Subscribe to SLJ
Nonfiction Matters
Inside Nonfiction Matters

Latest from Mary, Kenya

Life does get in the way of writing, especially at tax time, but I try to spend at least three hours a day researching, writing, or in some way working on the book I have tentatively titled A MAASAI WARRIOR’S TWO WORLDS: Living his Dream, Protecting the Land

One decision I have made–To begin each chapter with a Maasai quote. Here are some good ones Jackson sent me, along with his English interpretation:
"All zebras bear stripes." (A child takes the characteristics of the parents.)

“He that steps on cow dung does not die.” (To the Maasai, cattle provide everything, including all the basic needs—food, shelter (i.e., "cement"), means to barter for essentials like cloth, vegetables and tea.)

"Everyone makes sandals according to his or her feet." (Everyone speaks words and takes actions that benefit him or her.) 

“One finger cannot pinch the louse.” (Everybody needs other people in life — Unity leads to success.)

“Children are like the bright moon.” (Children are a sign of wealth, prestige and family heritage.)

Maybe some kids can think of similar quotes we have.

And for you folks who, like me, travel great distances along Interstate highways, with limited chances to exit, a final one:

“Take a pee visit before you settle somewhere.” (It is good to know the advantages and disadvantages of anything before you do it.)