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Miranda Hale

Writer/Editor/Journalist/Content Strategist

Location icon USA

Hi! I'm Miranda. I'm a freelance writer (of all sorts), editor, content strategist, and former rhetoric/writing professor.

Much more info about me & my work is available at about.me/miranda_hale.

Please get in touch if you're interested in any of my freelancing services. I'd love to work with you. ★

Portfolio

Professional Copywriting

Textbook Chapters

Magic in the Classroom: Using Extraordinary Claims to Teach Critical Thinking
02/24/2015
Chapter: "The Hypothetical Audience"

Chapter: "The Hypothetical Audience", Pages 128-130 http://web.randi.org/home/new-ebook-magic-in-the-classroom

Articles

mirandahale.net
05/24/2011
A Worthless and Dangerous Report

Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a report called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010” (.pdf), a companion to their 2004 report, “The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 1950-2002“. Both reports were compiled by the research team at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York at...

The James Randi Educational Foundation
08/01/2012
The Hypothetical Audience

...Such focus and practice is necessary not only in the classroom context, but also in “the real world”. The ability to imagine a hypothetical audience is a skill and tool that can be utilized in many ways, and is one that, ideally, students will also use in relevant non-academic contexts.

The James Randi Educational Foundation
01/09/2013
Idealism as Intrinsic Motivation

In other words, because our skeptical activism (of whatever sort) is driven by intrinsic motivation, burnout is all-but- inevitable. And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that we need to give up for good. Rather, burnout, in this context, is often just a reminder that, somewhere in the midst of all of our hard work and activism, we inadvertently lost track of our idealism....

Richard Dawkins Foundation
02/15/2014
The U.N.'S Impotent Yet Vitally Important Report On The Vatican's Crimes

Yet I cannot deny that the Committee has done something vitally and crucially important. They’ve bravely shone a light on truths that the Church works so hard to hide. And there is great value in that. To one degree or another, it will raise awareness of the staggering magnitude and horrific nature of this epidemic. And maybe, just maybe, it will bring the Church one step closer to their day of reckoning, the day when they will finally be held to account, the day when they will have to pay...

Richard Dawkins Foundation
12/30/2009
Rabbit is the question

...Intentional obscurantism is always annoying and intellectually dishonest, but it'€™s especially troubling when authors use it in an attempt to make their particular form of religious belief immune to criticism. How convenient that their God is unknowable and cannot be put into words!

Examiner.com
09/01/2009
The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport must not be allowed to hide behind the First Amendment

The Church's secrets must be brought to light so that the Church and its officials can be held fully responsible for their misdeeds. The Church's dishonesty and secrecy must not be allowed to proceed unchecked. The First Amendment does not protect their criminal acts. Let's train the bright light of the public eye on the darkest secrets of the Church. It's long past due.

Examiner.com
09/08/2009
It's time to speak out against Bill Donohue

Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (better known as the Catholic League) displays an almost unbelievable level of paranoia and a staggering persecution complex, and decries any questioning or criticism of the Church, however subtle or mild, as anti-Catholic bigotry.

Examiner.com
10/13/2009
The Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport is running out of options

...For the victims' sake and out of respect for the Constitution, the Court must deny the diocese's request. Then and only then will they have to reveal their misdeeds and take responsibility for their actions. It's sad and frustrating that nothing short of a rejection by the Supreme Court will end the diocese's secrecy, but if that's what it takes to make them reveal their dark secrets, so be it.

Interviews

The Inlander
04/21/2005
Interview: The Wiggles

They're four talented men with distinct, silly personalities, cute wardrobes, screaming fans and world-wide success. The Beatles? Nah, it's the Wiggles, the Fab Four for the preschool set.

The Inlander
06/10/2004
Interview: Pretty Girls Make Graves

Seattle's Pretty Girls Make Graves is one of those bands that kind of flirts with mainstream success but is ultimately happy to remain on that fringe between independent rock and the supposed greener pastures on the other side of the music biz.

The Inlander
06/09/2005
Interview: The Kissers

The Kissers are a five-piece group from Madison, Wis., who combine traditional Celtic sounds, punk spirit and an old-fashioned country vibe with rock and roll rhythms.

Reviews

Metapsychology Online Reviews
04/09/2002
Book Review: Sam Lipsyte- "Venus Drive"

Lipsyte's world is a ghost world, a commercialized and frequently sterile life whose inhabitants are wandering around aimlessly, looking for beauty and meaning wherever they can find it, but more often losing themselves in a daze of addiction or pain on the road there.

Metapsychology Online Reviews
10/14/2002
Audiobook Review: "Sylvia Plath Reads"

The first impression one gets from listening to Sylvia Plath read her poetry is that she possessed the most haunting of voices.  Her voice echoes throughout whatever chamber it is played in, filling the space and bouncing off...

The Inlander
07/17/2003
CD Review: The Postal Service- "Give Up"

As a musical medium, electronica can be anything -- from harsh to numbing, from spiritual to soothing. Or it can be evocatively nostalgic and go hand-in-hand with quiet indie rock, as the Postal Service's dreamy and reminiscent "Give Up" (Sub Pop) proves.

The Inlander
09/18/2003
CD Review: Mates of State- "Team Boo"

Team Boo (Polyvinyl), the Mates of State's third full-length release, is completely delightful. There is really no other word that better describes what the husband and wife team of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel do with their melodic voices, swirling organs, keyboards and drums.

The Inlander
07/08/2004
CD Review: Mirah- "C'mon Miracle"

C'mon Miracle is the work of a deft and maturing singer-songwriter. It's perfect for those reflective summer evenings full of hope and promise.

Junkmedia
01/01/2002
CD Review: No-Shadow Kick- "Promo EP"

Northampton, Massachusetts band No Shadow-Kick's holiday six-song promotional EP is a short but diverse introduction to the band's style. The opening track "In the Snow", the only holiday song on the EP, is a holiday song for those unable to always muster up the expected amount of festive spirit.

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