No nagging: PEARL # 19


PEARL # 19. Life is too short and precious, It isn´t ever worth the nagging.

This concise and precise post of yours is very timely and appreciated.

It reminds me of a song I loved very much in my high school, Saker.

It went like this: ” In country, town or city, some people can be found who spend their lives in grumbling at everything around. Oh yes they always grumble, no matter what you say, for these are chronic grumblers and they grumble all way through…”

The chorus narrates how they grumble every day of the week, at the weather and etc.

So much valuable time spent grumbling and nagging of course never gets life anywhere.

So I decided long ago to be grateful for whatever I have, live through and do for both others and myself. Above all, I am grateful for my life and for my ´ neighbour´.

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5 Steps Towards Bridging the STEM Gender Gap


We can not relent our efforts towards equality and equity. We must continue spreading the word, calling for action and inspiring each other. Not only women benefit from their economic and otherwise empowerment, but society as a whole.

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In 2011, when addressing the lack of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama said:

If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone. We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

By leveraging the creative energies of women, who serve as an untapped, valuable resource across all industries, companies will receive a surplus of benefits, ranging from fresh perspectives to problem-solving from female participants, a wider talent pool, and increased diversity of ideas. So, what needs to change to bridge the gender gap in STEM subjects and careers from this generation of women? Below are five steps that must be taken to empower women in STEM:

  1. Revamping the K-12 curriculum. As subjects…

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A Mother’s Love


Birthday gifts in abundance

I recently turned 35 and I received all sorts of gifts which moved me to tears. They varied from flowers, pullovers, beautiful messages and songs and yes a kindle which I had longed to have for so long.

I even got to be treated to a Japanese cuisine, of course the first in my entire life – oh what a show it was with this super concentrated chef who played with utensils and produced delicious dishes right in front of me.

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But there was one gift which touched me most and of course that was from my MOTHER!

I know the message comes from her heart and I reproduce it here for you all:

“On Thursday 18th January 1979, at Clinique de Berceau, after TD Fiscalite in IAE Douala  (where she was attending school at the time) I was blessed with the gift of a baby girl. We named her Marie Angele after an Italian member of the Focolare Movement, a renowned midwife who delivered her. She has brought a lot of joy into my life and even some tears. She is our l’homme de situations difficiles and a sure support in the most difficult and challenging of situations. She bears the names of her paternal grandmother and the courage and generosity of my mother. Ayo, you are every blessing that I could ever have prayed for. May God continue to bless you and bless others through you.”

Mother’s love they say is supreme and yes although I am sure to bring her more tears, I am surer of her unconditional love for me.

I AM ME


I am Me. So true and good to know that we are ourselves and are just fine and special by being that. Sometimes in life, l tried to “Fit” into some “Conventional gloves”, and oh what a mess of my life l made? Now, l moving past that, facing it right on and above all, I AM ME!

Building A Life Of Hope

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My verse, you say?

 I have not a clue.

My words are my life.

My thoughts a singing stream, a babbling brook and a raging river.

I wear many faces.

Fierce Female but not a Fatale. 

Passionate Protector of my Progeny.  

Irenic but Fearless in the Face of Falsehoods and Fallacies. 

Vivacious, Vigorous Vibrant Vamp.

Physically Fit Phoenix Fertile in Mind, Body and Spirit.

My Work on this Earth has yet to be Complete.

My next Calling is in the Making.

I Sense a Worthy Cause.

But I Know One Thing:

Who I Am Makes a Difference

NOW

#FWF Free Write Friday: O me! O life!

The following is the speech, and it is your FWF prompt. What will your verse be?

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human…

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I AM ME


I am Me. So true and good to know that we are ourselves and are just fine and special by being that. Sometimes in life, l tried to “Fit” into some “Conventional gloves”, and oh what a mess of my life l made? Now, l moving past that, facing it right on and above all, I AM ME!

Building A Life Of Hope

passion for love by bagdadi d411qag11 750x557 How to Develop True Passion in Your Life

Image Credit: Passion for love by Bagdadi

My verse, you say?

 I have not a clue.

My words are my life.

My thoughts a singing stream, a babbling brook and a raging river.

