I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
—Henry David Thoreau
Large gatherings always bring an element of stress for the host. Here are tips for making your Thanksgiving dinner a time to enjoy your friends, ... Read More »
The Simple Meaning of Etiquette
Founder of the protocol school of Washington, Dorothea Johnson and her granddaughter Liv Tyler
Any way you slice the turkey, we are all judged by our appearance and behavior. And far more than we realize, we unconsciously pass judgment on others.
The ... Read More »
“Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down.”
Many companies hold exit interviews for employees who have decided to move on to help the company understand how to ... Read More »
Charmers Peter Duchin, Joel Grey, Wilkes Bashford, and Willie Brown.
From your love fountain / You offered the charmed drink /
Only to be intoxicated / As I slowly drown in you
Charmed, I’m ... Read More »
Candy Costumes: My niece Charlotte and her friends on Halloween 2015. They all dressed as their favorite “sweet treats.”
Growing up I loved Halloween. My favorite candies were Sweet Tarts, Red Vines and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Not much ... Read More »
Cheese preparation 101: Variety is the spice of life!
Cheese. Any way you slice it, it’s always the same: delicious! When I think cheese, I think France, as the French produce so many different kinds (more than 350!) and ... Read More »
Making the best of a power outage at Gump’s San Francisco. Welcome back!
Prepare. Plan. Don’t Panic.
If you live in Sonoma County, it’s too late to prepare for the current outage, but that doesn’t mean ... Read More »
My childhood friend Jane Sibbett in high school signing my yearbook with my nickname, which was "Merz."
Some rules may go out of style, but good manners never do. And although the rules of etiquette change faster than ... Read More »
When paying the bill for a business event, never have your money strewn about.
We've all made them, and they can be costly, not only to your reputation but to your bottom line. To avoid mistakes in the future, ... Read More »
This was the title of my teen etiquette class that I taught at the San Francisco Midweeklies, a finishing school for 6th and 7th graders.
From the classroom to the boardroom, the same rules of civility apply. Yet today, ... Read More »