Social Graces 101: In Memoriam Maxine Powell 1915-2013

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“Mrs. Powell was always a lady of grace, elegance and style, and we did our best to emulate her. Every asset of my personality has been by her … [Read more...]

Social Graces 101: Respectfulness in Conversation

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From an Etiquette book on the topic  the art of Conversation (1875) 1. Even if convinced that your opponent is utterly wrong, yield gracefully, … [Read more...]

Retro Chic with Sandra D

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The popularity of retro TV shows like Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Vegas, and the buzz surrounding the summer release of the much anticipated The Great … [Read more...]

He put a ring on it, Now what? Part 2: The Guys speak

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After the overwhelming response from the previous post , I decided to pick the brains of some men and collected their thoughts and feelings about … [Read more...]

SOCIAL GRACES 201: Home Gathering Raises Your Relationship Stock!

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SOCIAL GRACES 201:Hostess With the Mostest and BIF Some time ago, I wrote a post about French women not dating but always having suitors, and one … [Read more...]

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He put a ring on it, now what? The Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage

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Update: (Chris here) I failed to press the button that would have shown Demita Usher wrote this post! Apologies!   I have read so many … [Read more...]

Regarding Broomhilda: Was she worth being rescued and why was she waiting on her man to save her anyway?

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Quentin Tarantino’s new film Django: Unchained has stirred a lot of different thoughts, feelings, opinions and emotions in people--about slavery, … [Read more...]

The Holidays Are Upon Us. Do You Know How to be a Gracious Hostess or Guest?

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The holiday season is again upon us and during this season many of us will either be hosting a fabulous party or two or the guest of one. Whether you … [Read more...]

Role Model Responsibility: When Did It Become Cool to Be a Hot Mess?

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The term role model generally means any "person who serves as an example, whose behavior is emulated by others". The term first appeared in Robert K. … [Read more...]

Etiquette 101: The Art of Paying a Compliment

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  “I can live two months on a good compliment.”- Mark Twain IIn a 2008 study in the journal Neuron, giving someone a compliment activates … [Read more...]

Etiquette 101: Graciousness in Competition (and life), Part 2

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“To bear defeat with dignity, to accept criticism with poise, to receive honors with humility -- these are marks of maturity and graciousness.” … [Read more...]