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Guilt and the Thank You Note

Nothing makes my day more than writing a blog post about a real-life etiquette situation because it means that it’s REAL. I love  keeping it real with our interactions. None […]

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RSVP = Please, Please, PLEASE Reply

If you were to take a survey of the etiquette violation I hear the most about, I have a VERY clear winner. Failure to RSVP. I hear about this etiquette […]

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Intention and Grace Collide

As I was preparing to teach a course to restaurant servers, I took an informal survey, asking friends what drives them crazy about restaurant service. Over and over, I heard “When a server says ‘No problem’ – as if I was a problem before!” In the weeks following, I heard more rumblings of this “No problem.”

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Does a Simple “No” Do the Trick?

A thoughtful friend recently e-mailed me for my opinion on the subject of declining an invitation. She wrote:
“I think the polite way to decline is a simple, “Oh, I’m sorry. That date won’t work for me.” Maybe with your mother or your best friend, you elaborate, but in general, I think elaborating looks like excuse-making or groveling. I’m stunned to find that my way is seen as the impolite way and the polite way is, “Oh, I’m sorry. On the 16th, I’m going to a dinner gala with friends.” Or whatever…

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When In Rome, Do As The Romans Do

My husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary by taking a special trip to Italy! I have never visited Italy. I’m SO excited thinking about the amazing and […]

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A Victory for Civility

“Anonymity is the Great Offender to civility.” – P.M. Forni, author of Choosing Civility and The Civility Solution. When we have no accountability for our actions, we feel greater freedom to express ourselves in a way that we most likely would never dream of in a face to face situation or where someone knows our name.

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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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How To Be A Poor Sport This Season

If your house is like ours, we are in the middle of the spring sports season with our kids. Even if your Glory Days are in the past and you’ve […]

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Driving a BMW and Your Place Setting

What’s the connection between driving a BMW and your place setting? Imagine yourself seated at the table at a beautiful wedding (napkin in lap of course). Notice the many utensils, […]

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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!