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On My Way Now

Today I walk the shoreline only in my mind, when I so wanted to walk by the sea, to feel the wind, to walk through the stormy weather, unafraid. I’m “being held,” I heard them say. For my “protection.” My body and the rest of me, aged eighty-seven years, sit in a tiny cell with whitewashed walls. I might pretend this to be a cubicle inside a monastery were not the devil wailing in the corridor, making free with a man’s body, crying with his voice a pagan slander on the day, possessing a man he’s bought at some slave auction where souls are up for sale. The devil buys the soul and gets the body in the bargain.

By Linda McCullough Moore April 2014
The Dog-Eared Page

excerpted from
Who Dies?

Behind the restless movement of the mind is the stillness of being, the stillness that has no name, no reputation, nothing to protect. It is the natural mind.

By Stephen and Ondrea Levine April 2014


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

J. Krishnamurti

March 2014
The Dog-Eared Page

excerpted from
The Outermost House

Creation is here and now. So near is man to the creative pageant, so much a part is he of the endless and incredible experiment, that any glimpse he may have will be but the revelation of a moment, a solitary note in a symphony thundering through debatable existences of time. Poetry is as necessary to comprehension as science. It is as impossible to live without reverence as it is without joy.

By Henry Beston March 2014
Readers Write

Being Alone

Running away, getting married, eating at the food court

By Our Readers March 2014
The Sun Interview

Beginner’s Mind

Sy Safransky On God, LSD, And The Magazine He Founded

The Sun has always been bigger than me. Wiser than me. Steadier than me. One of the satisfactions of publishing it for all these years is that I’ve gotten to see what happens when like-minded people work together toward a common goal.

By Gillian Kendall January 2014
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

We Regret To Inform You

Dear Young Artist:
Thank you for your attempt to draw a tree. We appreciate your efforts, especially the way you sat patiently on the sidewalk, gazing at that tree for an hour before setting pen to paper, and the many quick strokes of charcoal you executed with enthusiasm. But your smudges look nothing like a tree.

By Brenda Miller November 2013

Selected Poems

from “Special Problems in Vocabulary” | There is no single particular noun / for the way a friendship, / stretched over time, grows thin, / then one day snaps with a popping sound.

By Tony Hoagland November 2013
Sy Safransky's Notebook

November 2013

I dreamt that I was eating sunshine — as much as I wanted, whenever I wanted. No worry about calories.

By Sy Safransky November 2013


They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.

Emily Dickinson

October 2013