From a macabre article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal on how office life is poisonous to nature — other than the evil creatures you work with:
Stephanie Hamberger blames bureaucracy for the death last year of her African violet, whom she had named Lavinia after one of Shakespeare’s many tragic figures. Though she’s an accomplished gardener who grows her own vegetables, Ms. Hamberger worried from the start that the plant wouldn’t survive the poor lighting and stale air at her office. In fact, Lavinia lasted only six weeks, dying while Ms. Hamberger was on vacation. Her cube mate had taken Lavinia for walks outside and had left lights on all night, but, Ms. Hamberger says, she was so excited to be doing something that didn’t involve red tape that she overwatered the plant.