I built Two Mile Ranch as a personal retreat beginning in 2005 and it has welcomed guests with creative projects who sought to work in the quiet of the surrounding habitat to write. Several academic projects owe their publication to the work space here. I recognized the opportunity for a writer’s retreat while working with dozens of students and creative people who felt there was a need for a place to get away to concentrate on their work. I wanted to create a retreat where the main attraction was: there is no distraction.
I spent the first 30 years of my creative and work life helping others tell their stories.
My own work includes the Amazon best-selling novel Concealed – The Book of Joshua. The novel is a story about crossing lines and keeping secrets, in the aftermath of a violent assault on a quiet, Midwestern campus. I’m humbled by it’s reception and reviews. My second novel, Unplugged – The Book of Ruth publishes in 2014.
I’ve traveled in 19 countries and in 2013, I walked a 40 day pilgrimage. The 1000km (621 mile) walk included the Camino de Compostella de Santiago — The Way of St James.
I co-founded a non-profit organization producing documentary photojournalism for a select group of NGOs who were making a significant difference in the lives of people in need or at risk, including two Nobel Prize-nominated charities. I was an early pioneer in producing Internet-based multimedia storytelling projects in the early 1990s. My first commercial Web site for a client launched in 1994.
During my career I’ve been an assistant professor, supervising graduate student’s final capstone project and papers, the program director of a paramedic training program, vice president of a multi-million dollar advertising agency, president of my own consulting firm, Recognized for my creative work four times by USA Today, I was twice picked as one of the Top 100 Producers by AV Video/Multimedia Producer magazine, and recognized by the National Press Photographers Association.
In academic work and research, I’ve focused on the topics of learning styles, evidence-based practice, and the role gender plays in healthcare leadership. I teach courses in food policy and public health, healthcare leadership, and lecture often on change leadership.
Welcome, and I look forward to you staying and creating here. Please let me know if you have any special needs or questions.
Two Mile Ranch
Post Office Box 1
19986 125th Avenue
Grand River, Iowa 50108