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Selections from the January issue
January 2009

A Mindful Marriage:
Kittisaro And Thanissara On Celibacy, Sex, And Lasting Love

Interview by Leslee Goodman
“One can’t assume that, because you have had sex with a person, the two of you are close, or, conversely, that if a relationship isn’t sexual, it lacks intimacy. What makes sexual contact truly intimate is a quality of presence and mindfulness, of honesty and tenderness and love.”
Read an excerpt from the interview

I Am Not A Sex Goddess
Ruminations on a languishing libido
Essay by Lois Judson

The Happiest Day Of Someone Else’s Life
All alone at the wedding
Essay by Andrew Boyd

Saying Yes
To a teenage tryst, to a wayward father, to the U.S. Marine Corps
Personal stories by our readers

Plus: Poetry by Megan Buchanan Cherry, Sy Safransky’s Notebook, and Sunbeams

Favorite from the archives
August 2002

From the August 2002 issue:

Essay by Sparrow
“So undervalued are baths in our culture that there is no word for ‘taking a bath,’ as there is for showering. (The word bathing covers all types of personal cleansing.) For this reason, I suggest the word bathifying, which conveys some of the leisurely thoughtfulness of the bathtub.”
Read the whole essay

Genie Zeiger, an author and Sun contributor, recommends this essay “because bathifying is almost as great as sexifying!”

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What bloggers are saying

An artist in Seattle confesses she rereads the stories in The Sun so many times she nearly memorizes them.

A social worker in St. Louis overslept on Sunday, missed church, and read The Sun instead.

A graduate student in Jerusalem encountered a Palestinian peace activist and was reminded of The Sun.

Mary Ann Zehr, assistant editor of Education Week’s blog Learning the Language, recommends the November issue to her readers and writes that the “stories in the Readers Write section have a very strong emotional quality.”

Meanwhile, the Chris Hedges interview [“Moral Combat,” December 2008] sparks lively conversation here, here, and here.

Are Sun readers meeting in your area?

More than 150 groups of Sun readers meet regularly to discuss the latest issue of the magazine, or write, or both. Groups have recently formed in:

Pacific Grove, California
Fort Wayne, Indiana
State College, Pennsylvania
Seattle, Washington

One reader recently wrote: “One of my favorite monthly happenings is the meeting of a small group of readers of The Sun. . . .” Read more

To view the complete list of Sun groups, or to start your own, click here.

Most-read on our website this month
  1. Immigrants
    Readers Write
    (November 2008)
  2. Moral Combat:
    Chris Hedges On War, Faith, And Fundamentalism

    Interview by Bethany Saltman
    (December 2008)
  3. Blood
    Readers Write
    (December 2008)
  4. Favorites From The Archives
    A selection of favorites from The Sun’s back-issue archives
  5. The Three Ages Of Woman
    Essay by Vivé Griffith
    (December 2008)
Save the date: Sun gatherings in 2009

Join Sun authors and readers, as well as editor and publisher Sy Safransky, for one of our lively weekends of conversation, reflection, and inspiration. The Sun will host two gatherings this year: one on May 15–17 at the Rowe Conference Center in Rowe, Massachusetts, and the other on October 30–November 1 at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California.

If you’d like to attend, please save the dates in your calendar. Registration will begin soon; details will be announced on our website by the end of January.

The Sun featured on community radio
Tim and Krista

Managing editor Tim McKee and associate publisher Krista Bremer were featured in the December 8 broadcast of Carrboro Book Beat, a program produced by WCOM, a community radio station in Carrboro, North Carolina. Listen to the program here.

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