“Out of the Mouth of Babes”


"Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes
and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?"
~ Jesus of Nazareth, Holy Bible, Mathew 21:16

According to some Biblical scholars, the meaning of the above-captioned quote is that children can often see and express truths in their purest forms that adults often overlook or fail to grasp. According to a recent article in the Washington Post, children are writing to President-Elect Donald Trump asking him to be kind, and the mother of the little boy who inspired this effort has established a private Facebook page to allow children to post their letters and comments about kindness to Mr. Trump.

College Campus “Etiquette”: Yes Means Yes, No Means No

 Bing Images - Women Against Campus Rape

"Enough is enough.
It’s time to stop sexual assaults on our college campuses."
Whoopi Goldberg

To continue my series this month on women's issues to commemorate National Women's History Month in the U.S. and International Women's Day on March 8, I am focusing on a situation that young women are facing on today's college campuses: rape and sexual assault.

Dining Etiquette Series – Responsibilities of a Host


A host is like a general: calamities often reveal his genius.
~ Horace, Roman lyric poet, satirist, and critic, 65 – 8 B.C.

Now that autumn has arrived and the busy fall entertaining season begins, I’m returning to topics of dining etiquette. As a student, your future very likely will include formal entertaining and hosting for both personal and business occasions. As Horace observed millennia ago, planning and implementing a dinner or luncheon party can be fraught with opportunities for mishaps, often referred to as Murphy’s Law

Goodbye Parents, Hello College – Part 2

  You say "Goodbye" and I say "Hello.  Hello, hello."
 Hello, Goodbye, by the Beatles

You’ve already visited your campus, taken the tours, met with some key people, attended orientation sessions, received your welcome packet, activated whatever needs to be activated – or are in the process of doing so – discussed and negotiated various subjects with your parents, met your new roommate and your RA, and so on. If you haven’t completed all of the aforementioned, let’s start with your parents: 

Goodbye Parents, Hello College – Part 1

“You say goodbye and I say hello,” from the 1967 hit song,
Hello, Goodbye, by the Beatles 

According to Wikipedia, speaking about his popular song Paul McCartney "gave an explanation of its meaning in an interview with Disc: ‘The answer to everything is simple. It’s a song about everything and nothing. If you have black you have to have white. That’s the amazing thing about life.’

Home for the Holidays

Be a Good Guest at Home

Mother Teresa said, “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”   There is something to be said for that philosophy; when families are strong, loving and supportive it helps its members individually to be so, as well.  That promotes a well-being that can spread kindness and consideration to all with whom one comes into touch, and eventually throughout the world.  That philosophy is the cornerstone of etiquette.  To come full circle with that thought today, such kindness and consideration for others should be the basis of one’s visit home for the holidays.