Thomas Vaughn

Dr. Thomas Vaughn is communication professor, colleague and friend. He’s spent a lot of time studying the world of cults, conspiracy theories and apocalyptic rhetoric.

On Wolves and Fear

We don’t have wolves around the cabin, but there is a wolf moon hanging overhead at night reminding us of our wilder selves.

Seamus McGraw

Seamus McGraw is an old school journalist and author of The End of Country, Betting the Farm on the Drought and A Thirsty Land. His new book, From a Taller Tower will be released soon. We talk about Hunter S. Thompson, motorcycles, our mutual love of Texas, writing and then jump into the subject his new book covers, mass shootings in the the United States.

Greg Kendall-Ball

Greg Kendall-Ball is a photo editor for the New York Times who left seminary to become a photojournalist in West Texas after a life-changing trip to Rwanda. We talk about that, the modern state of journalism, baking bread and how an alien mutant super egg made him famous.

David Scott Holloway

David Holloway is one of the most interesting humans I know. He just happens to also be a phenomenal photographer too. Since then he’s traveled the world taking photos for the biggest publications in the United States and spent extensive time working with everyone from Jane Goodall to Anthony Bourdain.

DIY Leather Field Journal

DIY Leather Field Journal

Back to School Covid-19 Edition…

Watershed: Episode 3, Angels and Demons

It’s easy to discount or demonize the other as long as you’re looking at them from a distance. It’s much harder to do when you’re looking them in the eye.

Watershed: Episode 2, Build That Wall

For someone from Arkansas, the Mexican border was always something just a little intangible. And then this happened.

Watershed: Episode 1


1: a crucial dividing point, line, or factor : TURNING POINT
2a: a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water


These waters are a long way from Mexico. But, over the past couple of years, I’ve watched the flow of migrants get bottlenecked at the southern border and I can’t help but think about that little creek by my cabin. You can no more stop the flow of people searching for better lives than you can stop the headwaters of a river. You can try to redirect it, but you can’t make it go away.

Wolves and Fear

We don’t have wolves around the cabin, but there is a wolf moon hanging overhead at night reminding us of our wilder selves. It takes us back to the days of old when our ancestors slept by campfires and lived beneath the stars with bare feet and stone spears. The fire pushed back the darkness and the cold. Maybe that’s why we so often get lost staring into the flames of camp fires and wood stoves. The peace of those flames are buried deep within our DNA. As long as we stay close to the fire everything just feels like it’s going to be okay.

Waiting on the American Dream: Cameroon

I interviewed a refugee from Cameroon who fled his country in order to save his life. He has been traveling for two months trying to reach the United States. The following is the unedited interview. For his own security, I did not show his face.

Wade in the Water