A Morning Peacock of Links (6/28)

When God Saves An Ecstasy Dealer

Kevin Kubica was a hardcore ecstasy dealer. He was involved in a multimillion dollar ecstasy ring, sold ecstasy to professional baseball players, and seemed to have it all. Then everything fell apart and God stepped in. And everything changed.

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All

It’s time to stop fooling ourselves, says a woman who left a position of power: the women who have managed to be both mothers and top professionals are superhuman, rich, or self-employed. If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.

Spoiled Rotten

A New Yorker article on the condition of the typical American child that has led to the growing life stage known as “adultescence”. On a side note, Elizabeth Kolbert’s thoughts on the spoiled disposition of children these days reminded me of this awesome/accurate high school graduation speech made by an English teacher. Coincidentally and interestingly enough, the funny thing is that right after I finished reading this at Starbucks, there was a kid that would not stop crying for over 30 minutes. Haha, it got to the point that I googled “world record for non stop crying”. Just as impressive as that was his parents’ following the French mother’s advice by letting him cry all he wanted until he got over himself. He never stopped crying and they moved to a table outside. In any case, here’s an excerpt from Kolbert’s article:

Not long ago, Sally Koslow, a former editor-in-chief of McCall’s, discovered herself in this last situation. After four years in college and two on the West Coast, her son Jed moved back to Manhattan and settled into his old room in the family’s apartment, together with thirty-four boxes of vinyl LPs. Unemployed, Jed liked to stay out late, sleep until noon, and wander around in his boxers. Koslow set out to try to understand why he and so many of his peers seemed stuck in what she regarded as permanent “adultescence.” She concluded that one of the reasons is the lousy economy. Another is parents like her.

The Discipline of Listening

Truly empathetic listening requires courage—the willingness to let go of the old habits and embrace new ones that may, at first, feel time-consuming and inefficient. But once acquired, these listening habits are the very skills that turn would-be leaders into true ones.

10 Secrets of Flight Attendants

A former flight attendant of 15 years shares 10 secrets about the flight attendant experience you might not know about. I’m sure when you’ve established seniority, life is relatively stable, but until (even if?) you get there, the barriers seem to be just brutal.

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