The Meaning of Life

Me: What is the meaning of life? Siri: All evidence to date suggests it’s chocolate. Since ‘What is the meaning of life?’ is a famous question, there are tons of famous answers – to follow your dreams, to live your dreams, to expand one’s perception of the world. Even world peace. The human brain perceives the external world…

The Fear of Congruence

“And to finish up the chapter “Congruence of Triangles”,” said my Math teacher, “I have a worksheet of 32 problems that you have to do for holiday homework.” The class groaned. During the holidays, I slaved for three days and got the worksheet done at last. Just when I thought I was done, I suddenly…

The Witch

muscle from a rat, eye of a bat, hair from a worm one with a perm what havoc does she brew her ingredients make us rue will her potion be love or darker than imagination this is her most horrific creation worse than zombies more frightening than Frankenstein more hair-raising than the apocalypse more terrifying…

Circus Days

I worked at the Chudesnyye I Misticheskiye Ispolniteli Tsirka (The Marvellous and Mystical Circus Performers) for around 10 years as a trapeze artist. They called me the Malen’koye pero, which means “little feather” in Russian. I could fly through the air with almost no effort and with no fear at all. I came from the noble family…

10 years

As most sea-tales do, my story begins with me running away from home. My sister Jeanette and I ran away from our strict, conservative French-English family when I was only 15, and she was 17 years old. After a few (mis)adventures, we ended up being part of a ship’s crew. The year was 1808, and we were aboard…

On Sequoias

Wasn’t I lucky to visit Yosemite National Park in April! One of the most fascinating things I saw there were the giant sequoia trees. Sequoia trees have been around for hundreds of years. In fact, Native American tribes living in that area have given them names like wawona, toos-pung-ish and hea-mi-withic. Giant sequoias grow naturally only in a…