. "We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” ~ Thomas Jefferson "We have a saying around here, use it or lose it." ~ Former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Shultz. Dear Readers, Please forgive my delay in posting. Like many others, I've been shell shocked … Continue reading USE IT OR LOSE IT
"Turn failure into Victory, don't let your courage fade; And if you get a Lemon, Just make the Lemon Aid (sic)." ~ Men's Wear, Vol. 26, page 65 "He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade-stand." ~ Elbert Hubbard "If You Have a Lemon, Make a Lemonade." ~ … Continue reading MAKING LEMONADE DURING THE PANDEMIC
"There is no normal life that is free of pain. It's the very wrestling with our problems that can be the impetus for our growth." ~ Fred Rogers “Bad days happen to everyone, but when one happens to you, just keep doing your best and never let a bad day make you feel bad about … Continue reading BUSINESS ETIQUETTE AND THE NEW WORK-FROM-HOME CHALLENGES: TOTS, TOILET PAPER AND TECHNOLOGY
“I think this may ‘turn misfortune into a blessing’. It’s an opportunity for more people to be at home, for remote work to be pushed forward, for a more flexible lifestyle to progress.” ~ Hiroshi Ono, Professor of Human Resources Management at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan - Fortune, March 1, 2020 "We are recommending all … Continue reading FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS BY WORKING FROM HOME
"Just like with the flu, good hygiene habits, proper handwashing and sneezing and coughing etiquette, are important to help reduce the spread of illness." ~ Robin Gurwitch, Duke University School of Medicine "I think this virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a … Continue reading FIGHTING CORONAVIRUS WITH EVERYDAY HYGIENE ETIQUETTE
Puerto Ricans and U.S. Virgin Islanders are American Citizens Many years ago when I was a twenty-something, in a discussion with a Puerto Rican coworker I learned that residents of Puerto Rico are American citizens. Surely this fact was included in my education, but it obviously did not take hold. As I was politically active and thought … Continue reading Reaching Out to Fellow Americans In Their Hour of Need
Avoiding alcohol at Prom
can save your life -- and more.
Because conveying the Three E's -- Etiquette, Ethics and Empathy in the Workplace, and in life -- is the theme of my blog, I believe that addressing them in connection with Prom is important. Therefore, I am devoting this entry to the subject. And, yes, I realize that students ready to embark on their Junior or Senior Prom might consider the word, "deadly" in the title to be a real buzz kill with regard to the occasion.
Do not greet people with hand-shaking, avoid body contact with others
until the crisis is over. ~ World Health Organization
There is irony in the cultural lore of handshaking having originated in Europe during the Middle Ages as a lifesaving measure to demonstrate that neither person was carrying a weapon in his hand or up his sleeve, and today's declarations from medical experts that handshaking could possibly be a life-threatening gesture because it can transmit deadly viruses and bacteria.
A good upbringing means not that you won't spill sauce on the tablecloth,
but that you won't notice it when someone else does.
~ Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904), Russian author, playwright
Yes, there’s even etiquette and protocol with regard to the tablecloth! According to Suzanne von Drachenfels in her book, The Art of the Table, “the tablecloth was the first decorative accessory known to the table…”
Whether dining out, as a guest in someone’s home or when selecting a tablecloth for use in your own home, it’s helpful to know some tips about tablecloths.
How Civility Can Calm Troubled Waters
Hurricane Sandy taught us, once again, that we Earth beings of all species have little defense against the forces of nature when they turn against us. All along the Eastern Seaboard, Hurricane / Cyclone / Storm Sandy wreaked horrific destruction and death the weekend before Halloween. This followed a tsunami in the Pacific and an earthquake in Los Angeles.
But, Superstorm Sandy left the most damage in her wake. Some lost their loved ones and many more suffered damage to their homes and possessions or lost them altogether, and thousands more lost power and many are still coping with, extended outages. And, now to add to the agony are long gas lines and a temporary gas shortage due to a delay in ships being allowed to enter New York Harbor.