Author: tahlialauren16

  • Benandanti: The Dream-Walking Witch Hunters

    Benandanti: The Dream-Walking Witch Hunters

    The Salem Witch Trials are the best-known witch hunts, but they were prominent throughout Europe during the Catholic Revival. While most witch hunts were terrible tragedies involving the execution of innocent women and other vulnerable people, not all witch hunters did that. The Italian tradition of the Benandanti fought a different kind of witch: malignant […]

  • Creature Feature: The Slimy Salamander

    Creature Feature: The Slimy Salamander

    The salamander is not a singular species, but a family of amphibians (animals that can live on land and water). This family includes true salamanders, newts, and some fun names like hellbenders and mud puppies. They all have tails, stumpy bodies, and generally slimy skin. Some of them are plain, some are brightly coloured, but […]

  • The Story Behind The Little Mermaid

    The Story Behind The Little Mermaid

    Hans Christen Anderson’s The Little Mermaid is a classic fairytale of magic, transformation, and forbidden love. Most people know the Disney version, where the prince falls in love with Ariel and they live happily ever after. The original version was much darker and bleaker, and likely came about because of an event in Anderson’s personal […]

  • Things Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Sufferers Can Relate To

    Things Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Sufferers Can Relate To

    Chronic pain is a lifestyle, not just a list of symptoms. It’s hard to see the bright side of pain conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis, but it’s also not healthy to get bogged down in the negatives. There’s more to chronic pain than just pain, and it can help to look at it in a […]

  • Animals Mistaken For Mythical Creatures

    Animals Mistaken For Mythical Creatures

    Monsters and mythical creatures have always captured the human imagination. They are humanity’s answer to things we can’t explain, and proof that storytelling is our oldest art form. Before we had access to a great wealth of information about the world, there were a lot of things we had no name for. Palaeontology, the study […]

  • Top 3 Symbiotic Relationships in Nature

    Top 3 Symbiotic Relationships in Nature

    “Survival of the fittest” is an oft-quoted, oft-misunderstood saying that implies it’s every animal for themselves in the wild. But the truth is, many animals of different species co-exist peacefully, even having mutually beneficial relationships. When two different kinds of animals work together in symbiotic relationships, it’s known as mutualism. Unlike parasites, both parties get something […]

  • The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger

    The Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger

    Humans have long been the reason for many species of animals going extinct. In prehistoric times this was understandable. How was anyone to know there were only a few of those animals left? But today I’m going to talk about an animal that went extinct right before our eyes, when we had every means of […]

  • Book Review: Gideon the Ninth

    Book Review: Gideon the Ninth

    You’ve never read a book like this before, I can guarantee. Described as a science-fantasy, Gideon the Ninth transcends genre in its whirlwind narrative and utterly enthralling setting.  Synopsis: “The Emperor needs necromancers. The Ninth Necromancer needs a swordswoman. Gideon has a sword, some dirty magazines, and no more time for undead bullshit. Brought up […]

  • How to Survive Winter With Chronic Pain

    How to Survive Winter With Chronic Pain

    I would love winter if I didn’t have chronic pain. It’s so lovely to cuddle up under a massive blanket with a mug of hot chocolate. Being warm and cozy is one of my favourite things, and it just doesn’t feel the same any other time of year.  Unfortunately, winter is the time when my […]

  • June Crafting Roundup: What I’ve Been Making This Month

    June Crafting Roundup: What I’ve Been Making This Month

    This month has been a big one for crafting! After a long dry spell, I picked up my crochet hook and bought some new materials to get back into that beautiful creative state of mind.  Recently I’ve taken an interest in polymer clay. I started out by crafting a pair of mushroom earrings for myself. […]