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When not tending to her full-time career as an executive assistant, Rags spends her time photographing the native wildlife and landscapes of the American West. Those same animals and vistas also inspire her significant (primarily private) body of poetry. Like her husband, Angus, she is deeply committed to ensuring that much of the American West again embodies the true meaning of “wild.”
Hailing originally from the Amish uplands of Pennsylvania, Rags has ventured far to quench her desire for mastery of a variety of ancient arts, including historic needlework, hand-binding books, art-journaling and playing a vintage banjo—clawhammer style—for her own enjoyment. Her appreciation for these highly skilled, beautiful art forms is typical of the intricately textured way she sees the world. Rags brings this rich experience to bear in myriad ways.
Angus has been a writer since childhood. For the past two decades, Angus has engaged his Muse to help make the world a better place, particularly for the native wildlife of the West. From 1994 – 2009, Angus worked to advance the restoration of native carnivores to the American West. A native of Idaho, Angus has also worked on environmental justice issues with and for indigenous peoples in Canada and the American Southwest. Presently, Angus is using his talents to help improve product quality and regulatory compliance at a global medical device company. In his spare time, Angus and his wife, Rags, can be found chasing bears and wolves in the wilds of Montana and Wyoming, or hanging out with their friends at one of Colorado’s frequent bluegrass shows.