On my mind is monogamy, which means bonding and mating with a single partner.

This is inspired by Kirk’s Dik-diks (Madoqua kirkii), which are one of the four species of Dik-dik antelopes and are native to East Africa; they can occasionally be seen in the bushes as one approaches Lake Bogoria and in Lake Nakuru National Park.

Dik-diks, generally, are not only the smallest antelopes, but they also constitute part of the less than three percent of wild mammals that form monogamous relationships within defined territories.

Normally, antelope families walk in large groups. Majorly for protection, even though the female to male ratio is a little big. The stronger the male, the more the females.

But in the case of these oddly-named African antelopes, they pair up to reproduce one offspring at a time. Continue Reading "Till Death The Antelope Way"

Today, I encountered an adult male dog with a golden coloured coat, but without a tail. It is tailless because some person mutilated or cut it off just to please the ego. We quickly became friends and I named him ‘Mkia Ngûtû, a name which he seemed to love; he most probably named me ‘Masho Ine’ in return.

Following the encounter ten flashes came to mind:

One, it must have been a very painful experience for the poor canine at that fateful moment when it saw its tail unjustly dismembered and before the ensuing wound healed. Animals should be treated humanely. They possess feelings and senses too, just like humans.

Two, because of that ruthless action, Mkia Ngûtû cannot show emotions anymore since Continue Reading "Love-Hate Moments With My Close Relative"

On my mind is the deliberate self-inflicted pain that arises from my lapsed memory or amnesia; case in mind being when I fall into the temptation of aggressively pulling out the skin flakes or peels that form around the finger nails after a long period of absence.

Apart from having forgotten the inundating pain of last time, falling into the temptation of picking these flakes is accelerated by Continue Reading "The Cuticle And My Short Memory"

Recent reports that, “Kenya’s rain was stuck in Tanzania” bring nostalgic memories of weather reports back when the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) was the only TV station in the country.

Unlike currently when they seem to have put their act together, many were the moments in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s when the weatherman would give ‘non-specific forecasts’, plunging many people into confusion.

The predictions, which seemed to be the same day-in-day-out would be like: Continue Reading "Weather Broadcasts Way Back Then"

The June of 2019 was extraordinarily cold in Nairobi, biting cold; which was been caused by thick clouds that most probably paraded all their wives, children, cousins and other relatives, with express instructions not to let any rays of the sun to penetrate.

The effect was the numbing of all exposed body organs and parts, including the brain; I guess.

Everybody was dressed like a bulb onion, in many layers of clothes. Eskimos were clearly evident on the streets of Nairobi Continue Reading "Pseudo-Winter in Nairobi in June 2019 – How Unexpected and Extraordinary"

Quality food production and food security have several components, including the production of sufficient amounts of food, adequate nutrient content in the food products, and the exclusion of potentially toxic compounds from the food products. The soils in which plants grow play a role in all of these areas, and they also influence human health in more ways than most realize.

One major way that soils influence human health is through their ability to act as natural filters by removing contaminants from water and thus preventing water-borne diseases. The contaminants, including sewage, are removed by soil through physical capture as the water moves through pore spaces, through chemical sorption to solid surfaces, and through bio-degradation carried out by microorganisms living in the soil.

Secondly, approximately 78% of the average per capita calorie consumption worldwide comes from Continue Reading "The Link Between Soil Health and Human Health and the Consequences of Soil Degradation in Africa"

On my mind is agony over the helplessness in controlling plant weeds which appear from nowhere and quickly invade the land and destroy the environment as they wish whilst humanity just watches and does nothing to control the spread.   The case in point is the ‘Cuscuta’ scourge, caused by Dodder Cuscuta Reflexa, which is…Continue Reading “Invasive Plant Species – The ‘Cuscuta’ Scourge”

In today’s information age lesser and lesser time is being spent in and with nature, leading to conditions and ailments that did not exist a few decades ago. These conditions and ailments have been described by Richard Louv as Nature Deficit Disorders or NDDs in his book entitled, “The Nature Principle”.

When deliberate effort is made to look to nature, it’s beauty and wisdom in the simple and the ordinary becomes clearly evident. Nature gives messages and lessons that are most times taken for granted. It also has some inherent healing properties which help to improve one’s health, happiness and overall well being.

What if humanity was like the sun, which rises early, and does not get late to set? All humanity would get out of bed early and would not go to bed late. Is that not a great lesson from nature? What if it was like the moon and the stars, which shine and Continue Reading "The Great Lessons That Humanity Can Learn From Nature"

“The earth, like the sun, and the air, belongs to everyone and to no one” – Edward Abbey

When God created the world, and nature, He intended that humans become an integral part of it. In fact in Genesis 1:11-30, it is clear that God created other biological communities (biota) to be “humans’ food” only; and not for humans to change or destroy what He created, and “saw that it was good”, for other needs.

He created ecosystems consisting of the biological communities, and the physical and chemical factors that make up its non-living or abiotic environment. He created ecosystems on land, below the soil surface, in water, and in the air. Examples of ecosystems on the earth’s surface include a pond, a forest, an estuary, grassland, a river, a wetland, and a lake.

He created biota that comprises single-cell organisms, bees, humans, plants, insects, mammals, turtles, crocodiles, birds, snails, bivalves, sea stars (starfish), sea urchins, salamanders, frogs and other many others. He created plants and made them Continue Reading "Mother Earth Made Way For Man; And For This Reason, It Is Suffocating"