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The Sun Interview

Righteous Babe Ani DiFranco On Music, Politics, And Staying Independent

by Mark Leviton

“I’d decided not to take favors from anyone. If I had to sleep in the bus station, I slept in the bus station. My ability to say no to people’s offers of help meant that no one had power over me.”


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Every Moment Is An Act Of Faith

by Gabriel Heller

A dark legacy


A Merry Little Christmas

by S. J. Miller

Knocking on Mother’s door


Let It Shine A Tribute To Stephen Levine

by Stephen Levine

Teacher and author Stephen Levine, best known for his pioneering work with death, dying, and grief, passed away last January in his New Mexico home. He was seventy-eight years old.



Torpedoes D'Amour

by Poe Ballantine

“I was a fragile child, and whenever my parents used a word I didn’t understand to describe me to friends and relatives or in a medical survey for my school, I felt compelled to look it up. I looked up asthma and myopia and somnambulance and nocturnal enuresis, which sounded innocuous enough until I discovered it meant that I wet the bed.”



The Dog Misses You

by Alan Michael Parker

Readers Write

The Backyard

by Our Readers

A teenager’s secrets, a nosy neighbor, a field of fireflies


In This Issue



“When you grow up as a girl, it is like there are faint chalk lines traced approximately three inches around your entire body at all times, drawn by society and often religion and family and particularly other women, who somehow feel invested in how you behave, as if your actions reflect directly on all womanhood.”

M.E. Thomas


Letter to the Editor

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