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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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Q: My sister and I have been given the task of writing the thank you notes after my mother’s memorial service. Do we need to acknowledge the senders of cards? We know we need to thank those who sent flowers and gifts. Do we need to personally thank the people who make donations to her […]

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Q: When sitting at a casual dinner table must you keep your left arm by your side and on your lap or can you rest the side of your arm on the edge of the table? Can you use your knife to help food onto your fork? A: Your arm is best by your side […]

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Q: What is the etiquette concerning how to eat a meal? For example, my husband eats his entire serving of vegetables, then his entire serving of potatoes, then his entire serving of meat, rather than sampling from each at random. A: When foods are served together on one plate, and not as courses, it is […]

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Q: I have been asked to be a godparent and have accepted. I would like to do it right. I have the added task of surmounting a great deal of geographical distance between myself and the child. What are the responsibilities of the godparent as well as the etiquette involved in performing this function? A: […]

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Q: What is the correct way to observe the singing of our national anthem. Many people stand and sing with their hands over their hearts. Others stand and look at the flag as they sing, but do not place their hand over their heart. Which is correct? A: One may or may not place one’s […]

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