a better life the women have to bring up their children in these rural areas. Fetching water is a whole days effort which begins before daybreak and ends late at night.
Dry river bed of Mbimbili in Kathonzweni, Kenya

Children of Usalama: Children and women are most affected by lack of water

Therefore it is important that we support organisations that reach out to this areas of our country, AMREF, the UN, IPA and other non governmental organisations.

Monday, 4 October 2010

SAFARICOM CLASSICAL FUSION

SAFARICOM CLASSICAL FUSION

Who would have thought classical music would be that fun - I spent the whole afternoon watching it on KTN television and was absolutely envious of the crowd that made it to Impala Grounds because they definitely looked like they were having a great time.

Of course I am not the classical music connoisseur I know the common names like Bach, Mozart, Handel ... and might be familiar with a few pieces - they helped me sometime back in overcoming insomnia and restlessness (of course I threw in instrumentals and Jazz - Kenny G and Dave Koz) but on the overall I could mistake one piece for another but nevertheless classical music is great and the Safaricom classical fusion was awesome.

I enjoyed the perfomances by Rhoda Ondeng, the Njoroge Couple (Elizabeth and Njoroge - I am not sure if they are a couple or they just share names but they were great) and I really liked the 11 year old by the name of Vimal who was heavenly on the violin. The Soweto string quartet on the whole did not disappoint and I am sure the high school students who were dancing their feet away to "diamonds on the soles of shoes"would admit to have thoroughly enjoyed the performance by  the brothers and their friend.

For me there was also the extra bonus of seeing Janet Mbugua and Michael Oyier presenting together again on Kenyan TV ... what better treat for a Sunday afternoon.
Michael Oyier and Janet Mbugua: Hosts at the Safaricom Classical fusion


Safaricom outgoing CEO MJ also had a good time although some Zain umbrellas nearly pooped the party for Michael Joseph - Lol  I am sure his nightmares come in Zain colours.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Terry Ann Chebet - She came, she saw she conquered - Next big name in Kenyan TV

Next hit on Kenyan TV: Terry Anne Chebet
I watched Terry Anne Chebet years ago ... on KBC. The multitalented lady acted in the then "local production - Reflections" she then went on to read lunch time news and finally to anchor on channel one prime time news.

A trained producer Terry Anne joined CNBC Africa in 2007 and did a pretty superb job in business reporting.

Terry Anne has recently joined Citizen TV and for those who felt a void in Kenyan TV with the move of Janet Mbugua to South Africa or the choice of Esther Arungah to become Mrs Timberlake ...I think Terry Ann will really bring the IT factor back to Kenyan TV whether reporting or anchoring or producing - this lady is set to go places so just watch this space.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Counting Down - Don Bosco Upper Hill Youth Concert

It's exciting, it's entertaining, it absolutely rocks and it's only 5 days away. The Annual Don Bosco Upper Hill youth concert is where you have to be at on Sunday 29th August 2010.

While I know many Kenyans might probably be looking forward to promulgation of the new constitution at Uhuru Park where the Kenyan Military will be putting up a show of might and art on the 27th August 2010, for those who of us who will have left over adrenaline, entertainment thirst, art appetite then come quench it with East Africa's liveliest youth group in song, dance, and plays from 2pm.

Damages: Adults - 150 Kes equivalent of $1.875 and Children 100 Kes equivalent of $1.25.

The theme of this years concert is "Timeless Peace" of course this being a prayer and the hope of every Kenyan that we will from now on onwards have a time of peace or if you like it better sung its in the National anthem

"Natukae na undugu, amani na uhuru raha tupate na ustawi"

Monday, 2 August 2010

Golden ending for Kenya – Beautiful African Championships

Kenya ended the CAA athletics on a winning note scooping first position in the medals tally. They were followed by Nigeria and South Africa in that order.

The last day of the championships just like Saturday had a full capacity audience.

Grace Wanjiru Njue started Kenya’s winning ways early in the morning winning the women’s 20 Km walk breaking the African record. David Kimutai did not disappoint in the men’s walk coming second.

Milcah Chemos held off her opposition to win Gold in the women’s 3000 m steeplechase. Olympic Champion the absolutely tall Asbel Kiprop stamped his authority on the men’s 1500 distance.

Kenyan men pulled an impressive 1,2,3 clean sweep in the 5,000 m with Yator who had led for most of the race losing out to Edwin Soi at the tape.

The men’s 4×4 relay team who had shown their intention on Saturday with the best time in the heats awed the crowd with their powerful performance.

Maiyo Chelagat Kenya’s only qualifier pulled an unbelievable second in the women’s 400 m hurdle.

