Hundreds of years ago, when I was about 8 years-old, my family was “between mothers” for the first of many times. (I think dad’s wives ran out every time the wine did.) Without the influence of an adult female, my dad decided to make me, his eldest daughter – into the son he always wished he’d had. Apparently, my 2-year-old brother was not man enough, what with his barely being able to walk or drive a stick shift. So, dad

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It can be a real challenge to be polite in certain situations, but try to see it as an opportunity to hone your social skills. With these 10 tips you will be able to confront any possible scenario with poise and grace. 1. Always respond to a compliment with a self-deprecating statement or remark. This lets the person know that you are polite and appreciate the compliment without seeming threatening or elitist. 2. Start each statement or question with the

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Apologies are powerful. I don’t mean the sad sack sorries women give when someone bumps into them, or when they ask for something at a restaurant (“Sorry, can I have a menu?”). I once apologized to a shelf for bumping into him/it. We need less of these kinds of apologies. We need more genuine apologies when you actually have something to be sorry for. So here’s a start: 1. I’m sorry, Scotty, that Marco and I would shake up the

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We often think of grandmas as lovely old ladies who play bridge, decorate their homes with collectable figurines and share stories about their cats - this is definitely my husband’s grandma - but not mine. My grandma was the coolest. My grandma still baked and did other granny-like things, but she also loved dark beer, cussed like a sailor if she lost a board game and didn’t shy away from conversations about sex or other “shocking” topics. I’d love to

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