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Arts And Crafts
2019-02-17 14:49
The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. – John Ruskin I sometimes think that I was born in the wrong century. Modern life feels to… Read More
Of Dostum And Ducks
2019-01-11 18:56
It was January 1994. The relative peace in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif was shattered as fighting broke out. General Dostum, a local strongman, was consolidating his power. Other partie… Read More
2019-01-06 06:50
When I was a child, I remember being so uncomfortable in Afghan houses whenever we were invited for a meal.  I had a strict list of do’s and don’t’s in my mind: never… Read More
Five Film Recommendations
2019-01-05 20:07
I must admit, my film diet typically consists of the latest Marvel hits. Though they can be formulaic, I love the idea of people with superpowers trying to make the world a better place. Tha… Read More
2018-12-27 16:27
When I was studying Dari in Badakhshan, Afghanistan a few years ago, my language teacher taught me a game. It is a game played only once a year on the day of the first snowfall. In this game… Read More
2018-12-18 18:29
Given my Norwegian heritage, Christmas just doesn’t feel right without lefse, a type of flat potato bread. In recent years, I have not been around many Norwegians, so I have had to le… Read More
2018-12-08 09:27
All roads used to lead to Rome. Today they lead to Beijing. A year ago I wrote a blog post that listed ten of my favourite books. Among these was The Silk Roads: A New History of the Wo… Read More
2018-11-17 16:35
Other Side of the Mountains The weather was rapidly changing. The warm, dry autumn weather that had turned the leaves of the poplars into beautiful shades of yellow was now being replaced… Read More
2018-11-10 09:39
Home is where, when you cross its threshold, you finally feel at peace. –  Dennis Lehane One of the hardest questions for me to answer is “Where are you from?” Or may… Read More

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