Positive Quote For Today

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."— Maya Angelou


My Amazing Friend Dan Waweru

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This is my friend Dan Waweru who I shall talk about in the story below.

Dan Waweru was a buddy of my eldest brother Joe Kagigite back in the '90s when they were young adults. We became friends, Dan and I, in the early 2000s when he came home for visits, mostly to chat with Joe. During those visits, he would borrow from me past examination papers of Starehe Boys' Centre where I was pursuing my high school education. The exam papers were for his sister to use in her revision.

In my interactions with Dan, I came to know him as a gentle and humble guy. But he could become talkative when sharing his thoughts. On a number of occasions, I was privileged to be one of his interested listeners as he dished out his wisdom born out of his deep thinking and keen observations.

Dan could also be refreshingly humourous. At one time in the 2000s, my brother Bob Njinju shared with me two jokes that Dan had cracked. One was about Dan teasing someone that his torch was shining very dimly like a lighted cigarette. The other was Dan claiming they had so many rats in their home that they had started giving them names. I found those two jokes hilarious, especially when uttered in my mother tongue of Kikuyu.

My friendship with Dan blossomed in 2006 when we both belonged to our hometown Catholic church youth group. Dan was then an employee of National Bank of Kenya while I was a student in the institute division of Starehe Boys' Centre where I was pursuing a diploma in information technology. In those days, Dan served as the youth group's choirmaster and I as the chief piano accompanist, though that was not my title.

It was during our time in the youth group that I learnt Dan loved watching soccer. He was a big fan of Liverpool FC. In appreciation of our friendship, I gave him a floppy disk that had a software program I had created on that year's FIFA World Cup fixtures. I am not sure if he found the software useful but I enjoyed creating it.

As the year 2006 wore on, I began doubting the literary accuracy of the Bible. I openly shared my doubts with my fellow church youths. Despite my heretical beliefs which made me stop receiving the Holy Communion, Dan never demonized or sermonized me. He just accepted me for who I was; he even exhorted the other youth group members to think well of my musical talent.

Come April 2007, I left my hometown Catholic church youth group and became a member of All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi where I was hammered into a believer, and a staunch one for that matter. And after I became a devoted member of the cathedral, I lost touch with Dan for a number of years.

Sometime in 2012 when I took up writing as a hobby, I included Dan in the list of friends with whom I shared my writings via email. I regularly sent Dan emails which I was unsure whether he appreciated since I never received a single word from him until one day in 2013.

That day, Dan reciprocated my emailing initiative by forwarding to me a bunch of rib-cracking emails, some of which were bawdy. The emails were so hilarious that they had me in stitches. Later on in the evening of that day, I sent Dan an SMS, asking him to send me money to cater for the medical bill of treating my cracked ribs.

A few years later, on an uneventful day in 2016, I bumped into Dan on a street in our hometown of Kiserian. It had been a number of years since we had seen each other face-to-face and Dan was taken aback to see how plump I had grown, an observation that embarrassed me and made me desire to lose weight.

After that chance encounter with Dan in 2016, I began seeing him more frequently in Kiserian. Later on, I gathered that he had resigned from his nine-to-five job with National Bank of Kenya to run a grocery shop in Kiserian.

I occasionally dropped by his shop to buy a thing or two. One morning in 2017 when I went to the shop to purchase something, he informed me that he appreciated the emails I regularly sent to his work address. He further said that he had particularly liked one on "Tactical Manoeuvring". Even though I had exaggerated that story on tactical manoeuvring, Dan fell for it hook, line and sinker.

Two or three years ago, I noted Dan's grocery shop had been converted into a Safaricom shop and customer care centre. (Safaricom is the leading mobile phone service provider here in Kenya.) And on several occasions, I spotted Dan dealing with clients in the Safaricom shop, which made me assume he was now a Safaricom employee.

