how to eat oysters and clams on half shell

Once upon a time, I didn’t know how to eat oysters and clams on the half shell. I love seafood! But, generally, I like it cooked versus raw. But several of my favorite dining establishments offer raw oysters and clams on the half shell. So, the question I originally had is perhaps a question you… Read More


summer travel avoid covid-19 disagreements

Summer travel is upon us! Vacationers are headed out in earnest to finally enjoy post-pandemic travel. But confusing Covid-19 rules and requirements still linger at destinations around the country. And, there will certainly be flashpoints among those who agree or disagree with certain requirements. Try to avoid Covid-19 disagreements and arguments about masks, vaccinations, and… Read More


how to move forward wear cute shoes

Wear the Cute Shoes Today I wore my cute shoes. The leopard-print flats from a dusty shoebox that’s been on my closet shelf for over 10 months. Was I wearing them to go to work? Or to coffee with a colleague? No, I work from home and had no special event to attend. I was… Read More


Cut Wedding Guest Expenses

While it can be expensive to be a bride, being a wedding guest isn’t exactly cheap either. As an etiquette and protocol consultant, I was honored to be interviewed for this article on ‘How to Cut Wedding Guest Expenses’ in the Quicken Loans publication, Zing! You will learn six ways to cut wedding guest expenses.… Read More


Business etiquette skills essential for young professionals

Good business etiquette skills are essential for young professionals. Why? First, to be successful in the business arena. Second, to reflect well on the company or organization for which they work. And, third, to give them a greater level of confidence in any business setting. Many college graduates attend etiquette dinners of some type during… Read More


uber,lyft,ridesharing,etiquette

Ever used a rideshare service such as Lyft or Uber and wondered about correct etiquette? I know I did the first time my “taxi” was an Uber. Do I tip the same as a taxi? Can I tell the driver to turn the AC up or the music down? The Uber and Lyft etiquette tips… Read More


  My first trip to China was approaching. I started a packing list. Walking stick for the Great Wall? Check. Eddie Bauer ‘moisture-wicking’ shorts and tanks? Check. Comfortable shoes ? Check. (Don’t ask how many pairs I took!) But to enjoy and appreciate this people-crammed, but gorgeous country to the max,  I learned while there,… Read More