50 Questions…Happy New Year!


That’s the inspired part of entering a new year, so how about in 2018, you begin with what you know about you?

This popped up on Pinterest, and I found it intriguing. So intriguing, I challenge you to write your #personalhistory, then let’s share the discoveries! Click on the list to visit TextMyJournal to learn more.

Surprises & Discovery Await

For example, I was chatting on Christmas day with my 93 year old mother. We were talking about her sisters and various experiences she had as a child and youth. Then she said, “I asked Mom if she knew how to dance, and do you know what she did? She stood up and began Irish clogging!” My mouth dropped. “Really!?” “Yes!!!” my mother replied with great enthusiasm, “I never knew she could do that.” And, we laughed together.

Laughing together is one of my cherished ways to spend time with my mother. We laugh at the most ridiculous things, but it doesn’t matter. We ‘get’ one another. We always have. My mother is my heart in so many ways.

After I complete answering the 50 Q’s pertaining to my life, I’m taking the list to ask my mother, and OBTW, my 93 year old father and 65 year old brother and 40 year old son!

To Begin

The answer to the first question on the list:

Originally, my name was Mary Catherine…After my maternal grandmother, Mary Catherine McGown and the one that knew how to Irish clog.

Mary (Hebrew Meaning: The name Mary is a Hebrew baby name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Mary is: Wished-for child; rebellion; bitter. Famous Bearers: the Virgin Mary; Mary Magdalene; Mary, Queen of Scots.

Catherine (The name Catherine is a French baby name. In French the meaning of the name Catherine is: Pure, clear. Form of the Latin Katharina, from the Greek Aikaterina. It was borne by a number of saints, including St Catherine of Alexandria, a 4th century martyr who suffered torture on a spiked wheel.)

However, my father’s baby sister’s name was Margaret, and my mother had a sister named the same, so my father lobbied that my first name be changed to ‘Margaret’

 Margaret (erived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning “pearl”, probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari). Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century.)

HOWEVER, my parents called me “CATHY”, because WUTHERING HEIGHTS  is one of my mother’s favorite books. 

Polydor Records decided to call me ‘Mary Catherine’, which was fine with me. 

Since I do not respond to the name ‘Margaret’…..(although that’s what my school teachers and class mates called me)

Most people know me as ‘Cathy’, but when I moved and joined an 18-hole ladies’ group and there were so many Cathy’s, I decided to make my identification easier by using the name ‘MCat’. When I introduce myself as MCatherine, no one has ever ‘heard’ of that name before, so they are simply confused anyway… kinda the way I’m confused….who am I?

Now you understand WHY I go by the name of MCatherine, although I doubt it makes it any easier. If you listen to this LIVE radio interview you will hear me refer to myself as MCatherine.

Links to other ‘live’ performances:

Reed College

At Electra Studio with Fritz Richmond

I’ll share the rest of my 50 Q answers about me in February, but let’s hope the rest of the answers aren’t quite as complicated!

Happy New Year 2018


About marycatherinelunsford

On the quest to reinventing, Morphing into Author is my newest adventure.
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