Kenya’s proverbial 2  week memory life span has epitomized itself this time more than ever before. Kenyan’s seem to forget almost at the speed of lightning and this has indeed been our greatest undoing which has always come back to haunt us time and again. We have always been left with the choice of voting in the lesser evil rather than developmental ideologies devoid of corruption, impunity and mediocrity.

Under the current regime we have witnessed wanton looting of funds and run away corruption with reckless abandon. Despite the EACC  making frantic efforts to bring the culprits into book, the efforts have always been akin to chasing a wild goose. Needless to say, Wanjiku’s outcry has always fallen on deaf ears or at times shouted down just at the onset.

Social injustices have also been our greatest plague ever since independence yet nothing seems to change for the better. It is by no surprise that Kenyans will still vote in the rogue government that has stagnated our economy without batting an eyelid. We will continue to wallow in poverty and suffering if at all this would continue being Kenyan’s mentality. We need to rise up to the occasion and send home these simpleton led regime lest we vomit to our folly.

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My Tribe — Broken Light: A Photography Collective

Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences […]

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The boundaries of journalism


By Caitlin Kelly

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I recently watched two terrific films — one a feature, one a documentary — that raise interesting questions about when, how, why and where we, (I’ve been a journalist for 30 years) decide we see a story and decide we want to tell it.

Must tell it.

The feature, based on real life, is called True Story, and is quite extraordinary. I remember, even 13 years ago when it happened, the downfall of a then Golden Boy of journalism, Mike Finkel.

It’s a very rare journalist who gets to write a story, let alone multiple pieces all-expense paid to travel to some distant country to do original reporting, for The New York Times Magazine. It’s considered a real pinnacle for ambitious writers — and one I have yet to scale, even as I enviously read friends’ work being published there.

What Finkel…

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Memorable Lines From Brideshead Revisited

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Brideshead Revisited is one of those novels that’s filled with memorable passages and witty one-liners.

One minute you’ll be reading a reflective passage from Charles Ryder, the narrator. The next you’ll be reading some witty one-liners from his alcoholic socialite friend, Sebastian.

The novel has so many good quotes that I thought I’d pull out a few and share with you guys today. Take a look:

“I should like to bury something precious in every place where I’ve been happy and then, when I’m old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”

“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.”

“The trouble with modern education is you never know how ignorant people are. With anyone over fifty you can be fairly confident what’s been taught and what’s been left…

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goofiness & giddiness

Gabriel Navar


“instagrammin’ goofiness”  © G Navar 2015

24.5 x 17.5 inches; acrylic, pencils, ink & oil on board

Hope you are having a fun, goofy and giddy time in mid-February!!

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird that Powers Civilization, by Andrew Lawler

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The title of this book poses an interesting question: why do chickens occur all over the world, and have for a long time? The short answer is that people took them around the globe because they are useful and noble birds.

Penguins (which I blogged about yesterday) are relatively rare birds and are considered cute, while chickens are so ubiquitous as to be thought boring. Andrew Lawler has done a great job of convincing me that chickens are not in the least bit boring, and hopefully the photo below of Henny Penny and Co. (wondering if my iPad is edible) will convince you that they are cute. Readable, surprising and captivating, this book will make you want to immerse yourself to find out more about this fascinating bird of contradictions.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? is dense with facts, including many surprising ones such as that there are more chickens in…

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