Issue 362 | The Sun Magazine

February 2006

Readers Write


Family meetings, early mornings, stolen sips

By Our Readers


No one ever understood disaster until it came.

Josephine Herbst

The Sun Interview

And A Time For Peace

Kathy Kelly Puts Herself In Harm’s Way To Oppose War

This war was waged, ostensibly, over weapons of mass destruction. I always say that if you want to find evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, all you have to do is go to the pediatric wards and see the children whose lives have been ruined by depleted-uranium ammunition left in the soil after the Gulf War. The U.S. has developed, sold, and used more weapons of mass destruction than any other nation in history.

By John Malkin
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

What Feels Like Destiny

There were seven thousand Peace Corps volunteers out there, in the most remote places of the world, and if something bad were to happen to any one of them during the night, something tragic, I would take the call.

By Jamy Bond
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Flood

It’s difficult to remember the sequence of events that led us here. Everything came so quickly. The first warning was when Perdita called, saying, “I hear they are evacuating people from Phoenicia.” Heavy rains and spring thaw were causing the Esopus River to overflow its banks.

By Sparrow
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

World of Trouble

The place in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I went to give plasma looked like it had recently been a small grocery store. I had never given plasma or blood before and had no appreciation for the difference. All I knew was that you got eight bucks, which was the going rate for a full day’s labor through Manpower back then, in 1974.

By Poe Ballantine

Still Life With Candles And Spanish Guitar

The story goes roughly like this: Girl meets boy in chat room, agrees to meet downtown for coffee. And does, and after three minutes of coffee can see it’s not good.

By Kirk Nesset