Six Things I Learned This Week

There’s no solid agreement as to where the word “beagle” comes from. Some think it is derived from the Gaelic word “beag,” meaning “little,” while others think it comes from the French term for a hound’s hunting bark, which goes, “be’geule.”

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LadBaby's Historic Christmas #1, Christmas Spirit, and the Power of Social Media

If you’re British (or you’ve seen Love, Actually) you know that it’s a British tradition to award the title of Christmas Number One to the season’s most popular new song.

This tradition dates back to 1952. It’s gone to the Beatles, the Spice Girls, Ed Sheeran and now, LadBaby.

Twice.

That’s never happened before. LadBaby has now been named Christmas Number One two years in a row and has officially made history.

But who on earth is LadBaby? Have you heard him on the radio? What kind of music does he play?

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The Best Christmas Movie You've Never Seen

Did you know there’s a movie starring Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Madeline Kahn, Juliette Lewis, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, and Adam Sandler? Did you know this movie also features Rob Reiner, Robert Klein, Garry Shandling, Steven Wright, Parker Posey and Jon Stewart, plus a one-line, before-he-was-famous appearance by Haley Joel Osment?

Did you know this was a Christmas movie set at a failing suicide hotline in Venice Beach?

This movie came out in 1994, the same year that Friends debuted, three years after Steve Martin did Father of the Bride and one year before Adam Sandler made Billy Madison.

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2009/2019

I’ve had quite a few friends posting Look-How-Far-I’ve-Come photos on social media comparing 2009 and 2019. Only people who have something to boast about, I’ve noticed: mostly writers who have found their publishers and are starting to feel like the real thing. The kind of posts that make those sour grapes really sting the palate.

Of course, I’m proud of all my friends and colleagues who have come into their own in the last decade. I’m lucky to know a lot of truly talented people. But, not being among the recently published, I’ve been going through the other aspects of my life that have changed in the last decade. I mean, I had two children! I put my name on a mortgage! I learned what microblading is! (Just last week, actually–thank you, Miss Sheri.)

So here are some of the ways I’ve changed in the last decade. I guess I’ve become a grown-up.

Kind of.