Tacky Tourists In A Strange Land

May 22, 2017

Several years ago, my sister’s husband was stationed in Germany with the Air Force. He was born in Austria, so spoke perfect German. They and their 18 month old baby were living off base in a small town, where most of the residents spoke only a little English, so my sister became fluent in German […]

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Odd Mom Behavior

May 18, 2017

When I was 7 or 8 I became very good friends with a girl named “Mary”. She was a year younger than me, and her mother was somewhere around her mid-thirties. We were often at each others’ houses whether on weekdays or weekends. Our mothers, while not friends, were friendly and trusted each other. If […]

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Wedding Wednesday – Sologamy May Be The Hot Trend In Weddings But You Won’t Be Getting A Gift From Me

May 17, 2017

In the new trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way. “I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves,” Anderson, […]

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Counting Photographs

May 16, 2017

I’m not sure if this even qualifies as an etiquette breach, but it’s certainly strange. My SIL used to be a relatively normal, fun lady. We were close. Over the years, she’s become more and more like my MIL, which means that her brother (my husband) and I find less and less that we have […]

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When You RSVP, It’s Written In Stone (or How To Train Your Kids To Be Social Pariahs)

May 15, 2017

My daughter (Lucy) is turning seven and we decided to throw a small party for some of her friends. We booked a local party centre, and sent out invitations to 11 children about two weeks in advance. The party centre requires a minimum of 10 children; if less than 10 attend you are still billed […]

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Feel Good Friday – The World’s Toughest Job

May 12, 2017

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Wedding Wednesday – The Non-Invitation Invitation

May 10, 2017

This particular individual is an acquaintance of mine, so I did not actually receive this “invitation.” I saw it when she proudly posted a picture of it on Facebook with a caption saying (paraphrasing), “All these years and people are still mad about this. Oh well, I thought it was funny!” A few friends commented […]

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Etiquette of Cancer: Keep Your Quack Cancer Cures To Yourself

May 8, 2017

Last week an author I follow announced on his Facebook page that a recent scan indicated that the radiation treatment he had undergone for stomach cancer has not been effective and the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes.  Almost immediately people began to comment offering a wide variety of alternative medical cures this author […]

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