Patricia Bralley | The Sun Magazine

Patricia Bralley

Patricia Bralley is a biologist who lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Her story in this issue is from her as-yet-unpublished Thoroughbreds And Other Lesbians.

— From September 1986
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Pennies From Grandma

I’ve been passing pennies on the sidewalk. There seem to be a lot, as if I’m not the only one who doesn’t bother anymore to lean down and pick them up. After all, what good’s a penny anymore? It’s enough to buy a memory. Every time I see one I think of my Grandma Bralley.

September 1986
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Same As Anyone

The birds start singing when it’s still dark, the stillness before dawn, when life is poised and light begins a tentative approach. I ponder my investments, none of them financial.

May 1986
Fiction

The Secret Of Life

I recall another day back in junior high. He wrote upon the blackboard large: DNA/RNA. He pointed to the letters lying there like some Kabbalistic mantra, then said, “This is the secret of life.”

November 1985
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Call Them By Their Names With Passion

“Name and form” the rishis call it. “Function and form,” biologists reply. Parallels accumulate. Coincidence perhaps, but I am forced to wonder. How much power is in a word, and can I make it mine?

January 1982
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Conversations, Yet Unspoken: Spring

There is a day in winter when warmth and wetness first come together perfectly. It is Spring, though no calendar admits it. There is a surging up. And it always seems a Sunday.

March 1981
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