Giving and Receiving Gift Cards

As the biggest holiday season of the year approaches, more people have asked me whether giving gift cards is good etiquette. I say yes, primarily because times have changed. There was a time, people considered gift cards the lazy person’s way to giving a gift. Today, it can be quite the opposite, as long as […]

The ABCs of Emergency Preparedness

As you may know, I live in Marin County, where the devastating Northern California wildfires raged in October. The terrible orange smoke went on for days and the many alerts were a major wake-up call for me, saying: “Take time to get your emergency preparedness kit together…now!” An emergency supply kit shows how much you […]

The Power of Please and Thank you!

Despite the notion that some of these phrases might sound old-fashioned, it’s still important to say “please” and “thank you.” These are society’s pleasantries that keep our friendships and relationships with others cordial and respectful. Without them, we might react unfavorably towards others over time. This month’s tip is simple reminder on how important it […]

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8 Tips for Great Restroom Etiquette

Maybe it’s just me, but in the last two months it appears people are becoming sloppier and messier with how they use and leave public restrooms. Regardless of whether this is a new trend, now that there are many more unisex (for both men and women) public restrooms, here are 8 tips for what to […]

12 Annually Observed Days in May

The beginning of each month, I enjoy looking up what holidays, celebrations, and observances are taking place in the U.S. and the rest of the world.  Face it, no matter where you live, it’s a multicultural world. Therefore, as part of nurturing our friendships at work and within the extended families and communities in which […]

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Lying is Not Etiquette

Do you know someone who is a habitual liar? Someone who is untruthful, deceptive, and who shares falsehoods on a regular basis? The reality is, we all have a tendency to lie in some fashion. The distinction is whether it is a chronic behavior detrimental to yourself and those around you. A loyal subscriber recently […]

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Be your own “cause” for success in life!

I came across this quote from a friend’s post and it’s now among my top quotes to contemplate regularly. It’s a reminder of how I want to live my life and be remembered. Many of us work so hard to get pay raises, achieve higher titles or positions that we focus on wanting the praise […]

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6 Wise Quotes to Consider for the Year

Last month I attended an event produced by a local non-profit, called Performing Stars of Marin, at www.performingstars.org. The event was dedicated to thanking our former President Barack Obama for his many contributions to our country. I’m dedicating this newsletter to sharing a few of President Obama’s quotes. I hope they inspire you as much […]

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Political Correctness Versus Courtesy, Respect, and Honesty

I thought I would share some comments on a topic that is often discussed whenever we see, hear, or read about politicians in the news.  What’s important to remember is that you always convey your thoughts with respect, courtesy, and honesty, no matter the subject, and no matter where you live in the world. That […]

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Halloween Etiquette for Adults and Kids

Did you know that, in the U.S., Halloween is the second biggest celebration, next to Christmas? Click here to learn the history behind his celebration and trick or treating. (Also at: http://www.history.com/topics/halloween/history-of-trick-or-treating) Everyone can have fun celebrating Halloween. Within a year or two of living in your home and neighborhood, you’ll learn whether you will […]

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It’s Mooncake Festival Time!

It all began, more than 1000 BC years ago, when the Chinese realized the movement of the moon coincided with the changes of the seasons and its annual crop production.  So to express thanks for the harvest, the Chinese created the mid-autumn festival on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. […]

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8 Guidelines to Teen (and Adult) Dating

Although most of our readers are adults, these tips are for both adults and teens. They are truly universal to anyone who dates. Thus, please read and forward the article or print it out to give a teen in your life. Here’s my special message for teens: By the time you are of age to […]

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Serving Others is the Highest Etiquette

Here is a meaningful quote from the Dalai Lama, about how to live one’s life well. Please it three times to absorb its deepest meaning: Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend […]

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8 Tips on Sending Flowers to a Funeral

It’s often interesting how end results come about because of a series of situations having taken place. This May tip is such an example: • I received a request from a funeral home in the UK, asking for permission to use content from an article I wrote on Funeral Etiquette. I happily granted permission and […]

Top 8 Restaurant Etiquette Tips

Spring is a time of year I start to think about dining out more and inviting friends to join me. The weather is better now and restaurants promote the plentiful local seasonal produce on their menus, which I love. Here are my top 8 tips on restaurant etiquette to keep in mind. These are different […]