Last Saturday in the afternoon while I was busy washing my clothes in the bathroom, I heard the familiar voice of Dan greet my parents in the living room of our mansion. My senses had judged the voice right because several seconds later, my father told me that Dan needed to speak to me. As my father told me so, I could hear Dan saying in Kikuyu, "Tell Thuita to come and greet me. It has been quite some time since we last saw each other."

On finishing washing my clothes, I put on my towel and went to greet Dan. We exchanged pleasantries like long-lost friends, and then got down to the business that had brought him home: that is to register my Safaricom line as the Kenyan government is demanding. Dan registered my line in a minute or two, a short process that entailed scanning my national identity card and taking a passport photo of me.

After Dan left, I felt profoundly grateful for the initiative he had taken to come to our home to register my phone number without anybody instructing him to do so. He also didn't charge me a single coin for the effort. And by registering my line, he has saved me the time and energy of going to line up in a Safaricom outlet before the April 15th registration deadline. Dan Waweru is truly an amazing person and I am honored to call him a friend.

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The Importance of Knowledge

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Yesterday, I woke up at 6.30am to a beautiful morning here in Kiserian. I greeted the day with a smile, sprang out of bed and began crooning the wonderful old hymn "Angels We Have Heard on High" as I made my bed. Then I offered a prayer of thanks for the restful night I had had and recited the Lord's Prayer, asking God to grant me my daily bread and keep me from evil.

After praying, I went to the living room of our mansion to switch on our smart-TV, not that I wanted to watch it, but so that my crippled Mum wouldn't pester me to switch it on when she woke up and went to the living room. I just didn't want to be disturbed while reading the previous day's newspaper.

On switching the smart-TV on, I headed to the toilet for a short-call. And wa! Before I reached the toilet, I heard a minor explosion. When I turned my head in the direction of the explosion, I saw that a gadget on the socket called TV-Guard had blown up and its light-emitting diodes had gone off. I didn't need to be a genius to realize what had happened: the TV-Guard had malfunctioned.

Fearing that I would be blamed for the electrical fault that had blown up the TV-Guard, I silently wished it had been someone else who had switched it on; someone like my nephew Roy who has been watching a lot of TV shows with his two sisters since they came visiting last week.

I was somewhat relieved when Dad phoned about twenty minutes later from his workplace in Nairobi to inform me there was a power surge in our home area that was destroying electrical equipment of our neighbours. (Dad had left home earlier in the morning before I woke up.) I was relieved to hear the news from Dad because I wouldn't be blamed for the fault that had occurred to our smart-TV which cost my siblings a fortune when they bought it about two years ago.

Well, I can't quite remember if I warned other folks at home that there was a power surge in our home area. All I recall is hearing Roy tell Mum that someone wanted to have a bulb turned on so that they could see clearly. Roy switched on the bulb's socket - and boom! - the bulb blew up in a deafening sound that frightened Mum out of her wits.

I, too, was a bit shaken by the bulb's explosion which had been louder than that of the TV-Guard. So as to prevent further damage to our electrical appliances, I switched off power supply to all devices at home on the main switch. Then I informed Roy that there would be no more watching of the telly since our smart-TV had also been damaged.

Besides blowing up a TV-Guard and several bulbs, the power surge had also destroyed two phone chargers and the extension Dad uses to connect his printer and laptop to electricity. The damn power surge was that devastating.

Fortunately, I hadn't switched on my laptop and piano keyboard - my most prized possessions - during the power surge. They were therefore spared the damage. And because I usually shower in the afternoon, my bathroom showerhead was also spared. Oh, how I thank God that I will continue enjoying hot showers!

As luck would have it, the power surge didn't destroy the adaptor of our wifi router despite having switched it on together with the TV-Guard. I unplugged the router's adaptor just before it got damaged. And after unplugging it, it felt hot in my hands, meaning that if I had left it plugged for thirty seconds more, it would also have been destroyed. Methinks God spared the wifi router so that I can continue with my work as a blogger.

