Category: Gracious Living

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...


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...


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...

When It's Best to Text, Email, Call or Write Your Graditude

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 situ...


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...


Etiquette Q&A About Sneezing, Talking to the Big Boss, Tipping the Dog Groomer & Eating Chicken

As the saying goes, be careful what you wish for! I asked for your etiquette questions, and they've poured in! It's funny, I'll be reading one rea...