From Beginning to End

userpic=tombstonesToday’s collection of news chum is similar to yesterday’s in that it covers the lifecycle, from beginning to end. This time, tho’, we’re not talking food but people (well, unless that food is Soylent Green):

  • Origins of Clothing. OK, this one is a bit of a stretch. We’re not talking the origins of people here, but of what they wear… although it turns out, the two are closely related.
  • Naming Names. Shortly after we’re born, we get our names. I come from the Ashkenazi naming tradition, where you are named after a deceased relative. But there are other traditions. Here’s a fascinating article about one Chinese family’s naming tradition.
  • Go See Cal. If you grew up in Southern California (and a few other environs), you knew Cal Worthington. He was as ubiquitous on your TV screen as Sheriff John. Alas, Cal passed away while watching football last weekend at age 92.
  • Be Careful How You Raise Your Kids. Gawker has a report on a brutal obit written by some kids whose parents abused them: “On behalf of her children whom she so abrasively exposed to her evil and violent life, we celebrate her passing from this earth and hope she lives in the after-life reliving each gesture of violence, cruelty, and shame that she delivered on her children. Her surviving children will now live the rest of their lives with the peace of knowing their nightmare finally has some form of closure.” This isn’t the only one.  This should be a reminder: No matter what you do, your children will typically have the last word. (My daughter always reminds me of this: “Dad, remember that I’ll be the one picking your nursing home.” Sometimes that is followed by manical laughter. Luckily for me, usually it isn’t :-))



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