Later on yesterday as I reflected on the events of the day, I marvelled at how a lack of knowledge on the part of Kenya Power Company staff on how to avoid supplying more power than needed caused damage to expensive and valuable electronic gadgets in my home area. And the power surge could lead to losses for the company if it is sued for the damages.

As I reflected more, I realized that knowledge is indeed important. I think that's why God was greatly impressed when King Solomon asked Him for knowledge as it is narrated in the book of 2nd Chronicles. And I also think that's why the Bible exhorts us to get understanding, and to value wisdom and knowledge above everything else.

Realizing the importance of knowledge has made me regret why I didn't acquire more of it when I was at the university in JKUAT where I matriculated to pursue a degree in Electronics & Computer Engineering in 2007. I took my studies at JKUAT lightly and eventually dropped out in 2009. How I wish I had diligently applied myself to understanding the magical world of computers and other electronic gadgets!

All the same, I am glad that I have been making an effort to amass knowledge over the past two years by reading avidly and limiting my time on social media. And I am discovering that acquiring knowledge is exciting; as exciting as going for a ride on a merry-go-round.

My beloved reader, I beseech you to also get into the habit of acquiring knowledge. Read regularly, apply the knowledge you gain and make an effort to have it organized in your mind so that you can think clearly. Let's take to heart the advice of Henry Ford who said, "Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young." Adieu!

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Bible Quote

"Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do... Don't worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand."

~Phillipians 4:4-7 (TLB)

About the Author

Name: Thuita J. Maina
Nationality: Kenyan
Lives in: Kiserian, Rift Valley, Kenya
Mission: To inspire the world to godly living, one person at a time.

Just For Laughs

There was this drunkard named Azoge who loved drinking at Josiah's Bar. On being told a certain Hon. Nanga was flying to America to be conferred a law degree so that he could be admitted to the bar, Azoge replied, "Why fly all the way to America to be admitted to the bar while you can get into Josiah's Bar any time?"



The 7 Deadly Sins

  1. Pride
  2. Envy
  3. Gluttony
  4. Lust
  5. Anger
  6. Greed
  7. Sloth

Author's Note

I am learning to treat life as a journey, not a destination. So I am trying to enjoy each day as I anticipate to fulfill my dreams especially meeting my soulmate and traveling abroad. Tomorrow may never be mine.

Fun Facts

  1. The fear of having no cell-phone service, running out of battery, or losing sight of your phone is called Nomophobia, reportedly affecting 66% of people.
  2. A single Google search needs more computing power than it took to send Apollo 11 to the moon. The Apollo computer was less equipped than a modern toaster.
  3. Besides being some of the biggest names in the tech industry, HP, Apple, Google and Microsoft share another commonality. They all started in garages.
~Extracted from Codingforums.com

Health Tip

So many of us take for granted the wonderful construction of the human body and the workings of its various parts. Some of us even expect it to function efficiently with less than the minimum care and attention. Learn the much you can about your body and how the care of it can help to give you that greatest blessing of all - good health.


Wonders of the Modern World

  1. The Simplon Tunnel
  2. The Sky-scrapers of New York
  3. The Boulder Dam of Colorado
  4. The Panama Canal
  5. The Golden Gate Bridge
  6. The Taj Mahal at Agra in India
  7. The North Sea Oil Drilling Rigs

Great Example for Politicians

"My life in politics was a joy. I loved campaigns and I loved governing. I always tried to keep things moving in the right direction, to give more people a chance to live their dreams, to lift people's spirits, and to bring them together. That's the way I kept score."

~Bill Clinton

Scientific Marvels

  1. Space travel
  2. Heart surgery
  3. Fibre-optics communication
  4. Concorde
  5. Computers & Radios
  6. Anesthetics
  7. The atom bomb

My Supreme Desire

Although I'd like to be rich and famous, my supreme desire is to be radiant: to radiate health, cheerfulness, calm courage and goodwill. I wish to live without hate, guilt, worry, jealousy, cynicism and envy. I wish to be honest, natural, confident, clean in mind and body - ready to say "I do not know" if it be so and to treat all men with kindness - to meet any loss, failure, criticism and rejection unabashed and unafraid.



