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Dear Anxious in Algoma,

Hmmm. That’s quite the dilemma. Edith and Simone sound a little more exotic, clearly; however, one has to wonder what exactly is wrong with Diane? Diane is a fine name, and if I may add, so is Farmbureau. Rather than trying to recreate a new identity midway through your life, why not try embracing who you are?

When people go searching for happiness in superficial things, such as a name or looks, it rarely works. If you don’t believe me, ask the people who have gone on one of the most pathetic shows ever – Extreme Makeover. Even taking someone from total bow-wow to fabulous doesn’t ensure total happiness.

I’m sure you’ll come up with the solution that is right for you, but now you know where I stand on the issue.

Good luck,

Mary Pat