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A curse in disguise

I often wonder how and why the billions of international aid and loan money that flow into our country do not seem to make a visible change on the lives of the poor they are supposed to support.

Running on the treadmill

I’ve been driving late to my house these past few days, and the darkness in the streets of Addis made me think about the numerous car accidents we see every day in the city.

IT at its minimum

Once, I was looking to buy furniture for my house with a modern yet simple touch and learned about a very stylish furniture store located in Addis from a colleague of mine.

Aspiring to be inspired

Happy New Year to all of my fellow readers! May the year 2012 be a year of happiness, health, peace and love for all of you out there! I think these are the wishes we would all like to see realized in one way or another.

Celebration before action

Quotes, who doesn’t love them? It is their ability to capture our thoughts and moods on a particular day in just few words, and make us feel good about ourselves.

The power of recognition

The Bego Sew award that took place last Sunday is one of the few award ceremonies in Ethiopia that recognize people for their contributions and achievements in their respective areas of expertise.

Finding your fire

I think there are four kinds of people in the career world. And these are those who do what they love, those who learned to love what they do, those who are indifferent about what they do and those who hate what they do.

Planning to fail

Planning is something I have noticed to be a very difficult endeavor for many of us Ethiopians. I am sure there are people who are exceptions to this out there, so this statement may not apply to them.

Bouncing back

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt so down that you could not imagine ever bouncing back from your situation? It’s like you’ve suddenly been hit by a car and thrown into a deep and dark hole, but without being fortunate enough to die and therefore be painless.

Just do your part!

People worry all the time about the things they have control over as much as the things that they do not have control over. The irony is that worrying in both cases is useless.