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 Broccoli Dance

By Susanna Solomon Photo by Lydia Selk   When my daughter and her young children moved in a few months ago, I was none too pleased. Third house guests in less than a year. Nine months before I’d housed my stepdaughter, which didn’t work out too well, and after that my son moved in, and […]

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 […]

The Code

by Sashana Kane Proctor Photo by Chrissy Maini   Hey! I was eating that cheesecake! Give it back! I wasn’t done eating that! Who do you think you are anyway? Who let you in here? Who gave you the gate code? You can’t get in here without the code! Oh… Look! What if I promise […]


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 […]

Remembering Roses

by Jean Wong I could no more procrastinate than bungee jump from a bridge. As children, we were taught that life was serious. “Fun” was tolerated as an incidental occurrence in everyday life, but had nothing to do with the main idea. “Study hard, make good grades, save money” was programmed into our minds like […]

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 Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part IV

Henry woke up to the smell of dirt and pine needles, his face partially buried in a mixture of both. Slowly, consciousness crept back, and he became aware of a sharp, throbbing pain in his head. He suddenly remembered the battle and jumped to his feet. His eyes revolted at the sudden movement by releasing […]

It’s the possibilities…

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. “ – Carl Sagan Books are my drug of choice. If I go days without reading, I get jittery and weird…er than normal. My sense of well-being gets slurry. So it’s lucky that I have my own library of […]

The Battle of Olustee: A Tale of the United States Civil War, Part III

A February chill rushed through the air as Henry watched two regiments of men mount their horses and ride off. If the plan worked, they would make contact with the Union army and draw them back to the fortified battle line where the remaining Confederate soldiers waited. With Ocean Pond to the north, heavy swampland […]