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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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Q: What is the proper monogram for a wedding gift? I want to give a set of Towels to a bride & groom and I was going to use the bride’s first initial, the groom’s first initial, with the groom’s last initial in the center. My mother-in-law says she has never heard of this and […]

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Q: What foods can be eaten with fingers? A: There’s a pretty long list, but more than the foods themselves is the setting. If you are at a formal dinner, you probably eat even traditional finger foods with a knife and fork. If you are at an “eat with your hands” barbecue restaurant, you join […]

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Q: You heard through the grapevine that someone was not saying nice things about yourself. What do you do? To confront or not confront without proof.’ A: It depends on your relationship to the person, but if it is possible to not confront but to ask, without divulging your source, it is fine to do […]

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Q: I’m a college student living in a dorm with random roommates. I share a bathroom with one other girl. She leaves her towel she uses on the towel rack in the bathroom. Because it’s folded in the bathroom it never dries and after a week or so it starts to smell. It smells like […]

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Q: Where do you put an iced tea spoon after you have stirred your tea with it? A: If there is a plate under the glass, you put it there. If not, you may put it on another plate if you have a place setting. If there are no other plates, you may put it […]

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