Here’s a taste of what you’ll find in the July 2008 issue of The Sun.
Wendell Berry On Small Farms, Local Wisdom, And The Folly Of Greed
Interview by Jeff Fearnside
For more than forty years, Wendell Berry has worked his family farm in Kentucky the old-fashioned way, using horses as much as possible and producing much of his own food. And he has published more than forty books, writing by hand in the daylight to reduce his reliance on electricity derived from strip-mined coal. Berry has been called a “prophet” by the New York Times, and his Jeffersonian values are so old they can appear startlingly new.
Essay by Doug Crandell
At thirteen, I wanted to be a father.
Our failing family farm had two trailer homes sitting vacant. To make ends meet, my parents rented one to Valerie, a pregnant, unwed twenty-three-year-old with tomato red hair who worked at the Kroger deli, where my mother was the manager.
Koans From My Mother
Essay by Jan Shoemaker
I was driving my mother from my sister Sue’s house to my own home last June when she said, “Sue has been my daughter her whole life. Why don’t I know her mother?”
It was as if my mother, whose mind had been steadily losing ground to Alzheimer’s, had become a Zen master dispensing koans.
Plus: Readers Write on Now Or Never, poetry by Tom Hawkins, and Sunbeams