Read: Heart of Dankness

Recreational marijuana is legal now, at least in these parts. So, time to read up. I was never a pot smoker. In fact, never touched it until 1995 when I ventured to Guatemala to shoot, learn Spanish and explore the … Read More

Read: Fire on the Mountain

It’s a book about New Mexico! What more do I have to say? Ranching, the government, the military, land grabs and the landscape. This book will fire you up, especially if you know anyone who has lost their home, their … Read More

Read: The Responsible Company

This was my follow up read to the “other” Patagonia book I posted about last week. “The Responsible Company” focuses more on business specifics, philosophy and what they have learned by trying to run a company without causing unnecessary harm. … Read More

Read: The Journey Home

This Edward Abbey book fell in my hands at the right time. “The Journey Home,” is a book of essays from one of the most interesting nature writers I know. I would call Ed Abbey a reluctant writer but I’m … Read More

Read: Let My People Go Surfing

I knew I would like this book, but let me back up. I’m sure that most of you are aware of the brand Patagonia. If you aren’t, just know that most of my friends have said to me at one … Read More

Read: The Barbarian Nurseries

Jesus Christo this is a good book. Let me say this. This book hurts. It really hurts. Why? Because of where I live and what I used to do for a living. Héctor Tobar’s “The Barbarian Nurseries” hit me like … Read More

Read: I Will Send Rain

I feel bad. I really do. I’m sure it took Rae Meadows years to write this book. Then it took the editing. Draft after draft. Then to the publisher, through acquisitions, revisions and finally through the printing, the delivery and … Read More

Read: The Blackhouse

I read a lot of nonfiction, but from time to time I need something to set me free. A good fiction book is a wonderful thing. Fiction allows me to paint a totally unique picture in my mind uncluttered by … Read More

Read: Lonesome Animals

This book is twisted which means it’s right up my alley. At one point I figured out one of the main plot twists, but it didn’t impact my experience or my feeling toward the book. It did make me wonder … Read More

Read: The Botany of Desire

I’m probably the only one who hasn’t read this book. Michael Pollan’s “The Botany of Desire” is the most well worn library book I’ve ever read. It’s wasted. But it still works. I’m not sure where to start on this … Read More

Read: On the Rez

If you haven’t read Ian Frazier’s “Great Plains” then take the time to do so. My second dance with Frazier came in the form of “On the Rez,” a book that drove me crazy in all the right ways. First … Read More

Read: American Ghost

What’s not to like? Family history, New Mexico, and yes, a ghost. Several actually. And ghost hunters, trackers, talkers, etc. This book hits home for me as the history of the story is very much tied to the state of … Read More

Read: Never Cry Wolf

For all I know I’ve already written about this book. I’ve read it at least a dozen times. Just being able to say “Farley Mowat” is enough reason to pick this baby up. The guy is a legend. Naturalist. You … Read More

Read: Claiming Ground

One of my all time favorite books is “The Solace of Open Spaces,” by Gretel Ehrlich. The book is about ranching in Wyoming in the 1970’s. This hits home for me because my father bought land in Wyoming at the … Read More

Read: The Ancient Minstrel

Yes, another Harrison book. These books read like an old pair of jeans. So comfortable. Remember, I grew up fishing, bird-hunting and exploring the wilds of the world, so the “regional” writer Harrison writes about things I know all too … Read More

Read: Waking Up

You have to pay attention. Yes, Sam Harris’s book “Waking Up, a Guide to Spirituality without Religion” is a book you must pay attention to. This topic is a hot one. One I find both alluring and somewhat elusive. This … Read More

Read: The Age of Consequences

Courtney White brings us another gem with “The Age of Consequences,” which is about the critical juncture our culture and planet find themselves. For some reason it was especially poignant to read this during the time that Apple launched their … Read More

Read: Grass, Soil, Hope

Having spent part of my life on a ranch in Wyoming I find myself being drawn back into the IDEA of that existence. Whether or not I will ever go near that life again is another matter, but I have … Read More