Positive Quote For Today

"The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself."— C. JoyBell C.

Reconnecting With Music

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I came to like this photo of the small boy entertaining a cat with a recorder. It speaks so much about the power of music, doesn't it? And if you know the genuine copyright holder of the photo, please let me know so that I can acknowledge them and link my audience to their website.

As I have said before on this blog, I decided to switch churches when I was leaving Starehe Institute in April 2007. I looked for one in Nairobi where I could be worshipping during my university time in JKUAT which I was slated to join the following month. Having been brought up a Roman Catholic, I visited two catholic churches in Nairobi but they didn't click with me.

Then one night that April as I was surfing the internet in a Starehe Institute computer lab, I thought of going to All Saints' Cathedral. My Starehe schoolmate Moses Aran had narrated to me the rousing reception he had received in the cathedral after he played the trumpet during one of its services.

That night as I contemplated of visiting All Saints' Cathedral, I asked Aran for directions to the cathedral as we surfed internet in the Starehe Institute lab I have told you about.

"It's next to Uhuru Park," Aran replied, a tad too lightly.

Armed with that scant information given by Aran, I set off for the cathedral the following morning. And I didn't have trouble locating it when I reached Uhuru Park. I entered the cathedral and sat through one service and after it was over, I approached the organist who didn't show much interest in me.

Undeterred, I attended the service that followed and after it was over, I again approached the organist. And wow! This time, the organist was an amiable gentleman called Dr. Imbugi Luvai who turned out to be very welcoming. As soon as I had him know I was a Starehe student with skills in playing the piano, he went out of his way to introduce me to the cathedral's 9.30 a.m. English service choir which I joined and came to love being part of.

Two or three Sundays after my first visit to the cathedral, Dr. Imbugi Luvai allowed me to help him out on the organ during church service by letting me accompany the majestic hymn "I Will Sing the Wondrous Story". I played it so well which was nothing new to me since I had accompanied hymns on many occasions during my Starehe years. But guess what! Some of my fellow choristers were taken by surprise that I could play the organ. They looked at me with amazement and wonder as if I had just discovered a cure for HIV/AIDS.

For the next one year or so, I continued attending church services at the cathedral where I learnt more hymns and accompanied a number of them on the organ. And oh my, aren't Anglican hymns beautiful and inspiring!

But guess what again! Beginning some time in August 2008, I stopped attending church in the cathedral when I started going astray at the university in JKUAT. And for the next four or so years, I also ceased playing the piano regularly and the organ as well.

A few friends became concerned that I was wasting my talent in music by failing to practise the piano during those four years. One friend called 'Sir' Emmanuel Karanja, a brilliant housemate of mine at Starehe Boys' Centre who I met in JKUAT, told me on several occasions, "Thuita, you can play the piano!" He told me so in a tone that suggested I was wasting my musical talent.

Even my brother Paddy asked me some time in 2009 whether I still played the piano. I informed him that I did which was a lie because I had no access to a piano and was then not regularly attending church as I used to before I went astray at JKUAT in 2008.

Come 2012, I decided in earnest to reconnect with my musical talent by getting myself a piano keyboard. I asked for help from my friend Shemaiah Mwakodi, who used to run a piano school in downtown Nairobi, but the piano keyboard he gave me was too old and decrepit to be of any use to me.

Around that time I was craving to acquire a piano keyboard, something fortuitous happened to me which I think was a divine intervention. My brother Paddy organized for me a job to teach piano to the family of Mr. Seni Adetu, the then CEO of East African Breweries Limited (EABL) who was about to emigrate to England with his family. I taught his family for only three weeks and, believe it or not, the money I earned was enough to buy myself a piano keyboard.

On the afternoon of the day I was paid for my teaching services at Mr. Adetu's posh home, I hastily bought a piano keyboard in Nairobi. I felt a deep sense of fulfilment as I travelled home with the keyboard; the kind of fulfilment that authors feel when their first book is published. The piano keyboard helped me to reconnect with my musical talent. I still have it to this day here in my room; it makes me fully alive when I play songs on it.

Plato once stated that music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything. I have therefore purposed to fully reconnect with music by playing my piano keyboard regularly as well as by listening to music on my laptop with a faith that I will develop into the creative and motivated young man I desire to be. So help me God.

