Never begin a speech or sentence with, “I have to say”. You do not have to say anything.
Pay heed to the words in the self portrait of 17th century Italian Baroque painter, Salvatore Rosa, “Aut tace aut loquere meliora silento”. When translated means, “Be quiet, unless your speech be better than silence”.
If you are a passenger in a vehicle, do not touch the stereo. Do not change the station, the volume, or the source.
You may only touch the stereo if the driver says, “Would you like to select the music?”, or any phrase similar.
In the event you come across a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s imperative you follow proper leprechaun protocol while interacting with the leprechaun. Not doing so, could mean many years of unwanted bad luck.
When meeting a leprechaun:
- Always look a leprechaun in the eye, it is polite and it forces him to tell you the truth about where his gold is.
- Never take your eyes off of him: leprechauns are extremely fast and if you look away for one second, he will escape.
- Don’t be too greedy: if you catch a leprechaun, you can ask for a pot of gold, but just the one.
“May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you, wherever you go.” -Irish Blessing
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Pajamas should be worn in bed and while lounging at home.
Common Sense Etiquette: DO NOT wear PJ’s to the store, restaurant, gas station, school, or any other public place. Do not wear them in the car either. If you have car problems, you may have to get out of the car and step into public view.
Always show respect for yourself. Dress appropriately.
To all the men, women, and families who have served, thank you for your sacrifices; for protecting our families and freedom.
Today and everyday, we honor your service.
Happy Veterans Day!
A debate is an opportunity to formally discuss opposing opinions on a particular topic in public or legislative assemblies. Debaters should handle themselves with dignity and show respect for their opponents at all times.
I am disappointed to report dignity and respect have been absent in the most recent highly viewed presidential debates. The behavior of some of the candidates has been appalling and embarrassing. Our leaders, and potential leaders, at all levels of government should always display the highest level of conduct when speaking in public. The world is watching. America is watching. Young people, who are tomorrow’s leaders, are watching.
We cannot continue to accept low standards for the presidential candidate debates. This is not regularly televised entertainment. This is the future of THE United States of America.
Here are a few basic etiquette tips to follow in any debate setting: (If we’re lucky, a presidential candidate will stumble upon them and implement them in their next debate opportunity so we are not subjected to poor behavior again.)
- Never publicly disagree or argue with the mediator.
- Never offend, disrespect, or insult another debater or mediator.
- Do not speak out of turn or interrupt another debater or mediator.
- Present facts truthfully. Do not falsify or distort the facts.
- Stay focused on the topic or question up for debate.
- Do not become emotional in your appeals.
- Control your tone of voice.
- Avoid quarreling and bickering. Do not point fingers at anyone.
- Focus on the topic, not another debater or mediator.
- Avoid personal attacks.
- Do not discuss physical attributes or limitations.
There are complete books written on the art of debate. The above tips only brush the surface of the topic. Always use the Golden Rule. Treat the other person in the same manner you wish to be treated. Act dignified and show respect.
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