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November 7, 2002
I’ll answer to anything close to a monosyllable name beginning with “T”. “Tongue”? Often. “Tone”? Yup. “Toma”? A newscaster in WA once referred to me as that, yes. The fact is, I have friends who are much more sensitive to how people pronounce my name than I am. I also have good friends who have been mispronouncing my name for years, so it’s almost too late to correct them.

If a person’s name defines them, what does that say about my attitudes toward my own name? If I hate my name, do I hate myself?

Maybe that’s a bad question.