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Appreciating Women

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With permission, I have extracted this picture-quote from the website of author Susan Wiggs. All rights reserved worldwide.

When I was at the University of Nairobi in 2010, a history lecturer informed us during one lesson that men who have never been touched by a woman's love tend to be very cruel and tyrannical. He gave an example of Adolf Hitler, the evil German tyrant who I have learnt while doing research for this story that he was married for only less than 40 hours.

Going by that lecturer's inference, I am thinking that I also would have become cruel and tyrannical had I not changed the bad attitude I had towards women in my teenage years. Okay, let me tell you the full story.

I grew up as a girl-shy boy, something I have said before in this blog. During my days at Naru-Moru Primary School, I rarely talked to girls even though I admired a few. Then in the year 2000 when I transferred to Kunoni Educational Centre where I finished off my primary school education, I found myself in a class whose boys had a culture of not talking to girls at all. The boys even considered glancing at a girl as a misdemeanor worth ridiculing. I quickly became absorbed in that culture.

Eventually during my time at Kunoni, that culture of not talking to girls led me to develop a strong dislike for women. So much did I dislike women that I felt jealous when I heard in the news of girls trouncing boys in KCPE and KCSE exams. I was also green with envy when President Moi appointed Dr. Sally Kosgei (a woman) as the Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet sometime in 2001 when I was in Standard 8.

Imagine I came to dislike women so much that one day in December 2001 while at home here in Kiserian, I perused through an old encyclopaedia trying to look for facts that would convince me women are inferior to men. I had become such a male chauvinist at a young age.

After we finished our primary school education, one of my classmates named Calvin Morekwa remarked to me that he thought our Kunoni culture of not talking to girls was stupid. I can't recall what I thought of Morekwa's remarks. All I can tell you is that I continued avoiding girls like plague when I joined Starehe Boys' Centre for my high school education.

At one time in 2003 when I was in Form 2, Mr. Kennedy Hongo - a senior staff member of Starehe - came to our class to lecture us on the dangers and spread of HIV/AIDS. In the course of his lecture, I stood up and suggested that one effective way of not contracting HIV is to avoid talking to girls.

If my memory serves me well, Mr. Hongo brushed my suggestion aside. When I reflect on the suggestion now, I find it absurd and far-fetched. And what I seem not to have known is that AIDS was first discovered in homosexual men.

That year when I was in Form 2, some of my classmates, led by my good friend Rocky Mbithi, wanted to hook me up to girls in another school. I resisted the idea as strongly as a little child resisting a vaccine injection.

But as my high school years at Starehe rolled by, I began to soften on my stand towards women and girls. Eventually I came to like and appreciate them. In the year 2004 when we broke for December holidays, I made a conscious effort to interact with the girls I met in my hometown of Kiserian. And, believe it or not, I even hugged one during that holiday.

When I entered Form 4 in 2005, I started talking to girls during school functions when they visited our school or when we visited them in theirs. We used to refer to those school functions as funkies. At first, I felt nervous about approaching girls for a talk during those funkies. But as I attended more of them, I developed the chutzpah to initiate talks with several girls though I doubt whether I ever managed to make a good first impression that would make them thirst for me, so to speak.

However, there was one funkie that I really enjoyed talking to girls. Well, it wasn't a funkie per se but a KCSE music examination day during which girls from Riara Springs Girls' High School came to our school to sit for their music practical exams.

I felt unusually happy and clear-headed that day. After we finished the exams, I approached two of the visiting girls. I chatted with them as I took them for a walk around Starehe, even inside the school chapel where I showed them the grave of Dr. Geoffrey Griffin, the founding director of Starehe. From the way I felt happy and clearheaded that day, I must have impressed the girls. And they probably missed me for days.

Yes, I came to enjoy conversing with girls during funkies. And to be honest, those funkies are what I miss most from my high school years at Starehe, especially at this time when I am looking for a soulmate. These days, I appreciate women so much that I can hardly wait to fall in love with the lady of my dreams. And once God connects me with that lady, I will shower her with love, laughter and good books. Adieu!

RECOMMENDATION: If you've enjoyed the above story on how I came to appreciate women, you might also enjoy another one on "Improving Social Health" which I wrote sometime back. 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)