Murdoch, Einstein and Me

by Con Carlyon I watched Piers Morgan interview an atheist during the week. Piers asked what the atheist thought happened when we die. The atheist asked Piers if he could remember what it was like before he was born. I think he was trying to convey that we could expect it to be the same […]

The People on the Banks

by Con Carylon (Reporting from Toowoomba, Australia) After about twenty years of drought, Australia is now having rain and lots of it. Our dams, which were at a disastrous 7% level, are now approaching 70%, with rain predicted for a couple of months yet. Some may even get to 100 percent capacity. Toowoomba sits on […]

My Backyard

By Con Carlyon I’ve been looking out the window at my backyard. I live on a typical quarter acre suburban block, in a city of some 100,000 people. I’ve lived here for thirty years, and that backyard has seen many changes. I’ve erected swings and seesaws for my kids to play on. I’ve played football […]


By Con Carlyon I’ve been thinking some more about Truth, or more particularly, how we come by it. For most of us, I would think we first look to our parents for our truth, then to our teachers, and then to our religious instructors.  And as we enter adolescence, we look to our peers. After […]

Musings on Happiness

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness. After all, that’s what we are all supposed to be pursuing, isn’t it? But what is happiness? Perhaps the formula for it is in the words below: “Grant to us the serenity of mind to accept that which cannot be changed; courage to change that which can be […]

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Being a Dickhead

I finished The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Theories of the Universe. Am I any the wiser? I think so. I know there are more questions to be answered than I’ll ever find answers for. That’s alright. I know the quest for those answers is an ongoing one. As they say, better to travel hopefully than […]

On Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmic Perspective” and More…

I’m 70 now. That is a time of life when one reflects on this miraculous journey that we take, and, hopefully, comes to some informed conclusions about what it is all about. I recall many years ago reading the late Dag Hammarskjold’s “Markings”, in which he jotted down his thoughts on this life. I’m not […]

The String Theory: The Universes Unfolding as They Should

No one knows how life on Earth began, or why, and so Man has created religions to find answers that humans can relate to, which answer the questions on the meaning of life, and what happens to us after our death. These religions can be a solace for many in the absence of anything else […]

My Grandfather, the Thief

A while back, my sister, who is an occasional genealogist, informed me that our mother’s maternal grandparents were convicts. As yet, I didn’t know why they were forcibly transported to a godforsaken hole on the other side of the world. Or so it must have seemed to them. At school, we were told that convicts […]

Tales From Abu Ghraib

by Riverbend (Contributed by Con Carylon) Con Carylon writes: Each day from the anniversary of Riverbend’s last post on October 22nd until the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, I will printing an extract from Riverbend’s blog, Baghdad Burning. Monday, March 29, 2004 At precisely 5 p.m., yesterday afternoon, my mother […]