The Postponing Guest

July 21, 2015

I have a story about a guest who just couldn’t sort out his obligations. We’ll call him “Jim.” It was the day of the grand opening of a new Chinese restaurant just down the street from where I live, and my husband and I were excited to check it out. We called up Jim a […]

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Preserving The Jam Turf

July 17, 2015

I live in a fairly large but close-knit neighborhood. One of the ways neighbors communicate about pretty much anything is via a Facebook group. Since I’m one of three administrators of this group, I’ve seen lots of etiquette faux pas over the years, but this one left me scratching my head. My husband recently was […]

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Anything Less Than Five Star Review…

July 15, 2015

I recently purchased an horse saddle off of e-bay. I received it 5 days later, however the shipping box that it came in was very damaged with all the sides bashed in, and I imagine it only survived the journey on the good graces of some very considerate postal workers who re-tapped it several times. […]

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Swinging Aloud

July 13, 2015

Just looking for some info on what to do in this sort of situation. A friend of mine decided along with her husband to be in an open marriage. They have shared this information with me and I am happy to hear that they are both enjoying this new journey together. I honestly wish them […]

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Dare To Disagree

July 9, 2015

This is a TED Talk that is well worth listening to. Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren’t echo chambers — and how great research teams, relationships and businesses allow people to deeply disagree. Yes, you […]

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Normative Courtesy In The Culture

July 9, 2015

This situation happened last week and has left me wondering where common decency and courtesy have gone. I was in line at the post office holding my 11 month old daughter and the package I was mailing. There was a long line ahead of me with two people behind me. While waiting and keeping my […]

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Ghosting, The Ultimate Silent Treatment

July 8, 2015

I’m sending you off to another web site to read again. The topic for discussion today is “ghosting” which is defined as, “…a verb that refers to ending a romantic relationship by cutting off all contact and ignoring the former partner’s attempts to reach out.”   It’s the act of freezing someone out of your life […]

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Vintage Etiquette – How To Keep Your Job

July 8, 2015

Ed’s been laid off and is applying for a new job. He complains to the interviewer about how rotten his last employer was and how he was never promoted or given a raise, but that it hadn’t been his fault! The interviewer helps break through Ed’s state of denial by getting him to see things […]

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