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 Room?) Here are the three bloggers we chose to feature this week.
- Jessica Barksdale Inclán writes about the bad behavior of her students, her own "teacher meltdowns," and the power and difficulty of education in this moving entry.
"Teacher meltdown happens once a year, maybe once every two years, if my students and I are lucky. The good news is that major meltdowns seem to happen with less frequency as I get older, but the moments last longer now as I can fully appreciate them, getting fully into my role as wild savage teacher woman."
Read "Shake Them Alive."
- Lise McClendon writes about the combination of old-fashioned good manners and new social media. How does one handle bad behavior on Facebook?
"When I tell people who don't know Facebook that I have 200 'friends' (a small number compared to many) I always use my fingers as quotation marks. Most of these people aren't truly known to me, let alone close friends. Many I have met professionally, some are relatives, some are real friends, but most are acquaintances at best."
Read "Defriending a Friend."
- And Vicky DeCoster writes about trying to rise above the bad manners of others in her humorous blog entry.
"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 the dinner table."
We've chosen these three bloggers to receive books generously donated by Red Room Authors this week. We put their names in Red Room CEO Ivory Madison's cowboy hat for a random drawing, to see who would get which book.
Lise will receive the new novel Table Manners, by Mia King (Berkley Books, 2009): "The star of Mia King's 'entertaining' (Seattle Times) debut novel, Good Things (2007), is back, and she's got a full plate. . . this charming, heartwarming follow-up includes King's trademark recipes from prominent chefs, chocolatiers, restaurateurs and food bloggers."
Jessica will receive the new novel Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler (Dutton, 2009): "The eagerly anticipated sequel to Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (2007), a national bestseller whose open-to-interpretation ending left readers begging for more. . . and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict delivers."
Vicky will receive the manners guide Urban Etiquette: Marvelous Manners for the Modern Metropolis, by Charles Purdy (Wildcat Canyon Press, 2004): "A lively, humorous look at modern manners. When it comes to manners in the city, Urban Etiquette is the ultimate guide for getting along."
We thank these authors for contributing books, and we thank all of our bloggers who participated.
Here are a few more of the excellent blog entries we chose to feature this week:
- Read Loren Rhoads's "Good Manners and Bad Behavior."
- Read David Moolten's "Bad Manners, Freud, and Sophocles."
- Read Merle J. Huerta's "At the Least..."
- Read Marilyn Kallet's "Bad Manners: Acting Like a New Yorker on the Big Island."
- Read Lisa Jensen's "Movie Manners 101."
- Read Sam Barry's "The Daily Sam's Guide to Etiquette: Reclining Seats on Airplanes."
Now check out all of this week's "Bad Manners" blogs. And if you see something you like, just click on the "Send To A Friend" link at the bottom of the page to share it by email. We'll announce the next weekly topic on Wednesday. Happy blogging!