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Observations From Below: She Touched Me

Bryan Dooley | Posted 08.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Bryan Dooley

Get the idea? If you don't know them, you should keep your paws to yourself. A better approach is to start a conversation first. Both parties will learn from one another and perhaps, it might end with a hug, if you ask first and you still think we'll bring you good luck.

What To Do When Someone Calls You the Wrong Name

Jen Glantz | Posted 06.04.2016 | Women
Jen Glantz

Yesterday, someone on a work conference call called me Jessica. I didn't know they were talking to me at first, but then I realized the question that was asked was directed to me, and only me.

How to Be the Perfect Wedding Guest

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Weddings
Diane Gottsman

If attending multiple weddings is in your future, you are no doubt feeling time-crunched, budget stretched, and a bit overwhelmed. Add the pressure of making dazzling conversation with perfect strangers, and you might consider RSVP'ing "no" to what could turn out to be some of the most memorable moments of your summer.

8 Things I'd Like You to Know About My Introverted Child

Beth Markley | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Beth Markley

I looked over at one point and saw Colin backed into a corner, trying to be small as possible. He grasped a plate in both hands, on which rested a giant, untouched piece of chocolate cake.

An Open Letter to Parents of Teens: What We Forget to Teach Our Kids

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

My concern is that in your heartfelt quest to facilitate your teens' transition from high school to college, you may have a bit of tunnel vision.

Business Etiquette - Or Just Basic Training?

Debra Fine | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Debra Fine

Attention! There is some big news coming out of Colorado Springs. In order to graduate from the Air Force Academy, cadets will have to pass inspection in decorum. Yes, you read that right.

I Like Talking About People Behind Their Back

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.07.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

If we couldn't psychoanalyze our friends behind their backs, what else would we have to talk about? If you don't have the guts to say something bad about me to my face, then do it behind my back. In fact, I'd prefer it that way.

9 Awkward Wedding Situations You'll Eventually Find Yourself In

Tiana Brown | Posted 12.24.2013 | Weddings
Tiana Brown

Everyone has that uncle/aunt/cousin/friend/sibling that drinks too much at weddings and gets out of hand. If you don't have one, don't worry. I bet your fiancé does! This is kind of hard to avoid.

Business Etiquette: How to Handle an Offensive Remark

Diane Gottsman | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Diane Gottsman

While being on the receiving end of an insult can be jarring, if you're routinely around a person who dishes out cutting remarks, it pays to be prepared. Here are ten ways to respond the next time someone says something rude.

Happy Hour Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 10.06.2013 | Business
Diane Gottsman

There are obvious benefits, and downfalls, to attending the office happy hour. Here are a few tips to make the most out of mixing beer with business.

Dining Etiquette: Setting a Welcome Table

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.08.2013 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

I am always in the company of bright minds that have wonderful questions. Most of these questions revolve around the dinner table, and the most commonly asked question is, "How can I tell which is my bread plate?"

How Can an Awkward Person Appear Less Awkward in Social Situations?

Quora | Posted 11.20.2012 | Business

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Phoebe Gavin, Awkward Human, @ohsoordinary This is all me, all day.Script Yourself; Direct Conversa...

Pop the Bubble! Are Liberal Arts Institutions Doing Enough to Prepare Students Socially?

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

The oasis of a liberal arts institution can be as comforting as it is supportive to students' development. But, unless you're making the commitment to hire every alum, they have to someday leave the oasis.

More Reasons to Leave New York: Pat Kiernan, Insomnia and the Pencil-In

Howard Jordan Jr. | Posted 07.24.2012 | New York
Howard Jordan Jr.

New York City requires every one of us to be in a constant state of catching up, getting even, or getting ahead in one form or another. So, falling asleep means falling behind.

Mobile Manners

Tamara Shayne Kagel | Posted 04.02.2012 | Technology
Tamara Shayne Kagel

Have you noticed that when you make plans with someone, you almost never really make plans with them? You essentially make plans to talk with them on the phone at a certain time from a certain location. This drives me crazy.

'Tis the Season (for Political Hijacking)

Philip Galanes | Posted 02.19.2012 | Home
Philip Galanes

Why would we voluntarily model our private behavior on the provocations of Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews, in our own homes, with our actual loved ones?

Think Gossip Is Harmless? Research Says Otherwise

Posted 10.30.2011 | Women

Across offices in every industry and workers in every function few things are constant. But one of them is definitely gossip. Talking about other peop...

Trymaine Lee

Newark Etiquette Classes Lift Lives, One Place Setting At A Time | Trymaine Lee | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact

NEWARK, N.J. -- J. Wesley Tann spent much of his life traveling the world, gallivanting among the most fashionable sets and cavorting with the elite. ...

Royal Boot Camp: 16 Days and Counting

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 06.13.2011 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

If you're going to London for the Royal Wedding or just staying home to watch the coverage of the on television, here are some factoids that will help you enjoy it all to the fullest.

11 Etiquette Tips For Facebookers

Amy Chan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amy Chan

Most of us were taught the basics of social graces and etiquette as far back as kindergarten, but the rapid emergence of social media has come with a whole new set of ways to conduct oneself online.

Pajamas in Public Places

Deborah Plummer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Deborah Plummer

A New Year brings the promise of new beginnings and new ways of knowing. Yet I am not prepared for what appears to be a new, growing, cultural trend.