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4. No one wants to hear your conversation. When you must speak on the phone in public, remove yourself and take your call in private. If you cannot find privacy, step at least ten feet away so you minimize the chance of disturbing others. No matter how private we try to make our call, our body language speaks volumes. Patrons enjoying a dinner out do not want to be disturbed watching someone throw their arms around while arguing on their phone.

​I am convinced we need to start thinking of our phones as a human persona. I do not care if you make it look like your spouse, mother, or college roommate. If we were to add eyes, a nose, hair, and a big smile to the front of our phones, we might begin making the connection that every time we converse with someone via text or email, we are allowing them to become a part of whatever we are doing.

  • Prostrate on the ground praying earnestly for those in his life.

  • Living on 3 hours sleep for months to build something special to improve the lives of thousands.

  • In all his busyness, never making me feel I come in second. Even when it means sacrificing himself.

“The hardest job kids have today is learning good manners…without seeing any.” Fred Astaire. 

 

Women have great influence in their family, and much of the work falls to us to provide each person with the tools they need to succeed. But how can we pass along knowledge that we do not possess? 

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

It is summer in Houston, and last night our bedroom A/C went kaput! My first reaction was to grumble, but then I reminded myself to “choose happiness!” I was thankful we had a guestroom to sleep in that had cool air and a fan. As we crawled into an unfamiliar bed, I was quickly reminded of the times I preached to others: “Every good hostess should sleep in her own guestroom for one full night. You will immediately see what is missing!”

Today, where we see every form of fashion on our streets, the question of men and shorts still produces uncertainty among many. There is a reason for this that is embedded in our DNA, and to fully understand we need to explore a little history.

“What are the main table manners children should know?” A common question I am frequently asked. Yet I have a tough time narrowing my answer. I pick my top three, then a fourth pops into my mind. Then a fifth. We may not all attend black-tie events, but we do all eat. Your children will one day be placed in a situation where they need to skillfully know their way around a dining table.

As we approach Mother’s Day, I would like to take a special look at the precious women in our lives that hold the title of Mother-in-law. Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

  • Lisa Lou

How to handle Dietary Restrictions at a Party

Updated: Jan 28, 2021



Q: How do I handle dietary restrictions both as a guest and a hostess at a dinner party?


A: If you are the hostess, you should ask your guests to let you know of any restrictions they have. You do not need to plan the entire menu around one person, but it is nice to have a few items they can enjoy. If they have an allergy to seafood and this is your main entrée, tell them you will be happy to prepare a chef’s salad for them. You do not need to bend over backwards. Make the substitution easy. Someone with an allergy (I know because I have them) does not want to be a burden to the hostess. They are typically easy to accommodate, and they just appreciate the effort. If you are the person with the allergy and show up to an event where food is being served you cannot eat, try your best to find something. I have attended parties where the only thing I could put on my plate was fruit. That is alright. Once I was at a gathering where there was truly nothing I could eat. I employed the tactic I talked about in a previous post (how to eat food you do not like). I engaged in extensive conversation with the other guests, cut up a few pieces of food on my plate, did a little shuffling, and no one knew the wiser that I had not touched my food. I have even pulled the “put your fork in your mouth while the hostess is looking” trick. Nothing was on my fork, but she never knew. I swallowed, smiled, and went back to talking to my table mate. Someone with allergies is trained never to leave home without some form of sustenance. I keep beef sticks in my purse which can give me a quick protein fix. I am perfectly fine until I can get home and raid the refrigerator!