December 14, 2017

Dear you,

It’s 4:10pm on Wednesday as I write this and the sun is low in the sky. It’s that golden hour, but it seems like the whole day has been like that. The shadows are soft, long, and dreamy.

This week I deliver books to your inbox. These books are meant for you and meant to be given as gifts. They are meant to be read and re-read. I share them with the hope that they inspire, give you hope, and reinforce a sense of wonder about the world we live in.

Are you ready for it?



… for people of any age

  • This book. Get it.
  • A Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson should be distributed to every living being.
  • For the poetry fans among us, may I recommend Whereas by Layli Long Soldier.

… for people ages 14+

  • Project Drawdown by Paul Hawken is hope for the planet in 240 pages. (here’s the website).
  • On Trails by Robert Moor is part philosophy, part travel, part history, and all really good.
  • Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit puts everything in context with such clarity and inspiration that I started The Sun Rises because of it.
  • Zach Pine told me that he recommends A Sand County Almanac by the Aldo Leopold and I don’t disagree.
  • Zach also recommends Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard which I look forward to reading.
  • It’s short and poetic and truth-telling and it’s The Rediscovery of North America by Barry Lopez.
  • Satellites in the High Country by Jason Mark challenges our notions about our place on this planet, particularly about wild and wilderness.
  • I admit I haven’t read it but I’m intrigued by the concept of New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson.
  • For anyone who wants to create change and involve people in doing so, read Margaret Wheatley’s Turning to One Another.

… for people younger than 14 years old

  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is good for those kids who are feeling an independent travel urge.
  • Tall Tall Tree by Anthony Fredericks puts everything in perspective.
  • I’m hoping someone will get me Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers (hint hint). His book Stuck is one of my favorites.
  • The Curious Garden by Peter Brown has been read in our house an estimated 7,320 times and I feel good every time.
  • I want to be friends with the kids in Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burns.



And okay, fine, these aren’t books, but they’re worth reading:

  • Soil and food go together in some very world-saving ways.
  • Ira Flatow and his crew at Science Friday shared this book list which makes me want to go to the bookstore now.
  • Orion Magazine is like taking a long walk on a beach.
  • Bay Nature writes about the natural pulse of the Bay Area with a fierce curiosity.

Lastly, I have something to tell you. This is the last The Sun Rises of 2017. It’s time to unplug and be present in this precious life without a computer screen. I’ll be back in January with lots of ideas and piles of hope.

Wishing you and your family and neighbors a light-filled Winter Solstice,