Kenya’s “Eldoret express” Janeth Jepkosgei came second in the 800 m to get silver once again in this race after Zahra slipped past her at the line. Her undying Kenyan fans still feel that she will be back to hold the title for as long as the Maputo express – Maria Mutola did.

However Jepkosgei came back to pull Kenya to an unbelievable and unexpected second in the women’s four by four relay.

The athletics championships will be etched in the minds of Kenyans and will be a talking point for many days to come this year. Many of us got for the first time to watch our heroes and heroines do what they do best on the track and keeping the Kenyan flag flying high. We got the chance to watch “international duels” in our “local ground” such as Elegant running superb Linet Masai Vs the fantastic Ethiopian duo of Dibaba &Meselech and the other duel of Vivian Cheruiyot Vs Meseret Defar

We got to discover our potential in shorter races watching the likes of Soi, Mutai, Mutegi, Florence Wasike, Maiyo Jelagat pull winning surprises and put up great unexpected fights in the shorter distances.

We got the chance to watch “Kenya’s trademark winners” men’s steeplechase Matelong, Kemboi and Cherono, men’s 800 David Rudisha, Kirwa and Kivuva, ever dependable Asbel Kiprop, “Eldoret express” Janeth, Soi in 5000 m and Kiprop in 10,000m.

Most of all we got familiarity with other African champions the exciting Nigerian Blessing Okagbare, Hammer throwing Marwa Hussein of Egypt and fantastic Senegalese Amy Sene; The pole vaulting Algerian duo of Larbi Bouraâda and Mourad Souissi who were eventually beaten by fantastic Tunisian Dhouibi Hamidi; Nisrine Dinar the beautiful Morrocan Pole vault winner; the dominant South African shot put duo of Burger Lambrechts and Roelof Potgieter among others.

Despite the partisan and loyal Kenyan crowd it was all in all a beautiful African championship and a beautiful show for the continent.

Lessons learnt:
1. We need a stadium and training grounds dedicated to Athletics so that our teams can use such equipment as the hammer and shot put and the vaults perennially and also for civilian people not in the disciplined forces to use for training.

2. We can run short races there is need to tap this talent

3. We need a youth program to tap talent while they are still in high school

4. We can host international events (despite the fact that AK worked till the last minute to “first aid” the stadium they actually pulled it off) we need to have an allocation to development of these facilities just like we do have for roads and other infrastructure.

5. Finally Kenyans love to watch such events – maybe it is time we considered economics of putting spending power in the people’s pockets so that when there is Rugby sevens, premier league matches all can afford it. Also it would be great to have Athletics events on National days such as Jamhuri, Madaraka day etc. After all I don’t think there is anyone who keeps the Kenyan flag flying as high as our athletic sportsmen and sportswomen do.

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Delightful Dibaba CAA African Athletics Championship

The "Baby Faced Assasin" delightful Tirunesh Dibaba did it again - she broke Kenyans hearts at Nyayo National Stadium earned their respect with a powerful perfomance while at the same time her beautiful baby face won over their hearts.

Kenyans cheered their trio of world champion Linet Masai, Junior champion Pauline Korikwang and Doris Chepkwaing. After the early leader from Rwanda fell back "the usual suspects" Kenyans and Ethiopians took the lead. Finally from lap 15 it was just the three Linet Masai in the lead, Meselech Melkamu and Tirunesh Dibaba alternating in keeping up with the elegant running Kenyan. Masai long and powerful strides seemed headed to a Gold and the Nyayo stadium was up in uproar cheering her lap after lap. The bell went and the Ethiopians who have experienced Linet Masai's powerful kick did not take chances. Dibaba took off as if she was running 400 m race, Meselech chasing and valiant Linet whose lead had taken a toll on her final kick following for bronze.

Kenyans joy was restored soon after with the mens 4×400 relay who posted the best time in the heats ahead of tomorrows finals and ended Kenyan's day on a celebratory note.

Most unexpectedly the sprints are producing surprises in the sprints with a powerful performance in the mens 200 semi finals.

Earlier in the day Kenyans had a bittersweet 400M hurdles with favorite Florence Wasike fading all over sudden after leading in powerful race. However Maiyo redeemed Kenya in the second heat which was faster and came first.

Janeth Jepkosgei the Eldoret express pulled a powerful performance in her heat and is set for a showdown with Moroccos wondergirl tomorrow.

The final day tommorow is a must watch the finals of all these events taking place.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Gold Rush for Kenya - CAA African Athletics Championships

Today Kenya's best came out on to the track to emphatically place Kenya at the top of the medal standings in the ongoing CAA African Athletics Championships.

