… This is really #Stolen# but i liked it as cooking is my hobby and will be trying this in my kitchen as it seems appetizing. 

Savory Rice Recipe

 

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Ingredients for Savory Rice Recipe

  • 3½ ounces of rice
  • 1 pint milk
  • 4 ounces onion
  • ½ ounce butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2 ounces bread crumbs
  • Pepper and salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel, and slice the onions, and throw them into cold water; let them boil up quickly, and then drain, and mince them.
  2. Put the rice into a double pan; boil the milk, and pour it over the rice, and add the minced onion.
  3. Let them stew until the rice has absorbed all the milk, which will take quite two hours.
  4. Remove the pan from the fire, and stir in the chopped parsley.
  5. Season the mixture to taste.
  6. Butter a baking dish, and put in the rice, cover with the bread crumbs, and break up the butter in small pieces, and place it over them.
  7. Brown as quickly as possible in a hot oven or before the fire.

FRIENDSHIPS: the simplest way to live

My Oh My, it yet another raining day – showers of blessings I sing.

My heart sings with joy as I pick that pair of shoes to rush out, the mornings are habitually weary most especially when the weather seem cold worsened by the fact that I am not married or will my married friends refute this. Well being a single lady, its easier to carry the morning – no tea, no children to prepare, no husband to awaken for a “morning glory” wink wink wink, it’s just me, my beautiful self.

On the other hand, my intelligent, cutest and loving friend Ma’ Kawesu defines herself as a woman with dignity; denotes for everything around her, a wife, mother and colleague. I love the way she carries her self around; young, energetic, strong and always has a solution for almost every problem that gets to her nerve. Being a fast thinker, she is a great home maker and never minds to squeeze her time for a little drinking and dancing as well as join the ‘gals’. 

Clearly, I and she are on different notches and paths in life which make many to wonder as to whether we are true or not.

Simplicity is the key for unlocking complications in friendships, relations and lovers. Love shared will lead to understanding of every individual and be a perfect example. Ma’ Kawesu works on this tremendously as she knows you have only one true reality, to be truthful and honest to one another, being patient, which make her the envy and approbation from those in her well known class. Questions linger, how does she manage one who is not at par with her current status quo?

Truthfully, it’s the single lady in question here. Life is a give and take or give but you can not be taker all through and survive. Meaning that, from my own point of view it pointless and meaningless to have a friend who doesn’t understand you and take you as you are without necessarily trying to change your inborn character. Your inborn character is what makes you unique and appealing.

Where most of our married friends’ men and women alike go wrong is drop off their friends right before or after the D-day, believing that they are of no use. Yes, some of these friends need to be dropped at the earliest most especially if they are adding no value to your ‘New Life’. But my opinion is, test them before dropping them. I guess some married people will agree with me that some of this single men or ladies out there could be of great support.

‘Ma’ Kawesu’, on mention of her name puts a smile on my face, for I remember the good and bad times we have been together. Whenever I have a terrible issue at heart and she will always make sure to soften and bring the brilliant smile hidden in my heart to my face. One time, we were on phone and I remember her telling me to breathe in and out as she listened on the other side of the phone. I consider her my second sister from another mother right after my younger brilliant, lovely and spirited sister.

As a mother, I watch Ma’Kawesu discipline her little daughter Kawesu, “oh yeah she is married” and when she feels at it, can clearly discipline a neighbors’ child when she knows it will deteriorate the discipline she has taught her princess. At one point I almost laughed when she started complaining of a neighbors kid who was way older than Pesh, she said and I quote … “aki huyu mtoi wa jirani ananikasirisha anachukua kila kitu ya Pesh halafu anamfudisha kuwa rude …”  she murmured as she went on doing her house chores. In myself, I said these are kids but well each parent knows the best way to bring up their children, so I didn’t retort. My only mission then was to calm her down and make her realize that this are just kids and you can speak with them sternly and warn of the bad mannerism you had noticed. After the whole process and speaking with the child she was able to stop the influence it brought on her kid.

The above scenario makes a difference on the kind of friends we need to have for keeps, as much as your status quos are totally different the two might have one or two things to always share and give an opinion. At times it’s just that one person you consider a sister from another mother or a brother from another mother who will make you see reason in certain issues or rethink and reconsider certain situation.

Try not to make your life difficult, unhappy and sad as you are forced to search for new friends who are in your current eminence, well some might not understand you as well as the later unless their opinion and influence in your ‘new life and significant half’ is negative over and above.

FACEBOOK.COM, relationships:

Facebook.com represents the face of social media at large.

Of recent, facebook.com is accredited for being a great attribute to either positive or negative development of relationships, be it couples, families or friends. An individual status update spreads like wild fire, and receives a lot of commentaries from their particular public/audience committed to the pages almost immediately.

Widely known to be a major developer or slayer of healthy relationships; many couples have met through social media, which can be a great way to meet friends. There can be a downside, though, since chatting with friends on social media can pose risks to marriages and other relationships.

What’s interesting is social media is changing the foundation of the ways people relate. The four major effects of facebook.com are;

þ  : Allows You to Connect with More People

þ  : Makes it Easy to Overestimate Levels of Intimacy

þ  : You’re More Susceptible to the Social Media Contagion Effect

þ  : Comparing Yourself with Others

Communicating issues through facebook or twitter status updates is a common trend amongst the public – young and old alike. Emotions fly out without a thought and by the time your anger or joy subsides you realize whatever you had posted on your wall or status wasn’t user friendly most especially to the concerned parties. The updates have become a way to vent out your anger or joy. As much as it’s a lee way to let out without physical confrontation, it has brought about a silence/cold kind of war, intense hatred without measures.

