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

Wonders of Nature

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Let me reveal to you a little secret about myself: I love nature and meditating on its wonders. I can pause to take in the beauty of a flowing river, of the sun setting in the western horizon and of a lone bird soaring high above the ground.

Perhaps it's due to my innate love of nature that I came to enjoy learning biology during my high school years at Starehe Boys' Centre. I particularly liked studying a certain photocopied book of biology essays that lucidly explained wonders of nature such as how polar bears are adapted to living in cold climates.

Later on in 2013, more than seven years after I finished high school, I developed a burning desire to reread that book of biology essays. So I went to Starehe to get it but the teacher I approached, Mrs. Cecilia Kiprop, informed me that she had no such book, something that surprised me since I expected the book to be an essential reading for biology students at Starehe.

Despite that let-down by Mrs. Kiprop, my love of nature has remained undiminished. I have memorized some motivational quotes that draw inspiration from nature. Quotes like "A river cuts through rock, not because of its power but because of its persistence", "A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings", and "The tree that bears the most fruits gets stoned the most."

Now that I have revealed my love of nature, allow me to share with you, my beloved reader, some four wonders of nature that have awestruck me. Only four.

The first is the nature of two gases: oxygen and hydrogen. Those two gases are highly flammable. As every high school student knows, oxygen is needed for combustion. Hydrogen gas is also combustible; it was quickly abandoned as the gas of choice in making hot-air balloons after one devastating accident in which a hydrogen-filled balloon burst into flames.

You know what? When you react those two highly flammable gases, oxygen and hydrogen, you form water which extinguishes fire. Isn't that a wonder?

Equally tantalizing is the nature of the elements sodium and chlorine. Both elements are extremely poisonous. Sodium is a very reactive element; if you were to put it into your mouth, it would react explosively with saliva, leaving you with wounds. Chlorine gas is also harmful; it was used by Germans to kill enemy soldiers during the First World War.

You know what again? When you react those two poisonous elements, sodium and chlorine, you form sodium chloride (table salt) which we add to our food everyday to improve its flavour. Isn't that another wonder?

The third wonder of nature is the composition of an atom, the building block of matter. An atom is made up of protons, neutrons and electrons. Protons and neutrons are concentrated in the nucleus of an atom while electrons roam around the nucleus. Both the nucleus and the electrons occupy tiny spaces of an atom. Most of an atom is actually vacuum, which makes me wonder where all the solidness we feel in the objects around us comes from.

And the last wonder of nature I will tell you about concerns the human body. I have come to be amazed by the wonderful construction of the human body and the working of its various parts. The human body is capable of having emotions, healing itself from an injury and reproducing itself. And its brain is so sophisticated that it can make us think creatively.

There are sculptors who make likenesses of a human body from wax, rocks and metal. And some of their sculptures are magnificent to behold. But to make the sculptures breathe, grow and think - that has, of course, been beyond the ability of even the most skilled sculptors. Only God can create such a miracle-working machine as the human body.

Before I finish my story, let me leave you with this quote by biologist Rachel Carson: "Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."

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Thuita's 7 Rules of Writing

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I love writing stories, especially those that most folks can relate to. It's that passion for writing stories that inspired me to set up this lovely blog of mine. And I have come to reason that if people take time to read novels, then they can certainly be interested in the stories I post on this blog.

Well, many people think that writing stories is as easy as ABC. But how mistaken they are! Writing a captivating story can be as challenging as learning calculus or computer programming.

Personally, I am not a born writer. I have had to work hard to improve my writing skills. Most of that hard work has entailed reading avidly and doing lots of writing practices.

My efforts have been paying off given the feedback I have received from my blog visitors who inform me that they have enjoyed a story on this blog. Just last Monday, I got a message from a lady called Sierra Ann who encouraged me to keep up the great work I am doing on this blog.

I also believe that I have grown into a competent writer because I have been pleased with virtually all the stories I have shared over the last seven years since I rebranded this blog to what it looks like now. That's unlike in the past when I used to cringe after going through what I had written to friends.

As I was rereading some of my blog stories recently, I discovered several shortcomings in the stories. First was my tendency to overuse the hyphen, even when unnecessary. When talking of "hard work" for instance, I would write it as "hard-work".

Second was my proneness to using the wrong prepositions, perhaps due to my laziness in consulting the dictionary. In one blog story for example, I wrote that I heard something "in the radio". We should say "in the radio" when we are talking of the resistors, capacitors and transistors that make a radio. Otherwise the correct way to say it is "on the radio".

Third was my use of capital letters when unnecessary. A few weeks ago while taking on the internet a crash course in capitalization, I gathered that school subjects such as math, physics and geography shouldn't be capitalized like I was fond of doing.

The last shortcoming in my past stories was my failure to correct obvious mistakes before sharing the stories on the internet. Mistakes such as using the wrong words: "that" instead of "than", "a" instead of "I" and "her" instead of "him". Mark you, I have left those mistakes uncorrected even after proofreading the stories more than three times.

Despite those shortcomings in the stories I have written over the last seven years, I must say that I have been impressed with how much I know. And I owe that wealth of knowledge to my love of reading.

If you are also an avid reader, I implore you to take up writing as a hobby or as a career. Just to get you started, let me share with you the following "Thuita's 7 rules of writing" which I have drawn from my writing experiences:
  1. Avoid plagiarism: Don't plagiarize other people's writings as that will turn you into a fool. Write original stories. By the way, top American colleges like Yale and Harvard take issues to do with plagiarism very seriously.
  2. Borrow snappy remarks: It's okay to copy clever phrases from other writers. So feel free to use in your writings any smart statements you've come across in your readings.
  3. Get rid of unnecessary sentences: A well-written story should have no unnecessary parts, just like a well-engineered machine. Therefore, be content to leave some things unsaid.
  4. Be wise: To be a top-notch writer, not only should you be knowledgeable but also wise. Don't reveal other people's secrets in your writings. Neither should you write something you'll be embarrassed of later. Write what will not offend your soul or your readers.
  5. Don't overquote: It is said that you can tell how lazy a writer is by the amount of content they quote from other writers. The more they quote, the lazier they are. So if you want to be known as a diligent writer, use your own words and quote other writers sparingly.
  6. Love people: As author Dale Carnegie observed, to be a great storyteller, you must love people. Since writing is mostly about sharing stories, you need to love people so much that you want to share your writings with them.
  7. Tell the truth: Unless you are a fiction writer, cut out any statement in your writings that's untrue, no matter how nice or funny it sounds. That's the way to build trust with your readers.
There you have them: that's "Thuita's 7 rules of writing". I hope you've gleaned something valuable from them. And if you are a seasoned writer, I'd love to hear from you on what I have left out in the rules. Just load the feedback page of this blog to send me your thoughts. 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."


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)