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Telling hopeful stories about land and people in the Age of Consequences


I’ve been creating right-brain (artistic) responses to left-brain questions since I was thirteen years old when a long summer road trip through Mexico lit a fire that has never gone out. Over a 30-year career, I’ve explored the link between land and people, asking questions about archaeology, history, conservation, ranching, regenerative agriculture, ecological restoration, the radical center, resilience, and low-tech solutions to pressing global concerns.


My creative responses include: a nonprofit organization ~ two fine art photography projects ~ a history ~ two nonfiction books ~ two books of essays ~ a play ~ three columns ~ a blog ~ a mystery series ~ a peer-reviewed archaeology paper ~ a novel ~ a book of hopeful solutions ~ two lectures ~ and a ton of ideas.


My work is unified by a desire to understand the unprecedented changes that have taken place during my lifetime and the extraordinary challenges we face as a result, a period I call the Age of Consequences.


I didn’t follow a prepared path. Instead, I chose to examine the relationship between land people from many angles, one of which was social activism. In all my work I endeavored to explore and share hopeful stories. Some are historical, some practical, some wishful, and some imaginary, but all are infused with my restless curiosity, a deep sense of place, and a desire to make a difference.

Photograph by Elaine Patarini


The Age of Consequences

A collection of personal essays about our uncertain times - the Age of Consequences - coupled with hopeful, practical solutions involving land and people in the American West.


A murder mystery set on a working ranch in northern New Mexico. Something is amiss in the New West... It is the first volume of the Sun Ranch Saga.

Grass, Soil, Hope

A general interest book about ways to mitigate climate change by sequestering CO2 in plants and soils, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and produce economic and ecological resilience.


A contemporary love story about time-travel, an uncertain future, and resistance. To be published in 2019.

Two Percent Solutions

Innovative low-cost, low-tech, nature-based practices that increase soil carbon, including organic no-till farming, grassfed food production, and ecological restoration.


A collection of columns and short essays about the rise of the radical center from the perspective of a front-line participant and thoughts about the promise of the New West.


The Indelible West

Photographs 1988-1998

This Moment In Time

Photographs 2005-2015

A Life in the Age of Consequences



I’ve been engaged with the American West all my life. I’ve worked in archaeology, conservation, and regenerative agriculture. This project expresses what I’ve learned about the West and its people in photographs, words, and action.

We live in an extraordinary moment in human history. Our achievements are profound, as are our challenges. This ongoing project aims to capture the small picture and the big of this memorable moment in time for future generations.

My fiction. “My feet have been set upon a road which I shall go on following… from the world of day into the world of Imagination… the coming of dusk, the lighting of the first star and the first candle…”    – Isak Dinesen