Flower Power: Should my older daughter be a junior bridesmaid instead of a flower girl?

April 6, 2014

Q: My niece asked both of my daughters to be her flower girls for her wedding.  The girls are 11 and 7.  Does it matter what age they are if both are excited to be flower girls?  Also, is there a tactful way to suggest that maybe the older girl should be a junior bridesmaid […]

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April 6, 2014

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Stench Offense: How can I discretely tell one of my employees that he has strong body odor?

April 5, 2014

Q: What is the most discrete way that I can speak with one of my employees about his body odor.  How can I politely ask him to use deodorant?     A: The person closest to the “offender” should take him aside where no one can overhear and say something to the effect of, “Jim, […]

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April 5, 2014

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Charitable Contributions: Should I print out proof of donation for the recipients of a wedding gift?

April 4, 2014

Q: I’m invited to a wedding at the end of this month.  The couple is getting married on a beach at sunset.  Instead of gifts, they want donations to one of three specific charities.  Is it best to donate online, get some kind of a print out of the donation, and send it to them […]

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April 4, 2014

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Happy Hour: How long should I stay if invited for cocktails?

April 3, 2014

Q: When you are invited for cocktails, how long should you stay?     A: “Cocktail hour” is the terminology used for the period preceding dinner during which drinks and hors d’oeuvre’s are served.  An hour is about the time you would stay, assuming the invitation is for before the dinner hour.  If it is […]

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April 3, 2014

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Tine Tapping: Is it bad etiquette to pull food off the fork with your teeth?

April 2, 2014

Q:  While eating I occasionally glide my teeth instead of my lips over the fork. My husband can hear my teeth gliding over the fork and says that is very bad manners.  Is it bad manners to use your teeth to scrap food from the fork into your mouth?   A: It is not considered […]

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April 2, 2014

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