Respect and Manners are our common bonds as civilized people. Please see www.janpolk.com
for information on Respect Awards for children, teenagers, and adults. This project is sponsored by artist Jan Polk.
1. Music outdoors can quickly become a public nuisance. Your radio can instantly upset a neighbor who wants to read, paint, or meditate. Even when musical tastes are in agreement, the problem is volume. Noise heard outside the property where it originates is too loud.
2. "Tell us what you've been doing!" is a limited invitation, not the beginning of your autobiography. Offer enough information to be interesting without blatant bragging. Then return the interest by asking about the other person.
3. Break the cycle of rudeness. Not only do two wrongs not make a right, but when you respond with your own rudeness you give the first offender new material with which to criticize you.
4. Use Spell Checker on all email and typed correspondence, and then proof-read before sending. Microsoft Word or Gmail has no problem with "Eye kin knot sea miss steaks." Being aware of details shows higher consciousness.
5. Guests who bring cut flowers to a party are actually creating extra work for the hostess; she doesn't want to spend the next six minutes doing ikebana. Flowers already arranged in a vase are always welcome. Even more elegant is to send flowers the day before "In anticipation of a wonderful evening."