Customs, Etiquette and Manners

December 7, 2017

Social Q’s: Will Y‘All Please Stop Yammering About Resilience?

Advertisement This summer, I lost a great job, and my boyfriend dumped me. These events weren’t linked, though the job loss may have hurried my boyfriend […]
November 23, 2017

Social Q’s: Correcting a Co-Worker’s Grammar: Helpful or Hurtful?

Advertisement I recently switched jobs and have been training to use a complicated new computer system. The young woman helping me is terrific: kind, innovative and […]
November 16, 2017

Social Q’s: Thanksgiving, Solved! How to Deal With This Dreadful Holiday

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My wife and I have been married for two years and dated for three before that. That’s five horrendous Thanksgivings with […]
November 9, 2017

Social Q’s: When Your Daughter Is So Over Your Friend’s Daughter

Advertisement A longtime friend and I have older daughters who are 11. When they were younger, we all got together frequently for play dates and mini-vacations. […]
November 2, 2017

Social Q’s: My Brother Is Adopted (He Didn’t Want Me to Tell You That)

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES For four years, my family’s Sunday breakfast routine has been quizzing each other about Social Q’s, so we’ve agreed to follow […]
October 26, 2017

Social Q’s: Driving Cross-Country Without — Gasp! — Checking Your Phone

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My sister and her husband are driving cross-country soon. They’ve been planning this vacation for a long time. It’s a big […]
October 19, 2017

Social Q’s: Microaggressions at the Market

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES While I was waiting to check out at the market, an older white woman in front of me turned to the […]
October 5, 2017

Social Q’s: My Friend’s Boyfriend Is Flirting With Me. What Do I Do?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES A good friend’s boyfriend has initiated several online chats with me over the last month. They came across as friendly and […]
September 28, 2017

Social Q’s: Hey Kids! How Young Is Too Young to Get Married?

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES My boyfriend and I are in college. We’ve dated for two years. We talked about getting married after the first year. […]
September 14, 2017

Social Q’s: My Aunt’s Getting Married and My Mom’s Not Invited

Social Q’s By PHILIP GALANES I am a 17-year-old with divorced parents. This fall, my aunt (my dad’s sister) is getting married. My brother and I […]