Category: Gracious Living

Gift Giving Manners

Can you believe that Christmas is just 66 days from today? (Eek!) Today's column is about saying no to giving without sounding like the county grinch....

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Past & Present: The Habits of Good Society

  This bit of wisdom about sharing our wisdom with others is still a relevant reminder: "Whatever the knowledge a man may possess, he m...

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A Hug? A Kiss? Or, a Handshake? Manners for Great Greetings!

A Hug, a Kiss, or a Handshake? Manners for Greetings! By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor ....And they're pouring in and overflowing my inbox. ...

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Past & Present: Advice from The Ladies’ Book of Etiquette

By: Maralee McKee Here's a tidbit from an antique etiquette book. This is still great advice nearly 150 years later. Why? Because it's bette...

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How to Graciously Thank Your Host

By: Maralee McKee Dear Maralee: My wife and I will be staying with the mom of a friend from college for two nights when we travel to St. Louis f...

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Am I a Conversation Downer?

By: Maralee McKee Want to make sure you're never the conversational downer whom others would rather avoid? Ask yourself this question the next...

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Good Manners for Goodbyes

  By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor Today's etiquette tips offer you skills for gracious goodbyes. How can you conclude every conve...

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Thank you Notes: When To Send a Handwritten One, When It’s OK to Email or Text & When One’s Not Required

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor Today is about the art of knowing what kind of thank-you to extend for different occasions and situations. Whe...

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How to Graciously Handle an Embarrassing Burp!

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor How to Graciously Handle an Embarrassing Burp! I know it's embarrassing as all get-out at the time, but everyone b...

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Ending Back-and-Forth Emails, Hugging When Meeting, and What to Do If You Forget Someone’s Name

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor Today we look at three different etiquette subjects that share a common thread: knowing how to handle the situati...

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