My friend Andrea strongly dislikes another woman we both know. The first time she disclosed her feelings, I listened politely to her impassioned rant, then inquired why she felt so strongly about the other woman. The reason was that the woman in question was "fake."
Elizabeth Post, America's leading etiquette authority, has died at age 89. She was the author of over a dozen books on etiquette, and wife of the only grandchild of the famous Emily Post. She also wrote for Good Housekeeping magazine and had a syndicated etiquette newspaper column. She updated the classic book, "Etiquette," which had been originally authored by Emily, five times in order to keep it current.
Society wants us to believe that the only stupid question is the one that isn't asked. Well I beg to differ. Here are ten of the STUPIDEST and RUDEST questions a person can ask. NEVER ask these questions...EVER....more
I’m not a stickler when it comes to etiquette. Politeness is a different thing. Politeness is one of my favorite characteristics a person can have, right after the ability to shotgun a Natty Light. It shows consideration, poise, and makes mama and papa proud. Etiquette, on the other hand, seems pretentious and pointless. Getting food from the plate into my mouth is the hardest part; I need to balance my elbows on the table....more
The following poetic rant is inspired by a routine performed by the comic, William Stephenson. His routine starts, "Hey little girl on the cellphone..." It is about the annoyance of over-hearing cell phone conversations, especially inane ones.
I admit to being a new food blogger and I admit that I am an avid commenter of food blogs I love to read and find stimulating. I hope that the blog owners appreciate my comments: I don’t make a comment when a post is uninteresting or un-appealing, therefore my comments are either always positive or there is a question involved regarding the contents of that post. A relative question I believe. ...more
For the past four years, I have actively participated in Meetup playgroups, Yahoo groups, and local boards, all in the name of socializing with other parents of young children so the kids and I do not go stir crazy
Just when you think people care could care less about the stuff that Emily Post and Miss Manners care about--that thing called good manners -- a situation bubbles up that makes you pause.
Turns out people who are looking for a job still care about manners particularly when it involves the behavior of corporate executives who interview job applicants and then never get back to them.