Our learned friend Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media knew that facebook.com was a powerful tool of communication; faster, communal and receives an almost immediate feedback and connects widely – facebook.com would make or break relationships. Relationships are hard to understand, complicated or are just difficult and ‘un-doable’ culminating to the fact that a little something will take it to either extremes of “amendmentation” or “breakmentation”. 

Simply analyze the fact that recently the number of break-up due to facebook.com is very high. They are hard-pressed by one receiving an almost friends push-via-comments on your status. “Friends” silently push you to think of their comments analyze and make resilient conclusions.

Look an example like a simple “time out” request before discussing their problems in a relationship, now actually lead to break-ups depending on public comments on your home page. Or even a blossoming friendship can be broken by a simple comment made by the other which receives very many likes or encouragement to the negative. Your friends’ comments can give a plus or minus as it’s is well known birds of the same feathers normally flock together. -However much I disagree with this, peoples minds are normally set to these believes-.

Indeed, time is a healer and it’s with it that even the inner most wounds are healed. Therefore, it’s important to always watch what we post/comment on our walls/timelines. No wonder, Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media Week quoted that you “Be purposeful in what you do. Think about the why of every action you take, every piece of communication you share and every interaction or new relationship you forge.”

 

  • How to Benefit from Social Media

Depending on your need for using facebook.com and given that it has pros and cons, what strategies can you use to make sure you profit immensely from your social media relationships instead of being dragged down?

You may be having more and more solutions, but the little that has worked for me are;

  • Limiting the time you spend on facebook.com, however digital you are its better to only find it when you really need it. Always ensure that if its business you have return on your time spent in it.
  • Monitoring your own emotions and reactions. If you find yourself getting really aggravated, angry or distressed, and you don’t know why, back away from the computer. Go for a walk, or connect with someone in your offline life. This can help give you a perspective on your emotions and reactions.
  • Take care not to compare yourself too often to others. As the saying goes, ‘There will always be people greater than you, and people lesser than you.’ It’s all too easy to get caught up in vicarious experiencing of other people’s lives at the expense of experiencing your own.
  • Set goals or guidelines for your business relationships. Have a clear strategy or plan for why you’re cultivating various people in your networks. Remember that more can be good, but too much rarely is.
  • Maintain a balance between your online and offline life. We need to connect with people face to face, not just by email, phone, or social sites. Cultivate a real-life network of contacts as well.

One main facet of social media is its emphasis on creating and maintaining relationships. All the content you create, all the following you build, each of these is designed to create and foster more intimate relationships with people.

 

Feeling tired?

….. Love for whatever you do

Felling tired at work can be so dangerous, though when it is something you love doing one finds him/herself doing it again and again. Whoop! i must say Mondays are always the most tiresome ones;- this monday i got to wake and rush to check on the workshop.

This time round its a “KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT CAPACITY FOR AFRICAN RESEARCH INSTITUTES AND NETWORKS: EAST AFRICAN WORKSHOP” at Speke Resort Munyonyo that awakens me early. Its call to attend to my duties. I love it when you have to rush to a place and try making ends meet for a smooth running of events. Where you feel everyone is comfortable. In the workshop i meet this new faces and old faces that i have always had by my side. What do you think happens, we are taken through the intros and topics for the day.

The questions for the day’s:-

  • How is knowledge Management (KM) and why has it become an important factor in development?
  • What does KM mean for Policy research Institutes and networks and what are some of the most common challenges?
  • How do these views on KM resonate with your own experience and your instrest in this workshop?
    • Case study:-
      • Ethiopia Development Research Institute
      • Economic and social research Foundation, Tanzania (TBC)
  • Staff Competence
  • Networks and CoPs
  • Network Problem – solving: Peer Assists
    • Case Study:-
      • Banana Research Network for East and South Africa
      • Network of Uganda Researchers and Research Users
      • East and Central Africa BEan Research Netwrok (TBC)
      • Community Developemnt research NEtwork (TBC)

Probably, the after workshop might have been interesting, oh no; all the people in the workshop wondered about their discussion of how they face challenges of implementing and having KM in their various organisation. There are va\ery many challenges they face of which if they are catered for then sure all can be okay.

Challenges faced in exploring the possiblity of having KM in organisation; There are divided into different sectors, thus:-

  • The Small Sector
  • The medium Sector
  • The bigger Sector

The key challenges were presented as below:-

  1. Attracting and Retaining right quality staff.
  2. Attracting backstoping/mentors/ support from bigger organisations
  3. Creation of enough time and space for the staff
  4. Culture/trend of the structure for the organisation.
  5. Limited Infrastracture thus;
    • Internet
    • Networking
  6. Financial/Budgetry Constraints
  7. Most small organisation do not think of knowledge Management

Today’s ventures were by; Erick Johnson and Ron Kim from World Bank Institute (W.B.I)

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Open - source software and economic development

Open Source software not a route to economic development in developing countries

 

Is there a role that open-source software can play in an economy and its development, with a focus on empirical evidence and economic logic? It argues that, while open-source can clearly be a viable part of a developed software industry, the available evidence does not support the position that open-source software can form the basis of an industry on its own, especially in nations where the technology sector is still embryonic.

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