Author Archives: Shirley

About Shirley

Edge-walker, ethicurean, idealist, introvert, ivory tower escapee, geek, granola gal, nature nut, pronoiac, scanner/renaissance soul, spiritual nomad, teacher, wayfinder, and world citizen who is weaving her passions for knowledge (learning & teaching), technological tools, the natural world, empowering people & communities, and everyday miracles & beauty into a curious life.

Some random views from my world

This was originally posted on http://www.pomegranateveils.com The first is a gardener at a guesthouse in Kabul. The photo was take over the shoulder of the driver and escort while we were waiting on the person we were picking up there. … Continue reading

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In celebration of New Day and the first day of Bahâr (spring)

Originally posted on http://www.pomegranateveils.com I have March 20 and 21 off work thanks to the Nowruz (also spelled as norooz and pronounced as NO-ROOZ) which marks the beginning of the Persian year 1390; the day is sometimes called Mela-E-Samanak here in Afghanistan. Here … Continue reading

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It is the little things

Kabul is an exhausting place to be. At least it is for me and most of the people with whom I work. Sure part of it is the security situation; this is especially true since the supermarket bombing a few … Continue reading

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Winter Wonderland with Razor Wire

This photo was taken during an extra snowy day in Kabul. The gate and razor wire are at the end of the drive to the house where I live. The number of trees in the background are rare; they are … Continue reading

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A few of the things that remind me I am in Kabul

The building blocks of my life here in Kabul are not that different from those in my life before Kabul. I go to work and spend too much time on the trivial and in meetings and not enough on the … Continue reading

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Views from a sunny Monday in Kabul

A few days of rain and snow had cleared the air and today was sunny and quite lovely as long as you looked up. February and March are the wet months here and the ground is a muddy mess. This … Continue reading

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regarding the Kabul supermarket attack: I am safe

So the explosion at Finest in Kabul hit rather close to home as this is one of the places we often shop on Friday. Thankfully everyone from campus is safely accounted for though some were in or near the store … Continue reading

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The nightmare, the dream, and the reality

Life in Kabul often has a surreal quality that is partly related to the nightmare of what has been and may be again, the reality of what is, and the dreams and desires for what might be. Sometimes you find … Continue reading

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Gas Station Kabul Style

There are some places to get gas from pumps like you might have found in the the US about twenty years ago but many local people buy their auto fuel from vendors such as this.

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The children here can break your heart

I spend most of my time in Kabul in bubbles that are only marginally “in Afghanistan.” I move from campus, to the guesthouse where I live, to grocery stores and places to eat that cater to expats. It is in … Continue reading

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