David Rudisha led Kirwa and Kivuva to complete a one, two, three medal haul in the men's 800 M.

Shortly after Nancy Jebet Lagat stamped her dominance on the womens 1500 m completely obliterating her opposition.

Also as expected Kenya maintained their monopoly of the Men's 3000 steeplechase with Matelong coming in first and Ezekiel Kemboi second.

WEEKEND RACES
We are all waiting to see the elegant Linet Masai take on her perennial rival the fantastic Tirunesh Dibaba in the womens 10,000 m finals.

To cap it all up everyone is looking to watch our very own "Eldoret Express" the one and only Janeth Jepkosgei do her thing in the 800M womens race. Although it would have been more exciting to see Janeth take on Caster Semenya - Africa Champion or world record holder - Pamela Jelimo ... it will still be great to see the wonderful Janeth run on home soil - a treat Kenyans have looked forward to ever since she dethroned "the Maputo express" Maria Mutola.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Victorious Vivian - CAA African Athletics Championship

Well I told you not to miss the 5000 m finals ... I hope you heeded me. I managed to get off work just in time to watch Vivian Cheruiyot put Meseret Defar and Tola both Ethiopians to second and third place and win Kenya's second gold.

Vivian made us all of us proud and you could just feel the unity and the pride as the national anthem was played.

I also watched the Kenyan men come second in Heat 2 of the 4×100 relay and also Mutai come second in 400 m hurdles heat.

I missed the semi finals of the mens 800 m but David Rudisha, Jackson Kivuva and Kirwa will all be in the finals tomorrow.

The CAA African Athletics Championships are living up to all expectations and Kenyans today packed the stadium to capacity.

Also in the weekend highlights is Florence Wasike who has starred for Kenya in so many events in the championships I have lost count - actually it is supposed to be seven(Heptathlon) but Florence seems to be everywhere from day one - yesterday.

We shall be looking forward to a really packed stadium over the weekend especially when the women 800 m will be run and our very own "Eldoret Express" Janeth Jepkosgei will be doing what she does best.

Vote No on August 4th - Kenyan Proposed Constituion - Referendum

Here is my study of the Proposed draft. My basis for voting no is
twofold - for reasons in the constitutional draft and for reasons
around the draft (i.e. the constitution debates ongoing as concerns
the draft, the process to which we came to have the current draft)

Reasons In the Draft

I have compared the Bomas draft, The harmonized draft of Nov 17 2009
and the Proposed draft of May 2010. The changes (ommisions, deletions
or additions) made to the previous drafts to come up with the current
mostly seem to have negative implications or results. The Proposed
draft is therefore an inferior document to the other two. I have made
my comparisons up from Chapter One till the Bill of rights

(For activists of Life it is important to look at the "Right to life"
in the Bomas draft and compare it to "the Right to life" or abortion
clause in the Proposed draft.)



Reasons Surrounding the draft


Most of the changes made above were made on recommendations by various
groups with vested interests e.g. the international community, the
church, the MPs, women rights activists, professionals. After these
changes have been effected none of these groups have come out openly
to declare "we recommended this addition or deletion for reason a) b)
and c) please support or decline the draft in solidarity with us".
These groups have chosen to "hide behind" the COE who claim total
responsibility for the changes. One wonders why the COE would write
the Harmonized draft in Nov and have various re-thinks about the
contents in May to come up with the Proposed draft - not possible
...not logical... not the case.

So long as these groups keep their agenda hidden then Kenyans should
reject the draft on the basis of lack of accountability and
transparency. Kenyans can't afford to be taken to the poll always on
"authorless drafts" - to date no one has claimed authorship of the
2005 Proposed draft ... the same might just happen to this draft.

I hope you have the energy to read the other chapters using my
methodology of comparison... I am tired of everything that is going on surrounding
the constitution ...the lies on both sides, the hate speech, the cover up ...,most
of all I think Kenyans are being conned - I am too tired to go on
reading it.

Enjoy my comparisons below

Regards


JP




Wednesday, 28 July 2010

CAA - Safaricom The Senior Athletics African Championships

Its spectacular its wonderful its here.

For all those Kenyans who love our athletes and have never had a chance to see them in action ... there are 28,000 free seats at the Nyayo National Stadium all for you to see Africa's best do their thing.

