Natural Selections

Heather Heying
If it evolved, it's fair game.
Created 28 Jul 2021
  • Fear in the Time of Coronavirus
    04 Jan 2022 • 11 min read • 291 18
    I wanted to come to you this week with a carefully considered, thoughtfully written post. It’s a new year, after all, why not start fresh. But that’s just not where my head is at. So here are several ...
  • Thoughts in Winter - audio edition
    29 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 12 2
    From this week’s Tuesday essay: We are forgetting so much. We are forgetting what we were told to think last year, last month, yesterday. We are forgetting that dissent is necessary—for science, for s...
  • Thoughts in Winter
    28 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 181 14
    I am cold to my toes on the evening of one of the last nights of the year, sitting on a ferry that is deeply rumbling through the frigid waters of the Salish Sea. We are moving through the farthest no...
  • Word from Australia
    21 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 98 4
    Today is the solstice. It is the Winter solstice in the Northern half of the planet, the moment at which our days are shortest, our nights longest, and so begins the long slow return to more light. We...
  • Twelve Important Books
    14 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 44 2
    “I teach college English in prison. A student asked for a list of twelve books he ought to read over winter break that I thought were important. What would your respective answers be?” This question w...
  • From Silk to Pastries - audio edition
    08 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 3
    This week’s post was proposed by Drew Schneidler, my friend and frequent collaborator, who is a co-author of the resulting essay. Bret and I first met Drew in 2006, when he was a student in our co-tau...
  • From Silk to Pastries
    07 Dec 2021 • 11 min read • 33 4
    He approaches her, focused, but tentative. She is yet to be convinced, but he is intent on winning her favor. He brings to her a nuptial gift, a delicious nugget wrapped in beautiful silk. It has both...
  • Higher Ed Needs a Reboot - audio edition
    30 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 25 2
    Here is the second of my two long pieces on higher ed from recent weeks. The first—The Twin Virtues of Trust and Uncertainty—is available to all in print. The audio edition is available to paying subs...
  • On Food and Gratitude - audio edition
    25 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 46 1
    Hello and happy Thanksgiving to all, In the midst of more substantive posts—on higher ed (two of them!), and vitamin D and Covid, and why not to allow children to medically transition—here comes Thank...
  • Higher Ed Needs a Reboot
    23 Nov 2021 • 27 min read • 66 5
    What does education look like? Education looks like people standing at the edge of a precipice in eastern Washington, looking out over a harsh and unforgiving landscape, and considering: What forces m...
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