Be Thankful Your Family Isn’t Like This

November 25, 2014

I grew up around my Mother’s very large, close, well-adjusted family. My Father was welcomed into this family and was estranged from his own. I had no idea of all the reasons why, thankfully he’d kept his children sheltered from them. The summer I was 13 I got my first experience with his relatives. My […]

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Christmas Give Away! Lennox Holiday Dip Bowl With Spreader

November 24, 2014

Beautiful 2-piece dip bowl and server set from the Lennox Holiday collection. Crafted from ivory porcelain with lustrous 24-karat gold banding and decorated with a merry, traditional pattern of holly and berries. Perfect for soft cheeses, olive spreads, and honey butter. Rules: Reply to this post to enter using a valid email address. Entries close […]

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Poetic Public Transportation

November 24, 2014

I have written this ode about etiquette on public transport, inspired today by the man-boy who spent all train journey on his mobile phone debating with his mate the various merits of sending a picture of his winky (not the term he used!) to a woman he barely knew… Perhaps you might like to feature […]

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Feel Good Friday – “It’s All About That Baste”

November 21, 2014

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Gym Etiquette When The Rugrats Are There

November 20, 2014

I’d like some advice here. I started going to a local gym regularly about 6 months ago. I like the gym except for one thing: kids uncontrollably running around. The gym has a daycare from 8a – 6p so after it closes, it’s a zoo around there. I’ve been on the rowing machine and had […]

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The Never Ending Funeral Procession

November 18, 2014

I know it is considered rude to cut into a funeral procession, but isn’t it also rude for members of a funeral procession to refuse to allow a car to pass through? I live in a busy suburban area near a cluster of three large cemeteries of different faiths. We see funeral processions fairly often […]

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“It’s The Thought That Counts”

November 17, 2014

I was having a nice chat with a friend on the phone the other day. We don’t know each other very well, but see each other at parties maybe twice a year, and I really like her. Out of nowhere she said, “Do you have a teapot in the shape of a bird?” (she knows […]

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Holiday Book Give Away! “America’s Test Kitchen Menu Cookbook: Your Guide to Hosting Stress-Free Dinner Parties and Holiday Feasts”

November 17, 2014

This is a BIG, heavy cookbook loaded with recipes and practical advice for entertaining. When you’re entertaining, there’s no room for failure–you want your food to deliver on taste and presentation–yet you want the recipes to be approachable enough so that you can enjoy the party, too. Menu planning is hard even for very experienced […]

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