I was born on the Wyoming-Montana border, grew up in Denver, worked as a wire service journalist in Helena, Salt Lake City, Denver and Santa Fe, where I settled, helped raise two daughters and became a political reporter for the AP, then a bureau chief for the Albuquerque Journal and finally its Santa Fe columnist. I studied at CU-Boulder (BA), Stanford (journalist fellowship), and St. John’s College of Santa Fe (MA in Eastern classics). I have lived most of my adult life within a few miles of the upper Rio Grande, but I identify with my father’s people, six generations in the mountains of western North Carolina.
I have traveled in Asia, often with my dear friend Patricia. I live in the San Luis Valley of Colorado under the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Crestone, where many understand the Emptiness of Zen.