I missed the opening ceremony - had to work. But I arrived at the stadium in time to watch the 10,000 meters final which had us screaming and cheering with 6 laps to go as Kenyans looked to sweep the three medals. Ugandan Moses Kipsiro however spoilt our clean sweep coming in second. However Kiprop took first position and the worlds fastest man in the 10,000 distance Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai came in third

I also watched the pulsating 800 M heats - David Rudisha ran a powerful race showing who is the worlds best. Meanwhile Kirwa overcame Morracan opposition to win his heat while Kivuva Jackson won his heat in which acclaimed South African Mulaudzi did not present the expected threat. If you didn't see them today be sure to watch the semi finals on Friday and the Finals on Saturday.

Also unbelievable but true - Kenyan Kipkemboi Soy came third in 100M sprints and will be in the finals. We will all be rooting for him.

For those who love to see our Nigerian "oga" sisters run then you would have loved to watch the likes of Queen Obisesan and Blessing Okagbare in the sprints - powerful perfomances.

Also of great interest and a crowd exciter was Marwa Hussein of Egypt in the hammer throw although eventually she was beaten by the beautiful Senegalese Amy Sene.

Tommorow our girls will be on in the 5000 m final. Please don't miss it - personally I won't be able to get away from work - but if you can then Nyayo stadium is where you must be - it is fun, exciting, electrifying, it absolutely rocks.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Don Bosco Upper Hill - It's Happening

Haven't been posting much over the last couple of months ... sorry about that.

Everyone in Kenya is looking forward to referendum ... possibly a new constitution or gauging by the number of people displeased with the draft ...possibly not.

Anyway August holds more expectations for me...Don Bosco Upper Hill Youth Group - the liveliest church based youth group in East Africa will be holding a concert ... and I am so looking forward to August 29th.

So if you are in Nairobi ... come have a blast with Upper Hill youth group at the Don Bosco Shrine of Mary Help of Christians - opposite the World Bank offices ... no pictures right now but I promise to keep this post updated.

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Eagles - Myles Monroe



I recently listened to a couple of sermons by Dr Myles on you tube about Purpose of Prayer on you tube and they are great.

I actually stumbled upon this piece by him which led me to seek more of his content ... which led me to my friend Carol O ... who knows where to seek... which led me to you tube.

The piece is called Eagles. I think it is a beautiful piece. It really motivated me. I think I am an eagle I wish we could all be eagles.
So here goes

EAGLES
by Dr. Myles Munroe



1. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and not with sparrows or mix with other smaller birds.

Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle. Eagles fly with eagles. Even when Moses (Old Testament Bible) went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills. Stay away from sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.

2. Eagles have strong vision,

Eagles have strong vision, which focuses up to 5 kilometers from the air. When an eagle sites prey- even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.

3. Eagles do not eat dead things.

He feeds on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but not eagles. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Do your research well always.

4. The eagle is the only bird that loves the storm.

When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the winds of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the wind of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of our lives (obstacles, trouble, etc) to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably. Keep in mind the eagle is the only bird that rises above the storm to soar in the heavens until the storm passes. They do this because the eagle is the only bird God created with the ability to lock its wings in fixed position which enables them to be at rest as it soars high above the storm clouds.

5. The eagle tests before it trusts.

When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursuing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her. Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases until he reaches it and has to catch it before it falls to the ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude pursued by the male until she perceives it high enough, and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment, then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her! Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.

6. Eagles prepare for training.

When about to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach; the male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth picks thorns and lays them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns, and then flies back to pick rugs to put on the grass. When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass and rugs and lays them on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest. The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts. During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest and because they are scared, they jump into the nest again. Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets jump into the nest again, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air.
As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and picks them upon his back before they fall, and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for some time until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly and not fall at such a fast rate.
The father and mother eagle supports them with their wings. The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes.
The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success. The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and love on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns. The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.

7. Eagles Renew

When the eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare. He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out. We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives.

And the Bible says, "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" (Isaiah 40:31).
WAIT ON THE LORD and allow HIM to direct your paths through life!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Joyner was the greatest




I think Usain Bolt is fantastic. I also the think the far east is great to have athletic competitions ...just look at Seoul 1988 and Beijing 2008

That is a strong statement coming from Kenyan ... I should have seen so much athletic talent in my country to be awed too much by "the Lightning Bolt".


However today I'm not on about Bolt. I'm on about a woman who in my belief if today's timing mechanisms existed 20 years ago ...she would probably be as fast as Bolt or much faster.

Florence Griffith Joyner posted times in 1988 Seoul Olympics that have yet to be broken. I know its unfair ...since she died in 1998 Bolt doesn't have a chance to prove my assertions wrong.



Possibly am an hopeless romantic ... I was what? 7 years old when I watched her run... maybe her stylish long nails, her flowing speed and energy, her beauty got to me.



