A 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 doing a blurb reinvigorating.
I took a pause from overhauling this site. You may find a few incompletes here and there.
P.S. What's the deal, you ask, with the site name "The Insufficient Skeptic"?
Once upon a time I interviewed and wrote a profile piece about a public official. 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 character flaws relevant to the angle of the story? Should this piece of fluff even have counted as journalism?
At least one of these things must be true:
We invented empirical thinking and fact checking to 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. Here's a "puff picture" I took from my driveway one evening:
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