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  • One grandpa says if no thank you note then no more gifts
    One grandpa says if no thank you note then no more gifts
    Not sure about Santa, but here is one grandpa who did know who was naughty and who was nice and did something about it. Maybe a little mean but understandable. Although ‘tis the season to be jolly, to spread happiness, and to give gifts to...
  • The reason for the season's thank you notes
    The reason for the season's thank you notes
    Giving gifts is one of humankind’s most important global rituals. It expresses love and hope. It spreads joy. It connects us with those who live near and far. People move away. They move away for good reasons and bad. They leave for better...
  • Whirlwind welcome: 5 secrets for last-minute holiday hosting
    Whirlwind welcome: 6 secrets for last-minute holiday hosting
    Most people marvel at the unruffled holiday host or hostess, who welcomes unexpected guests at a moment’s notice with open arms and seemingly effortless hospitality. Such folks appear unfazed by unannounced holiday drop-ins, inviting them in...
  • 5 tricks for terrific holiday gifting
    5 tricks for terrific holiday gifting
    Holiday gift giving isn’t just polite tradition. But it can be both pleasing and puzzling. It’s tricky to craft or shop for certain people. Who knows what sizes some folks wear, what colors or flavors they prefer, or what sorts of...
  • 12 famous and festive prayers for Thanksgiving graces
    12 famous and festive prayers for Thanksgiving graces
    As folks gather across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving many will likely ponder the Mayflower Pilgrims and also the many blessings of their own lives. Countless will sit down together to enjoy fancy feasts of turkey and all the...
  • Halloween wisdom: Seven clues you may be too old for trick or treating
    Halloween wisdom: Seven clues you may be too old for trick or treating
    Are you still getting up in years, but still going door to door this October to ring bells and ask for free Halloween candy? If not, at what age did you stop participating in this annual Beggars’ Night tradition?We’ve all seen those...
  • Dining out: 7 tips for sending food back to the kitchen without being rude
    Dining out: 7 tips for sending food back to the kitchen without being rude
    Dining out can be an adventure, particularly when culinary enthusiasts try unfamiliar foods in new places. Unfortunately, diners may sometimes be disappointed in the results. Perhaps the food is too spicy. Maybe the meat is undercooked. Possibly,...
  • Dogs can learn from the behaviors of other dogs
    Dog behavior and park etiquette
    People love their fur babies, and want their dogs to be happy and healthy. In addition to regular exercise, Dog Park suggests taking your pet to a dog park, which could encourage socialized interactions, and activity for dogs. Rules and...
  • 10 tacky turnoffs when talking with adoptive parents
    10 tacky turnoffs when talking with adoptive parents
    When do congratulations or curiosity cross the line into aggravations for adoptive parents?For generations a closely held secret, the adoption of a child has now become a festive cause for celebration among extended family members and friends....
  • spa and massage suuplies
    Spa etiquette: Guidelines for first-time spa goers
    Spas are a haven of relaxation, but they can be very intimidating places for first-time spa visitors. Visiting a spa for the first time is an unforgettable experience; there is almost a ritualistic quality about the spa, complete with procedures,...
  • Camisole courtesy: Strap attacks are workplace no-no's
    Camisole courtesy: Strap attacks are workplace no-no's
    All summer, bra straps tend to slip out from under women’s tank tops, halter tops, and sleeveless blouses or dresses. Although swimsuits may acceptably peek out from cover-ups at the beach or pool, strap slippage in the workplace generally...
  • 5 polite ways to say no to school fundraiser requests
    5 polite ways to say no to school fundraiser requests
    Generosity, philanthropy, charity, and donating to worthwhile causes is surely commendable. But what happens when school fundraisers become fund-drainers, especially for the most generous families?Each new school season brings hosts of...
  • Flight of etiquette: 10 offensive things people do on airplanes
    Flight of etiquette: 10 offensive things people do on airplanes
    What is it about air travel that seems to send manners on the fly? Public decorum seems to vanish with some folks, while they sit buckled into airplane seats.What’s the most repulsive thing fellow passenger have done aboard airplanes?...
  • 20 sincere sympathy card sentiments to comfort those who grieve
    20 sincere sympathy card sentiments to comfort those who grieve
    What does one say to a grieving friend or loved one, when words seem to fail?How can a person find the right words to write in a sympathy card? Sometimes the simplest words are the most difficult to find, especially when it comes to comforting...
  • Wedding hospitality: 10 tips for making terrific toasts
    Wedding hospitality: 10 tips for making terrific toasts
    Experienced toastmasters know the secrets to offering witty, wise, and winsome speeches at weddings, retirement parties, and other salutatory events. Of course, we have all cringed at too-candid or inappropriate remarks and recoiled at jokes that...