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Selections from the current issue

Leave The Light On:
John Records On His Work With Homeless People

Interview by Marc Polonsky
“Anytime we see somebody who is pushing a shopping cart and talking to themselves or apparently drunk on the sidewalk, we know they didn’t start out that way. They were once every bit as adorable as any other child; there was every bit as much hope in their eyes.”
Read the whole interview

 

Future Zarahs
Essay by William Powers
How many lives did you save today?

The Whiskey On Her Breath
Essay by Valerie Hurley
Losing a mother to alcohol and a mental hospital — and finding her again.

Porches
Personal stories by our readers
Gossiping with neighbors, singing a friend to sleep, facing an empty chair.

Plus: Poetry by Mark Smith-Soto, Sy Safransky's Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives

From the June 2003 issue:

Pray For Peace
Poetry by Ellen Bass

Pray to whomever you kneel down to:
Jesus nailed to his wooden or marble or plastic cross,
his suffering face bent to kiss you,
Buddha still under the Bo tree in scorching heat,
Adonai, Allah. Raise your arms to Mary . . .

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C.M. Bonny Harrison, a Sun reader, has kept this poem on her refrigerator for five years “as a daily reminder that everyday activities provide opportunities to ask for peace — not only for myself but also for all of humanity. My copy is yellow with age, much like my old refrigerator and also my very self.”

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  1. Table For Six Billion, Please:
    Judy Wicks On Her Plan To Change The World, One Restaurant At A Time

    Interview by David Kupfer
    (August 2008)
  2. Up All Night
    Readers Write
    (August 2008)
  3. Favorites from the Archives
    A selection of favorites from The Sun’s back-issue archives
  4. Digging In:
    Wendell Berry On Small Farms, Local Wisdom, And The Folly Of Greed

    Interview by Jeff Fearnside
    (July 2008)
  5. One Argument For The Existence Of God
    Poetry by Katrina Vandenberg
    (August 2008)
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