Playing Nice–Parenting Savoir-Faire

Parenting is no easy task. As parents, we have the incredible responsibility to introduce the world to our children, and in turn, introduce them to the world. We feel compelled to teach them, nurture them, and encourage them. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who you are. We’ve all been exhausted, frustrated […]

Buffet Savoir-Faire

Once, at a large restaurant’s brunch buffet, I decided go on something of a reconnaissance mission before even grabbing a plate to serve myself. While perusing the delicious-looking foods, I noticed a woman examining a whole cooked turkey. From my perspective, she was looking at it just a little too closely and then out of […]

“O Conversation, Conversation…Wherefore art thou, Conversation?”

Technology is killing the art of conversation. More specifically, those hand-held devices that so many seem to be permanently attached to, are robbing us of our power of speech. We don’t know what to say. The awkward silence is palpable and yet we still don’t know what to say. So, we retreat to our beloved […]

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could sit down to have a meal as a family and have a guest whose relaxed and approachable style could teach everyone table manners? Well, now you can. The dinner table should be a place to connect with friends and family.  It should be a place to celebrate and […]

Houseguest Etiquette

Most of us have been a houseguest at one time or another. Whether it was crashing at a friend’s house after a late night out, visiting an old friend who moved away, staying at a friend’s cottage for the long weekend, or staying with family abroad, we’ve all experienced living under another’s roof. Living with […]

Patience

Patience. They say it’s a virtue but I think it’s so much more than that. Patience encourages kindness, courtesy and an overall sense of well-being.  It has the ability to make a person calm and composed.  It encourages thoughtfulness. Unfortunately, in this fast-paced, increasingly technology-driven world, patience seems to be waning, much to our detriment. […]