A Well-Mannered Party in April | Golden Rules Gal

The Joy Luck Club My sister Alli was involved with an organization called BayKids Studios.  They are charged with empowering children with serious illnesses and express themselves through the power of filmmaking.  As their mission states, “Instead of children with illnesses, they become kids with cameras and stories to tell.” I signed up on the…

7 Ways to De-Stress on Thanksgiving | Golden Rules Gal

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. —Henry David Thoreau Large gatherings always bring an element of stress for the host. Here are tips for making your Thanksgiving dinner a time to enjoy your friends, family, and feast. Ask Your Guests To Contribute To The Dinner. Thanksgiving is a…

The “Un-Host”: Potluck Guidelines | Golden Rules Gal

Potluck means sharing.  Sharing with my swim class friends.  I put together a soup and salad bar, and the others guests provided appies, drinks and dessert. Seven-Up was once advertised as the “un-cola.” Today, a potluck host is more like an “un-host,” usually providing the site for a party or dinner but not all the…

Concert Etiquette

As a former music major, classical music is emotionally overwhelming for me. So naturally my experience is spoiled when a performance is interrupted by a cell phone ringing or someone unwrapping candy. Fortunately, at live performances we are reminded that phones and pagers must be turned off before the concert begins. But it never hurts…