P.S. What's the deal, you ask, with the site name "The Insufficient Skeptic"? Luckily I never had it tattooed on my anatomy. It's charm for me, as a catchy name, has dimmed. But the backstory is this:
Once upon a time I wrote a profile piece about a guy much in the public eye. A few of his detractors (two, exactly) later chided me for failing to uncover what they said were were known lapses of my subject's character and job performance. I wondered, had I failed to exercise sufficient journalistic skepticism? Were these flaws of his relevant to the angle of the story? Should this piece of fluff even have counted as journalism? I had a flash of an idea that the habit of hard cynicism, so zealously cultivated by the press corps, can pull as much gauze over the eyes as gullibility. And then I wondered if I'd just brilliantly rationalized my incompetence. The point is to keep wondering.
At least one of these things must be true::
We are all irrationalists to a degree, unconsciously forming our own inferences about the world. We gravitate toward the data that supports what we suspect or believe. Empirical thinking and fact checking keep us honest about what we observe. Art keeps us free to observe without the intrusion of skepticism. Writing puff pieces for money helps pay the bills.
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Hoo. Rays. I took this shot from the driveway one evening after a sudden violent storm that passed quickly and signed off with this stunning apology for the disturbance. No pixels in this photo were harmed by Photoshop (c).
A Brief Browser's Guide to The Insufficient Skeptic Universe:
PUBLISHED ARTICLES contains links to samples of my professional short-feature writing. It's a little parking lot for some of my past work where you can peruse according to subject matter. And it's the main reason for this site.
BLOG, BARELY features rambles I occasionally write just for this site, along with some photography. If you've never been to this page, go see what's accumulated there. Some fun stuff. Then, don't expect fresh material too often and you won't be disappointed.
Hop to the BLURBOSPHERE to see what I'm liking of late. I don't mean the social media variety of "liking," as when a person snaps a selfie in the aisle of a supermarket to update his/her shopping progress and you emote back: "Wow. Cheetos. Good choice." On my Blurbosphere I post substantive little burbs about people I've come in contact with whose creative work, interesting deeds or tiny moments of brilliance I wanted to put here for you to discover as well. When I lapse into a creative torpor, I find this page reinvigorating.
I'm just winding up an overhaul of this site using some new software. I'm still fussing and re-posting content, so you'll find a few things incomplete here and there. Please bear with me.