You ever share your name with someone? (Not you George, George, or George Foreman, Junior, or T’Boy).

Laura was the 11th most popular name in 1968 (thanks, Dr. Zhivago) and the 14th most popular name in 1985, no doubt thanks to Luke and Laura from General Hospital.

We often share first names with others, which is a big plus when you want a prêt-à-porter personalized tchotchke from Disney.

Lyle won’t be there. We’ve checked.

I was really surprised that Laura Alford was a one-hit wonder in the UK several decades ago (I’m not the pop-star you’re looking for.)

I’d like to be Dr. Laura, but that moniker’s already claimed (I’m not the sex therapist you’re looking for).

The Dalai Laura has some charm (I’m not the guru you’re looking for.) I’m pretty sure it’s only the 40 days of fasting and folding myself into a yogic pretzel keeping me from enlightenment and a Nobel Prize.

So in the meantime, I’ll settle for my students calling me Dr. Ma’am.

Except this dude. He can call me whatever he wants.

About Laura Alford, PhD

I'm a recent graduate of LSU (PhD in Accounting). In addition to academic research, I also write fiction on Tuesday nights with the Asilomar Writers.
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