Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Gift of Life

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Recently, I took very significant steps in fulfilling my lifelong passion. Apart from taking cues from friends (some of whom didn't even know their words were making any impact), I realized that life must be lived with a purpose otherwise we would be wasting the precious gift of life. I believe that is also the one gift we must give account of when the curtains close...
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

What's your passion?

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"There are many things in life that will capture your eye,
but very few will capture your heart.
These are the ones to pursue.
These are the ones worth keeping."
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Return


In a few days, it would be 3months of my being away from Blogville. Truth be told, I was almost getting used to not putting up any posts. Initially when I took a break, I wasn't sure I would be able to stay away from blogging. I nearly had a "radical surgery" to help me de-blog (thanks to Bagucci's suggestion). So, in order to keep to my word of no blogging, I refrained from putting up any posts but I did visit a number of blogs to read their posts. At the end of the days, I found that it is possible to stay away from Blogville and I was relieved to find that at any point I choose, I can walk away without finding myself inextricably bound to putting up posts.


That aside, my sabbatical was accompanied by a lot of activities - with some lull of course. I wouldn't want to launch into lengthy details. Not only did I have two professional exams to write, I also delved into book editing for an author, helped start an organization running, relocated from one state to the other, had an encounter with men of the underworld, and to cap it all, got the biggest business engagement I ever dreamed of. It was, in a sense, a worthwhile 3months for me.


In the weeks to come, I hope to put up engaging posts on this blog ranging from serious topics to less serious ones. Sensibly sweet. While I can't readily say what topics I'd be writing on, I can only hope that you'll find them to be worth the time you spend reading them.
See you...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Going on sabbatical...

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Hey all,

I'll be off blogville for sometime. I've got a major project going on and I'm not sure I can do the two (blogging and the project) together effectively. I feel it's nice to put up this post and inform everybody (not that many bloggers will notice my absence anyway since I haven't got a large followership - yet) that I'll be away for two months and two weeks.

A big thanks to DB and writefreak for staying with me for as long as it has taken.

To DB: More power to your elbow!

To writefreak: God makes all things beautiful in His time. Worry not.

Adieu! (for now)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Having a pun-filled day

Punning is an art of harmonious jingling upon words, which, passing in at the ears, excites a titillary motion in those parts; and this, being conveyed by the animal spirits into the muscles of the face, raises the cockles of the heart."
-Jonathan Swift

Can you spot the pun in my story?
I decided to go on a diet tree regime by following my neighbour's frequently-spoken about weight loss program. My neighbour is a weird person. She is always trying to lose weight but continues to frequent the coffee shops for rich beverages and delicacies. You could say she is making a moccary of her diet. I tell her to be more serious about shedding weight. She replies that she's doing alright enough. Afterall, she boasts, no one can go without food for seven days as that will make one... weak.
She borrows things from me a lot. Now, I've started to hold my items back. She never returns them. Case in point. When I asked for the sieve I lent her weeks ago, she told me she had lost it but her story didn't hold water. Who wouldn't learn to keep other people's things safely?
Now, see if you can answer these:
1. A thief fell and broke his leg in wet cement. He became a ______
2. A blood-sucking arachnid from the moon would be a ______
3. Aged attorneys retire because they're tired of the old _____
4. I once knew a woman who turned into a deer when the moon was full. She was a real _____
5. His resume said that he was fast at 100 meters and he had a good ______
6. A music store owner has to have ______
7. England doesn't have a kidney bank, but it does have a ______
8. Soon after Sam and Ella got married they experienced ______
9. A mathematician who was also a horticulturist was interested in ______
10. Authors' cramp is also known as ______
11. Librarians are always going by ______
12. Have an optometrist run for president, because they are ______
13. Watches can be displayed and sold on a ______
14. The price of the big fan ______
15. A cow that is pampered too much will give ______
16. Don't believe what you hear about fleas and ticks -- it's all ______
17. An orchestra was going to broadcast some jazz live onto the net from a small room but discovered it didn't have enough ______
18. Studying fungus is a way to ______ young minds.
Answers:
1. hardened criminal
2. Luna tick
3. writ race
4. weredoe
5. track record
6. sound business practice
7. Liverpool
8. food poisoning
9. square roots and cube roots
10. Authoritis
11. the book
12. people of vision
13. time table
14. blew me away
15. spoiled milk
16. lice
17. band width
18. mold
Your score
1-6: LEA grad (upcoming)
7-12: some college (almost there)
13-18: Shakespeare (you're there!)

