Me, Myself and I: Talking with Friends who Bring the Conversation Back to Themselves

August 9, 2014

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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August 9, 2014

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Eagerly Expecting: When do I Notify Those Out of Town About a Baby on the Way?

August 8, 2014

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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August 8, 2014

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Please Return to Sender: Who Pays for the Ring in the Case that the Wedding is Called Off?

August 7, 2014

Q: If the groom calls off the wedding and the bride wants to keep the ring, who finishes paying for the ring? A: The ring is returned to the man. It was not a gift, but rather was a symbol of their engagement. When the engagement is terminated, the ring goes back, unless they bought […]

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August 7, 2014

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Early Bird Special: Is 9:30 Considered Brunch-time?

August 6, 2014

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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August 6, 2014

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Smoke Alarm: How can I kindly tell a houseguest that we can’t host them in the future?

August 5, 2014

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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August 5, 2014

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