My 4-year-old self can still hear my mother’s voice saying, “Look me in the eyes when I’m speaking to you, young lady.” Even though I was very young, this struck me as something that must be important. Turns out I was right, eye contact is very important.
After I swiped my credit card to pay for a cake that I ordered from a local bakery, the cashier swiveled the credit card machine to face me.
When I first set out to pen this column, I had planned to write about the lack of civility and rudeness that seems so rampant in today’s society. With this assignment in mind, I embarked on a mission to observe and report bad behavior in and around Charleston, as well as other parts of the state.
Big shout-out to West Virginia University’s new football coach, Neal Brown, for mandating a dress code for both players and coaches. I have to admit, I didn’t know much about Coach Brown before he came to WVU, but from what I hear, I like his style.
The holidays are all over but the shouting ... or are they? Did you remember to write those thank-you notes for the gifts you received? Did you encourage your children to write them?
For many, last year’s Thanksgiving celebration was filled with family, friends, food and political debates. Not just your run-of-the-mill debates, but in many cases, very heated ones.
You’ve seen them. They walk into the party or social event looking like a deer in headlights — eyes big as saucers, tiny beads of sweat on their forehead, lips dry and cracked. They’d rather be anywhere than where they are at the moment.
They yell at the referees, they yell at their kids, they yell at the opposing team and some even yell at their own team. They are rude, loud and many are aggressive. In a word, they are obnoxious.
Last year, I wrote a column asking readers if they thought that we, as a society, were becoming more rude. The answer was an overwhelming “YES,” which was no surprise to me.
When an American flag becomes worn, faded, torn or soiled, it should be retired and disposed of in a respectful way. In fact, the United States Flag Code — which establishes advisory rules for display and care of the flag — states in Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. §…
During business etiquette training sessions, I am frequently asked, “Should I tell someone they have spinach (or food) stuck in their teeth, or their fly is open?”
Eating crow is never pleasant — no matter how much mustard or ketchup you put on it. But usually the sooner you eat it, the less unpleasant it tastes.
A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a friend who told me of an uncomfortable encounter she recently experienced. While introducing herself to another person at a party, that person remarked, “I know who you are; this is the third time I’ve met you,” and walked away.
My guess is, like me, many of you thought high tea meant a formal affair. One where ladies don hats, perhaps gloves, and sip tea from fine china — pinkie fingers extended. Turns out, that’s incorrect. High tea is actually a relaxed affair, with afternoon or low tea the more formal, fancy-sch…