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sangay-glass's picture
Nov.16.2009
It's a very sad sight to see an author alone at a booth or signing table looking like they'd rather be somewhere else. Even worse is seeing two or more bored authors making small talk to pass the time. Promoting anything means creating a buzz, but generating a buzz can be a challenge at book...
sam-barry's picture
Oct.08.2009
In the July 29 edition of The Daily Sam we discussed the delicate etiquette question of what to do about sharing the armrest when you are stuck in the middle seat on an airplane (answer: become rich enough to fly first class). This post prompted an important question from author Brian Moreland, who...
lisa-threadgill's picture
Sep.18.2009
Is it just me, or does it seem like people have gotten really rude in the last few years?  Have civility and manners become outmoded fashion?  Does expecting people to behave themselves with at least a modicum of respect for others make me a relic?  Ok, I know that there have always been badly...
sam-barry's picture
Sep.16.2009
In the past the Daily Sam has focused on important etiquette issues such as fighting for your armrest when you are stuck in the middle seat on an airplane and what do to when the person sitting in front of you reclines their seat directly into your face, breaking your nose. But The Daily Sam’s...
red-room-well-red's picture
Aug.29.2009
Last week's Blog Topic of the Week was "Bad Manners"--and as we expected, discussing bad behavior made for some very good blog entries. We read some funny anecdotes, some insightful social analysis, and some profound introspection. (Have we mentioned lately that we love working at Red...
sam-barry's picture
Aug.28.2009
In our July 29 installment of the Daily Sam’s Guide to Etiquette we discussed armrests on airplanes when we are stuck in the middle seat between two strangers. We learned that you must choose one arm rest as yours and that you MUST NOT MOVE YOUR ARM AT ALL FOR THE ENTIRE FLIGHT, even if this means...
vicky-decoster's picture
Aug.27.2009
You remember everything you were taught as a child, don’t you? No elbows on the table. Sit up straight. Don’t chew with your mouth open. Say thank you when someone does something nice for you. Begin every sentence with “May I please …?” especially when you are hungry for more mashed potatoes at...
lise-mcclendon's picture
Aug.26.2009
I had to defriend a friend yesterday, and I don't feel good about it. Facebook etiquette is getting more and more complicated, as more and more people join, and want you to be their "friend" -- whatever that means. When I tell people who don't know Facebook that I have 200 "friends...
kathleen-paris's picture
Aug.26.2009
The Clover PracticeTM is intended to help people experience less stress in the workplace. Etiquette has a similar aim--to identify agreed upon behaviors up front so we don't have to rethink every social situation. The aim is smoother interactions and, by definition, less stress around what do to.  ...
sam-barry's picture
Jul.29.2009
Today our subject is armrest etiquette on airplanes. If you are on the aisle you can lean on the armrest closest to the aisle and flirt with attractive people. If you are on the seat near the window you can watch for gremlins on the plane wing. But if you see one during the course of the flight do...