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How to Explain Why Mommy and Daddy Don’t Live Together Anymore: Blog It

I think the phrase we’re supposed to use to describe what happens when a blogger publicly reveals the most intimate details of her personal life is: “full disclosure.” But how do you describe the urge that prompted the revelation? A few days ago, readers of the popular mommy blog at Dooce.com learned that blogger Heather Armstrong and her husband (previously […]

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Anybody Up for #BeNiceDecade?

Thank you, everybody, for weighing in during Real Simple’s Be Nice on the Internet Week with so many excellent suggestions about how to improve civility online.  It’s hard to pick favorites from among your tweets, email messages and comments, but here are a few of your tips I can’t resist repeating: On Twitter, reader @EtiquettePage asked: “Are you using your […]

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Can u Read ths txt? do u want 2?

I got a strange text from my friend Rahel the other morning, just as Real Simple’s Be Nice on the Internet Week was getting underway. She wrote: “What or rather WHO is Scruttie?” The answer is obvious, at least to members of my family. “Scruttie” is an interchangeable —and until now, secret—nickname that we use to address each other. It’s […]

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#BeNiceWeek: To Tweet or Not to Tweet?

How to behave politely on Twitter is one question Hamlet did not have to face. In retrospect, the prince of Denmark got off easy, because the only sticky social situations he had to navigate were how to deal with his father’s murderer, his mother’s adultery and his own feelings of inadequacy. But if Shakespeare’s most famous hero also had to parse […]

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I’m Drowning in Work Email. What’s the Solution?

I sat down at my desk bright and early this morning, planning to post an answer to this etiquette question before any of you arrived at the office to confront an overflowing Inbox. I swear I did. But then I sneaked a quick peek at my own work email and here I am, surfacing—can it be?—nearly three hours later. It’s […]

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Would Your Mother Approve of That Comment You Just Posted Online?

Whenever I get homesick for Northern California, I visit virtually by reading the local newspaper online. I love how so many of the small-town stories that dominate the news make that part of the country sound like a place Garrison Keillor might feel at home. In today’s paper, for instance, I enjoyed the usual reports of high school sports scores, along […]

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