Little Miss Bossy Pants and the Incongruity of Expectation

Sheryl Sandberg sure knows how to make a headline. First, she wanted young women to “LEAN IN” and now she wants us to all stop using the word “Bossy” to describe the behavior of some young women because that word somehow destroys their inner need to tell people what to do.

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What is a Name? Ben and Elizabeth can Tell You!

My wife Elizabeth tells an amusing story from when she was a child. She was in a grocery store with her mother, named Beverly, and when they got to checkout with their groceries there was a bit of a misunderstanding. The woman checking them out was also named Beverly, and this was confusing to Elizabeth. Until that point in time, she had believed that every person had a unique name and that they were the only ones that were allowed to have that name. Her mother later let her know that it was okay for more than one person in the world to have the same name as her.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Name their Moron Twins

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon announced the names of their twins the other day, and the tasteless names perfectly match the obnoxiousness of their parents.  Wouldn’t you be a proud child to know your naked father manhandled your mother’s bare breasts in the pages of a public newspaper while you were still in utero?

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No Votes for Gonlon Davidesco

For the last two years I have been struggling to get the Board of Elections in the City of New York to understand two simple concepts : My name and where I live. I have thus far been unsuccessful in doing both at the same time. I moved back to New York from Seattle in August of 2008 — in Seattle, my name was well spelled and my address was accurate.

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Stealing Janna Sweenie

Do you own your own good name?  Or can someone take your name, your expertise in the field, and use it to sell t-shirts and postcards without your approval or knowledge?  My beloved wife Janna Sweenie and I write American Sign Language books together.  One of our bestsellers is “Hand Jive” — and that’s where this torrid story begins and ends.

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The Inanity of Open Comments

I am always struck by the inanity of other websites and blogs that allow open commenting on their articles because that sort of anonymity invites chaos, creates confusion and encourages deception and ruins the reading experience.  It is the publisher’s duty to only accept comments from verified individuals.  Without some sort of verification process in place — that at least links a verified email address to the person commenting — you have no idea who is attacking you or for what reason.

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I Am Not Who You Think I Am

I have had my Gmail account for nearly six years now — thanks to an early invitation from master publisher David Boles. I chose the username “gordond” because I wanted to see if it was available. For many years I only chose the username ‘gdavides’ based on the assigned username I got at Peddie — it was based on the first letter of my first name and the following seven letters of my last name.

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