Start reading at: “Episode 1, Joyride To Egypt: My First Cup of Tea In The Oasis.”
Appended May 21, 2014 to include my PERSONAL RESUME::
Aisha Abdelhamid is a native of Long Beach, California, USA and a recently naturalized citizen of Egypt, following her marriage to an Egyptian man she met online. Born into a devout Irish Catholic family as Kathleen Vail, she adopted the name Aisha upon conversion to Islam at 40, and assumed her husband’s family name Abdelhamid upon marriage. She has two children from a previous marriage, and she is presently residing in Aga, Dakahlia, Egypt, in the center of Egypt’s rural Nile Delta Region. Aisha and her husband, Mohamed, enjoy a devout Islamic lifestyle rooted in the practical aspects of conservation and sustainability. They are building their home and animal barns with green features, sustainable and recycled materials, and enjoy organic rooftop gardening. Aisha is an avid writer and photographer, actively sharing her fascinating lifestyle on multiple online platforms, participating in WordPress Blogging Events, and using Social Media to increase her online presence.
Aisha Abdelhamid is a retired Computer Engineer with the U.S. Dept. of Defense, where she worked for 18 years under the name of Kathleen Vail / Carter as a Computer Programmer, Interactive Multimedia Training Author and Graphic Artist. Her latest works published in this field include:
Personal Financial Management
Authorized by Congress, and commissioned by the Department of Defense, this award winning 10 course training set is hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, and is mandatory training for all newly enlisted personnel of every branch of the military.
Naval Doctrine – The Capstone Publications
An interactive New Media 6 title set of the Navy’s capstone Doctrine Publications. Hosted by Hollywood movie and TV star, William Devane, these documentary style titles contain a treasury of archival war footage and are now under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Naval War College.
Syndicated Writer, Important Media Network’s EdenKeeper.org and InspiredEconomist.com
EdenKeeper.org is a website on spirituality-based sustainability. Aisha’s articles focus on the deep relationship between Islam and the environment, with an emphasis on green living and eco-friendly developments in the Muslim world. (http://edenkeeper.org/author/aishaabdelhamid/)
InspiredEconomist.com is a progressive economics platform with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmentalism. Aisha’s weekly articles focus on enviromental and ecosystem economics, emerging green markets, etc. (http://inspiredeconomist.com/author/aishaabdelhamid/)
Find an archive of all of Aisha’s articles at http://blog.importantmedia.org/author/aisha-abdelhamid/
FeaturedWriter, Kiss From The World Travel & People Magazine
Aisha’s articles on KFTW (http://kissfromtheworld.com) focus on expat life in Egypt, living as a native, understanding the culture, and sharing the fascinating lives of the people and animals around her. Her contributions reflect a love for her environment and a desire to share the down to earth knowledge and practices of the Egyptian people with her readers.
Personal WordPress Blog: Aisha’s Oasis
In her personal life, Aisha is an American woman who flushed twenty years of unhappy marriage to a mean, drunk, White Anglosaxon Protestant in favor of an incredibly loving Egyptian Muslim man she met online. She married him in Egypt after only 50 days of correspondence, within 24 hours of their first meeting outside of cyberspace. She is using her binders of printed emails as “Joyride To Egypt” blog posts on her WordPress Blog, “Aisha’s Oasis.” ( https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com ) Aisha’s personal style of writing is open and engaging, with many photographs adding visual spice, and her readers are lively commenters, adding a growing sense of community to her unique blog. Currently, more than 1,000 readers are signed up for email notification of her new blog posts. They are sharing in Aisha’s transformation to Islam, her new life with emphasis on sustainability in rural Egypt, and reliving the whirlwind excitement of an internet romance that went right. Very right!
INTERVIEWS, GUEST POSTS, ADDITIONAL WEBSITES, ETC:
Aisha’s Interview with Expat-Blog.Com was published on Feb. 06, 2014 on their website ( http://www.expat-blog.com/en/interview/147_aisha-in-aga.html ). Because it was edited somewhat, the full-length interview with photos is posted on her blog, at: https://aishasoasis.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/my-expat-blog-com-interview/
Guest Posts, Reblogs & Posts Featured Elsewhere:
Let Me Reach with Kim Saeed: http://letmereach.com/2014/03/10/a-light-entered-my-cocoon/
Dancing With Fireflies: http://fireflydance.net/2014/04/08/poem-speak-to-me-in-kisses/
Bastet’s Pixelventures: http://wedrinkbecausewerepoets.com/2014/03/25/bastets-pixelventures-march-25-2014/
Muslima’s Oasis: http://www.muslimasoasis.com/2011/10/oh-cairo/
Muslima’s Oasis: http://www.muslimasoasis.com/2011/09/poem-breaking-fast-after-6-days-of-shawwal/
Additional Website, “Peaceful Villa”
Aisha and her husband, Mohamed, built a new life, a home, a farm and a farmer market career in South Carolina, USA, prior to moving to Egypt. Her website, “Peaceful Villa” (http://meieus.com/peacefulvilla/pvhome1.html ), is a great overview of the couple’s efforts to build a life based on green principles, living off the abundance of their two acre family farm for over 10 years
Additional Website, “In Search Of Achilles’ Shield”
An additional sample of Aisha’s work can be explored at her website, “In Search of Achilles’ Shield”
( http://meieus.com/achillesshield/ ). This is a website incorporating her love of Ancient Greek History, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, art, craft, writing, and html website programming. Under the name of Kathleen Vail / Carter, she created a life size artistic reconstruction of Achilles’ shield, as described in Homer’s Iliad, and a website devoted to sharing the significance of this extraordinary shield. Following her reconstruction, Kathleen addressed the Classical Association of Virginia, and the Richmond, VA chapter of the Mediterranean Society, as well as various other organizations, giving slide presentations of her shield and discussing her reconstruction. Several newspapers and specialized journals have also featured her work in their publications.
ONLINE PLATFORMS & SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Facebook, Personal: https://facebook.com/aisha.abdel.9
Facebook, Page: https://facebook.com/aishasoasis
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/app/basic/104205085256906393999/posts?cbp=8sgs6ldin1a&sview=34&cid=5&soc-app=115&soc-platform=1
Important Media Network:http://blog.importantmedia.org/author/aisha-abdelhamid/
Kiss From The World Travel & People Magazine: https://www.kissfromtheworld.com/en/blogposts.php?id=3241
Twitter: http://twitter.com/AishasOasis @aishasoasis