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Thea Holcomb


Cry Because It’s Over- A One-Minute Audible Capstone

June 1, 2017

When I left site, and later, left Re-entry training, I was among the Fellows who had visceral emotional reactions to the finality of the year. Nothing would ever be the same. Many Fellows, perhaps as a coping mechanism for their own feelings of loss, told me, “don’t cry,” or “don’t be sad!” Spacetime took me...

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A Photographic Expedition Into the Life and Times of Rëky Thiaw

May 31, 2017

Download full resolution images Available until Jun 30, 2017 Featured are six photos that provide a glimpse into my day-to day life in Senegal.   What we choose to share about ourselves tends to be aspirational. I may be the proudest owner of a pair Chacos (and the accompanying Chaco tan) to ever have existed....

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A Note to the People Whom I Love

April 11, 2017

On the afternoon of April 15th, 2017, I will be deposited at the Salt Lake International Airport in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, marking my passage through yet another door in the Global Citizen Year Fellow experience. There have been times when this journey brought me to places of truly ineffable joy, and...

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I Wish You Knew

April 4, 2017

There is so much that I never found the words to say but that I wish you knew- I adore the family chickens. I’ve tried to tell you this, but adoring chickens isn’t much of a concept here. Nevertheless, I closely follow their drama- I could tell you which pullets like to hop into trees,...

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A Disclaimer

February 8, 2017

If you ask me right now how I am doing in Senegal, or this spring, if you ask me, “how was Senegal?” I’ll tell you about how it’s been a wonderful experience, thanks to an astonishingly generous scholarship, and I’ve grown so much, and how it’s also been incredibly challenging. If you pry a bit...

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Try to Praise the Mutilated World

January 24, 2017

“…Praise the mutilated world and the gray feather a thrush lost, and the gentle light that strays and vanishes and returns.” -Adam Zagajewski, Try to Praise the Mutilated World   One day, you think of the News, and you realize that you no longer feel your heart race, your breath run shallow, and your eyes...

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Some Ways in Which I Have Changed

December 1, 2016

I scribbled the words of this post into a green notebook on Halloween of 2016, a day on which I was happy, tired, and for the most part optimistic, a simple bulleted list of all of the ways in which my time in Senegal has had an impact on the person whom I perceive myself...

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