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Long before I decided to have children, Hope Davis gave me advice in case I ever did: “Leave the dishes in the sink, and get on the floor and play with them!” I took her advice as gospel … until I had a child. These days I am not always as present as I wish to be. Often, both as […]
The Pied Piper’s music was so persuasive that it caused a whole village of children to follow the piper out of town and into a cave; thus Hamelin, Germany lost its children. So the story goes. Last week I wrote about my friend Susie who shared with me the wisdom about friends being “for season, reason, or life.” She also […]
The reader’s dilemma this week makes me feel as if I am watching an episode of Mad Men….from Season 1, before the characters heard about Betty Friedan or that new-fangled idea called feminism. A reader named Elizabethmg wrote:
Is it appropriate for a single woman (divorced) to spend the entire evening at a party (where she knows almost everyone there and could have easily mingled with others to have conversations) with one married man whose wife was also at the party? She followed the man around—where ever he stood/sat—and engaged him in a conversation. Before the married couple left the party, the wife confronted the single woman and let her know she was out of line with her behavior.
Elizabethmg asked: Who was out of line here?
It’s almost inevitable that at some point in your adult life one of your close friends will move away. And while it’s easier than ever to stay in touch (e-mail, Facebook, etc.), being digitally connected isn’t always the same.
Keep reading for a fun and unexpected way to keep in touch with a long-distance friend.
Recently a reader wrote in with an etiquette dilemma we all face. Sometimes it happens at a party. Or with a colleague at work. Or when you get stuck with a certain sort of a seatmate on a plane. …
francesca1: What is a graceful but effective way to escape people who talk too much? Also, what is a nice way to end a conversation?
A reader named mimatz wrote to describe a quandary: “After a stay in the hospital, a neighbor dropped off dinner. They recently had a bout of flu in their household. I’m wary of serving it. What do I say to my neighbor when they ask how we enjoyed it?”
New Yorkers are used to seeing this slogan plastered all over the subways, but when it comes to noticing things that could be hazardous to our friends or their children, is it always acceptable to say something? I’ve found the answer, all too often, is no. Which raises the question: When should etiquette take a back seat to safety concerns?