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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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Q: Most everyone I know drinks bottled water. You see bottles everywhere, including meetings and meals. Is it proper to bring a bottle of water to the table or for that matter to serve one at a meal? Should I offer guests a glass and or ice for the water? Thanks. Glenda ‘ A: Unless […]

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Q: How can I let my friend know that I don’t appreciate questions that are merely set-ups for her to talk about herself? A: You don’t, for that is a direct criticism. It is simply her way to introduce a topic she wants to talk about. Since you know this is her pattern, the next […]

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Q: My daughter is pregnant. Her work and a group of her friends are giving her baby showers. We have relatives out of town that will not be invited. Would it be proper to send out some type of an announcement to let them know when the baby is due? Or is it better to […]

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Q: I got an invitation today for a Sunday brunch at 9:30 am. In my book, that’s too early to call it brunch. Are there any rules on that? A: That is indeed early for brunch. It really is breakfast, but perhaps the hosts are planning a menu array that is more brunch-like so chose […]

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Q: We recently had a houseguest who is already making plans to return to the area, presuming to stay with us again. Unfortunately, a family member is allergic to smoke, and was disturbed by the guest’s most recent visit. Although the guest did not smoke in the house, smoke in her clothes and personal items […]

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