In 2014, I started writing short essays that I called op-eds, though in fact they were more like reflections or musings. They were all related in some way to science, evolution, natural history, medicine, and teaching.
I was inspired by an op-ed in The New York Times by Trish Hall titled “Op-ed and You,” which appeared on October 13, 2013 and encouraged readers to write and submit their own essays. Other inspirations for this kind of writing continue to be Chet Raymo (his “Science Musings” used to be a regular column in The Boston Globe), Carl Zimmer, and Olivia Judson, as well as earlier writers like Stephen Jay Gould and Lewis Thomas.
After some reflection, I decided that a blog would be a great way to share these essays with others.