The rest of my career will be about drawing connections. Analysis, the process of dissection, is only of limited value to my mission. Synthesis is my vocation. More than any other kind of thinking, systems strategy, specifically of course in reference to California ecology, is where I find the answers to the questions I am asking. How do the orienting, elemental forces of the natural world inform the shape and function of my local and global realities? They come by considering the wider implications of externalities and how the sum effect of its fitness outweighs the aggregated product of the constituent properties. The study of ecology is the study of economics. The only difference between the two is the object of currency and the subject of society. (obi)

Photo Feature – The Recent Best of What I Follow

Cold Splinters Cold Splinters Ball and Buck Invisible Oranges The Sartorialist Snow Peak Grass Doe Cheap Rent A Continuous Lean Making Owls Cool Logcabineer A Very Modest Cottage A Restless Transplant Damn Yak Dry Goods Foggy Notion Grist Forest Bound Gentleman’s Gazette Hollister Hovey Matchstick Lake Slow Cool Assault Bunnywax […]

The Redwood Journal

This Winter we have above average rainfall totals in Northern California, but below average for the months of January and February. Things are cooking right along at Juniper Ridge, with the launch of Winter Redwood – I am running the @juniper_ridge twitter feed now – mostly wilderness conservation posts. Alli […]

Nostalgic Books and Vintage Western Trail type

Half way between our childhood memories, locked up in pulp adventure books of cowboys on the Range and a more serious, critical investigation of the graphic signifiers everyone responds to (about the West), I present some of the new additions to the Juniper Ridge ( library – graphic inspiration…resources that […]

Winter Reading

Winter Reading – Obi Kaufmann. I love my library. I keep it light, I don’t want to own cases and cases full of books. I want to collect choice editions and keep it current. I am an avid donator of old tomes after I have thoroughly integrated them into my […]

The New Retail in Los Angeles

I’m moving towards a 100% American made lifestyle when it comes to things I buy, wear and consume. It is the natural trajectory of sustainability – a call out to a return to bioregional economies. There are plenty of international, culturally-based things I love and am glad to keep consuming, […]