December 2013

December 2013

Nearly Newtonian journalism. In the first big swing back of the digital revolution, Newsweek announces it will return to print in 2014 after leaving ink a year ago. But there’s a however here. New York magazine, the inspiration for AtlantaDenverPhiladelphia and every other “city mag,” says it is cutting its weekly print schedule by more than half.

“Hey, Prof.  You got a flat?” The title used to apply to full-time professionals teaching an occasional college class. But the situation has evolved. Many of them now teach all day and into the night, making as little as $2,000 a semester per course, with no benefits and sometimes running their offices out of their car trunks.  They’re called “adjunct professors,” and unions are targeting as members these people your offspring may be learning Principles of Social Justice from.

Done: The world’s longest flight, Newark to Singapore: 19 hours, food on fine china and chefs on board, beddable seats, all business class. Rested, happy passengers at the end of the 19-hour ride atop 57,000 gallons of fuel. Sometimes the plane was full. Sometimes there were more crew members than passengers.

What’s on your TV screen? And why?  David Brooks returns to journalism from a sabbatical, which is one of the things they do at The New York Times.  He thought for three months straight while he was away. “Not long ago…shows would put interesting people together, like Woody Allen with Billy Graham (check it out on YouTube). Now most TV and radio talk is minute political analysis, while talk of culture has shriveled. (Some) people, absent other attachments, have fallen upon partisanship to give them a sense of righteousness or belonging.”

And the technical term for the judge’s disorder is…? Affluenza may only be a lawyer’s coinage and not a disorder recognized by the American Psychological Association. But the term certainly made a name for itself last week. A 16-year-old boy from Texas was put on probation for 10 years after his intoxicated manslaughter of four pedestrians. A psychologist on the stand for the defense claimed his condition was caused by the teen never hearing the word “no” in his privileged household. So the court maintained the family’s values and kept the young man out of jail, sending him instead for a $500,000 run at a posh rehab facility.

Quote to Note: “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.”–Former child star Shirley Temple, now 85.

Thanks for reading this year,
The year 2013 brought to the client list of The Ledlie Group: colleges in New England and Georgia, a global consulting firm based in London, a sports complex in New Jersey, a large potato farm in Idaho, and the largest religious communications organization in the world. Not to mention a sustainability foundation, a major hospital, a real estate law firm, a capital investment firm, a rapidly growing chain of sports cafés and a leading sports agent, plus a risk management consultancy. (A niche firm we’re not.) It’s been a good year with good clients and good friends. We’re grateful.

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