I came to the United States as a young child when my dad got a temporary faculty position at the University of Michigan. The original plan was to live there for a couple of years and then move back to Australia, where my parents grew up.

Before that happened, my dad got a permanent offer at the university, and we wound up staying — but with the idea we might still get back to Australia permanently one day. That never happened, and I remained a resident alien for more than 40 years, moving to Gunnison for school in 1989.

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