What is the Way to a Zambian’s Heart?

Lingo Lunch

Nshima. That is the way into a Zambian’s heart. The staplefood of all Zambians. Nshima in the Chichewa language basically means cornmeal grown from maize flour and is known locally as mealie-meal. Zambians cannot live without it. In fact, any meal that does not contain nshima is considered to be a mere snack. Personally, I sometimes think that about meat.

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This is pretty much how we feel.

My body might not look this bad but my ego sure does.

It all started when my ego, brain, mind, heart and body were to take a short evening bus ride from town home after a great day.

Seated next to the conductor my body was first to pay the fare.

Shortly after we received a phone-call from a false friend querying for false facts for even more false implications.

We humored him.

We soon turned into the road that was to lead me home.

And he asked us for the fare.

I heard my mouth tell him that I had already paid, but HIS mouth kept saying things that made no sense.

Then POW! right on the kisser. ( OK it was on the right cheek, i’ve always wanted to say POW right on the kisser.)

…..realized we’d been hit!

Three things could…

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Letter to my future self

I never understood why, at some point, was it last two years or so ago, the net was atwitter with people writing letters to their younger selves.

Perhaps it was http://www.plinky.com

Or maybe it was Oprah

Even Jim Wendler the bodybuilder had a go. 

Or perhaps the most venerable Stephen Fry. 

Bloggers  Charlotte Hill and  Shonali wrote to themselves  as well.

We had our own @Mwirigi  , @buggz79 and even TerryAnne Chebet, inspired by loss.

Whomever tipped over the dominoes, I prefer the tact and sheer nerve of Fry, The Younger (Then aged 16) to his future self.

Whilst being comforting by writing to the self that once was, thence accepting the ill choices one made and lauding oneself for the great ones,  the letter to the future self offers the option of future reflection, of new choice, of firm decision and of chosen paths.

A letter to a future self is a yardstick,  cakecrumbs leading forward into the sweet delights of the Gingerbread House that is ones future.

I will write a letter to my future self, and post it here for all to see, but more so for me, and what I would be.

If you feel ready to do so… here’s a little guide:


Future Me lets you write yourself an email into a specified date in your future.



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