Family Friday: Out of Stillness

Shabbat Shalom from the lake! There is a spoken word song that is mostly life advice on my playlist entitled, "Be Kind to Yourself." It tells me that "out of silence comes the greatest creativity, not when we are rushing and panicking." With this being the second week in a row that I failed to…

In Transit

Out of April and back to short stories and personal essays. This short story is one that I wrote while studying abroad in London and taking a creative writing class at London Met. My creative writing class was concerned about "place." This short story bent that theme as far as I could take it by…

On The Hunt: Betz and Rena

"Dearest Betz," the first of seven handwritten and undated letters began, and already before I finished reading the letter the words were out of my mouth, "who is Betz?" The seven letters addressed to Betz are in Folder 7, Box 21 of Grace Raymond Hebard's Papers held at the American Heritage Center at the University…

The Missing Diaries

On March 24th, 1924, Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard delivered a dedication to the new library building on the University of Wyoming campus. Her eight-page speech recalled the history and growth of the library from a three-book pyramid to a 55,000 book collection and closed by advocating for murals of Wyoming history to be painted on…

Sound of a Sigh

The summer my Grandpa Wally fell, the hospital conditionally released him to a nursing home for a week of physical therapy. I remember the look on his face when they put him in his temporary new room and the words out of his mouth, "Get me the hell out of here." There was nothing I…