Friday, April 3, 2009

A Name as a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

I've heard the statement, "What's in a name?" a thousand times before. When I read DB's post on normative determinism, I thought I had left a good response to his write up. But on a return visit to his site, DB had replied to my comment and stated that a name is not a "self-fulfilling prophecy". He may be right in the sense that Shepherd Kellen Seinfeld (parents; Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld) is not expected to become a sheep Herd in future. Is it then a co-incidence that Jacob (meaning, a usurper or surplanter) did successfully con his brother out of his birthright (Genesis 25:30-32) and later, his blessings as the first born (Genesis 27)?

So, what is a name?

A name achieves the purpose of describing a human or thing and subsequently identifying it. Otherwise, we would probably be referring to the next person as simply Him 1 or Her 2 (and even that would be a name). Thinking further, if a name is for the purpose of description and identification, then why do parents go to a great length to name a child a special name (fanciful or religious). Why not just call a child "Tree"or anything else (whether dumb or smart) as long as we can identify him by that word? I think it is because we, humans in general and probably Nigerians in particular, believe that there is more to a name than just a means of identification. In which case, would you agree with Shakespeare when he states in Romeo and Juliet that "What's in a name? that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet"?

In the Bible, some persons were named after the circumstances of their birth. Rachel laboured so much during Benjamin's birth that as she gave up the ghost, she named him Benoni (meaning son of my sorrow). Jacob eventually renamed him Benjamin (meaning son of my right hand). Today, people name their children for different reasons or no apparent reason except for it being cool or unusual. I still can't figure out the reason for the choice Blanket (Michael Jackson's son). Kenya (meaning, Animal Horn. Parents - Quincy Jones & Natassja Kinski ). Little Pixie (meaning, fairy. Parents - Bob Geldof & Paula Yates)

Personally, I believe our lives respond to what we are called. So, I would prefer to be called a name that tells me and continually reminds me that I am to be "rich", "famous", a "leader", or an "honourable" person to mention a few virtues. Jesus (Saviour or Deliverer) Christ (Anointed One) was so named because He is the Saviour of the world. That name, Jesus, not only described His ultimate purpose but also served as a continual reminder to Him of the essence of His coming to earth. That my name means "rich"or "famous" may not ultimately make me rich or famous but at least it would steer me from being "poor" or "unknown" by always reminding me of my label. That I believe.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

16 Random Things...

This post is an attempt to say a lot and yet reveal nothing... I hope it makes sense.

1. I don't like to cook but I do it anyway.

2. When around 9yrs of age, my dad compelled me to regularly read Shakepeare. I enjoyed the stories but not the compulsion.

3. As a teenager, in order to impress a boy, I once described my grandparents as "ugly". I knew I has said something wrong when he flinched at my statement.

4. I like to fiddle with danger, red hot danger.

5. I don't get bored easily. Years ago, I had once stayed indoors for months.

6. I still enjoy dipping my bread in pap before stuffing it in my mouth.

7. One of my aunties is 3yrs old. No kidding.

8. I once read Gone With The Wind within 24hrs.

9. On my first journey out of Nigeria, I started out in a car, then got ferried across the waters and finished in a car. I returned on a bike.

10. First time I kissed a guy, I was 24yrs old.

11. I nurse the idea of a cosmetic surgery. A tummy tuck. And a boob job. I'm already a D cup.

12. Acting mischievous makes me feel like a child.

13. I'm easily attracted to a super smart guy...until I notice a flaw in his looks, like unusually big eyes. Or chipped dentition.

14. Staying inconspicuous in a crowd gives me a feeling of control.

15. Upon an annual vow, I once abstained from soft drinks from January through November. Then, I had a bottle in December, barely 3wks to the end of the year.

16. I can't think of one thing I'm afraid of. But there are plenty that make my heart skip.

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