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ac·knowl·edg·ment 1. Acceptance of the truth or existence of something. synonyms: acceptance, recognition, admission, concession, confession 2. The action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something. synonyms: thanks, […]

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Why I Want To Be Santa

Even as a mid-lifer, I think about my answer for the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I want to be Santa. And here’s why:

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The Power of Simplicity

It was a simple gesture, but one with appreciable effect.

As I riffled through my snail-mail, a handwritten envelope caught my eye. I smiled a big smile and read a simple “thank you” card from an individual who attended a recent civility workshop I conducted. I met him for the first time that evening of the workshop. His message was simple: “I enjoyed the class very much. You do a great presentation. Thanks again.” That’s a picture of the card that brought a huge smile to my face. The card I placed on my kitchen counter and I smile each time I see it.

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Inconsiderate Inconspicuous Invitations

Have you ever been part of a conversation that resembles this one?
Friend: Hey – What are you doing Friday night?
With thoughts of an invitation for a couples dinner at a hip new restaurant or a fun girls night out, you reply:
Nothing. Why? What’s going on?
Friend: Excellent! My husband and I are going out to dinner with a few other couples and we’d love to drop the kids off at your house to play with your kids while we go out (OR We need someone to walk the new puppy OR a designated driver OR a chauffeur for kids OR…).
Dumbfounded You : Uh. Uh. Uh.

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Do You Know Who You Are Talking To!?

“Do you know who you’re talking to!?” The exclamation point is first because those words aren’t really asking a question. It’s more of a statement. A statement that might infer one of the following:

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A Simple Thank You

The start of our conversation went like this…. “Hey Girls! Time for me to write a blog. Why don’t I write from a perspective of a high school student. What […]

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This ONE Attitude Could Change Our Political Climate

I just can’t help myself! I must make my political views known!

Before you read ahead to find out if I’m a donkey, an elephant, or still touring the zoo, please know that my political party is unique. Its’ characteristics and talking points are unlike anything you’ll likely ever witness during our nation’s election mania.

I am not a DEM, or REP or IND.

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Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week

I’m a believer that deep down inside everyone wants to be nice. Each person wants to do the right and good thing. It makes us feel better. I’m pretty certain that readers of my blog are the same people that each day enact several random and not-so-random acts of kindness. This blog post is especially for you.

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The Connection Between Happiness and Good Manners

  My current read is  The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. This cool little book details Gretchen’s one-year intentional focus on happiness. As I read, the connection between happiness and […]

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Nothing's Finer Than A Fine Young Diner

Use these table manners tips to turn your child into a delightful diner!  Read Kelly’s article as featured in Eastern Home and Travel Magazine.

fine young diner article

Pack Your Manners

Traveling with kids? Read Kelly’s article as published in Eastern Home & Travel

Networking Etiquette: What Do You Know?

Thank you to Team Network for having me as their guest speaker at their Netfast in Rockville, MD. Click on the link to watch our netiquette discussion.

Team Network Netfast

Manners Schmanners! Read Kelly’s Interview in FindIt Frederick!