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When the Sun shines, this is what she says

9 June 2012

I receive The Sun magazine in the mail every month, and every month I start reading it the day I get it. I usually start with the Readers Write section, in which the magazine poses a topic and readers submit their own very short personal stories on that topic. Between 20-30 stories get published in each issue.

After that, I read from the beginning of the magazine, through to the end. It is a mixture of short stories and personal essays, with a few poems and one interview in each issue.

And I ALWAYS end up underlining a variety of things in each issue. Here is my selection from June 2012:

  • the whole poem “Because These Failures Are My Job” by Alison Luterman, in which I as the reader was moved to ponder all those fleeting moments that make up a day, and how many of them we don’t notice
  • this wisdom from Cary Tennis: “One writes in order to see. One writes in order to remember. Writing is like a sixth sense used to apprehend a reality not detected by the other five. It is the memory sense, or the feeling sense, the organ through which we make known to each other a rich world not otherwise knowable. It is also the medium through which we make known the history and the soul of our culture. It keeps something alive that otherwise might die. It is an important act regardless of whether it garners fame and praise.”
  • this wisdom from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: “Happiness is not something that happens. It is not the result of good fortune or random chance. It is not something that money can buy or power command. It does not depend on outside events, but, rather, on how we interpret them. Happiness, in fact, is a condition that must be prepared for, cultivated, and defended privately by each person. People who learn to control inner experience will be able to determine the quality of their lives, which is as close as any of us can come to being happy.”
  • this quote by John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly.”
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