To write about so much bottom-pinching, ogling and scandal without a single double entendre or levity of any sort must have taken considerable restraint. Instead, the history professor at the University of the South in Sewannee, Tenn. However, for those who manage it, a substantial reward awaits: a realization that both everything and nothing has changed in the bottom-pinching department. When women first started working in offices after the Civil War, the main worry was that the experience would weaken their morals. There was even a proposal for female stenographers to work in cages to save them from roving hands. Almost as alien as these fears was the idea in the s — promoted by Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown — that sexiness in offices was all good clean fun. Even more interesting than these tales from another world are examples of things that have not changed. A story from — in which a boss at the U.
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Subway commuters wait to board a downtown bound train during rush hour in Toronto, in this August 18, file photo. Gazing at that great looking guy or girl on the train to work may bring brief relief from commuter stress, but planning your day is better. A new study on reducing the strain of the daily jaunt to the office found that commuters who used the time to organize their schedules, plough through some work or read were less ground down by the experience over time. Millions travel to work each day on a creaking British public transport system that is routinely faulted by passenger groups for overcrowded trains, congested roads, unpredictable buses, delays and infrastructure that can be decades old. Williams said the least effective long-term methods for coping with stress consisted of eyeing up attractive fellow passengers, using substances such as tobacco and alcohol, seeking psychological help or allowing responses such as anger to cloud your emotions. The study found that people with a high level of resilience to stress used the less effective strategies less often. Williams said those who coped best focused on their personal goals or searched for solutions to alleviate the ups and downs of the commuting life rather than looking outwards.
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This blog has been so helpful. My Buddhist husband likes Mormons and even going to church. Over the years, it would have felt increasingly burdensome to accommodate practices that seemed to me like superstition. He is still in residency. There are other occasions for humor, but these two are off the table.