An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Happy Father’s Day and Thanks Dad

Years ago, when I was in high school, I was asked to write an essay about someone who was a major influence on me. Someone I looked up to. I worked hard on the assignment. My essay was chosen to be read that year at the senior banquet. I believe I won a small scholarship too. The essay was about my dad. It’s been more than 25 years since I wrote that essay and I can still remember some of the points I made. That’s probably because my dad’s influence was so big and so important that I still feel Read More

An Autumn Getaway in Vancouver

Did You Remember to Say Thank You?

December 26th is National Thank You Note Day. That shouldn’t really surprise anyone, should it?  I mean, we just got through the biggest gift exchange of the year. Sending out a few thank yous is the logical next step. Most etiquette experts agree that the sooner you write those notes, the better. My mother was never a stickler for thank you notes, but my grandmother was. I have my own kids write notes for their birthday gifts before they can play with them. That guarantees they’ll get done quickly. Who hasn’t reminded a child to use the “magic” words of Read More