Off Duty

I am married to Nancy Lane, a children’s book illustrator and painter. We have two adult children: Rae, educated as a scientist (environmental science and astronomy) and now working as an entrepreneur in the Hudson Valley; and Dale, a senior editor at The Week magazine in New York with an English degree from Skidmore College. We raised the kids mostly in our former homes in Dallas, Texas, and Westchester County, N.Y. Nancy and I live in a log home on 14 wooded acres in the Bristol Hills, at the western end of the Finger Lakes region south of Rochester, with our two rescued German Shepherds. These photos show the views from behind the house in the woods, looking downhill in winter and uphill in fall. We enjoy the wildlife all around us. Check out this story and collection of photos and videos about a family of foxes that moved in beneath our shed.

All my life I’ve enjoyed camping and hiking. These days I do that mostly in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill mountains. In 2009, at age 50, I became an Adirondack 46er. There’s a link on my “recent work” page to the article I wrote about my experience. When we can’t get away to the mountains, we hike and snowshoe on the trails we’ve cut throughout our own property.

I’m a lover of live music. I wrote here about the moment I started moving away from rock (though I still appreciate it) toward alt-country (aka Americana, aka roots rock). These days, I’m all about Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Dave Alvin, Son Volt, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, and a whole mess of Austin singer-songwriters. I keep up with new stuff thanks to No Depression magazine, by listening to the Mountain Stage and Freight Train Boogie podcasts, and by trading tips with like-minded friends.



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