Opinion

Good Manners for Heading Back to School

It is unfortunately not uncommon these days too hear how bullying and or an ill-mannered child can intimidate another student in school. Good manners can make a big difference in a student’s success and/or failure in many aspects of life. This is why it is so imperative for parents to begin teaching etiquette to their…

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Living with Etiquette: Being Affectionate in the Workplace

Some people call it flirting. Some people call it being friendly and others wonder…well, what is your hidden agenda or motive? Has greeting business colleagues with a handshake become outdated? There’s an old time saying that goes like this: “Don’t let your good be evil spoken.” Hugging and touching someone, especially in a business setting,…

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Reservations with Class

I just love making plans to surprise my husband. It’s great! I take a lot of care and planning to ensure, as much as possible, that the plans even down to the venue (restaurant) are well thought-out. To get into a special restaurant many times simply means…reservations. Most nice restaurants prefer (require) reservations. Making reservations…

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Living with Etiquette

I don’t think there’s a person who doesn’t enjoy the soulful upbeat sounds of Aretha Franklin singing her famous song Respect. Truly this song is one Franklin’s signature marks. In today’s busy society, respect can present itself in many different forms and opportunities. Let’s look at an opportunity where respect can be seen and demonstrated.…

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Living with Etiquette: Saying Thank You: Letter or Email?

The charming thank you letter: For some, this is an e-thank you card that can be done with a quick click of the mouse. Off it goes to its recipient. For others it’s a carefully thought-out note with sentiments of gratitude on hand-picked stationary and a decorative stamp. However, what method of thank you letter…

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Good Manners for School

It is not uncommon at all unfortunately with some of today’s children to hear about how bullying and or an ill-mannered child can really intimidate another student in school. Good manners can make a big difference in a student’s success and failure in so many aspects of life. This is why it is so imperative…

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Manners: The ‘Family and Friends’ Social

Ah yes…summertime. A time filled with family, fun and friends and time to laugh, and plan social gatherings all season long to enjoy the beautiful weather. But, what is a host to do about that one person, who for one reason or another, just doesn’t seem to understand “take all you want” doesn’t mean take…

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Living with Etiquette

So often with busy and conflicting schedules, it can be quite challenging for family members to come together and spend quality time at the dining table for a meal. Now more than ever it appears we are in an age, and society, of eat-on-the-go. Because of this fast-paced society, social graces have — for some…

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Hosted or Unhosted: Misappropriation of an Invitation

During the holiday season there are many events to attend that there just don’t seem to be enough time or calendar space. However, what is the appropriate time, or method, to extend an invitation to guests when the request is “pay-your-own-way”? For many, planning an event whether for a holiday social, birthday, bridal shower, etc.,…

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