Monthly Archives: March 2011


Names as a Striv­ing for Refine­ment: My father’s begin­nings were hum­ble. His par­ents were the rural poor of East Texas, born in the late 19th cen­tury.  His mother was the 13th of 13 chil­dren. His father was the 7th son and the grand­son of a Chero­kee tribeswoman, which in those days must have been an isolating […]


The Laugh­ing Philoso­pher I want to share an amaz­ing name story I just ran across about a women who man­aged to both iden­tify with and rebel against her father through her name. It’s an inspir­ing story. Her name was Thelma Zeno Lavine. She was a well know pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy in the D.C., MDVA […]