Category Archives: Relationships

Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude

Umbrella Etiquette; how to use an umbrella to avoid being rude.

Etiquette and umbrellas? Rude behavior surrounds us throughout every season, but in the rainy season we carry a potentially hazardous tool; the umbrella. Using an umbrella requires social skills and a little consideration for others. Umbrella Etiquette: Here are a few things to keep in...
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Wearing Sunglasses Indoors

Is wearing sunglasses indoors, cool or uncool? 

What impression does it give?  Maybe you don't care. But why not read about it anyway? Wearing sunglasses indoors can give the perception that you are pretentious, deceptive, a rock star wanna-be, or someone who does not want to be bothered. Or, in the minds of the scandal-enthusiasts; "He's...
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Melania Trump’s Gift to Michelle Obama

Melania Trump's Gift to Michelle Obama

Let's set aside whose inauguration it was, and take a moment to discuss the kind and thoughtful gesture of Melania Trump. I refer to the gift box she handed to Michelle Obama as they greeted one another. Q: Awkward or smooth? A: Awkward. In those few moments, you could see...
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Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day

Tips on how to survive Inauguration Day -- no matter what side you're on.

Admittedly, this election season has been more tumultuous, than any other in recent history.  Sadly, it continues to be. Families have severed relationships with one another, long-time friendships have fallen apart, and some workplaces have requested that employees who voted for...
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Reserve the right to refuse anyone who…

Reserve the right to refuse anyone who...

You've undoubtedly seen signs on establishments that read: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone." And the second most common, "No shirt, no shoes, no service." Can a place of business really refuse anyone who...?  According to Ms. Jane Haskins, Esq. who writes for Legal Zoom: more

Holiday Workplace Dos and Don’ts

Holiday workplace dos and don'ts

Whether your workplace openly embraces the holidays or practices a neutral version, dilemmas will come up. For example, the controversial holiday greeting. If someone wishes me a "happy or merry anything," I appreciate the sentiment.  I don't understand why that would offend anyone. If we stop to think about it, every...
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Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

Table Manners Tips for Grown-Ups

How not to gross out or annoy your dining companions.  Because so many people eat on-the-go or at different times, there aren't as many opportunities to learn or reasons to use table manners. And, if you are used to eating alone, it is easy to fall into habits like...
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Post-Election Aftershock

Post-Election Aftershock

I did not watch the election day play-by-play; what for?  For me, it would like watching someone tediously describing someone crossing the street. "Wait for it...there, she lifted her left foot about four-inches off the pavement, slowly placing her heel in front of her right foot..." Aghhh! Besides, except for my vote, I...
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Voting Day Etiquette

Voting Day Etiquette

Ahh, voting day is almost here. (November 8, in case you haven't heard.) That means your phone will cease to ring; no more political campaign calls. Your mail box will be reduced to only coupons from Bed, Bath & Beyond; no more proposition leaflets. I wonder if the monotonous spewing of hateful...
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10 Social Skills for Dinner Guests

10 Social Skills for dinner guests. 

I understand that sometimes you accept certain dinner invitations out of obligation. Or, agree to go to please your love partner. No matter what the reason is, there is no excuse for being a boor. Even when the host is your good friend or family member, and even if they've...
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