Lessons From a Sunworshipper

TIME

As far back as I can remember, I have worshipped the sun. My skin is fair, but as the years have gone by, it has toughened and darkened. I now turn a rich golden brown every summer, but only after the first day of burning. I am relatively careful, these days. I wear a sunscreen with at least SPF 30, even though I may not apply it as regularly as I could. And as for staying out of the sun during the hottest part of the day? That’s prime sun-tanning time.

Three weeks ago, my friend Sophie gave me two CD’s of a singer named Eva Cassidy. I had never heard of this singer with an angelic voice, so I Googled her. I learned that years ago, when she was 30, she had had a small, dark mole removed from her back. It was a malignant melanoma, said the doctors…

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