A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In Shakepeare's Romeo and Juliet, Juliet made this comment in reference to Romeo's last name Montague, the implication being that your name does not determine who you are. Although that is an interesting premise, I suspect a name does both affect and partially define who you are and how you develop. My name, Norma or Norma Jean, is unusual. Growing up there were no other "Normas" in my school and certainly no other "Norma Jeans
'Tis the season for Christmas Church Sales I was in our F150 truck with my four children by 9:45 am this morning, heading to not one but two Christmas Craft and Bake Sales. The three older children each had $7 to spend and they were busy planning their purchases. The first sale was at St. Luke the Church of Lutheran at 3200 Bayview Avenue. In the church basement were about 10 very friendly older women manning tables with garage sale type items, baked goods and some crafts.