What I'm Reading This Week (April 22-28)

It's National Poetry Month, so I've been reading a bunch of poetry this week, Bukowski, Mary Oliver, Walt Whitman...I was especially fond of this Today from Oliver's A Thousand Mornings:

Today I'm flying low and I'm
not saying a word.
I'm letting all the voodoos of ambitions sleep.

The world goes on as it must, 
the bees in the garden rumbling a little,
the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten
And so forth.

But I'm taking the day off.
Quiet as a feather.
I hardly move though really I'm traveling
a terrific distance.

Stillness. One of the doors
into the temple.

This Interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer, professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford Business's Insights magazine examining the health care toll today’s work culture exacts on employees...

"I look out at the workplace and I see stress, layoffs, longer hours, work-family conflict, enormous amounts of economic insecurity. I see a workplace that has become shockingly inhumane," Pfeffer says.

Then there's this CNN article about Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke referring to himself as a Geologist, when in fact he's never held a job as one, not to mention that he picked his major at random while attending the UO (my alma mater) on a football scholarship.

"I studied geology as a result of closing my eyes and randomly pointing to a major from the academic catalog, and I never looked back," Zinke wrote in his autobiography the article notes.

And this one from Outside magazine questioning if & when the scandal-plagued secretary could lose his job. And also this piece in the NY Times about the protection of public land in his home state of Montana, which has been contrasted starkly from his general national 'it's all for sale' narrative. (Oh, and remember when he used to drive a Prius & sport a beard?)

Oh, and Tuesday was National Book Day, so I spent it by the river in my new truck bed build reading Laurence Gonzales's Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, & Why for class prep...quite a fascinating on emotions, reason, neurological function, stress response and so much more...