Issue 129 | The Sun Magazine

August 1986

Readers Write

Old Friends

Two World Wars and the Great Depression, the old Firesign Theater “Everything You Know Is Wrong,” a wet comb

By Our Readers


The friend does not count his friends on his fingers; they are not numerable.


Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Two Worlds

A Letter From Deena Metzger

It’s as if you’re walking on your heart and it’s holding you the way the earth holds you up — if you let it — or the spirit holds you up, your heart and your spirit, one holding you by one arm and the other supporting the other arm.

By Deena Metzger
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Say Ray

The dentist froze. Then turned toward Ray, a soft smile on his face. His eyes dancing, he put his hands together as if in prayer and responded. “I know, I had this vision. Looking at you on the swing I saw Jesus, the face of Jesus crying.”

By Ron Jones
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories


Courage is not afraid to weep, and she is not afraid to pray, even when she is not sure who she is praying to. When she walks, it is clear that she has made the journey from loneliness to solitude.

By J. Ruth Gendler
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Jack And The Beanstalk

Some Thoughts On The Mixing Of Psychology And Religion

To a student with years of experience in spiritual discipline, the suggestion that psychotherapy might be a useful adjunct can seem awful, backward, and possibly traitorous.

By Adam Fisher

The Love Story

We swore to do it till death do us part and neither of us crossed our fingers. That, in itself, was rather a miracle. We were hardly speaking at the time. “I will” was a long conversation.

By Stephanie Mills