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The Sun Interview

Call Of The Wild Bernie Krause On The Disappearing Music Of The Natural World

by Leath Tonino

“When we learn to listen to the world around us and at last hear it unimpeded by all the layers of ego-driven noise that we generate, we may develop a different perspective.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Winter Garden

by Hanna Neuschwander

“Just as I imagined the chickens laying, the now-dormant bulbs blossoming, and the grapes ripening in the sun, so too I dreamed of buying maternity clothes and onesies, feeling euphoric after giving birth, and feeding an infant from my own body.”


Beyond Belief

by Sparrow

The ecstasy of doubt


Prayer For Gluten

by Wendy Brenner

“Enlighten those of us in your flock, O Lord, who go about slandering gluten with great authority and volume, even though they never heard of gluten until last year.”


Tornado Season

by Doug Crandell

Brothers in a storm


Photo Essay

What We Eat

by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio

“Peter and I had the pleasure of dining with many of our subjects as we worked our way around the world: beef-and-vegetable stew in Illinois; uttapam and idli in India; potluck Shabbat dinner in Israel; tsampa porridge on the Tibetan plateau; dark bread, honey, and cakes in Latvia; solyanka and stuffed peppers in Russia; pig-knuckle soup in China.”



The Life She's Been Missing

by Greg Ames

“He saunters over to her with the breezy confidence of a local somebody, plucks the red plastic coffee stirrer from his mouth and tucks it in his breast pocket. A weird gesture, she thinks, a bit gross, but kind of endearing.”



The Empty Dress

by Alison Luterman

Readers Write

The Refrigerator

by Our Readers

An afternoon respite, a humble offering, a cruel reminder


In This Issue



The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what the “story of the trees” would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or we ears fine enough to understand.

Charles R. Skinner


Letter to the Editor

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