‘Bird By Bird‘ is a book by Anne Lamott about writing and life. It has some of the best advice I’ve read on sharpening your skills and finding your place as a writer in this world.
I hopped onto my bike and started to ride. It was half past 7 in the morning but it was still very dark outside.
I pedalled enthusiastically, hoping that I would warm up quickly. Each vigorous push of the pedal only seemed to invite the cold wind my way. At this point, what I really wanted was my bed plus a nice cup of tea. But I had to quickly banish such thoughts because I wasn’t going to be getting any. “This 20 minute ride had better go quickly”, I thought. I pedalled harder. I needed to get into work on time.
Zambians finally have their sixth President! Edgar Lungu of the Patriotic Front (PF) beat Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) in a tight contest (48.3% vs 46.7%). This is not the result I wanted to see but it’s a result I will respect. I hope to remember the biblical command to “pray for your leaders” mainly because I hold quite different views to President Lungu and the PF. Continue reading “Why Zambians need their opposition MPs more than ever”
I love this video. Carl Bernstein, a retired journalist and one half of the “Watergate Duo”, discusses what it takes to be a great journalist. With great wisdom and clarity, he shares some of the unchanging principles that need to be present for journalism to be journalism (at least in the traditional sense). He says some brilliant and wise things (see quotes below). For now, watch the video. It’s only 7 minutes long.
“To be a great journalist, be a good listener.”
For sometime now I’ve not been convinced that this blog was serving its full purpose and potential. I started the blog two years ago aiming to regularly discuss contemporary Zambian and Southern African political and economic issues. As I tried to do this, I encountered three main challenges: Continue reading “MasukuOnMyMind is changing! Find out how and why.”
It’s the land of…
Nkumbula and Kapwepwe,
Nkhata and Lilanda,
the Kariba and the Bangweulu,
the Mosi-oa-Tunya and the Kalambo! Continue reading “Zambia the beloved – happy 50th birthday!”
Here’s a conversation from the Zambian Economist’s Facebook page that I took part in last year. Continue reading “Should we sell ZESCO? An (archived) online conversation”