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Excuse me! : How to politely go through a row of people

Q. When walking into or out of a row of occupied seats, is it more appropriate
to face toward the seated people or away from them?

A. It is appropriate to face toward the seated people, also, it makes it more convenient to say “thank you” as you pass by. The correct answer is that you face the stage or front of the house. This gives the performers the respect they deserve, it also leaves you free to use your hands on the back of the seat in front of you if you need to catch yourself.

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Episode #24: White Lies

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In light of news anchor Brian Williams’s suspension from NBC, Dan talks about his own liberating decision to stop lying.

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Invitation Inquiry : Should you invite someone who you know will not be able to attend?

Q. My ‘groom-to-be’s’ parents live out of town. Do I mail them an invitation, although it is assumed that they will be there? And if so, do I just not send them a reply card within the invitation?

A. It is correct to send invitations to all family members even though it may seem “unnecessary.” Many people, especially parents, like to use the invitation as a keepsake!