Dining Etiquette

 Dining Etiquette a lost art?...more

Can We Still Say We Are Sorry?

“An apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift.”– Margaret Lee Runbeck I stopped by Rally’s Hamburgers in Tempe, Arizona for a beef hotdog. I happen to love hotdogs.  If you are not familiar with Rally’s, it is one of those fast-food places with two drive-thru’s, a walk-up order window, and some outdoor seating....more

Thanksgiving Manners.

http://authormcaldwell.wordpress.com/Show me a Haitian without manners and I'll show you the devastated parents and grandparents wondering where they went wrong.To "old school" Haitians a person's manners (or lack of) is a direct reflection on the family that raised him/her. Good manners is indicative of a loving home with parents who cared enough to teach right from wrong. Bad manners...well, bad manners signals a need for pity. It elicits a shake of the head followed by a "podyab" or a "poor baby". Bad manners is proof that you were dealt an unfair lot in life....more

When chivalry died, it took common courtesy with it.

Elbows off the table, say please, ask first; you know the drill.  Do you remember hearing those commands from your mother or your grandmother?  Actually, I can remember hearing some of that as a child in elementary school.  I also remember learning how to write a proper letter and address the envelope along with the proper etiquette as it pertains to stepping aside when you suddenly find yourself needing to pass a person walking towards you.  Now if this doesn't make me feel old, not much else will.   ...more

Random Acts of Rudeness: 10 Ways You Might Not Realize You're Being Rude

People are rude. Maybe it's because I was born and raised in the South where people are super friendly and hyper polite, but I'm sensitive to impolite behavior.  (Or maybe I just don't like people so I'm always looking for a reason to be offended... which is probably truer than I want to admit to myself... although I will readily admit that I don't like people... mostly because they are rude.  It's kind of a vicious cycle.)...more
Cassandra@TND Yes.  It seems like such a simple thing, and yet so few people seem to know how to ...more

Good manners and social media

"If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." - Said by mothers everywhere, to include Thumper's mom in Bambi.I remember, several years ago (okay, really, it's been decades), my youngest brother and his pal were teasing a kid behind his back. My mom overhead the two, and asked my brother, "How do you feel, knowing you could be the reason someone is crying in their pillow tonight?"How's that for a "make-you-think" moment?...more

The manners of yesterday.

Every adult, I knew as a child, was to be addressed as Mr. or Mrs. Our neighbours were all Mr. And Mrs.Teachers.Friends of the family.My parents’ friends.It was never a question.  ...more

So You Want to Be Rude?

The Lost Virtues: Manners

By: Wendy Castellanos-Wolf...more

Call Me....Mrs.?

I was recently hosting a play date for my 4 year old son and one of his best buddies from preschool.  The play date went great and they played very well together.  The entire time, though, my son's friend was calling me "Meg".  "Meg this", "Meg that".  And he would also use that when he was talking about me to my son: "Meg is not going to like you doing that...." When I grew up, I don't recall using the first names for my teachers, parents of friends, or really any adults for that matter....more