This page is home to some of my finest work as a writer, editor, and photographer. Some links to writing samples are to PDF files; if you cannot open PDFs click here to download the required software, Adobe Reader.
The Humanitarian in His Garden: an obituary for Dr. Norman Borlaug (link to Rice Thresher; 2009)
“Probably the best essay about Borlaug that I’ve read.” – Douglas Brinkley
Is a Fighter Plane a Work of Art? (link to blog post on this site; 2011)
Sex Crime in the 21st Century (link to blog post on this site; 2014)
Should All Art Be Happy? (link to blog post on this site; 2011)
The Culture Shock of Moving to America (link to blog post on this site; 2011)
Performers in the Boxes: Concert-going in 18th-Century London (PDF; academic paper, 2011)
Music for a Wine and Pastry Tasting (CD: Gaspar Hoyos; 2014, MusicWeb)
A Pianist Plays for All and Condescends to None (CD: James Rhodes; 2011, MusicWeb)
Why Easy-Listening Heals No Wounds (CD: Lavinia Meijer; 2014, MusicWeb)
I am chief copy editor and fact-checker for all printed and digital publications at my employer, North Lake College.
I was editor-in-chief and lead copy editor of the Rice Standard online magazine from September 2009 to May 2010, having filled the same roles for a print version of the magazine since early 2008. Click here for a full view of my editing process at work (PDF).
I have experience editing to AP and Chicago styles and to British English, and, for North Lake College and the Standard, created brand-new house style guides.
Click each photograph to view at original size. Photographs are presented exactly as originally saved to my digital camera; none of these have been cropped, ‘shopped, or otherwise altered.