A Millennial Dilemma: Decline or Accept Those Wedding Invitations?

Weddings bloom in summer, and sometimes those festivities blossom all at once for boomer parents and their adult children. The average age for a bride is 29 and for a groom, 31. When the adult children of friends and family hover in that age category, we can expect many invites, sometimes too many for our budget and schedules. The wedding day, ranging from backyard affairs to Las Vegas-style extravaganzas, isn’t the only event. Engagement festivities, showers, and bachelor and bachelorette …

Letitia Baldrige: A Woman of Manners

What do you wear to a cocktail party at the boss’s house? How do you remove a fish bone from your mouth at a fancy restaurant? What’s the graceful way to enter and exit a cab you’re sharing with co-workers? Letitia Baldrige always had all the answers. You could ask her anything about the proper way to do things, especially in sticky situations. After all, she had been chief of staff for first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Baldrige, 86, one of …

A Day in the Life of a Football Mom. Why Manners are a Must!

Let me ask you a serious question. How many of you have ever spent any quality time in the ladies’ restroom at an NFL stadium, excluding “most” males? It’s really much more pleasant than you might think. However, my experience outside this secure place was much different. In fact, Roger Goodell should insist that the NFL offer life skill classes to teach folks to interact properly with other fans. The League is multicultural and contemporary, but I spent the entire day …