DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband, a writer who teaches in a low-residency MFA program, sometimes comes into contact with well-known writers who come to his program to read.
On one occasion, he had to write the introduction for the work of the writer who was going to read. That person never said a word to him, even though he sat beside him at the ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband and I own and operate a successful RV park in the Midwest. We have spent eight years keeping our park spotless and well maintained. We are friendly with our customers, and help them any way we can while they are staying with us. As a result, we have hundreds of perfect reviews on dozens of sites.
People constantly ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I can't make small talk. At a gathering, if I have nothing to say, I say nothing.
If someone asks me a question, I will certainly try to answer to the best of my ability, but that's it. People will actually come up to me and ask why I don't talk, and I simply tell them I have nothing to say.
Around women, it's worse. I tend ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: Is there a protocol that should be followed when new neighbors move in, either for the new residents or the old ones? Is one party responsible for going over and introducing themselves?
GENTLE READER: Typically the established residents are the ones to initiate contact, but Miss Manners thinks that whoever gets there first, ...Read more
DEAR MISS MANNERS: Years ago, in my prior marriage, my then-husband and I invited my newly married stepdaughter's in-laws to dinner. They declined, stating that they didn't need any more friends.
Friends? And here I thought in-laws were family. Later, the groom's mother threw a baby shower for her daughter-in-law (my stepdaughter) and she was ...Read more