I didn’t see it coming, nor did I want to see it, but my niece did, and she was grossed out by a woman parading around the locker room in her birthday suit. Of course, you can’t wear a towel ... Read More »
Holiday travel is in full swing, which means crowds and flared tempers at our nation’s airports. With the exception of flying on Air Force One, pleasure and flying do not go hand in hand. Airline travel is becoming more and more uncomfortable ... Read More »
The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.
The month of October and natural disasters are synonymous, at least in the Bay Area. Historically, many ... Read More »
The inglorious TV election drama has finally ended. In Left Coast San Francisco, a post-election pall of fog hangs over our city, much like the hanging chads of 2000.
We finally have a president-elect, but he might ... Read More »
Dinner parties are nervous-making events for many people—so many questions, so many rules! Here’s a short Q&A to help make your next dinner party fun for both you and your guests.
The holidays are the most festive time of year, but they can also be the most tension-filled. Here are some tips on how to have a low-stress season.
• At the holidays, think merry and bright vs. serious ... Read More »
If you’re nervous about hosting Thanksgiving dinner, follow my friends-and-family holiday guide. It’s failproof.
Dress code: Thanksgiving is a casual, fun-filled day, so “smart casual” is the way to go: slacks, sweaters, comfortable clothes to allow for ... Read More »
We are probably all guilty of failing to RSVP promptly or even at all. It’s one of those things we tend to put off, especially when we have to send regrets. I have yet to meet a friend, client, or caterer who does not complain about late or ... Read More »
‘Tis the season. September marked the opening of the San Francisco social season. First came the opera and then the symphony. Both were glamorous black-tie, see-and-be-seen events. Unfortunately, evening gowns and tuxedos don’t always equal good behavior.
List No. 4 of my “most asked” etiquette questions will help you solve more of those pesky dilemmas about dining, communicating, and other puzzling social interactions.
• Does the napkin go in your lap the minute you take your seat? If there is no host, ... Read More »