Category Archives: Public Places Etiquette

National Compliment Day

National Compliment Day; keep it sincere.

Compliment: praise, flattery, endorsement

Don't confuse it with "complement": completes, enhancement, counterpart

Why do some people find it difficult to accept a compliment?  Here are the most common reasons that I've heard:
  • It just feels awkward and uncomfortable.
  • I feel like I have to compliment them right back.
  • I...
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Breaking Up During the Holidays

Holiday season break-ups; why'd you wait?

Okay, you had a great summer; hanging out at the beach, wine tasting, movies in the park and the end of summer bbq where you met the family. But now,  fall sets in, work schedule got a little more demanding, and trying to fit in a night class,...
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Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2013 Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance was proclaimed by President Obama. 

On that day, the American spirit came shining through. From sea to shining sea; through the fruited plain and the purple mountain majesties. Small towns, bustling cities; the poor to the prosperous; religious and non-religious; acquaintances and...
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Reclining Airplane Seats

Your comfort is all we care about when flying the friendly skies. 

If the flight is long or taking off late at night, reclining your airplane seat is a nice feature. However, there are a few etiquette rules to consider when pushing the recline button. We've all been on board with the traveler...
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How To Deal With Picky Eaters

Teasing and insisting a picky eater "try something new" is rude!

Instead of being labeled a "picky eater," I prefer the term discerning; someone who knows what she likes and doesn't like. For example, I do not like avocados. What I often hear is: "How do you not like avocados!" Simple, I've tried them prepared...
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School Carpool Etiquette

School carpool etiquette for parents.   

Friendly relationships have soured because of carpooling. Oh, it's not usually the children involved; it's the parents. School carpools are practical, but without a little etiquette, practical can quickly turn into intolerable. These tips can apply to children of all ages. However, I am focusing more on the older...
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Are Funeral Selfies Acceptable of Insensitive?

Funeral selfies; have we crossed the line?

Is it acceptable to your selfie with world as it happens?  How does the grieving family feel about it? Remember when President Obama was caught on camera at Nelson Mandela's service? In defense of the President, some said, it really wasn't a funeral service per se. Nonetheless, most...
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Kanye West Wants You to Stop Saying Stupid Stuff

Etiquette lesson by Kanye West: Don't say stupid stuff.

Next time you bump into Mr. West at the airport, make sure your question is intelligent or of interest to him. Cuz he said, "...people like to say really stupid stuff to me." Most celeb's want to please their fans, but it doesn't mean that they...
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Wearing a Mask on the Plane

You find the perfect seat on the airplane, and then...

There you are, boarding the plane. You see a mom holding her infant--pass.  You see an ample man who is already encroaching on the seat next to him--pass.  Ah, you see a woman looking down at the airline magazine seemingly flying solo, so you...
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