Poem of the Week
From “A Sunday in Purgatory,” by Henry Morgenthau III:
At Ingleside, a faith-based community
for vintage Presbyterians, I am an old Jew.
But that’s another story.
I’m not complaining with so much I want to do,
doing it at my pace, slowly.
Anticipation of death is like looking for a new job.
Morgenthau, now 100, was well into his 90s when he found his new calling as a poet. Read more about him and his poetry here.
Taylor, a reader in Los Angeles, responds to Olga Khazan’s article about women who bully each other at work:
I’ve dealt with a boss who told everyone that she loved supporting other women in business, especially her field of real estate, but would tear down the three women who worked for her and only responded well to the single male employee. I think it’s unfortunate that we’ve allowed ourselves to treat other struggling women in the work place so poorly. And though Lean In was supposed to help women, I think it might have made the situation worse for some.
[On the other hand,] I used to work for a former professor who wrote a book called Tripping the Prom Queen, all about women and the myth that they support each other. She was always supportive of me and connected me with a lot of her friends.
And in their own response to the article, two researchers on management argue that stereotypes of how women “should” support each other are part of why some women might receive ordinary feedback from female bosses as bullying.
Public speaking, summer reading, traditional healing, musical feelings.
Time of Your Life
Happy birthday to Jeff (a year younger than Silent Spring); to Linda (a year younger than FM radio); to Mackie’s daughter Jordan (the same age as Kanye West); to Mary’s son Sean (twice the age of Twitter); to Margaret’s husband, Don (a year younger than the FIFA World Cup); and to Marilyn’s husband (born around the time India and Pakistan gained independence from Great Britain). Dave (a year younger than commercial bar-code scanning) shares a birthday with his mother, Judy (a year younger than It’s a Wonderful Life).
Tomorrow, happy birthday from Steven to Cara (twice the age of graphical web browsers); to K. T. (a year younger than The Cat in the Hat); to Steven’s “beloved shaman” Jane (twice the age of Macintosh computers); to Carrie (a year younger than car seat belts); to Paula’s husband, Mason (twice the age of The Simpsons); and to our newsletter-writer Rosa’s brother Richard (one-eighth the age of The Atlantic).
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The newsletter dated August 3, 2017, misstated the year in which West Virginia Governor Jim Justice will be eligible for reelection. It’s 2020, not 2018. Our apologies for the error, and thanks to reader Patrick for pointing it out.
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