From the category archives:

Everyday

Q: When an adult birthday invite states No gifts please do you oblige or still bring a gift as a nice gesture? A: You oblige. If you feel especially close to the birthday person by all means you can send or give him a gift at another time, but it isn’t correct to take it […]

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Q: Is there a recommended protocol for wearing wedding rings after being widowed? A: You may wear your rings for the rest of your life, or remove them immediately, as you wish. It is entirely a personal decision. If you are going to remarry at some point, you would remove the rings that symbolize your […]

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Q: My Aunt gave me a wall hanging that is not my taste, at all. She has suggested many different places for it. Now she is coming to my house. What should I do? A: Since you still have it, you might as well hang it up so she can see it in place. When […]

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Q: My father never shops. He is constantly giving us presents from stuff he has around the house. Occasionally it is something nice but more often it is his junk he doesn’t want anymore. For Christmas and Birthdays he presents us with his old stuff and expects us to get all excited. Is this correct […]

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Q: My boyfriend and I work together and have lived together with one of our colleagues for the past six months. Unfortunately, we have talked to him several times about his cleanliness and tidiness. I have gotten to the point where I no longer want to live with him. My boyfriend, however, is willing to […]

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Q: I work for a chiropractor and people are always coming into the office and using their cell phones. Some even try to answer their phones while they are being adjusted by the doctor. What is a polite way to tell them not to use their phones in our office? It’s just plain rude and […]

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Q: Is there a specific protocol for the most polite way to split up holidays once you are married? I don’t want anyone to feel left out, but we all know not every holiday can be spent all together. A: This is always difficult and requires the understanding and goodwill of everyone. Some couples switch […]

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Q: Should an overnight guest strip the guest room bedding (sheets) before bidding his host goodbye?’ A: Yes, and then replace the spread or duvet on the bed, leaving the sheets folded at the foot of the bed or, if in the home of a long-time friend or relative, take them right to the laundry […]

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Q: I lost my wallet. A lady found it in the parking lot, she did research to find who I was and contacted me to let me know that she found my wallet. What would be proper to give her for the safe return of my wallet? A: If you know her address you might […]

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Q: Help! I have 3 children ages 10,9 and 7; I cannot get them to close their mouths when they chew. Any ideas on how to stop this horrible habit? A: You should check with the pediatrician and make sure that they don’t have blocked nasal passages first. Sometimes this is the case so chewing […]

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