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2006年NPR美国国家公共电台七月-Working Parents Look for Line Between Hom

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John Ydstie: On Wednesdays our business news takes a look at the workplace. Today, a perennial1 problem: when to put your foot down, say no to the boss, and choose life over work. That's one of the many questions Lisa Belkin explores in her column. She writes for the New York Times and started her last column from a hospital room waiting for her son to emerge from surgery. She joins us now from her home in New York. Welcome.

Lisa Belkin: Thank you. Good to be here.

John Ydstie: That's pretty hardcore writing a column while you were waiting for your son to come out of surgery.

Lisa Belkin: Well. Actually the point was I was trying to write a column while my son was coming out of surgery and I didn't really get past the first line. Um, that is just not a place to work. That's one of the no-brainers.But the decision process, the, I can do it just this once or maybe this is an exception. Really it's something we do hundreds and hundreds of times a day sometimes without even realizing it, and then we look back at the aggregate2 and say, oh, how did I get here.

John Ydstie: How do you make that decision though? How do you, how do you draw the line?

Lisa Belkin: That one was: Do I write this column now? Do I not turn it in at all and just tell them I can't do it, which I have never done in 6 years and couldn't bring myself to do then. So my compromise was to call and say it's going to be late and in this case that worked. Then my next choice was all right in 48 hours I'm supposed to leave town overnight and give a speech. Well, what does the equation look like there? Is it ok 48 hours after surgery? Is it is ok 72 hours after surgery? If the child were 5, would that be a different thing if the child is 15? And then you sort of play around with these variables in your head and come up with some sum total at the end that vaguely3 resembles an answer.

John Ydstie: Now I understand that you and your husband have agreed on a few ground rules though.

Lisa Belkin: Yes. We don't both leave town at the same time. There just should be a parent here, that feels right to me. And we've tried not to be gone for work-related evening events 2 nights in a row because then you've sort of abandoned the ship. Yes.

John Ydstie: Now I can imagine though that even having those hard and fast rules doesn't always make it easier, I mean, I am sure you and your husband might compete for a particular day when both of you think you have something very important to do overnight.

Lisa Belkin: Yeah, well. We have the calendar, and it's kind of like who gets first dibs. If you write it down on the calendar, it's yours. But I am regularly saying to him it's not on the calendar. If you didn't write it on the calendar, you can't go.

John Ydstie: Has there ever been a time when you feel you made the wrong choice?

Lisa Belkin: Yes, and it involves another broken bone. My same son, who seems to have mishaps4, fell in the playground when he was younger. And I was in the middle of a meeting. And I didn't come straight home. And then my babysitter had taken him to the doctor and had told her that he was fine. And by the next day, it was pretty apparent that he had a severely5 broken leg, was in a wheelchair for 8 weeks and basically mom has never ever forgotten that one. And I know from my mail but I'm not the only one walking around with a chunk6 of guilt7 from one incident like that and then colors everything else you do.

John Ydstie: Lisa Belkin writes a column for the New York Times and joined us from her home in New York. Thanks very much.

【WORLD BANK】
put your foot down

1) to say very firmly that someone must do something or must stop doing something
You'll just have to put your foot down and tell him he can't stay out on school nights.
2) informal to make a car go faster
hardcore
1
[only before noun] having an extreme way of life or an extreme belief that is very unlikely to change
a hard-core drug addict8 hard-core racists
2
hard-core pornography
magazines, films etc that show the details of sexual behaviour, often in an unpleasant way
no-brainer
[singular]
a decision that is easy, and that you do not need to think about, used when you want to emphasize that it is really very easy
Joining the savings9 plan is a no-brainer. Just do it.
draw the line (at something)
to allow or accept something up to a particular point, but not beyond it
I don't mind doing some gardening but I draw the line at digging.
equation
[countable usually singular] the set of different facts, ideas, or people that all affect a situation and must be considered together
The tourist industry forms a crucial part of the region's economic equation . The question of cost has now entered the equation .
basic rules
the basic rules or principles on which future actions or behaviour should be based
lay down/establish ground rules for something Our book lays down the ground rules for building a patio10 successfully.
abandon
to withdraw from often in the face of danger or encroachment11 <abandon ship>
dibs
[plural] American English informal
the right to have, use, or do something
Freshmen have first dibs on dormitory rooms.
colour somebody's judgement/opinions/attitudes etc
to influence the way someone thinks about something, especially so that they become less fair or reasonable
In my position, I can't afford to let my judgement be coloured by personal feeling


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1 perennial i3bz7     
adj.终年的;长久的
参考例句:
  • I wonder at her perennial youthfulness.我对她青春常驻感到惊讶。
  • There's a perennial shortage of teachers with science qualifications.有理科教学资格的老师一直都很短缺。
2 aggregate cKOyE     
adj.总计的,集合的;n.总数;v.合计;集合
参考例句:
  • The football team had a low goal aggregate last season.这支足球队上个赛季的进球总数很少。
  • The money collected will aggregate a thousand dollars.进帐总额将达一千美元。
3 vaguely BfuzOy     
adv.含糊地,暖昧地
参考例句:
  • He had talked vaguely of going to work abroad.他含糊其词地说了到国外工作的事。
  • He looked vaguely before him with unseeing eyes.他迷迷糊糊的望着前面,对一切都视而不见。
4 mishaps 4cecebd66139cdbc2f0e50a83b5d60c5     
n.轻微的事故,小的意外( mishap的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • a series of mishaps 一连串的倒霉事
  • In spite of one or two minor mishaps everything was going swimmingly. 尽管遇到了一两件小小的不幸,一切都进行得很顺利。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
5 severely SiCzmk     
adv.严格地;严厉地;非常恶劣地
参考例句:
  • He was severely criticized and removed from his post.他受到了严厉的批评并且被撤了职。
  • He is severely put down for his careless work.他因工作上的粗心大意而受到了严厉的批评。
6 chunk Kqwzz     
n.厚片,大块,相当大的部分(数量)
参考例句:
  • They had to be careful of floating chunks of ice.他们必须当心大块浮冰。
  • The company owns a chunk of farmland near Gatwick Airport.该公司拥有盖特威克机场周边的大片农田。
7 guilt 9e6xr     
n.犯罪;内疚;过失,罪责
参考例句:
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
8 addict my4zS     
v.使沉溺;使上瘾;n.沉溺于不良嗜好的人
参考例句:
  • He became gambling addict,and lost all his possessions.他习染上了赌博,最终输掉了全部家产。
  • He assisted a drug addict to escape from drug but failed firstly.一开始他帮助一个吸毒者戒毒但失败了。
9 savings ZjbzGu     
n.存款,储蓄
参考例句:
  • I can't afford the vacation,for it would eat up my savings.我度不起假,那样会把我的积蓄用光的。
  • By this time he had used up all his savings.到这时,他的存款已全部用完。
10 patio gSdzr     
n.庭院,平台
参考例句:
  • Suddenly, the thought of my beautiful patio came to mind. I can be quiet out there,I thought.我又忽然想到家里漂亮的院子,我能够在这里宁静地呆会。
  • They had a barbecue on their patio on Sunday.星期天他们在院子里进行烧烤。
11 encroachment DpQxB     
n.侵入,蚕食
参考例句:
  • I resent the encroachment on my time.我讨厌别人侵占我的时间。
  • The eagle broke away and defiantly continued its encroachment.此时雕挣脱开对方,继续强行入侵。
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