Author: tahlialauren16

  • Creature Feature: Spotted Hyenas

    Creature Feature: Spotted Hyenas

    I know what the common perception of hyenas is: cruel, cowardly scavengers who leech off of other predators’ hunts. When we think of these animals, we most often think of the trio from The Lion King.  Disney actually got in a bit of trouble over its depiction of spotted hyenas. The animators went to the […]

  • I’m Chronically Ill, Not an Inspiration

    I’m Chronically Ill, Not an Inspiration

    When you’re part of a minority, people expect you to speak on behalf of everyone in that minority. If you speak publicly about your experiences, they expect you to be a good activist, someone to point to and say: “See? If they can do it, so can you!”  But that’s not fair. My experiences with […]

  • Creature Feature: Elephants, the Gentle Giants of the Land

    Creature Feature: Elephants, the Gentle Giants of the Land

    Elephants are truly gorgeous creatures. While I usually write about the weird and unnerving animals on this blog, I want to also appreciate these gentle giants.  Elephants are known for their size and strength, and are symbols of wisdom and peace. They are the largest land mammals on earth and have caused their fair share […]

  • Books I Hated in High School but Love Now

    Books I Hated in High School but Love Now

    Ok, strictly speaking, I didn’t “hate” any of these books – but my classmates certainly did! It will come as a surprise to no one that I was a huge bookworm all through school. Even after I finished high school and studied journalism, I always packed a book with me on the train.  Whether you […]

  • These Plants Can Kill: Deadly Flora

    These Plants Can Kill: Deadly Flora

    “Every rose has its thorns”. We all love the sight of a beautiful garden, but sometimes the loveliest appearances hide a deadly nature.  Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, decided in 1995 that she wanted to grow a garden exclusively containing harmful plants. She originally thought of a medicinal garden, but she changed her mind […]

  • What I Learnt From Knitting My First Jumper

    What I Learnt From Knitting My First Jumper

    When I decided to write about knitting a jumper last year, my wrists immediately started screaming “never again”. I’ve written previously about how great knitting is for chronic pain, but I didn’t mention how damaging it can be.  When I’m knitting or crocheting, I tend to get lost in the pattern and flow. I’ll usually […]

  • Creature Feature: Cuckoo Birds and Brood Parasites

    Creature Feature: Cuckoo Birds and Brood Parasites

    When we think of parasites, we typically think of unpleasant creepy-crawlies like leeches or ticks. Today I’d like to introduce you to the brood parasite, the most famous of those being the cuckoo bird. You might recognise the cuckoo as the little bird that pops out of old clocks, but it’s really their parenting habits […]

  • The Legend of Medusa: Myths and Misconceptions

    The Legend of Medusa: Myths and Misconceptions

    If you didn’t know, I’m very interested in Greek mythology – so much that I wrote a thesis on feminist interpretations. One of the biggest figures in Greek mythology that isn’t a god or a hero is possibly Medusa, the snake-haired gorgon who can turn people to stone with a glance.  Medusa has become somewhat […]

  • My Tarot Reading Process: An Example

    My Tarot Reading Process: An Example

    I’ve decided to start offering tarot readings here on my blog! I have 2 tarot decks and a set of oracle cards, and I think it’s about time I did some readings for other people.  Many people have misconceptions about tarot or are concerned that it and other divinatory practices are scams; I want to […]

  • How D&D Made Me a Better Writer

    How D&D Made Me a Better Writer

    For the longest time, I saw writing as a solitary pursuit. I pictured myself as an author working entirely alone, only interacting with people for book signings. I was always scared of criticism, even the constructive kind. I’m still in the habit now of submitting work without feedback because deep down, I’m afraid people will […]