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I've not had much time for posting or blog visits, but if you're interested I hope you'll find time to check out my new blog, Giraffe Journal or my Labyrinth Journal website ... both self hosted at WordPress.

Thanks for your visit and have a delightful day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Heads or Tails#18 - Please excuse me for ...

...publishing later than usual today, but yesterday afternoon Blogger's uploading 'manners' left something to be desired. I wasn't the only one experiencing difficulty ... receiving repeated error messages whenever I tried up upload anything. However, this morning all seems well so ...
Take Time for Small Reflections
If you're looking for Fun Monday, it's just below this one.
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This week's theme/prompt is:
HEADS - Manner

Upon consideration of this week's HoTs theme: 'manner' ... this woman came to mind. Do you recognize Judith Martin, aka 'Miss Manners' ... American journalist, author and etiquette authority? According to Wikipedia:

"Since 1978 she has written an advice column, which is distributed three times a week by United Features Syndicate and carried in more than 200 newspapers worldwide. In the column, she answers etiquette questions contributed by her readers and writes short essays on problems of manners, or clarifies the essential qualities of politeness.

Judith Martin writes about the ideas and intentions underpinning seemingly simple rules, providing a complex and advanced perspective, which she refers to as "heavy etiquette theory". Her columns, noted for their wit, humor, depth of analysis, and broad knowledge of history and customs and their applications to the problems of today, have been collected in a number of books. In her writings, Martin refers to herself in the third person, e.g. "Miss Manners hopes..."

Read more here ... and/or click for other's participating in HoTs today.

Next week's theme/prompt is:
HEADS - Supply
Some time ago, Tammy at Mom Knows Everything generously shared these awards. Isn't she wonderful? Be sure to drop by for a visit and check out her blog. I'd like to pass the 1st along to all who continue to persevere against the odds and the 2nd to the rest of you 'Daily Bloggers' out there like me. Enjoy and share as you choose.

Small Reflections ... Smile Back
Thought for Today
"Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use." Emily Post


Rambler said...

sounds very interesting :)

Tina said...

great bit of information there that i didnt know before ;)

and yes Tammy is wonderful isnt she. shes such a sweetie and a good friend x

thanks for stopping by my hots

Anonymous said...

Thanks for visiting. That's why I left Blogger a year and a half ago.

Tumblewords: said...

Informative post - nicely done! Thanks!

Akelamalu said...

Interesting post and congrats on the awards m'dear. :)

Ivanhoe said...

I never heard of Ms. Manners before, but we had a lady and a guy in Czech that were the etiquette specialists and wrote a couple of books.
I think I'm staying with Blogger for now, just will make a backup of my blog on wordpress.
Have a wonderful Tuesday :o)

Momisodes said...

That is a wonderful quote you found for this post :) Very interesting info!

storyteller said...

Rambler – I’ll be interested to see what you think of Wordpress after using that platform for a while.

Tina (at Mummy Diaries) – I figured everyone knew about Ms. Manners and half expected to find many using here for HoTs today, but then I often have a similar thought whenever I respond to a prompt. It’s always fun to discover I’m wrong about that … and to see what everyone does with the theme.

Brian – I assume you’re happy with the change … and I may move eventually, but for now I’m sticking with what I know.

Tumblewords – I’m glad you found it so. I enjoyed yours about hummingbirds as well.

Akelamalu – Thanks. I’m glad you found it so and hope you ‘snagged’ one or both for yourself to enjoy and share.

Ivanhoe – Perhaps she’s too ‘old fashioned’ for a newcomber like yourself … but I suspect all cultures have similar folks to share ‘etiquette’ with the masses. Interesting thought to backup your blog on Wordpress just as Blogger in Draft is making it possible to back up our blogs … though I’ve not done so yet. In reading that site, several Wordpress users were hoping to be able to back up their blogs to return to Blogger, but apparently that’s not currently possible. I wish I understood more about HTML coding.

Sandy – I’m glad you found it so … and hope you resolve your ‘ambivalence’ as time goes by.

To all – Thanks so much for visiting Small Reflections and sharing your thoughts. I hope you’re each having a delightful day.
Hugs and blessings,

Hootin' Anni said...

That is just way too kind of you dear storyteller to share the two awards. And you're certainly very deserving of them also!!!

I am astounded that you and me both thought of Ms. Manners. What a co-winkie-dink!!! As they say on the 'net....GMTA

Have a super afternoon and a peaceful evening.

CJ said...

Ya know, I had no idea she was that old!

Thanks for stopping by.


Joyce said...

That's an interesting post, Storyteller.

I especially enjoyed the Emily Post quote, as it is a conviction to which I hold adamantly. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow...I had heard of Miss Manners but we don't have her column in Australian newspapers. I really like the idea of the reasons behind the manners...they are easier to understand and remember if you see more than just 'rules'.

I have A chart of good manners up at my place.


Le Butterfly said...

I enjoyed reading your post.

Thanks fro stopping by.

Juliana RW said...

congrat for ur awards too...and your 300th post :D

storyteller said...

Hootin’ Anni – Thanks … and of course GMTA!!! LOL
I did enjoy your ‘creative’ take on the Miss Manners idea. Even when we had similar ideas, we shared differently didn’t we. I did have a lovely afternoon and evening … seem to be having some difficulty getting ‘focused’ enough to post anything yet today, but I’m sure the spirit will move me eventually.

CJ – Yup … she’s been around even longer than ME ;--)

Joyce – I’m glad you enjoyed the information about Miss Manners and the Emily Post quote. I believe it to be true in my life as well.

Bev – It seems to me that understand the reasons behind things always makes remembering and following them simpler. I enjoyed the chart you shared in yours.

Simone – I’m glad and you’re welcome.

Picturing – When I left my congratulations this morning I’d forgotten I shared awards here yesterday. Methinks my mind is missing this morning … or perhaps musing elsewhere? I appreciate YOUR congratulations here. Thanks!

To all – Although I’ve been awake for many hours, I’ve been ‘scattered’ and doing other things than blogging … hoping for an idea to share. I guess we’ll see what happens next. I do appreciate you visiting Small Reflections and leaving your comments on my HoTs post from yesterday. I hope you’re having a marvelous morning.
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

I remember reading an interesting interview of Miss Manners in "Ms." magazine. She was slightly bummed when they had her pose in a stereotypical way--with a cup of tea and a cookie. However, she was mollified when they showed her the cookies--they were shaped with the symbol for female.

I remember reading somewhere (can't remember the book, but I know it was fiction), that good manners is thinking of the other person and doing what will help them feel at ease. Basically, you stop thinking about yourself and consider the other.

That's too bad about the Blogger troubles--Typepad has been bugging me lately, too--I wonder what's up with them?!

MiLeT said...

i never heard of her might be because im from the philipines.

thanks for the visit

storyteller said...

Karen – I missed that interview in Ms Magazine, but can imagine the scenario in my mind and the laughter diffusing the ‘stereotypical’ miscommunication. I suspect you’re absolutely right about good manners stemming from such a shift in thinking. As for Blogger troubles, they seem okay HERE (at least for the time being), but I certainly had a weird experience with comments on my other blog this morning that I still haven’t figured out (and may never fully understand). These ‘challenges’ are annoying but in the scheme of things I can count them ‘small stuph’ … and I do believe that ALL the platforms have ‘issues’ at one time or another. Blogger’s making significant changes … and ‘bugs’ are bound to crop up. They seem to be fixing them fairly quickly and the changes overall are positive.

Milette – You’re quite welcome … and I’m delighted to introduce to you someone new ;--)

Thanks to both of you for visiting and sharing your thoughts.
Hugs and blessings,

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