True to the prediction, March has roared in like a lion. Earlier this week, friends and I were talking about something weighty. One remarked that the right decision doesn’t always feel right. In fact, it can feel awful. You find yourself wanting to re-think it, murmuring “What have I done?” But sometimes we need to […]READ MORE >>
Sharing all the baby name news from the week!
Every Sunday, the Summary rounds up the most newsworthy name-related stories, along with the occasional blast from the past. We'll examine trends and themes, surprising celebrity choices, and names in the headlines, too.
Do you name your houseplants? I don’t. But then again, my track record for keeping houseplants alive is … not good. I married a man with a green thumb and no sense of restraint. So a handful of plants, purchased or acquired while they were modestly-sized, are now threatening to take over the house. They’re […]READ MORE >>
I stumbled on this little corner of the internet the other day: a website crowdsourcing names for every possible color under the sun. The most fascinating part, I think, isn’t attempting to name that particular shade of purple-blue. It’s looking at the names others have dreamed up for all sorts of colors. You can vote […]READ MORE >>
I’m shopping for luggage. We’re not going anywhere exciting, but after two-plus years of never leaving our time zone, I do believe we might just go somewhere soon-ish. Our luggage situation is bleak, and I’m determined to buy something that is durable, stylish, eco-friendly, easy-to-use, and affordable. I’d like the carry-ons to meet every airline’s […]READ MORE >>
I’ve hesitated to write about this Olympics, for SO many reasons. Practically speaking, I haven’t actually watched any of it yet. And yet, it’s one of my long-standing obsessions. Nevermind the sports. How ’bout the names?! When I was 9 or 10, I checked out a library book and promptly “lost” it. The book listed […]READ MORE >>
I’m in the middle of buying a new washer and dryer. (This might be Peak Adult.) And it got me thinking about unsatisfying choices. We have a lot of constraints: fitting into a tiny laundry closet on the top floor of a tall, skinny townhouse, plus all the challenges presented by shortages and shipping delays. […]READ MORE >>
On Friday night, my daughter and I saw Six: The Musical. It’s a pop concert, Hamilton-esque take on the six wives of Henry VIII. You know (at least some of) the story. The much-married king ruthlessly pursued new queens for a mix of reasons: dynastic, religious, romantic. It’s a brutal story, and one that has […]READ MORE >>
It’s freezing here! I know, I know. It’s winter. It’s supposed to be cold. But it’s enough to make me huddle inside and read. I’m tearing through so. many. books. And, of course, lots of interesting articles about all things name-related. ELSEWHERE ONLINE: The most popular names of the last century are changing. Maybe that […]READ MORE >>
Have you heard of the Overton window? It’s a concept from political theory to explain the range of choices possible in governance. (This video offers a great summary.) In brief, elected officials don’t determine what can happen; they make decisions that reflect the options people are wiling to support. This shifts over time – sometimes […]READ MORE >>
Happy New Year! The poet Charles Lamb once wrote, “No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference.” So true! Everyone loves a fresh start. If you’re hoping to grow your family in 2022, that’s even more true. There’s nothing like welcoming a new child to make everything seem possible. (Also terrifying. Turns out […]READ MORE >>