After nine years of research, writing, reflection, and rewriting, my book about my brother, Mike, arrived on your bookshelf in September 2021. You can order it here.

I’ve posted quotes and graphics on social media to lead you into the story of my stormcloud of a brother and his impact…

To celebrate Utah’s 125th anniversary, the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts invited writers to capture a telling Utah story in 125 words. I love these Zen exercises in concise writing, so I submitted a fistful of possibilities. The discerning editor, Ellen Weist, chose “Shoreline Trail, Solstice,” for the online…

My wife, Joanne, and I spent some time researching the best charities to fund the good fight in the Age of Trump. Here’s our list of top picks for national organizations. These match the issues we care about most, and the fundamental rights we think will be most endangered. …

What I Couldn’t Tell My Brother 50 Years Ago

Fifty-eight years ago this summer, my brother Mike was declared mentally incompetent and committed to the Colorado State Hospital.

I was six when Mike left home in 1957; he was 14. Diagnosed sequentially as retarded, schizophrenic, and epileptic, Mike spent ten years in the hospital before his release to halfway houses — a transfer the hospital called a “parole.” He was sent back into the world carrying the stigma…

On riding the rewriting rollercoaster

Three years ago, I yanked myself out of a professional depression by beginning work on a memoir. I’m writing my brother’s story. But my great-uncle Myron keeps sneaking into my narrative. I’m going to have to kill him.

My brother, Mike, was diagnosed sequentially as “retarded,” schizophrenic, and epileptic. He was committed to the Colorado State Hospital in 1957, when I was six, and he never lived at home again. Mike died in 1976, in tragic circumstances.

I waited until pretty much everybody involved in this story had…

Stephen Trimble

Gotta write. If not, I get depressed. Photography brings me great joy, but writing takes everything I’ve got.

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