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Editor’s Everyday Etiquette


Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Columnists

Greetings readers, welcome to 2014... a new year filled with those difficult resolutions and so many opportunities to better yourself, right? One year to get in that daily work out that always makes it to the bottom of the to-do list, 52 weeks to cut down on the profanity, 365 days to improve your diet, and a whole boat load of hours to keep working toward your financial goals for the year!

But what about a new year’s resolution that does something for someone else rather than you, your image, or your piggy bank? Okay, don’t think so hard. How about just some common decency and everyday etiquette? And you can get it here in the Fillmore County Journal straight from the editor’s desk. A weekly dose of “Editor’s Everyday Etiquette” – Emily Post style with a twist.

‘Who are you again? How do I handle those unexpected guest(s)?’

‘Ugh! The company is late again. Do I say something when they get here?’

‘You did not just ask me that! How do I handle those nosy questions?’

‘I think I just stuck my foot in my mouth on that one. What’s my next move?’

‘Here we go... talking politics at the family holiday dinner. Do I change the subject or play referee?’

‘My cashier is rude, slow, or pocketed my merchandise. How do I handle this?’

‘I just sent that email to my boss that was about him/her instead of my co-workers. Should I pack up my personal belongings now and let the door hit me on the way out?’

‘Are you calling me fat? How do I handle that low-blow insult?’

Odds are you’ve probably found yourself in one of the situations listed above. And let me tell you, there are a great number more in between.

Because everyone finds themselves in a different situation or dilemma of this, that, or the other, I also want to open up this new column to you, the readers. There’s no doubt each of you has at least one interesting story to tell and share with others! Or maybe you’re seeking advice?

Either way, consider this an open invitation. Feel free to send your letters, stories, questions (either with your name or a pen name) to:

Editor’s Everyday Etiquette

Fillmore County Journal

PO Box 496

Preston, Minnesota 55965

Creamed Chicken

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
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The Christmas tree is down, the Viking’s season is over (thank goodness) and New Year’s resolutions have been made and probably broken. Did you know that the month of January usually sees an increase in decaffeinated coffee sales due to New Year ..... 
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A little of this, A little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones; but words will never hurt me.” That old adage is only partially true. Sticks and stones might very well break your bones, but words really can emotionally wound you! Words are magical! Now I don’t mean ..... 
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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
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It’s a good day to sit back and have that second cup of coffee with a raspberry sweet roll (recipe in Tasty Temptations) and plan my favorite part of the Christmas menu...dessert. Even though temps have been just a “little” chilly, the scene ..... 
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A tale of two musical evenings

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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On a sunny and cold Thursday afternoon, I hear my husband’s car crunching up the driveway, home from work at the unusual hour of four in the afternoon. Moments later, our friends appear, and we tumble into their car for our annual trek to Decorah, ..... 
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Ultimate Sugar Cookie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I am a proud new great-grandmother of three new members of the family. Two, a little girl Sydney and boy Branden both living near Dayton, so I have only made their acquaintances through pictures and Facebook correspondence and I’m not to adept at ..... 
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Summer Savory, AKA the Bean Herb

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Summer savory is a lesser known but useful herb traditionally used in bean dishes and meat dressings. It has the distinction of being the only herb (aside from dill) that was grown in my Grandma Raway’s garden. The holiday turkey dressing would no ..... 
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Thank You

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During this season of being thankful and reading all of the thankful statements on Facebook, I thought it would be good to recognize happy moments and give gratitude. Granted, this will be an abbreviated list because I only get so much space in thi ..... 
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Creamed Tomato Soup

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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By now the garden is done producing for another year, except the carrots still in the ground. We did find out carrots don’t survive even when covered with straw, so we will have to dig them soon. It was really hard to let all of the green toma ..... 
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