Sunday Summary: 7/3/11

Feeling feisty? Head to a message board and announce that you’re naming your daughter Addison. Or Quinn. Or Mason. Then run for cover. Sure, some people will respond positively. But depending on the forum, you could also find yourself accused of thievery, trendiness, and general bad taste. I’m sympathetic to parents who feel they can’t […]

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Sunday Summary: 1/31/10

Let’s start off our Sunday with some controversy. The NameLady recently answered a reader’s question: Are there rules for nicknames? Her answer was basically yes. Julia can be Julie and David Dave, but take it much farther you really should just put the nickname on the birth certificate. (In this case, she advised her reader […]

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Sunday Summary: 10/11/09

I can’t tell if you can tell, dear reader, but I’ve been crazed lately. Because yesterday? Was the first-ever Benefit Consignment sale for my kids’ school. Which I chaired. And which was, if I do say so myself, quite the success. I’ve been neglecting the housekeeping here at AppMtn, for which you have my sincerest […]

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The Softer Side of Boys

In 20th century America, men were called Bob. And Jim, Dan, Dave and Bill; Joe, Lou, Ed and Mike. For several decades, odds were strong that the guy coaching Little League, filing your taxes and running the local pharmacy was Ron or Tom or Frank. There were exceptions, of course. Charles might be Chuck, but […]

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