May 2024


Nothing quite like casual racism from old people…

Wednesday evening I boarded the plane to Europe, happy to be headed home, thrilled to be doing so in the comfort of the emergency exit row with infinite legroom.

Alas, I was not alone; seated next to me were an older couple. He was GI who’d met and married the German girl of his dreams […]

I cannot stop reading the train wrecks.

I have a confession to make: I find myself unable to stop reading three blogs.

Two of the three blogs are written by American expatriates living in Europe. I won’t specify these two, other than to say that one is somebody who appears to hate everything about where they live. Oh wait, that describes both […]

YouTube Favorites

I owe a hat tip for the first video, but I’d rather not have anybody attack the original poster, I’ll omit the hat tip for now.

Georgia’s Really Peachy Sides

I was just looking at my current posts and realized that I’ve been whining a lot. I’ve complained about littering, the colorless Georgia travel guide and the worst state capitol tour I’ve ever taken.

Honestly I know that sometimes I’m in an overly snarky bitchy mood, but it seems to have come to the fore […]

Actual eMail

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Monz,

I just read about your unenlightened policies regarding Jews staying at your hotel.

I’m gay, can I stay?

Adam Lederer

— Hotel Website: Haus Sonnenhof

Matthew Shepard, Ten Years Later

Society and people are transformed by major events.

I identify transformational events by the stories people tell. People tell me when, where, and how they heard the news that something transformational happened and what was different afterwards, even if the changes seem trivial now. These shared experiences help define generations and unite otherwise diverse people.


Innocence Shattered

There comes a point in everyone’s upbringing when they realize some truths about the world around them—and that often these truths are rather unpleasant.

The first time I can remember this happening to me was back at Park Hill Elementary School in Denver, Colorado. As is with traditional with American elementary education, it was a […]

9 Years

* 1. December 1976 – † 12. October 1998

It’s nearly impossible to eloquently talk each year about Matthew Shepard and what he means to me. 2007 marks the ninth anniversary of Matthew’s death after having been beaten and tortured.

In the last year not only has Iran’s president confirmed that his country is […]

Surprising Ignorance

My last day in America, I slept in—and it felt good. After breakfast at a nearby restaurant I headed to MOMA’s P.S.1., a contemporary art museum located in Queens, quite close to where I was staying.

The museum is located inside an old public school—from a generation where boy and girls had separate entrances and […]


Generally speaking I think the best response to a KKK rally is to ignore it. It’s the same thing I do to Fred Phelps—of the infamous “God Hates Fags” website.

I point this out today, because over in Jena there is a Neo-Nazi rally.

My initial gut reaction to hearing that there was a Neo-Nazi […]