When I was a kid, I wanted to name my first daughter Madison. Why? Because I’d just seen “Splash” and thought Daryl Hannah was just the awesomest. Little did I realize that zillions of other women were thinking the same thing and there was a big spike in the number of Madisons born that year. Pop culture can have a big impact on names, and the effect is pretty obvious looking at this list of Baby Center’s 100 most popular babe names for the year.
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“Things were so unhealthy and unhappy for both Jordan and me. I knew I had to end it. I really didn’t want to hurt Jordan, and I felt torn about splitting our family up. … When you’re unhappy in your marriage, your children are the ones who suffer. That’s the last thing I wanted for my son.”
—Christina Aguilera talks about why she and husband Jordan Bratman opted for divorce. Notice that there’s no mention of Matthew Rutler here. [People] Keep reading »
It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “Second Thoughts” who was planning to have her boyfriend move with her next year when she starts college but worried he was too immature to be a good long-term partner. Has she decided to move without him? Has he convinced her he’ll grow up? Find out all after the jump. Keep reading »
Gone are the days when the severe weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser” or the dating competition atrocity “More To Love” are the only shows on television with plus-size peeps. This past year has brought us “Huge,” a Nikki Blonsky-starring scripted show about teens at fat camp (which has since been canceled), and “Mike & Molly,” a sitcom about a plus-size couple in love (which prompted MarieClaire.com blogger Maura Kelly to pen an embarrassing post about how “fatties” repulse her). Now plus-size peeps may be making what I hope will be a more multi-faceted appearance on reality TV. Doron Ofir Casting is casting a new VH1 show that aims to be the real-life “Sex and the City” with “full-figured, fabulous big girls” in L.A.
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All that’s missing from this meativity scene is the bun. Merry Meatmus to all! [Blame It On The Voices] Keep reading »
I recently had a flirtation with a guy whereby we debated the merits of using Dictionary.com versus the actual hard copy, old school, book version of the dictionary. And I realized, with some degree of alarm, that this felt familiar. That this—this courting by way of words—was not a one-time thing. It was a recurring thing. It was my thing. Keep reading »