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bob-mustin's picture
Nov.06.2013
  Writers, you probably know rejection intimately, but did you know there was an etiquette to submittal rejections that might even up your future prospects?  I have experienced most of these forms of rejection, and have even responded to them in kind with the post linked below. I even...
stephen-brayton's picture
Sep.06.2013
“All doors open to courtesy.” - Thomas Fuller I remember a girl from about ten years ago. She was a student who attended my taekwondo class for approximately six months, maybe less. I know she earned her yellow belt before she dropped out of sight, moved back to Missouri or Kansas, or moved on...
dixie-swanson's picture
Sep.05.2013
  How hard is it to do these simple things?   Put the model and serial number of your computer in a READABLE FONT on the back of it? Put the 5,237 characters of a Microsoft Key in a readable font on the back of a computer? There’s plenty of real estate going unused. Give online...
jeanne-powell's picture
Sep.03.2013
(c) 2013 Jeanne Powell  Dear Fellow Citizen: For hours and hours each day we all occupy the City in close quarters, resident and commuter alike.  There are times when your idea of how much space you need differs from my perspective of how much space is available when we try to occupy...
monique-belli's picture
May.26.2013
Amazing.  The end of May, almost 7 am and it's cool; a beautiful 54 degrees.  I'm sitting outside and instead of gnats coming to greet me for their breakfast there are just birds singing.  I wish I was riding my bike.  Patience, Monique, just a few more days and you'll be done...
darlene-arden's picture
Feb.03.2013
This past week I read about a study showing that the lack of manners in the workplace today has resulted in less productivity for businesses. Ah hah! It wasn't just my experience, others were noticing it, too, and it was affecting their businesses as well. We writers often don't think about being a...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Sep.24.2012
Two truths: (1) Since time immemorial, people have been decrying the death of courtesy. “What once were vices are manners now,” wrote Seneca two thousand years ago, and I’m betting some Egyptologist can point me to the equivalent in hieroglyphics. (2) Just because a kvetch has been repeated in...
james-hoch's picture
Jul.27.2012
Remember when you went to a cashier, bank teller, or similar person waiting on you, and when you were done with the transaction, the person would say “thank you” or “thank you for shopping at…” Well, nowadays, what we get is, “there ya go.”  My problem with that exclamation is I don’t know how...
monique-belli's picture
Sep.27.2011
I don’t expect guys to be good about replacing the roll of toilet paper when it’s empty but I do expect women.  I think it is the height of laziness to use the last sheet and not change the roll.  Come on, they are right there (20 of them) on the shelf above the toilet (at work). ...
charles-davis's picture
Mar.19.2011
Imad Abdullah kidnapped me on the streets of Khartoum. Nowadays, those words probably conjure nightmare images of an encounter with men who think God has told them to kill other people, always a worrying phenomenon, whatever culture it crops up in. But in Sudan in the mid 1980s, the kidnapping was...