Dr. Lindley Stiles, Hall of Fame Educator, Author, Poet, and Lecturer
was born on a cattle ranch near where Tatum, New Mexico now stands. His
World Class professional career was anchored in his boyhood experiences
with real cowboys and Indians on his father's ranches--on the Caprock,
near Grants and Pueblo Bonito, and on the West Gallegos--all in New
Mexico. He graduated from the Farmington, NM Hight School which elected
him as one of its first members of its academic Hall of Fame. Fort Lewis
College named him as one of three Alumni of the Century. The University
of Colorado awarded him three degrees--AB, MA, and ED. D--and gave him
its coveted University Medal as well as its distinguished Alumni award.
Also, he was awarded three honorary doctor's degrees from Rider College,
McKendree College, and the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Stiles recorded his memories in "I Never Rode Alone, My Boyhood on a
New Mexico Cattle Ranch". He co-authored "Half-A-Man with Simmie
Plummer, who has designed all his Western books. "Eagle Song" and "Cody"
are now being distributed by Trafford Publishing. "Cowboy in the
Classroom" his professional autobiography was written to accompany the
"Stiles Career Shelf" in the archives of the Deering Library of
Northwestern University from which he is a Professor Emeritus.
"Classroom Cowboy, Out to Pasture" is an addendum which deals with his
on-going career activities. All contain various episodes of his early
cattle ranching experiences which sparked his pioneering spirit as a
professional educator and popular author.
His fame is world-wide for his creation of the social wisdom, "The Best
Should Teach". For this proposal which has been called the best since
Democracy was adopted by the Greeks 400 years before the Christian Era.
The International Biographical Centre, in Cambridge, England made him
its seventh pick out of fifty candidates world-wide to be named as one
of the "Greatest Living Legends". The American Biographical Institute
called him, "One of the Greatest Minds of the 21st Century".
His Western books have been called refreshingly reliable for their
portrayal for the life of the cattle ranching world. Many readers have
commented on their cleanliness, scholarly accuracy and 10+ quality of writing.
"A Little Jewel that shouldn't be missed", one reviewer said
of "Half A Man". "A true picture of the Navajo and the Indian Trader"
was the comment about "Eagle Song" by one who spent his life with the
two. "A great book" was the judgment of a reviewer of "Tough But
Tender". "The readers of Western Lore are lucky that Dr. Stiles brought
his creative genius to improve its literature" was another comment. His
children's poetry, two examples of which are available from Trafford:
"Christy, The Christmas Bird" and "Moods and Moments" have been called
equal to or better than the best of A.A. Milne, the famous English
Dr. Stiles says he elected to have his books published by Trafford
Publishing after a well known commercial company offered to publish his
first, "Half A Man"--in three or four years.
About the Illustrator
Lori Musil, is a native of Tucson, Arizona, who currently
resides in Cerrillos, NM. She has spent 30 years in the
diversified field of commercial art. Lori now paints and draws
the West and its inhabitants, from cowboys to critters, from
sun-dappled gardens to spirit filled landscapes. More recently
she has branched off into the field of children’s books, having
illustrated Dr. Stiles” legend Christy, The Christmas Bird.
She works in a wide variety of mediums, oils, acrylics, watercolors,
pastels, pencil, ink and a newfound love for clay and
Her recent entries in New Mexico’s Trail of Painted
ponies brought her great accolades for her top selling ponies,
CowPony (2001) and HorseHide (2002). Her entry, Year of the
Horse was the representative pony for the Trail of Painted
Ponies 2003 project. Her cover picture on Dr. Stiles’ Cody is
rated the best in all his novels.
Lori’s work has been collected and exhibited around
the world, and her miniatures are a favorite in the international
shows. Her work can be viewed on her website: