The Monastery was situated at the end of the world. Since the beginning of time it had been sitting high up in that remote valley of the Himalayas. For generations, the monks followed their daily routines as laid out in the scriptures. The common prayers. The fasting. …

Once upon a time there was a successful leader. He presided over a large workshop of stonemasons. They produced menhirs for parks and gardens, and large stone blocks for the nearby pyramid. Whenever an order was finished, they put it on a sledge and pulled …

W e remember.   We remember the many groans of the oppressed, the arrogance of the oppressor, back in the dark ages. We remember the hat on a stick, and how the squire had people greet it, under threat of punishment. And we remember the man: …