Sym­pa­thy for My Bully

Reader's Digest - - Letters -

I was bul­lied from sixth to eighth grade. When I com­plained to our vice prin­ci­pal, she told me she didn’t be­lieve the young man would do such things. I re­cently learned that, af­ter be­ing in and out of jail, my bully passed away of an over­dose at 30 years old. I can’t help but won­der, What if my re­port had been re­spected? Might it

have opened a di­a­logue that would have helped him? As the au­thor says, “Look at ev­ery bully and his or her vic­tim and you’ll of­ten find two kids who need help, not just one.” —ALEKA STEFANOPOULOS Mun­ster, In­di­ana

Word Power

The pro­nun­ci­a­tion of the word br­uschetta was in­cor­rect: The let­ters sch should be pro­nounced sk as in scheme and not sh as in she.

—John Kel­lett Los Osos, Cal­i­for­nia From the ed­i­tors:

Our go-to ref­er­ence, Mer­riam-web­ster’s Col­le­giate Dictionary,

says that both pro­nun­ci­a­tions are cor­rect but sh is pre­ferred.

How to Make It as a Fos­sil

Harry R. Tru­man, the man who ran Spirit Lake Lodge at the foot of Mount St. He­lens, re­fused to leave when the vol­cano erupted on May 18, 1980. It is pre­sumed he is now un­der 200 feet of land­slide de­bris, along with his 16 cats: mod­ern fos­sils in the mak­ing.

—kirke Camp­bell Cor­val­lis, Ore­gon

Heaven Can’t Wait

You will be wait­ing a long time if you start look­ing for the next to­tal lu­nar eclipse on Jan­uary 20, 2019, as Joe Rao urged. In fact, it will hap­pen the day af­ter, on Jan­uary 21. —Bill Schoen­born Agawam, Mas­sachusetts Ac­cord­ing to me­te­o­rol­o­gist Joe Rao, who wrote the story, the eclipse starts on Jan­uary 20 and fin­ishes on Jan­uary 21. On the 20th, the moon will be­gin mov­ing into Earth’s dark shadow, called the um­bra, at 10:33 p.m. (EST). The to­tal phase will be­gin at 11:41 p.m. and last for 62 min­utes.

The moon will move out of the um­bra in the early morn­ing of the 21st, at 1:50 a.m.

Scout’s Honor

I work for the Boy

Scouts in Ten­nessee and en­joyed the ar­ti­cle about the man who went to Camp Minsi to see whether he had what it takes to be a Scout. But I have a ques­tion about the boy who con­sumed 35 slushies in seven days: Only 35? —Joe pri­ester Franklin, Ten­nessee

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