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GP2Jun04: About This Site
Getting Off Our Mailing List. We have had reports that a few people are receiving our Global Province Letter who don’t want it. We have made it very, very easy to get on and off the list automatically, since we welcome readers but don’t want to send out useless, annoying email. At the bottom of this page, you will find simple instructions, which we send with every letter, on how to remove yourself, to change your address, or whatever you want. This is done automatically by a service named Media 3 Technologies in Massachusetts (www.media3.com), which maintains the list and actually sends out the Letters.
New on the Website. Occasionally we add new
features to the website that you may not spot. Here are a few. First, we
have taken to watching the good, the bad, and the ugly at Wal-Mart, since we
think it’s the organization that most affects the global economy today. You
can find our thoughts at
www.globalprovince.com/walmart.htm. We have also created a Global
Province Network, where we feature the best of the best—companies and
foun-dations that you should know about because they offer good things and
are run by fine people of character. It can be found at
www.globalprovince.com/network.htm. Despite the short list, it attracts
a huge number of readers, and we’ll be adding to it in time. Finally, a new
section popular with professional chefs and foodies is Best Spices, at
Poetry and Business. Because an English graduate student on our staff was passionate about Coleridge, we added a section eons ago on poetry and poets which has brought us into contact with poets from 14 countries. We think all the world is slowly becoming more enamored of poetry because so much prose has lost its heart and its quest for the truth. Perhaps it has become a tool for manipulation, rather than an organ for self expression.
Just last week, the poet of Wall Street, Eugene Schlanger, sent us his “Meditation in Time of War,” just in time for Memorial Day. We cite the first stanza:
Obviously Mr. Schlanger sees war through a political lens. Interestingly, more and more poetry we see is not about the gods or lyric escape. Rather it wrestles angrily or mournfully with the vicissitudes of the present. We hope that your own Memorial Day took you far away from all battlefields. We miss today our Global Province Laureate, Tom Canning of Sea Cliff, who brought a lot of merriment to our site. (See, for instance, Item 32 in Business and Poetry). The words of this Old Soldier will never die.
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