Greatest American Presidents

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. George Washington
  3. Thomas Jefferson
  4. Franklin Roosevelt
  5. Theodore Roosevelt
  6. Woodrow Wilson
  7. Andrew Jackson

Making Peace With the Past

"Dwell not on your past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."

~Eileen Caddy

Toughest Colleges to Get Into

  1. MIT
  2. Princeton
  3. Harvard
  4. Yale
  5. Stanford
  6. Brown
  7. Columbia

Why You Should Trust God

"Men and women who turn their lives over to God will find out that He can make a lot more out of their lives than they can. He will deepen their joys, expand their vision, quicken their minds, strengthen their muscles, lift their spirits, multiply their blessings, increase their opportunities and pour out peace."

~Ezra Taft Benson

The 7 Greatest Scientists

  1. Albert Einstein
  2. Isaac Newton
  3. Galileo Galilei
  4. Nikola Tesla
  5. Aristotle
  6. Archimedes
  7. Charles Darwin

You Matter

"Always be yourself. Never try to hide who you are. The only shame is to have shame. Always stand up for what you believe in. Always question what other people tell you. Never regret the past; it's a waste of time. There's a reason for everything. Every mistake, every moment of weakness, every terrible thing that has happened to you, grow from it. The only way you can ever get the respect of others is when you show them that you respect yourself and most importantly, do your thing and never apologize for being you."

~Unknown

The Most Industrialized Nations

  1. The United States
  2. Japan
  3. Germany
  4. France
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Italy
  7. Canada

Keys to Success

"...in his effort to withstand temptation, to economize, to exercise thrift, to disregard the superficial for the real - the shadow for the substance; to be great yet small, in his effort to be patient in the laying of a firm foundation; to so grow in skill and knowledge that he shall place his services in demand by reason of his intrinsic and superior worth. This is the key that unlocks every door of opportunity, and all others fail."

~Booker T. Washington

The 7 Social Sins

  1. Politics without principle
  2. Wealth without work
  3. Pleasure without conscience
  4. Knowledge without character
  5. Commerce without morality
  6. Worship without sacrifice
  7. Science without humanity

Cherish What You Love

"Cherish your visions, cherish your ideals, cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts - for out of them will grow all heavenly environment, of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built."~James Allen

The World's Largest Cities

  1. London in England
  2. New York in the United States
  3. Tokyo in Japan
  4. Berlin in Germany
  5. Chicago in the United States
  6. Shanghai in China
  7. Paris in France

Benefits of Optimism

"In terms of success, optimistic people out perform their pessimistic colleagues. Research shows that they are consistently promoted higher and make more money while working fewer hours than those who think pessimistically. Optimists also contribute more significantly to social progress. It is the optimists who start and run successful companies, who win elections and carry out reforms, and who make breakthroughs in the realms of science and technology."

~Pepe Minambo

The World's Greatest Lakes

  1. Caspian Sea in the Commonwealth of Independent States, C.I.S. (formerly U.S.S.R)
  2. Lake Superior in North America
  3. Victoria Nyanza in Central Africa
  4. Aral Sea in C.I.S.
  5. Lake Huron in North America
  6. Lake Michigan in North America

Demonstrating His Love

"Take your communication for instance - the way you address others. It ought to be with loving, gracious and edifying words. Never talk people down. Never use words that hurt and demean people. Communicate excellently with others without destroying their self-image or making them feel sorry for themselves. Talk to people in a way that they never forget the excellence of your words, the love and grace of Christ that you communicated. It's how God wants us to love."

~Dr. Chris Oyakhilome

World's Longest Rivers

  1. Missouri-Mississipi (U.S.)
  2. Amazon (Brazil)
  3. Nile (Egypt)
  4. Yangtse (China)
  5. Lena (Russia)
  6. Zaire (Central Africa)
  7. Niger (West Africa)