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The Sun Interview

Two Ways Of Knowing Robin Wall Kimmerer On Scientific And Native American Views Of The Natural World

by Leath Tonino

“We don’t understand plant intelligence very well, so we tend to dismiss it as nonexistent or primitive. But we also used to think the world was flat.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Garlic In My Ear

by Sparrow

“One night I had a slight earache, which I mentioned to Violet. She was studying herbalism at the time and suggested I place a clove of garlic in my ear. She explained that I should slice the tip off the garlic, to release the natural oils, before inserting the clove.”


A Healing Touch

by Mary Jane Nealon

The doctor’s hands


Exactly What To Say

by Kim Church

“In 1984, our last year together, there was still a big green open field behind the Mission Valley Shopping Center near our house in Raleigh, North Carolina. One Sunday you saw a man there inflating a hot-air balloon, and you went out to talk to him.”



by Heather Sellers

A stranger in the house


The Sudden City

by Brian Doyle

“My wry and remarkable sister, who had been through the three days of mud and drugs and magic and heat and music at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair of 1969, drove me the next summer from our house on the south shore of Long Island to the town of Woodstock, New York, where she lived. I was thirteen and she was twenty. We rode in her battered Ford Falcon, which muttered darkly if you asked it to go more than forty miles an hour.”



A Friend Of The Devil

by Kelly Daniels

“Between the ages of four and nine I lived in a California desert community called Anza, a gathering of burnouts, hermits, and rejects where I had come with my mom and little brother, Eli, after my parents’ divorce.”



Intrigue In The Trees

by John Brehm

Readers Write


by Our Readers

A manager’s lament, a meddling husband, a reporter’s revenge


In This Issue



“Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry.”

John Dewey


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