Sympathy for My Bully
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
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.
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