In the early 1900s, Tara’s family immigrated to the United States from Poland and remained involved with the local, Polish-American community in Chicago for the following hundred years. Tara spent most of her childhood serving morning and funeral masses for the pastor and visiting Carmelite fathers before graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts, Honors, in theology, art and international studies. Tara received the Karl Rahner Award for Excellence in Theological Studies from Loyola University Chicago and is a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society.

Upon graduation, Tara moved to South Africa where she cofounded and ran a distribution company supplying laboratory consumables to the national market. She left business to pursue a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and is currently studying.

Inspired by her childhood and the landscape of her new home, Tara’s books mix philosophy and fantasy with a whole lot of adventure, a dash of humor and sprinkling of inappropriateness.

In person, she likes talking about physics and math more than religion.


When I was eleven, I aimed the Kodak digital camera I got as a birthday present out of the moving car and toward a nearby giraffe, snapping a bunch of photos as I went. Among the otherwise forgetful photos of ungulates was one picture of a giraffe, its head bending gracefully into the frame against … Continue reading Photographs


The end of the world—a cataclysmic disaster that destroys all life as we know it—has gripped the popular imagination for millennia. Religions imagine it; believers wait for it; ethicists work to prevent it; and writers describe it, often in dramatic, adventurous detail. And yes, unless our sun happens to find the fountain of youth during … Continue reading Studies


My songful fruitcake of a biography, this is the story of how one plucky art graduate (me) went on to study engineering halfway across the world and survived (so far)… the Confessions of an Artsy Engineer.

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From mischievous ancestors to cold, French winters, these are links to some of Tara’s favorite blog posts.