What’s in a Name: Claussen

Claussen: Clausen is a Danish patronymic surname, literally meaning child of Claus, Claus being a German form of the Greek Νικόλαος, Nikolaos used in Denmark at least since the 16th century. The spelling variant Klausen has identical pronunciation (as does the often interchangeable Claussen). The spelling variant Klausen has identical pronunciation (as does the often Continue reading What’s in a Name: Claussen

The Character of Faith: One Tough Chick

Faith is the dark image of Buffy.  She didn’t grow up with the love Buffy experienced, she has different issues with liking and leaving guys, and she was in a rougher place when she was chosen.  It doesn’t mean that she’s bad.  She slipped like everyone does (and can), especially in the Buffyverse, and she Continue reading The Character of Faith: One Tough Chick

“Writers keep writing what they write…”: My Love for Fall Out Boy

I’ll admit it right now, I’m watching the extended, full length version of FOB’s “Young Blood Chronicles” as I write this (for the first time, but not the last).  But I’ve been a Fall Out Boy fan for a very long time.  This is how old I am: I remember buying a copy of “Take Continue reading “Writers keep writing what they write…”: My Love for Fall Out Boy

“I’ll never be a theatre person!” Part 1

Driving down the highway on a rainy day in March, I sing-along—complete with gestures and choreography—to the original Rent Broadway cast soundtrack. This is just one example of what I find myself doing often: enjoying any of a variety of musicals. I don’t sing well. And I’m not being humble. I know I’m partly tone-deaf Continue reading “I’ll never be a theatre person!” Part 1