Category: Etiquette

11 Days of Christmas: The Gifts of Giving and Receiving

11 Days of Christmas: The Gifts of Giving and Receiving Like many of you, I was taught that it’s better to give than to receive. But what does that saying really mean, and why is it that giving is better than receiving? This concept seems unfair and a bit ironic. After all, the act of giving requires two energies, two actions: one to give, and one to receive. It’s literally a give and take, a yin and yang. Among my efforts to learn to be more kind to myself, I have been contemplating my attitudes regarding the act of giving...

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Say YES When Lovely Gifts Are Offered

When Lovely Gifts Are Offered “It is better to give than to receive.” I remember hearing this statement hundreds of times when I was a child. I heard it said by teachers, “wise people” in the community, rabbis, priests, movie stars and news reporters on the radio and then TV.  I have a feeling that I wasn’t the only child that interpreted those words as meaning you weren’t such a good child if you let people buy or give you things – that you were a little “less than” if you accepted gifts too easily. You should be the...

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A Series of Unfortunate Bullies, or “Hey lets stop pretending Lauren Conrad is a common criminal because she cut up an old hardcover book.”

How do we expect children to get along or to raise children who will not become victims of bullying… and how can we expect to avoid crazy shit in our own lives when we don’t have a clue when we’re being assholes? One of the best things about the internet is one of the most dangerous tools: Free speech. It’s a necessary part of our culture, but so is accountability. Today lets all agree to be at least a little bit accountable for who we are when we’re online. I saw a video earlier of Lauren Conrad on youtube, sharing...

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Giving Sound Advice? Your Friendship May Depend On It

Alasha, My best friend and her fiancé have been together for a few years now and they are finally ready to tie the knot. She wants a big wedding but he would rather buy a house. Being married to my husband for almost a decade now I tried to sit her down and persuade her to yield to what her husband is trying to build for them and to consider what a lavish one day event would mean versus the security of a home. She thinks I am taking her fiancés side and we have been at odds ever...

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Dating a Woman with Kids, the Binding Truth

Alasha, I have been seeing a lady who has a child that is fairly young. I don’t have children of my own and am not sure if I ever want any. I think kids are a gift but I love my freedom to get up and go. She’s a real cool lady and I enjoy the time I spend with just her. I have not met her son but she talks about him a lot. I really like her but I’m not sure if I’m ready to be a step-parent. I want to continue seeing just her for now,...

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Shielding Loved Ones from Pain, a Sister’s Plea

Alasha, I’m worried about my youngest brother; he is marrying the wrong girl! He is so blinded by love he can’t see what the rest of us siblings see. He and his girlfriend have been dating on and off for three years. She is a sneaky, conniving and a back stabber. She is very flirtatious with other men and has been caught having lunch dates with men that are not my brother. Besides that, if it’s not enough, she is not loving or nurturing towards my brother. She is very cold and treats him like he couldn’t do any...

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