On that note I would like to say our own Kenyan lady athletes are wonderful runners ... okay maybe they need longer nails and crazy costumes ... I'm kidding. I like our athletes just as they are ... wonderful people who come from backgrounds of extreme hardships to make their dreams come true on the greatest arenas in the world.

I think it is the same quality that makes me admire and praise the late Joyner. She had spirit, she had fire and she made history.



Enjoy the videos.
Joyner tribute


Fantastic Florence


Flo Jo the best

Kenya has no leaders - We have Politicians

I don't know if its just me - but I totally lost interest in Kenyan politicians after the 2005 referendum. After that I was such a cynic, I never believed in a word they said.

Looking at the events that followed since then ... no new constitution six years after the Bomas draft was completed, post elections violence, internally displaced people 3 years after the post election violence, dying lakes - (Lake Naivasha at the Mercy of flower farm toxins), depleted forests - the Mau Forest under greedy land grabbers "breathe in - breathe out this list is long".

I know we are tempted to ignore our environment or legislation - entangled as we are in our daily toil to make ends meet.
If this are out of our scope of "sufuria za ugali na vikombe vya chai" what about the three latest scandals Maize Scandal, Education funds embezzlement, Unaccountability for HIV/AIDs and TB funding from WHO (World Health Organization) - clearly note this is FOOD, EDUCATION and HEALTH we are talking about ... if the forest or the lake or the constitution was abstract to you I hope this wakes you up - WAKE UP.

Looking at all these events and more which our politicians may be tempted to say they have nothing to do with ... they sit in the August house to make policy but when everything is going wrong they are quick to point blame fingers and take "exoneration public baths". Our politicians are to shameless to admit fault and say 'we have not made policy, we have not been honest with funds hence so many problems'

Our politicians are too busy creating alliances PDM, ODM, KKK name them ... they are endless. They are focussing for 2012. One wonders what beauty 2012 holds for us ... more blood baths by naive citizens ...nay stupid citizens ... one can be naive once but to fall for the same lies from the same people is stupid. What does 2012 hold for us ... shall we finally get to see how much HIV/AIDs has ravaged our country when the last protection of funded ARVS is pulled out. For crying out loud we can't even afford to get sick ... I wonder why on earth we want to keep paying redundant legislators. Will 2012 bring better food security.

Don't ask me if I can't see the good side of things ...such as the accord which was signed this day in 2008. If you are asking the answer is yes I can't see this good side because there was never supposed to be a bad side in the first place.

20 years after multiparty democracy ... 46 years after independence ... Kenya should not be celebrating accords between warring politicians, Kenya should not be celebrating when they receive donor food and donor medicine, Kenya should not be a country that waits on the seasonal rain to produce her food, Kenya should not be the country whose population is not guaranteed an education.

I can't see the good side - I told you I am a cynic.

Wake up Kenyans stop attending this silly masquerades called politically rallies. Stop celebrating silly political alliances.
If you have to fill up an arena ...fill up our empty KPL soccer matches or athletic trials or Conjestina Achiengs bouts ... make yourself useful ... cheer the people who really matter.

Look for real leaders.

Find leaders with the spirit of Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso. Find leaders with the spirit of Nelson Mandela of South Africa. Find leaders with the determination to rebuild like Paul Kagame of Rwanda.
Destroy this age of politicians who play games instead of making policy - we as a people deserve better than this hypocrisy, silly feuds, inheritance of political power in family circles.

Find people who have our interest at heart. People who can give up self interest to save a nation. I am surprised our leaders with 100 thousands of acres of land could let Kenyans live in internal displacement camps for 3 whole years.

Find people who are accountable. People who are able to say "I did not make this mistake but it happened under my watch - so I am stepping down".

As it is right now even the so much promised Hague trials may not take place ...even if they do evidence will be hard to get. Remember this is the government which turned a blind eye as the bodies of the people killed in the "Eldoret KAG church" were buried in a mass grave without the families being informed ... without DNA testing being done. Someone should go check out if the church is still there ...probably a politician has planted a vineyard over it. This is the government under which a Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission may never commence its activities because of silly war of words on its Chairman's character.

Wake up Kenyans - stop watching these people on TV. Wait for business news or sports news.
Better yet I hope some enterprising TV station will bring us a new News Programme with the title "News for People who don't like Politics".

Just to reduce the vitriol I have been on for the last few paragraphs I want to point out to great leaders ... characteristics that we should be looking for ... for this purpose I will use Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso




Thomas Sankara
August 21, 1983 press conference.

"I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory[....] You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. [...] We must dare to invent the future."

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