This question came from a reader who lives in a faraway state and is probably too young to remember the seminal TV show of my childhood, “Lost in Space,” in which the robot was constantly shrieking, “Danger, Will Robinson!” to warn his human companion of looming threats. This is too bad. We all need a tinny warning voice in our […]
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You Asked: Friends are divorcing, and the wife wants to stay with us because the husband kicked her out. What should we do?
Actually, a reader named Susan asked this question. And to Susan, I say: of course it's appropriate, because someone is having a…baby! With little baby feet, and pearly baby earlobes, and a baby neck that smells like talcum powder. What better reason exists to celebrate? Not only is a party appropriate, the occasion also may mark the last time the mother-to-be gets to relax […]
As soon as I learned I’d be blogging about etiquette, I started phoning friends and family to announce the big news: “Guess who has good manners, after all?”
Some of my brothers were skeptical (“Clearly they didn’t dig into your past,” Dan said, dredging up tired claims that I “hogged the TV” in the 1970s, forcing bystanders to “endure Mannix”). But most people were supportive, you could even say thrilled, if only because my new job presented an opportunity to get answers to questions that had been bugging them.