Worth Reading - 1/14

1. Peyton Manning has always impressed me as a classy guy. Certainly not perfect, but consistently kind, well-intentioned, and engaged in helping others. Here is an account of some of his charitable activity:

Everybody knows what Peyton Manning does for the community. We know it in Indianapolis, where since 1999 he did so much for the children’s hospital at St. Vincent that in 2007 they renamed the place after him. They know it in New Orleans where he grew up and in Tennessee where he attended college, and they are seeing it now in Denver where he plays for the Broncos.

But nobody knows what Peyton Manning does for the community. Not all of it. Not close.

Because that’s the way Manning wants it.

2. The PhD as a path to poverty. This story is altogether too common, so folks should think about what they get their degrees in and why:

Professor Bolin, or Brianne, as she tells her students to call her, might as well be invisible. When I arrive at the building at Columbia College in Chicago where she teaches composition, I ask the assistant at the front desk how to locate her. “Bolin?” she asks, sounding puzzled, as she scans the faculty list. “I’m sorry, I don’t see that name.” There is no Brianne Bolin to be found, even though she’s taught four classes a year here for the past five years. She doesn’t have a phone extension to her name, never mind an office.

3. An apology for paper books. They may be better for your health:

There’s something simple and special, however, about reading a classic paper book that e-books seem to lack. Recently, I was reading before bed while I drank a cup of chamomile tea, and I found that it not only relaxed me, but I fell asleep almost immediately, I slept soundly through the entire night, and I woke up feeling refreshed. I found myself pondering events and scenes in the book, the imagery glowing in my mind in place of my typically exhausting anxieties. I’m going to believe it wasn’t a coincidence: Putting aside my phone — which, in addition to texting, has access to the cyclical, distracting spirals of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat — and focusing on a tale that took me outside of myself, somehow, inexplicably, helped me feel better on many levels.