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Miss Manners: Be kind to laid-off co-workers

Dear Miss Manners: Several of my co-workers were recently laid off. Some of them are finishing up a few things for a week or two before they leave, and others …


Miss Manners: Ask permission to take photo

Dear Miss Manners: A group with whom I was hiking in Peru passed close to a woman and a boy working the land on a picturesque hillside. Each of my …


Miss Manners: Nonsmoker needs to control his enthusiasm

Dear Miss Manners: My spouse is an employee for the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. As someone who works for the organization, he feels that he is morally bound …


Miss Manners: Follow protocol when inviting guest of guest

A stranger is stalking wedding guest lists: The Guest Once Removed. This is not someone whom the bridal couple or their families thought to invite or who is likely to …


Miss Manners: Rethink lifestyle when money’s tight

Dear Miss Manners: My financial situation has changed recently, and not for the better. I am in a quandary about how to deal with invitations to events that I cannot …


Microphone etiquette: To leave or not to leave?

Dear Miss Manners: Some of the lectures and panel discussions I have attended recently have been large enough to need microphones to ask the speaker questions. I understand the process …


Miss Manners: Even old-school ways can still be distracting in public

Dear Miss Manners: At a condo association meeting consisting of about 60 people, there was a head table with six people, facing about six rows of tables, about 5 feet …


Take well-meant remarks graciously

Dear Miss Manners: I’m one of two employees at a lovely local boutique that has, unfortunately, become a victim of our soured economy. We have officially been going out of …


Embrace differences – once or twice

Dear Miss Manners: Because my job is to embrace cultural differences, I try to keep an open mind – especially when it comes to food. However, I had a host …


Nosy questions need no answer

Dear Miss Manners: We are a very noticeable family, as our children are black and my husband and I are white. As such, we draw an inordinate amount of attention. …


Postcard pre-birth note impersonal

Dear Miss Manners: My family received in the mail a pre-printed postcard announcement of the impending birth of the first child of a cousin. We live in the same city …


Dad’s new girlfriend a part of child’s life

Dear Miss Manners: My ex-husband and I were together for five years. Even though he wanted the divorce, it took him nearly two years to move on. He recently started …


Personal grooming belongs at home

Dear Miss Manners: My wife is very refined and attractive and a little obsessive and compulsive when it comes to her grooming. I appreciate that, but when we go out …


By pointing out gentlemanliness, wife clearly delighted by it

Dear Miss Manners: Last night, my wife made a pointed remark that when she went on a business trip with her financial adviser, he opened the car door, and sat …


Inability to tie bow tie a formal tragedy

Dear Miss Manners: The demise of the formal occasion is a real tragedy. I used to keep three tuxedos “warm.” Now I eagerly await the next chance. However, many men …


Lack of gratitude sparks regret

Dear Miss Manners: I am sorry for never saying “thank you” to my family and want to apologize, but I am not sure how to go about doing it. You …


Dinner conversation has a size limit

Dear Miss Manners: At what size table is it appropriate for guests to have conversations with the people sitting next to them, and when should a host/hostess expect that the …