Monthly Archives: December 2010

Karen

One of the most strik­ing essays in the book is by Karen Betaque  who observes that peo­ple often fail to lis­ten care­fully. Since I mis­spelled her last name, she might also have added that they also fail to look care­fully. My error is, sadly, a con­fir­ma­tion of the on-going prob­lem she faces with her name […]

Gloria

I’ve actu­ally always liked my name, Glo­ria, except for a dif­fi­cult teenage year when a friend men­tioned that my name was for “old” peo­ple. She was prob­a­bly cor­rect since I couldn’t think of any­one else I ever knew who was named Glo­ria. But it still hurt and it could have been worse. My par­ents were married […]