Wednesday, December 21, 2005


What's in a nick-name.... She asked slyly

Today at the public library while looking for books for my kids, a book titled "Sly the Sleuth and the Pet Mysteries" by Donna Jo Napoli and Robert Furrow jumped (figuratively speaking) off the shelf at me.

I was even more excited when I read these opening sentences: (with my apologies to Dial books for Young Readers and the authors as I probably am about to violate some copyright):

"I was born Sylvia. My parents called me Sylvia. My friends called me Sylvia...... Brian couldn't say "Sylvia" He called me Thi. Then Si. They Sly. I liked that. And the name stuck. Now everyone calls me Sly. What's in a name? Who knows"

You see once upon a time before I answered to "Mrs. Duggan" "Mommy" or "Honey" on a regular basis I used to be known as SLY. To a big group of people that is still who I am, though most of them are not people I see much any more. It wasn't a kid named Brian but a fellow college student named Don Shupe, who finally came up with a nick name that I liked. It stuck and felt right, it's what most people called me by the end of freshman year and in fact I think there were some folks who knew my by Sly before they knew my name was Sylvia. It followed me to Graduate school because much of my mail came addressed that way and folks picked up on it.

There are still a few people that refer to me that way and it is nice because it connects me with a part of my life when I was learning, growing and becoming an adult and to all the great friends and memories that were part of that. So for me there is a lot in a name, there will always be at least a part of me that is just a bit Sly.

What nicknames, that you like, do you have? Does anyone still call you by it?

Thursday, December 15, 2005


A Mayan Discovery, "a real Survivor"

More has been going on at Mayan sites lately then vying to win at Survivor. These wonderful murals older then any previously known and accompanied by an "archaic" form of mayan glyph writing have recently been found at a remote site. The study of the art and the glyphs will shed further light on the development of Mayan culture, writing and mythology.

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