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10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate

10 ways you are being a self-centered airplane seatmate.

Don't assume because you've paid for first-class tickets, you'll be sitting next to someone with first-class social skills. Unfortunately, airlines don't make you sign an agreement: I (insert traveler), promise to be considerate and courteous, or else, at the discretion of the...
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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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How to Handle an Interrupter

How to handle an interrupter.

Unless it's an emergency, it's rude to interrupt a conversation. Then why do people do it all the time?  Here are few reasons:
  • It's just a quick question.
  • Their time is valuable.
  • They have no manners or common sense.
  • They are used to getting their way.
  • They don't care.
  • ...
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Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna and the Trump Piñata

Madonna, really? A Trump piñata at your son's 11th birthday fiesta?  Are there lessons to be learned here? Q:  Is it acceptable to furnish a political-figure for a child's party, for any purpose? A: Well, maybe a stand-alone life-size poster where children and parents alike could use as a photo op.  Or,...
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7 Ways to Improve Your Disposition

Find a way to change your disposition; everyone will be glad you did.

Sometimes our disposition is destined to be vinegary due to circumstances beyond our control, such as:
  • Lack of sleep. (Sometimes beyond our control.)
  • Concern about a family illness.
  • Worry about unpaid bills. (Sometimes due to our lack of control.)
  • Worry about...
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Grocery Store Etiquette: 11 Rude Behaviors to Stop Doing

Grocery Store Etiquette: 11 Rude Behaviors to Stop Doing

Shouldn't grocery shopping be a pleasurable experience?  Yes. but sadly, people's lack of social skills and increasing displays of rude behavior can quickly sour our visit to the grocery store. Runing into neighbors, coworkers, and even ex-boyfriends--hopefully prompting friendly and light-hearted conversations can be an unexpected...
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Colin Kaepernick Takes a Knee

Down on your knee to take a stand.

Did Colin Kaepernick have the right to take a knee during his country's national anthem? Yes. Unless, his contract or the team's policies and procedures manual, which he no doubt signed, dictates otherwise.  If there is a stipulation in his contract(s) that he must stand during the...
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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

For some people, remembering 9/11 is just a distant memory.  For others it's a day that stirs up hostile thoughts and feelings; for others, sadness and sorrow. Whether you prefer to use the phrase, "Never forget" or "Remember...," what is it we should truly never forget or always remember? Well, we can focus our...
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National Hot Dog Day

It's National Hot Dog Day!

Are there rules of etiquette on how to eat a hot dog? If I had my way, no! Well, not many. Hot dogs, were a common lunch treat in our household. My mom would chopped up a couple of hot dogs, sizzle them, then add eggs; hot dog scramble. We also...
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