Leaving Kabul – But Not Its Spirit

As my time in Kabul comes to a close, I have such mixed feelings and it’s hard for me to capture my feelings precisely.  I am excited to go home, of course, but also sad to leave friends and colleagues, both Afghan and ex-pat, who have meant so much to me here. ...

Part of the Story of Afghanistan

Sometimes I think that all of the stories about Afghanistan have already been told.  I’ve read so many books about life here – stories about life under the Taliban, traveling with the mujahadin, and interactions with Afghans in the near and far reaches of...

Home Again!

I’m back in DC for a few weeks, and looking forward to seeing family and friends.  I realize that I haven’t blogged in a bit, and here’s why.  It’s been a busy month in Kabul, most importantly with Secretary Kerry’s visit and our ability, through his...

A Gender Neutral Pronoun?

I must say, I love this story about a movement in Sweden to have a gender neutral pronoun, in addition to the pronouns “she” and “he.” It’s controversial, even in Sweden, but what strikes me as I read the story is the power of language to shape our views and our...