For 18 years, October’s cooler weather and shorter days is a reminder that the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder is fast approaching.
It’s somewhat daunting to pause and reflect – how much I’ve changed. How much America and the world has changed. And how much has not changed at all.
I want what I write […]
Twenty-Sixteen is turning out to be a pretty hideous year on a number of fronts – it would be impossible to list all of the bad events – Orlando. Brussels. Paris. Dallas. The seemingly endless list of black people killed by the police – or just arrested due to their skin color.
The only times […]
Back in October, while visiting my family, I picked up a small stack of random mail that had some how found my Mom’s mailbox instead of my mailbox. And by mail, I mean actual letters, delivered by a friendly person in a uniform.
One letter I received was from Wyoming Public Media:
Matthew Shepard is a man who is often on my thoughts, with increasing frequency as early October rolls around.
It was October 6, 1998, when Aaron Kreifels had an accident with his bicycle, looked up, wondered about a scarecrow – only to realize that the scarecrow was a human being, Matthew Shepard.
Tuesday, Matthew Shepard […]
Read this book!
Back in 1998, when I was working feverishly on my Master’s Thesis, I often wondered how many people would ever actually read my thesis.
There is that oft told story about the master’s student who stuck a $20 bill in the library copy of his thesis and then leaves town. Ten […]
Now that I no longer have anything left in storage Stateside (although my Mom might beg to differ), all of my precious belongings are with me in Berlin – the most precious of which are memories.
Like, for example, my calendars – from 1994 through 2002, I kept paper calendars with all my exams, appointments, […]
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since I left the University of Wyoming for points east – and ultimately Germany.
Two months after moving to Bloomington, Laramie was in the news.
From the luxury of my home in Berlin, I can still think back to how I felt those 1998 October days […]
Below is my piece for the Wyoming Monologues, a performance put on at the University of Wyoming last night, March 8, 2013, following a performance of the Vagina Monologues. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ian, Stephan, Jay, Alexander, and Bonnie for their helpful comments during the writing process. Further, it would […]