The other day I heard a man tell some people all about his troublesome younger brother who was apparently fitted for nothing so much as a cell in prison. The man described some of the young man’s escapades and what a time the family had to save him from the consequences. He himself had lost … Continue reading TALKING NEGATIVELY ABOUT FAMILY MEMBERS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
Who was the man who used to have to push up hill a big rock that kept rolling down as fast as he pushed it up? It wasn’t Tantalus, was it. No, it was Sisyphus. Well that’s the man I always feel like after the strain of entertaining an unenthusiastic guest. If I were a … Continue reading DO GUESTS NEED TO BE ENTHUSIASTIC?
Carry any virtue to an extreme and you come pretty near getting a vice. Humility is one of the finest of the Christian virtues but when humility is carried to an obtrusive extreme, when it becomes self assertive it loses its essential quality and becomes, if not a vice, at least an annoying fault. This … Continue reading TOO MUCH HUMILITY CAN BE A VICE
Did you ever watch a group of young people chattering to each other while some older person sat silent in their midst, almost as much ignored as if he or she were invisible? It is a sight I see every once in a while and it always fills me with a combination of sadness and … Continue reading EXAMPLES OF LOW BREEDING
Not long ago I was a guest at a little week end house party, at which one of the chief indoor diversions was discussing and making fun of the guests of the previous week. It was amusing, in a way, for our hosts were clever mimics and good satirists. They could pick people to pieces … Continue reading MAKING FUN OF GUESTS: RIGHT OR WRONG?
The woman who charms is not necessarily young. History is full of accounts of women who have been fascinating when beyond middle life. The truest and strongest love is not always inspired by the beauty of twenty. The enthusiasm over sweet sixteen is not supported by the old experience which teaches that the highest beauty … Continue reading HOW TO BE CHARMING OVER THE AGE 30
The Woman Who Charms... Is it the handsome woman? Yes, sometimes, but not always. Beauty is always attractive, but the handsome woman has the same advantage only that the handsome man possesses - she draws attention to herself at once. If she has nothing but her beauty to rely upon, she does not hold the … Continue reading HOW TO BE CHARMING