Tag Archives: Protocol School of Ottawa

Backwards Dinner

For several years I have wanted to create a backwards dinner for my visiting nieces and nephews. That is, a main course that looks like dessert, and dessert that looks like a main course. Channelling my inner child? I’ve put … Continue reading

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Tipping. Do You Have To?

On a recent vacation in Central America we returned to our hotel just as a large group was checking in. I overheard a woman loudly proclaim, “I don’t tip anyone. They get paid for what they do.” Wince. The ugly … Continue reading

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Every Day Is a Special Day

Last week I was setting the table in preparation for my book club dinner. A spring dining table called for my mother’s silver flatware. She knew how much I loved handling the silver knives and forks as a child so … Continue reading

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Selfies

I’m going to come right out and say it: I think selfies are silly. There. I said it out loud. I feel justified in saying it after Prince Harry told a group of admiring onlookers in Australia “…selfies are bad. … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons I Love My Friends

Many of us have a handful of people in our lives who are dear to us. They make us smile, let us cry, and give us a virtual slap when we need it. Like most of you, mine is comprised … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Go Out of Style

I was watching my great-nephew play the other weekend. He has a box full of battery operated trucks, a DS, and the latest action figures from which to choose. What was he doing? Building airplanes with these: Yes, TinkerToy. Remember … Continue reading

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It’s More than February Fourteenth

Valentine’s Day is busy with flower deliveries and long line-ups at chocolate shops. Red and white hearts tell us that this is the day of love and romance. I remember a Lynn Johnston cartoon (For Better or For Worse) of … Continue reading

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