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Appearing weekly in the Telegraph Journal

Every week in the Telegraph Journal, Jay Remer answers your etiquette queries and solves our province's particular and occasionally peculiar cultural quandaries. Look for the column each weekend in Salon.

Saturday January 16th, 2010 - Good etiquette to avoid scents [PDF]
Entering old houses sometimes reminds me of visiting favourite relatives in my younger days. It's welcoming to walk into a home greeted by the wonderful aroma of freshly baked bread or simmering chicken soup...

Saturday January 9th, 2010 - Self-care for a healthy 2010 [PDF]
One of the more common wishes for friends each new year is that for good health. As with so many perfunctory remarks, it often carries sincere yet somewhat shallow meaning...

Saturday January 2nd, 2010 - A resolution, and a plan, to achieve goals [PDF]
Why is it that often New Year's resolutions fall short of our good intentions?

Saturday December 26th, 2009 - A true gift has no strings attached [PDF]
Holidays are times when we express our love for one another by exchanging gifts...

Saturday December 19th, 2009 - Respect all creatures this holiday season [PDF]
At this busy time of year it is important to remember all of our loved ones, including the pets and animals in our lives. We too often take for granted the many roles animals fulfill...

Saturday August 15, 2009 - Finger food conundrum [PDF]
This is a time of year when we tend to eat more with our hands than usual, at least here in the Western world...

Saturday August 8, 2009 - Hosts, guests and intruders [PDF]
Summer is a season when people travel to visit friends and family as well as make new acquaintances along the way...

Saturday August 1, 2009 - Room for tradition at informal weddings [PDF]
When asked what essential elements I would recommend be included in a wedding of today, I thought about how incorporating traditions is an ideal way to help structure a contemporary wedding...

Saturday July 25, 2009 - Avoid deadly dinner table conversation [PDF]
What do you think of the emerging practice of asking guests to contribute something by going around the table asking for input?...

Saturday July 18, 2009 - Thoughtful guest lists make for gracious dinner parties [PDF]
Dinner parties are times when friends and family get together to have fun, meet new people and try the latest recipes...

Saturday July 11, 2009 - Neat and tidy and all buttoned up [PDF]
Someone recently suggested to me on separate occasions that, one, I should practice what I preach, and, two, that I should become a butler...

Saturday July 04, 2009 - Common courtesy as a daily practice [PDF]
Do you ever feel like you don't have the time or energy to be available to others as readily you would like to be?...

Saturday June 27, 2009 - Exercise mindful consideration on vacation [PDF]
Whether you are planning on being a guest of friends or family, staying at a resort, celebrating an annual family reunion or other long-awaited get-together, the operative word is planning...

Saturday June 20, 2009 - Fatherly advice from great men [PDF]
The origins of Father's Day are less clear than Mother's Day. But for the sake of fun, let's call this the 99th anniversary of the day it was observed for the first time...

Saturday June 13, 2009 - Self-respect, responsibility make a civil society [PDF]
Over time, in this column, I have discussed various aspects of etiquette, emphasizing that respect is the foundation on which all etiquette and good manners is based...

Saturday May 16, 2009 - Two women keep things in proper balance [PDF]
Once again we celebrate the anniversary of the birth of both Queen Victoria and of Queen Elizabeth II this weekend...

Saturday May 9, 2009 - Gratitude for those who nurture [PDF]
This Sunday is the glorious day of the year when we celebrate motherhood...

Saturday May 2, 2009 - A milestone justified with celebration [PDF]
Before you know it, graduation day will be here. Some students will leave high school to enter a university, college or perhaps the job market...

Saturday April 25, 2009 - Out of the mouths of the unthinking [PDF]
I find it fascinating how messages come to us in direct proportion to how badly we need to receive them...

Saturday March 28, 2009 - Fair gaming on April Fool's Day
For this week's column, I decided to ferret out a couple of little known facts about April 1 and relate them to etiquette...

Saturday March 21, 2009 - A time for revitalization, renewal and respect
I think we would agree that spring came none too soon...

Saturday March 14, 2009 - Celebrating traditions o' the Irish
In this short column I will point out a few interesting facts, myths and traditions for St. Patrick's Day...


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Etiquette is essentially how we do what we do.
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Etiquette means behaving yourself a little better than is absolutely essential.
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Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It is ethics. It is honor.
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The principles of etiquette are all based on common sense, something severely lacking in today’s irreverent world.


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