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What’s in a Name?

How do you feel about your name? I’ve always been so-so about mine…I would have preferred people call me Meg, and even tried to get some of my family on board with the nickname, but it didn’t really stick. The one thing I like about it is that my parents chose it for me.

This article from TIME tells you what your name would be if you were born today, based on popularity. It obviously doesn’t account for taste, but here’s my result:

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The detail I found even more interesting than my name being 11th most popular in 1989? My middle name, Frances, was the 11th most popular in the 1930s! Maybe 11 is my new lucky number.

{originally spotted on Cupcakes & Cashmere}

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Right Now

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I’m reading: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I’m listening: Piece by Piece by Kelly Clarkson

I’m watching: The Goldbergs 

I’m surfing: Final Cut King

I’m loving: Sunshine. Finally, sunshine.

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Golden Globes 2015: Ladies Night

Argue if you wish, but the 72nd Annual Golden Globe awards seemed to be all about the ladies. Here were some of my favorite moments.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler should host every party ever. Past, present, future. All the parties.

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I especially loved this one:

Tina: Steve Carell’s Foxcatcher look took two hours to put on, including his hairstyling and make up. Just for comparison, it took me three hours today to prepare for my role as “human woman”.

Gina Rodriguez won for her role as Jane in Jane the Virgin. Normally I roll my eyes at actors and actresses getting all weepy about what they’ve accomplished (I mean…). But I adore what she says: “..it represents a culture who wants to see themselves as heroes.” What a beautiful and true statement!

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And loving THIS from Maggie Gyllenhaal:

I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the wealth of roles for powerful women in television lately and when I look around the room at the women who are in here and I think about the performances I’ve watched this year, what I see actually are women who are sometimes powerful and sometimes not, sometimes sexy, sometimes not, sometimes honorable, sometimes not. And what I think is new is the wealth of roles for actual women in television and in film. That’s what I think is revolutionary and evolutionary and it’s what’s turning me on.

It was also powerful to hear Common discuss how being on the set of Selma “awakened [his] humanity.” The fight is far from over, and you should read his whole speech here.

What are your thoughts??

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Friday

TGIF.

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Cultural Rut

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I’m in one. A cultural rut. Does this ever happen to you? I blame it on spending my day with 23 precious but exhausting 5-year olds. Or maybe summer, which is the worst of all seasons when it comes to pop culture (sorry, but it was a not-as-good season of my summer guilty pleasure, So You Think You Can Dance). Whatever the reason, I can’t seem to find my way back into a good book, TV show, movie, etc.

My very favorite podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour, recently dove into the topic. Here’s some advice they gave for avoiding a “cultural rut”:

-Consulting friends
-Consulting strangers
-Eschewing curmudgeonliness
-Dipping into our own libraries for surprises
-Turning on the radio
-Turning off the radio
-Testing our own limits
-Remaining notionally open to things we think we might hate

All very good advice, which I’m going to try to take. I also have the promise of Fall TV, which is always a welcome escape. We’ll see what a new season brings!

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Right Now

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I think my last “Right Now” post was from early 2010, but I’m having trouble getting back into the swing of blogging, so this seems like a good start. Just what I’m into right now.

I’m reading: The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

I’m listening: Pop Culture Happy Hour from NPR

I’m watching: House of Cards, Season 2

I’m surfing: tyleroakley.com. Always.

I’m loving: Soundboart

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The 12 Days of Christmas: An Intermission

On Friday during my lunch break, I read the absolutely devastating news regarding the death of 26 children and teachers at Sandy Hope Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. I, like the millions of other teachers, faculty, and staff in schools in the US and around the world, looked around at the students in our school with a heavy yet grateful heart. The sadness is overwhelming, and I pray for peace to those who are gone, and comfort to those who have loved them.

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