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.
April 22, 2016
DEAR ABBY: When my friend became pregnant, her boyfriend didn't stick around to be in the baby's life. The three of us had gone to school together, and they started dating years later. When she asked me to be the child's godmother, I said yes. The baby is 5 months old now. While I was out at a bar recently, I ran into the boyfriend. My friend is now mad at me because I said hello to him. She thinks I should have ignored him, given him a dirty look, or had words with him in public, but that's not me. She's now saying she never wants to talk to me or see me again.
January 21, 2016 |
As restaurant culture keeps trending toward the casual, formal, white-tablecloth restaurants like Le Bec-Fin are going the way of the dodo. Today, jeans are just fine at dinner, and counter seating is an option at spendy restaurants like the Catbird Seat in Nashville, Square Root in New Orleans, and Vernick in Philadelphia. How does the "casualfication" of dining relate to etiquette, a dusty term that sounds like something out of a Jane Austen novel? In their new book, Which Fork Do I Use?
December 23, 2015
DEAR ABBY: I have been a nurse for 35 years, and over time, I have noticed a decline in simple courtesy from people who visit friends or relatives in the hospital. Several things visitors should keep in mind: (1) If you don't know what room the patient has been assigned, ask. Don't wander in and out of rooms until you find the right one. (2) Be prepared to give the first and last names of the patient when asking for directions. (3) Abide by the visiting hours and the number of persons allowed into a patient's room at one time.
July 30, 2015 |
Temple's football team had just finished its last summer workout. The players all walked upstairs for lunch inside Temple's practice facility on Diamond Street. Places were set, formally. "You don't touch anything on the table, not even a sip of water, until the host does," the players were told. Football players are used to precise actions - pointing a foot at a slightly wrong angle can blow up a play - so maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that Temple players seemed to immediately catch on to what was required of them.
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.
June 22, 2014 |
Earlier this month, I went to Moorestown to watch my mother run the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K. I saw her take off, but I didn't see her finish. That's because at the time of her finish, I was trying to get a woman and a half-dozen kids off the course. The approach to the finish line is also the site of the town's spirit day. Vendors set up along the course and wait until the race is over to start hawking their wares - or at least they're supposed to. While the race was still going on, one vendor directed a half-dozen kids with sidewalk chalk to take up half the road.
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 9, 2013 |
WITH NEARLY 3 million Twitter followers, Meek Mill has lots of fans, but one of his newest and most unlikely admirers was seated next to him in court yesterday - his etiquette instructor. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, was ordered in May to receive etiquette training by Judge Genece Brinkley to address how he speaks in court, his behavior outside of court and his social-media postings. Gail Madison, head of the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol in Huntingdon Valley, gave a glowing review of her one and only four-hour session with Williams, whom she said was a willing pupil.
July 1, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.