Mary: Hi! I'm Mary, and today my older sister Anna is going to introduce me to you.
Anna: Mary was born four years after me and was due on my birthday, but decided to be independent and be born two days early. Even though she wanted her own birthday, she didn't mind becoming my partner in crime.We shared a room (more or less peaceably), were partners in countless pinochle and cribbage games, and went to the same college. All through high school and college we would stay up late and talk in the bathroom about deep and mysterious things.1
Mary is a great keeper of all your most appalling secrets, but she is also hilarious. She has a sharp and witty sense of humor that never fails to surprise and delight. She knows the perfect quote for every situation, and comes up with her own one-liners that her siblings then quote. When she isn't cracking people up she is usually stunning them with her brilliance. She's so brilliant that she was the valedictorian of her college class. Her smarts extend from books to music. She can play incredible jazz flute solos, and she can also sing and dance. By dance we mean perform her own original and highly technical jigs.
She brings the full force of her humor and intelligence to her writing. Mary loves to read and study and has wise and thoughtful opinions on a slew of topics. She likes tackling serious things, but she'll engage those topics in entertaining ways so you will learn something AND have a good time. And if you are lucky, some day she might find a way to work her jigging into her writing as well.
Rejected Blog Names
Mary: And now, to get to know me and this blog a little better, here are some of my favorite names for the blog that we came up with along the way but, obviously, did not use.
The Gospel for Fussbudgets
First, the word “fussbudgets” reminds me of the scores of Peanuts comics that I read growing up, which are just fantastic in general. And “fussbudget” is a word you don’t hear much anymore, sadly, so I think any chance to use it is always a good thing. The main thing, though is that I think the things that we sisters tend to struggle with -- perfectionism, legalism, etc. -- can lead to very “fussbudgety” behavior, because life is intense when you don’t live with grace. Which is why we need to remember how the gospel of grace applies to us, and thus, The Gospel for Fussbudgets. However, it’s probably good that we didn’t use this name, as I’m not actually sure how to pronounce “Fussbudgets.”
I love this name because we want to write about the insights we have in the course of our ordinary, everyday lives that will hopefully help us to live it better. I like the contrast of “mundane” and “epiphanies”: mundane implies everyday and usual, while epiphanies connotes a special “Eureka!” moment. The fact is, everyday life provides all sorts of fodder for epiphanies, and those epiphanies are often the most important kind.
Come back on Friday to meet Lisa!
- Why the bathroom? We would be brushing our teeth and start talking, and as long as we stayed in the bathroom "getting ready for bed"we could pretend we weren't going to stay up for hours, even though we knew we would. Self-deception at its finest.