Parkland Press

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Respectfully Yours: arguing football

Thursday, September 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our house gets much harder to live in when the pro-football season rolls around. Between our children, my spouse, and me, there are die-hard fans of at least three different teams. It’s hard enough watching a game on TV when it’s my favorite and “just some other team,” but when it’s my team playing one of their teams, it gets loud and occasionally heated. How can we all get through the season without a referee in the family room?

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours: Keep it civil

Friday, September 14, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I work in a chain drug store in a small community. From time to time, we have employee meetings. I encounter some pretty rude behavior at these meetings, including gum-chewing and interrupting. I am appalled by my colleagues’ disrespectful behavior. Since I am middle-aged, perhaps my ways are just old fashioned and outdated. What do you think?

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours: Forever home

Thursday, September 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My husband and I are beginning our search for our forever home. We have started going to open houses and I have some questions about some of the dos and don’ts of open-house courtesy. Can I take photos? Is it OK to look in the closets? Should we take our shoes off? Can you please help us avoid the awkward faux pas of house hunting?

Dear Reader,

Open houses can be a fun way to identify what you want in a home, and there are certainly some things you should try to avoid doing when attending an open house.

Respectfully Yours: Use of ‘f-bomb’

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, Why all the “f-bombs” in casual conversation, by popular contemporary performers in concert, and on T-Shirts and decals? I cannot help but wonder: Are we becoming accustomed to the F-bomb in our everyday language? What is your take on the F-Bomb seemingly in everyday use?

Dear Reader, There’s a reason we call it the “f-bomb.” Like a bomb, the profanity beginning with “f” can be a mighty weapon. Dropping an f-bomb isn’t illegal so to speak, but it is offensive and makes me wonder about the person using it and their judgment.

Respectfully Yours: bed and breakfast

Friday, August 24, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I will be traveling to New England this September and staying in a Bed and Breakfast. I have never stayed in a B&B before. Are there rules of etiquette of which I should be aware?

Dear Reader,

Most people know what to expect when staying in a hotel. But a bed and breakfast works a little differently. Most bed and breakfasts offer not only a relaxing place to sleep but an extremely unique experience. For starters, the host is typically the person who owns the home.

Respectfully Yours: Enjoy movie

Friday, August 17, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My wife and I were at the movies last weekend, and the couple behind us made loud noises unwrapping their candies and talking during the movie. Their voices were not loud whispers, but normal conversation voices and their crinkling of wrappers was irritating. We looked back at them several times but they did not stop. We got up and moved. Should we have told them to be quiet instead of moving?

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours: Casual dining

Friday, July 27, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’ve noticed that many men are wildly, and often sloppily under-dressed when out on a date or to dinner with their dress-to-impress date, fiancée or wife. And what is it with men wearing their shirt tails out? Is it to hide their beer guts? A shirttail out resembles a dress on some men. Few realize how ridiculous they look. Furthermore, what happened to dressing up to go out to dinner?

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours: Names

Friday, July 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am horrible at remembering people’s names. It’s embarrassing and I feel inconsiderate. What do I do when I’m struggling to remember a name? Do I try to play it off, or confess?

Dear Reader,

We’ve all experienced that moment of panic when you meet someone you know and your mind goes blank. It happens to everyone sooner or later. However, you can recover gracefully. I have a few simple strategies that will help you save face the next time this happens.