Category Archives: Relationships

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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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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Shooting in Orlando: Dear Political Candidates

Dear Political Candidates;

While the shooting in Orlando isn't the only tragedy, nor sadly, the last, it is the most recent. As heated as the pro and con debate is about:
  • Guns.
  • Terrorism.
  • Islam.
  • Muslims.
  • Gays & LGTB.
  • Background checks.
  • Social media posts.
  • Religious beliefs.
  • Walls.
  • Etc.
Save it, please! Those killed were brothers, daughters, cousins, uncles,...
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Is It Rude to Ask Who Someone Voted For?

You can ask, but what's your point?

Some people don't mind being asked who they voted for or openly showing support for a particular candidate or proposition.  That is their right. Using common sense and social skills can help you decide whether to ask in the first place. Especially in the workplace.
Why do some people...
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How to Handle Personal Questions At Holiday Gatherings

Ah, holiday gatherings; a time to reconnect and catch up. 

"Oh, you got your hair cut." "Some people are just meant to be single." "If you're satisfied with your life, then that's all that matters." Well meaning? The anticipation of the dreaded comments or questions from friends or family members can put anyone in an...
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