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Last week, I experienced one of those epiphany moments of fabulous funny name finds. As Gru would say, “Light bulb”.
While I researched something else, I tripped over a name so delicious I couldn’t wait to share it with you. Meet Mopsy Strange Kennedy, from Boston, Massachusetts. Her name reads like a lyric from a song.
I discovered Mopsy while reading Kevin Leman’s “The Birth Order Book, Why You Are the Way You Are.” Kevin describes her as a family therapist, and a last born. “Only a last born baby of the family is likely to grow up, get a degree, become a therapist, and still keep a handle that sound like a nickname or pet label of some kind.” Yes, Kerbey, I really read a birth order book.
When I Googled Mopsy, 22,300 references scrolled across on my monitor. I surfed through the first five pages reading glowing thank you’s from former students who blogged about their experiences in her classes, book reviews she’d written, and references to parties she’d thrown.
Boston Magazine named her the 1976 Best Party, comparing her to Perle Mesta (American socialite, U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg (1949 to 1953), political hostess, subject of the Broadway musical Call Me Madam and potential future feature here at the BoFN). According to the article “Unlike most writers, Mopsy entertains frequently and well.”
Mopsy teaches writing at Cambridge Center for Adult Education. I could not find a photo of her in the public domain. Here is a link to the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. She is the second photo from the top.
She’s written for the Boston Globe, the New York Times, and is a book reviewer for the Improper Bostonian.
For a last born she’s exceeded the expectations of her appellation quite nicely.
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