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Names were serious business in the ancient world.  They were thought to reveal something of the character, identity, and even the destiny of those who bore them.  That’s rarely the case in modern Western culture. Every few years I publicly reveal what the “W” of my middle name stands for.  Back in the 1950’s, if my parents had been able… Read more »

Hallowed Be Thy Name

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When it comes to receiving meaningful names, some of us are winners.  Others are losers.  Then there’s the family with both a Winner and a Loser. In 1958 Robert Lane and his wife, who lived in public housing in Harlem, New York City, became parents of their sixth child.  Dad, in a joyful mood, decided to name his little boy… Read more »