Issue 82 | The Sun Magazine

September 1982



The most exhausting thing in my life is being insincere.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Sun Interview

Seeing The Gift

An Interview With Hugh Prather

I had to begin doing things out of peace. I had to begin following my peaceful preference regardless of what my ego said the consequences would be. I didn’t know what the consequences would be. The fact that it was a peaceful thing for me to do was sufficient reason to continue doing it.

By Sy Safransky
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

The Quiet Answer

At the start of our journey, the perception of love may appear to come and quickly go. And for some there may be long periods of comparative bleakness. Yet beneath it will be a growing sense of gentleness and innocence and a deepening conviction that a Friend walks beside us and holds our hand in love.

By Hugh Prather
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

Understanding Pain

(Part One)

How can pain be minimized? The general rule is: Be agreeable or go away.

By Thaddeus Golas


Coggins walked through an afternoon fog as soft and gray-white as his own hair. He had walked a half mile or so nearly every day for twenty years — at first on the advice of a doctor who had repaired his heart, and then later because it became his deepest habit, and broke the day.

By Kurt Rheinheimer

Sermon On The Rat

Do you have a dog? he asks me. I say no, and he says well that’s good because dogs shed so much. And do you have cats? I say no. And he says well, you might think about getting one, they’re always good to keep the mice down. I don’t think too much about that until I start cleaning out the kitchen cabinets and find a spring trap about a foot long, large enough to cripple a horse.

By Pat Ellis Taylor

The New Age

There are only two goats. The big one’s got horns and a beard under its chin and I’m sure he’s male until the little one reaches under and butts her udders, fat with milk, and starts sucking. My oldest kid and I stroke her greasy hide. She seems gentle enough.

By Chuck Taylor

The Gabriel Books


“The Gabriel Books” are a series of small cartoon books.

By Natalia d’Arbeloff