Memorial | Kumbukumbu

The month of June saw its sunset yesterday, and the month of July dawned today. In keeping with the spirit of commemorating ends and beginnings, I'm sharing a poem that came to me in time to be shared at a hospital memorial service I had been asked to do a reading at last week. It... Continue Reading →

Beating the Graves | Kuyapiga Makaburi

(I hesitated to translate the book's title, but decided to remain faithful to the bilingual nature of this blog at least for the title of this post.) Now that I've finished reading it from cover to cover, I can share my sentiments about Beating the Graves. I might be slightly biased because of the cover... Continue Reading →

Beautiful health | Afya yenye urembo

One thing I never thought I'd say in this lifetime: I taught a makeup and head wrap class! Last Monday, I ran a Look Good, Feel Better® (LGFB) workshop. LGFB is an American Cancer Society program that I've been volunteering with since 2014; we teach women who are undergoing or recently completed cancer therapies (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery)... Continue Reading →

Story 6 | Simulizi 6

When I first got my period, I informed my mother. I was 13 and she didn't explain much, but I had already studied the concept in Health class at school. Even then, I wasn't ready for those cramps! XD I was 11 when I first found out about sex, but it was too late by the time my... Continue Reading →

Story 5 | Simulizi 5

When my period arrived I told no-one. I didn't want to tell my mum, for I felt like I had done something bad or now I was going to be looked at differently. I have an older sister so I first borrowed some of her pads and then went to buy some myself. My mom... Continue Reading →

Story 4 | Simulizi 4

I was 5 or 6 years old when I first found out about sex. When my period arrived, I told my aunt; I was in Cote D'Ivoire at the time. I don't remember what she said, but I already knew about periods. I was about 14 when the subject of sex was first broached. My dad brought... Continue Reading →

Story 3 | Simulizi 3

I was 10 when I first found out about sex, but it was when I first got my period that my parents talked to me about it. When it happened, I told my mom; she gave me a pad and told me, "Be careful! You can now get pregnant!" She merely told me that having a... Continue Reading →

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