I am a retired newspaper guy with a blue heeler sidekick. Here we are, hard at work.
I read, write and walk between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, just north of the Sandia mountain and a few miles east of the Rio Grande.
Dream Ranch the blog is a place for me to write on my terms, illustrate with my own photos, find my own way. It is a postage stamp on the landscape but with long views and adjacent public land. I am still learning to use a camera — only twice did editors risk providing me with one as a reporter and both times their trust was misplaced — but hopefully some of the pictures I share here are as fun as they were to take. The same goes for my lifelong first ambition, the words.
Once upon a time, I was a paperboy, a stock boy, a dishwasher, a firefighter, a trail builder and a bartender. I was a terrible student and always a dreamer. I worked from 1974 to 2015 at the Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe Reporter and Albuquerque Journal — 33 of those 40 years for the Journal — happily as a reporter at all three papers, less happily as an editor late in the game. I loved newspapers and I am grateful for the employment but now I am free.