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

Using a Washing Machine

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This is me at home posing for a picture with our washing machine. More about the machine in the story below.

Sometime last year, my younger brother Symo, who lives in the British island of Bermuda, had the property he owned before he emigrated to Bermuda brought to our home here in Kiserian. Among the things that were brought were a refrigerator, a microwave, a gas cooker, an electric kettle and a washing machine.

Those appliances have been of immense help to my parents and I. They have raised our standards of living. For today, let me talk about the washing machine.

When the washing machine was brought home, I was eager to learn how it is operated. At first, I thought using the machine was as easy as running a microwave. I just needed to plug it to electricity and it would do the washing.

But alas! My sister-in-law Alice surprised me when she informed us on one Sunday evening that in addition to plugging it to electricity, the washing machine needed to be connected to water pipes by a trained plumber.

A few weeks later, my older brothers hired a plumber to connect the washing machine to water pipes. The plumber did a fine job. About the only thing he didn't do was fix an electrical socket for the washing machine. We had to use his own extension wire to test if the machine was working as it should.

That night the plumber tested the washing machine while teaching me how it is operated, I felt joyful at the prospect of learning something new. I asked him a battery of questions with a niggling fear that I could irritate him with my never-ending inquiries.

Well, the washing machine gave us a bit of trouble. First, water was not flowing into it. And when water finally began flowing, the sweater we had put into the chamber of the machine was not spinning as it should. That got me praying, of course silently.

My prayers helped because a moment later, the sweater started spinning. As the washing machine spun the sweater, I couldn't help thinking, like an African villager would, that the white man must be a witch for him to have invented such a sophisticated machine.

Since the plumber was in a hurry to go, he didn't teach much. And he himself didn't seem well acquainted with how the washing machine works. Besides telling me which buttons to press, the little he taught me about the machine was that detergents are sprinkled inside the chamber where clothes are put.

Late last month, Dad hired some electricians to fix an electrical socket for the washing machine. After the socket was in place, I picked my sweater and bedsheets for washing with the machine. Worrying that the machine would give me trouble as it had that night the plumber tried to teach me how it operates, I prayed for supernatural guidance on how to use it.

I put my sweater and bedsheets into the washing machine. And wow! Water easily flowed into the machine when I turned on both the socket and the water tap. Sooner than later, the sweater and the bedsheets began spinning. The only action the machine didn't do was get rid of the dirty water in its chamber. I had to use a plastic container and a towel to remove the water.

The following day, I washed Mum's clothes using the machine. And the task seemed even simpler to carry out than I had anticipated. Actually, operating the washing machine is not rocket science.

It turns out there are special detergents made for use in washing machines. And in the case of our washing machine, there is a slot in it for putting the special detergents. The plumber had misled me by informing me that detergents are sprinkled into the chamber in the machine where clothes are put.

What's more, the washing machine has a method of draining water from its chamber. So there was no need for me to use a plastic cup and a towel to remove water from the chamber.

Learning to use the washing machine has civilized me, much in the same way learning how to play the piano refined me when I was growing up in the '90s. Or in the same way learning to create computer programs brightened me during my late teenage years.

The washing machine has also eased my life. No longer will I be struggling to wash my sweaters and bedsheets with my bare hands. I will just be inserting them into the machine, rotate its knob, press a few buttons and bingo! The sweaters and bedsheets will be cleaned better that I could with my bare hands. How civilized!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on me using a washing machine, you might also enjoy another one on "How I Learnt to Play the Piano" which I wrote several years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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Consequences of Stealing

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Three days to Christmas last month, Mum phoned a certain woman and requested her to come clean our mansion in preparation for the festive season during which we were to receive some visitors. The woman honored Mum's request and brought with her another younger woman who I understand was her daughter.

Before they began cleaning our mansion, the women negotiated with Mum how much they would charge for their services. After they finally agreed on a fair amount, Mum ordered them to clean our living room as well as our kitchen and the master bedroom where my parents sleep.

At first, Dad objected to the women going beyond the living room. But when Mum insisted that they clean the kitchen and the master bedroom, Dad gave ground to Mum's orders. The women then proceeded to freely enter our mansion as they cleaned some of its room.

Later on in the night of that day the women cleaned our mansion, I heard Dad grouse that they had stolen some of our plates. Apparently, it was our farmhand who spotted them with the plates as they were leaving our home.

When I went to the kitchen, I saw that the number of plates in the cupboard looked fewer than usual. It did therefore seem like the women had walked off with some of our plates.

The following day, my elder brother Bob Njinju, who happened to have seen the women when he visited us that evening they were cleaning our mansion, demanded that they be summoned and reproached for stealing from us. But my parents thought it wise to leave them alone and never let them set foot on our home again, something I agreed with though I didn't say.

As I sat on my desk that night I heard Dad grouse about the women stealing plates from us, my mind flashed back to the years 2007 and 2008 when I used to belong to a certain choir at All Saints' Cathedral in Nairobi. Because I was a hick from the village back then, I used to feel painfully shy when interacting with my fellow choristers who were townies.

And wa! Some of the choristers mistook my shyness for ulterior motives. They thought I was taking advantage of my association with the choir to pilfer music materials from the cathedral.

One Thursday night as I was leaving the cathedral after choir practice, a guard stopped me at the gate and inspected my bag. He didn't find anything incriminating in the bag. And I surmise he had acted on orders from the choristers who suspected I was pilfering materials from the cathedral.

On another Thursday night, the cathedral music director, who had never spoken to me before, approached me after choir practice and told me something as if she already knew me. I could tell from her remarks that she had been briefed about my possible engagement in petty larceny.

Despite the suspicions the choristers had on me, I was a good young man back then. I got out of bed every morning, read regularly, assisted in domestic chores and attended church every Sunday. And I was polite to people, at least most of the time. My only weakness was a lack of good social skills.

It wasn't until August 2008 that I stopped attending church and backslided in my Christian faith by oversleeping, behaving abnormally and missing classes at the university. And later on in 2010, I added to my list of increasing sins the behavior of sending weird messages to friends and strangers. Otherwise in the years 2007 and 2008 when some fellow choristers at All Saints' Cathedral were suspicious of me, I was a good young man lacking in social graces.

Deficient though I was in social graces back in 2007 and 2008, I was smart enough to discern some of my fellow choristers were suspicious of me. So I was keen not to carry away music books from the cathedral without permission.

To tell you the truth, I came to feel bitter at the way the choristers treated me with suspicion. But upon reflecting on the way the women who came to clean our mansion last month ended up stealing plates from us, I am now thinking the choristers had some merit in being suspicious of me.

For walking off with our plates, the women will never again get another job to clean our mansion and cook meals as they used to do before. And that, my beloved reader, is one of the consequences of stealing. Let us therefore avoid stealing as the Bible implores us in Exodus 20:15. Ciao!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on consequences of stealing, you might also enjoy another one on "Thefts I Recall From My Boyhood Days" which I wrote several years ago. Just click on that link in blue to dive straight into the story.


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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."


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)