Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Spend it

When I use money to do something useless or non-productive, I say the money was "wasted".
When I use it for something beneficial, I mostly say I "spent" it.

I need to spend my life.
Every second of my life is worth a lot.
It is up to me to to spend it well

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Speaking of Proverbs

I learnt to speak Twi from my friends I used to run the streets with when we were kids. I know just enough to get by but you don't want to hear me break out my arsenal of Akan proverbs!
I'll have you rolling on the floor cracking-up having a fit!
Partially because it sounds funny coming from me but mostly because Me tumi dwa ma num paaaaaa. Wo te!  Pretty much means: I can run my mouth! (I'm open to corrections on my spelling).
Just for fun though :-). I love imitating Ashanti linguists because I admire them so much. Their command of the language, their vocabulary and the way they use proverbs is out of this world.

Since I'm far from home, Nana Fredua-Agyeman's work at Image Nations, is where I learn new proverbs and refresh my memory of old ones, every Monday.

Friday is here so let me serve you some good words you might need this weekend.
If you must choose between 2 evils, be sure to pick the one you haven't tried before.
(got that from a one-minute-philosopher on the radio station 104.7)

Philosopher Next Door

It hit me the other day that I hadn't yet met a philosopher in all my life.
That's when I looked up what makes someone a philosopher. I had to pause and think before coming up with names of philosophers that are alive.
Stephen Hawkings came to mind first but only because our paths almost crossed.
I quickly put Ayi Kwei Armah at the top of my list of "Philosophers In My Lifetime"
I haven't met him but I know a bunch of one-minute-philosophers though!

I love proverbs. Words of Wisdom.
(That's what makes me float away when listening to roots reggae music)
"Our ancestors said..." is a phrase that usually preceeds a Ghanaian proverb.
I'm writing this with a very upful feeling that our ancestors were top notch philosophers. Their words still resonate after all these centuries.
I would have loved to meet them, from centuries ago, whose words still guide us today.

Have you met your most esteemed philosopher yet? Who would your highest ranking African philosopher be?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Wish That Almost Came True

I once wished upon a star for a bigger body.
So did 2 other friends.
We mapped our own path.
Budweiser and milk for breakfast,
Farina & deep-fried fish for lunch. Guinness to make it settle.
That & zero portion-control usually brought on an undesired afternoon nap.
The nap resulted in long nights and no cut-off times for late-night meals.
Yes indeed! Fatty food tastes so good when eyes are half-shut.
Exercise? Check!
An hour a week at the gym! (Had to get those 'ceps temporarily perky on saturday nite before hitting the club).

We found out how fast the belly can grow!
That got all 3 of us back-pedalling on our wish before it was fulfilled!

(was at a party last weekend and the MC picked on the men there with pot-bellies. Gave them a good roast! Glad I wasn't one of them)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Symbols & How They Affect Us

I find it interesting that some Atheists claim they are emotionally traumatized at the sight of the World Trade Center cross.
When I see symbols signifying other peoples' religions, faith or even lifestyles I do not believe in, they don't "injure" me in any way.
If I don't believe in something, I just don't believe in it and can't be bothered by it. I don't even thing I have a high tolerance of displeasure anyway.

Makes me wonder if the atheists claiming to be experiencing physical symptoms upon seeing the cross believe in what it stands for somewhere in their hearts and minds? ..... Just a tiny likkle bit?

Anybody out there reading this actually get bothered on seeing a cross or other religious symbols? I'm curious.