I wear many faces.

Fierce Female but not a Fatale. 

Passionate Protector of my Progeny.  

Irenic but Fearless in the Face of Falsehoods and Fallacies. 

Vivacious, Vigorous Vibrant Vamp.

Physically Fit Phoenix Fertile in Mind, Body and Spirit.

My Work on this Earth has yet to be Complete.

My next Calling is in the Making.

I Sense a Worthy Cause.

But I Know One Thing:

Who I Am Makes a Difference

NOW

#FWF Free Write Friday: O me! O life!

The following is the speech, and it is your FWF prompt. What will your verse be?

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human…

View original post 118 more words

I AM ME


I am Me. So true and good to know that we are ourselves and are just fine and special by being that. Sometimes in life, l tried to “Fit” into some “Conventional gloves”, and oh what a mess of my life l made? Now, l moving past that, facing it right on and above all, I AM ME!

Building A Life Of Hope

passion for love by bagdadi d411qag11 750x557 How to Develop True Passion in Your Life

Image Credit: Passion for love by Bagdadi

My verse, you say?

 I have not a clue.

My words are my life.

My thoughts a singing stream, a babbling brook and a raging river.

I wear many faces.

Fierce Female but not a Fatale. 

Passionate Protector of my Progeny.  

Irenic but Fearless in the Face of Falsehoods and Fallacies. 

Vivacious, Vigorous Vibrant Vamp.

Physically Fit Phoenix Fertile in Mind, Body and Spirit.

My Work on this Earth has yet to be Complete.

My next Calling is in the Making.

I Sense a Worthy Cause.

But I Know One Thing:

Who I Am Makes a Difference

NOW

#FWF Free Write Friday: O me! O life!

The following is the speech, and it is your FWF prompt. What will your verse be?

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human…

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It’s my 35th anniversary on earth: Thank You all!


Hiking Arusha 2012I love Life, after all who doesn’t?

Today is a special day for me, I turned 35.

I know to some it may be small and yet to others like my kids, it surely is a lot.

Well to me, considering all what I have been through and all what I am looking forward to, I am most grateful.

Yes my tale is a curious one, I sort of became a gardener and, well, coming from the family I had, l could only be me.

When I once weighed 115 kg and felt I had had enough of this life, many cheered on, including my gym instructor.

Yes I once lived parallel lives and my first memoir captures all that, but today I am doing good both inside out.

It came at a big price, had to make some ultimate sacrifice and then change worlds all together. well I got to decorate a Christmas tree for my first time.

I am therefore so grateful for my Life and for all I know and have met both on and off line.

Many tell me  I am an inspiration and my siblings even say I am their spine.

But I will say I couldn’t be any of that without You and You and You! 

Both directly and indirectly, You all made a difference, taught me a lesson, loved me some more, in one way or the other, and wished me some…

Above all, the woman in my Life, sure none other than my mother made this all possible. I once wrote this for her and dedicated it herein for All Mothers.

Thank you Mama, Thank You All.

Building a Woman’s Nation – Launch of the New Shriver Report


I am so impressed with the momentum the struggle for Gender Equality is gaining as the dateline to the Millennium Development Goals approaches. From Hilary Clinton to Beyonce, passing through Maria Shriver and the likes of Graca Machel; from Institutions like UN Women, the Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Women In Parlaiment Global Forum or even the Girls Globe; the message is clear. Time for action is now and indeed, ” A nation where women do well benefits every single one of us – and building that nation is all of our responsibility.” We can’t relent.

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Earlier this week, Maria Shriver launched The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink, a detailed and well-researched narrative of the lives, realities and struggles of millions of American women who are living in, as the report puts it,

The territory in which one in three Americans live paycheck to paycheck, one incident away from financial crisis.

While there has been notable progress made in the past decades in terms of women’s and girls’ well-being, rights, empowerment and legal status, The Shriver Report makes it painfully clear that the road to a woman’s nation – a nation where all women and girls are treated and valued on equal basis with men – remains long and winding. Almost all women still struggle with inadequate workplace policies that make being a mother and a worker extremely challenging even for those who are not on the brink. For low-income…

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