March 2001

Readers Write

Down And Out

Going outside to blow bubbles; finding a note stuck to a barn wall with a knife; realizing grandfather wasn’t senile

By Our Readers
Sy Safransky's Notebook

March 2001

How I yearn to be a better man, though I know that’s just a different kind of greed.

By Sy Safransky
Quotations

Sunbeams

Man is the only animal who has to be encouraged to live.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The Sun Interview

A Weakened World Cannot Forgive Us

An Interview With Kathleen Dean Moore

When the earth is whole, it is resilient. But when it is damaged too severely, its power to heal itself seeps away. If we continue to turn against the land, pour chemical fertilizers onto worn-out fields, sanitize wastewater with poisons, dam rivers, burn oil, and bear more children, then there may be no chance of healing. A weakened world cannot forgive us.

By Derrick Jensen
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Erased Edges

When, by some act of grace, the lines we think are there dissolve, something else appears, something timeless and rich, an intermediate zone, languid and latent, the lushness of something about to be and in no particular hurry to make it happen. The boundary between physical and spiritual melts, and we see that one is always infused with the other.

By Barbara Hurd
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

A Hell Of Mercy

Some Thoughts On Clinical Depression And The Dark Night Of The Soul

And still I persisted in the belief that my condition was manageable, that I was, more or less, steering the careening vehicle of my life. That is, until my mother died, terribly, of stomach cancer, in the winter of my forty-first year. That was when the wheels came off.

By Tim Farrington
Essays, Memoirs, and True Stories

Meeting The Sky

Golf was my father’s true beloved — more so, sadly, than I, or my mother, or anyone else. He embodied the very essence of the game. He was long, quiet stretches filled with difficult, sticky areas that one could navigate only after years of practice.

By Julie Burke
Fiction

Decomposing

It’s all in the way she comes out of her shop and says, “Come in here, my dear,” as soon as she sees you on the sidewalk in your nightgown, your dog beside you. It’s the way she says, “There, there,” though she has no idea what’s wrong. The way she clutches at her own breast when you try to tell her.

By Sylvia Mullen-Tohill