Margaret Knight, Inventor

I’ve been watching Ripper Street, which is a show about detectives in Victorian London, operating in the wake of the Jack the Ripper murders. In one episode, investors in a shipping line are shocked to discover that the inventor of a new and improved engine is a woman, who…

About

I grew up in rural New England, received my degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and surprised myself by moving to Los Angeles. I'm working on developing a portfolio of narrative nonfiction writing, as well as experimenting with short personal essays. Thanks for stopping…

Joe

I was standing at the side of the road, waiting for the light to change, when an elderly man asked if I’d pushed the button. Thinking that he wanted to cross the street, I replied that I had. He patted my arm and continued on his way. On the…

Pink Walls

My friends and I decided to use our January break from university to visit Krakow, Vienna, and Prague. We agreed to make a side trip from Krakow to visit Auschwitz, near the town of Oświęcim. My Polish friend, G., had come with us to Krakow, but opted to…

Once Brewed

The first person I encountered was an elderly man in a neck brace. I hadn’t intended to arrive in a snowstorm. I checked the weather before leaving St Andrews at 6:00 that morning, and there was no sign of snow when I hopped on the train at Edinburgh…