Weekend Reading

If the Characters in Downton Abbey Were Portrayed by Canine Actors, What Breeds Would They Be? from dogster.com. Very funny.

It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest from Take Part (via Not Martha). WOW!

6 Horrifying Implications of the Harry Potter Universe from Cracked.

Not Taking Your Hubby’s Name? You May Be Judged Harshly from  Live Science. I think it’s very interesting that this is so regional.

The Beginning of the Brontes from The Millions. Made me love Charlotte even more.

Where’s Earl?Word from the missing prodigy of a hip-hop group on the rise from the New Yorker. A glimpse into a wold I know very little about.

What are you reading this week?


  1. I just finished reading “A Deepness in the Sky” by Vernor Vinge and “The Gone-Away World” by Nick Harkaway. Both were excellent! Right now I’m in the middle of “The Square Root of Murder” by Ada Madison and “Timeless” by Gail Carriger. For online reading, I’m following the adventures of an American veterinarian in Mongolia, at http://blog.gardnervet.com/

  2. Holy Cow! That Harry Potter article was hilarious!

  3. I recently got married and decided to change my name from “Kathleen S. Brown” to “Kathleen Brown Teller”, my husband’s name. This way I keep my last name, ditch the middle name I never really liked, and get to take on my husband’s name as well. Everybody wins! The only downside is after 30 years as a Brown, I introduce myself like an absolute moron: “Hi, I’m Kathleen Brown…..Teller. …I guess.” It’s so awkward!

    No one’s questioned my decision except my sister, who can’t believe I kept ANY aspect of our last name, while at the same time being totally shocked that I changed my name at all. Everyone else says, “Yeah, that makes total sense.” I’m in CA, she’s in CT. Hmmm…

  4. Just loved the Downton “dog” characters! Too funny.

  5. Please be careful: It is impossible to characterize 11.6 percent versus 4.3 percent as different (aka, “so regional”) without proper controls, which this study does not have. Nor statistical analysis, which is particularly worrisome given the small sample size (only a few hundred participants).

    –Trixie (who went to college in the deep South, but kept her name…)

  6. Adding to both KathyB’s and Jennith’s responses: I took my husband’s name when I married (at 37) because it was the traditional thing to do, without thinking through the consequences. Like KathyB, I had difficulty introducing myself – hi, I’m Sarah Smith-I-mean-Jones. I also quickly realized that my entire working life and resume was in Smith and no previous employer would know me as Jones. So within a couple of years I went back to using Smith.
    Skip forward a couple of years, to when I applied for my green card to follow my DH back to the States from Canada. Because Jones was still my “legal” name, that’s what went on all the paperwork. So now I’ve been here 12 years, everyone knows me by Smith, my SSN and driver’s license have Sarah CM Smith Jones, BUT my green card still has only Jones. Which means I have to use my Canadian passport (still Smith) whenever I travel!
    Given the sad statistics that 50% of first marriages fail in five years or something, you might as well keep your name – unless of course you like his better!
    And if the guy gripes about your “lack of commitment”, ask him to change his name. Sauce for the goose …

  7. my 2 cents on the name change issue….I didn’t change my name when I got married. I might have if his name had been a nice simple name, that I wouldn’t have to spell or correct all the time, like Smith or Jones or something. My wasband was not insulted or offended that I didn’t change my name, and in hindsight, since we have divorced it was the right thing to do.

    I do have a friend whose husband took her name when they married, which I think is very progressive and loving of him.

    I think if you’re committed to any relationship, names don’t have much to do with it. But again, that’s just my humble opinion.

  8. Love the HP article and laughed so hard at the Downton Abbey dogs!

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