A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how courtesy is in short supply. Subsequent to that post, I ran across an article in an AARP publication about restoring civility. Here is the online version, by etiquette expert Sara Hacala, author of Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude, and Attitude for a Polite Planet: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/info-03-2012/etiquette-manners-civility.html. While written for people over 50, the article contains helps for anyone of any age. Also worth checking out is Ms. Hacala’s blog at savingcivility.com/blog.

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We observe Memorial Day this Monday. Here is a site I found for the organization No Greater Love, which promotes a National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 PM your local time: www.ngl.org/Home/tabid/40/Default.aspx. It reminds us that Memorial Day is not the unofficial beginning of summer (“the day the pool opens” as some school kids put it to the organization’s founder) nor is it about war. It’s about people, most of them young, who gave their lives, whether dying on the battlefield or in war-zone accidents or from emotional wounds that later led them to take their own lives. I commend the website to you this Memorial Day.

© 2012 Tom Cheatham. All rights reserved. 

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