Seattle street art. Artist: Sydney M. Pertl (Author Image)

One Year of Quarantine: A Look Back

On this day last year, I crossed over the border from Kenya to Tanzania. It felt like fleeing. Kenya had announced it would be halting international flights and border crossings the next week, and there was a buzz that Tanzania would…

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My grandmother died on Thursday. A few weeks ago, she entered heart failure and was told to expect 1.5–2 years. She already had leukemia. Last Saturday, she tested positive for Covid. Now, she is gone.

M y grandmother was the only extended family around when I was born. Even her…

“Expats” Working Abroad

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I worked illegally in a formerly colonized country. The job description said the organization would take care of securing proper work permits for me. “Great,” I said to myself, “that’s settled.” When I arrived, I purchased a tourist visa. My organization said they could not apply for my residency permit…

Alicia Houser

Sometimes writer. Often over-thinker. Never takes life too seriously.

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