September 13, 1991
A friend called the other day to note the striking parallels in the way that John Sununu and Paul Reubens returned to the public eye. Both men have been lying low of late, riding out controversies that have made them the objects of national ridicule. But both knew eventually they'd have to resurface. So they chose their moments - and audiences - carefully. Mr. Reubens, alias Pee-wee Herman, opened up the MTV Video Music Awards last week, and the super-hip audience gave him a rousing welcome.
December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.
October 25, 1986
Dorothy Storck professes to defend Nancy Reagan and her absence from the Icelandic summit by suggesting that not only can we not trust the Soviets, but their wives as well. "Cosmetics gap" indeed - more like Maybelline McCarthyism as Ms. Storck tries to come to grips with the reality that not all Soviet women are shuffling babushkas. While she's at it she colors Iceland as sort of climatic fellow-traveler with a deliberately inhospitable climate suited more to corn-fed Reds and so apologizes for the more temperately accustomed Nancy Reagan.
March 25, 2013 |
As I watch people text in public - head down, earplugs in, oblivious but still shuffling forward à la the Walking Dead - I can't help but wonder when we'll see a news story about one of them strolling into traffic and being run over. How did we get so hooked? Texting is one of those habits that came so quickly to our society that everything from schools to hospitals to state capitals - institutions that say things in full sentences and without emoticons - are scrambling to impose rules of the road, literally and figuratively.
September 19, 1988 |
I got fired the other day. Canned. Released. And don't let the door hit you on the way out! Getting fired hurts. It's like catching a foul ball with your face. If you've been spared the ax during your work life, it's everything you've ever heard it was. And less. And if you think you're fireproof, think again. Waitress to Wall Street, trucker to teacher, getting the boot is an equal-opportunity trauma. However, getting fired is nothing to be ashamed of. In this world of corporate takeovers and persistent human frailties, it can happen to the best of us, and always at the worst of times.
May 22, 2014 |
On a recent rush-hour Market-Frankford train, a woman lugging a large bag settled into a spot just inside the doorway - or, more precisely, blocking it. As the next stop approached, a man yelled "Coming through!" and tried to squeeze by. She suggested he wait his turn; he suggested she calm down. Bickering ensued. SEPTA ridership is up, but, given scenes like this, some would say common courtesy is not keeping pace. Passengers who a decade ago might have had a couple of seats to themselves are now being packed in more tightly than ever.
September 14, 2006 |
Bettie Field Farber, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a former model and retired dancing teacher who taught the waltz, cha-cha and fox-trot to thousands of youngsters, died Aug. 25 at Bryn Mawr Hospital of complications following hip surgery. Mrs. Farber spent more than 50 years training students to move gracefully over the dance floor, and never to forget a proper please and thank-you. Her classes were a mix of dance steps and etiquette lessons. She taught the ABC's of a good waltz and a good introduction.
October 2, 2014
ETIQUETTE is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn't etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners? While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
September 15, 2010
From: Fox, Ashley I am hating Ines Sainz right now. No doubt you know who she is - that "reporter" for Mexico's TV Azteca who caused quite a stir at the New York Jets' practice on Saturday. Well, now Clinton Portis, that sage of worldly wisdom, has weighed in on female reporters in NFL locker rooms. "If you get to go and look at 53 men's packages, and you're just sitting here saying, 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing.
May 30, 2016
Last month, I asked readers about airplane etiquette and what rules are needed. "My worst experience on an airplane? That has to be the woman in business class who drank so much that she physically and verbally attacked the gentleman sitting next to her," wrote Christine in Pennsylvania. "Her curses could be heard all the way back in economy class. " My friend Katherine found a soiled diaper in the seat pocket. Really? Someone thought it was OK to leave it there? One person was on a plane where a teen choir sang for half the flight from Dallas to Philadelphia.