Catasauqua Press

Friday, June 5, 2020

Respectfully Yours: The bottom line on tipping-in-place

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

The shelter-in-place has made it clear that just about anything you can buy can be delivered right to your doorstep. Our delivery workers play an essential role and put themselves in germs’ way. Please offer some guidance for tipping etiquette in this coronavirus era.

Dear Reader,

We have come to rely the on frontline workers who put their health before our own to deliver groceries and all the items we bought to make our time indoors as comfortable as possible this time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) stay-at-home mandates.

Respectfully Yours: These worrying times require good manners

Friday, May 22, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our normal activities have suddenly changed and we are in uncharted territory. The usual rules for behavior are out the window and it can be difficult to know if the rules of etiquette we are accustomed to still apply. Has our definition of good manners changed?

Dear Reader,

This is an unprecedented time in history when it comes to etiquette rules because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is not a guide that we can refer to.

Respectfully Yours: One man’s ceiling another man’s floor

Friday, May 15, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I live in an apartment complex with about 30 units and I am now working from home. With more people hunkered down at home, what are some polite ways apartment-dwellers can handle noise levels?

Dear Reader,

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates, people are spending most of their time at home. When you’re in an apartment building, this is the time to be especially mindful of neighbor etiquette.

Respectfully Yours: Coronavirus conversations have gone viral

Friday, May 8, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

It feels as if almost every conversation veers toward talk of the coronavirus. How can I politely change the topic to something besides the pandemic?

Dear Reader,

You’re not alone with that thought.

It does feel almost every conversation is about the virus. The constant news updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can feel overwhelming. We are all trying to stay informed yet we need to find time to tune out what is happening, at least for a few hours.

Respectfully Yours: Social distancing in a new world of manners

Friday, May 1, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

These days, going out for any reason is a challenge. Taking a walk or waiting in a checkout line can quickly become uncomfortable when someone is not abiding by the recommended social-distancing rules. How do you politely tell someone who is too close to back away?

Dear Reader,

In the age of social distancing, it’s a whole new world of manners.

Things that were once considered polite, like shaking hands, are now forbidden.

Respectfully Yours: In time of coronavirus, courtesy may save lives

Monday, April 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Going grocery shopping has taken on a whole new significance as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues. Can you recommend basic courtesies for navigating the grocery store to find what we need and remain safe?

Dear Reader,

Each time we head to the grocery store, we all wonder if it’s safe to do so and if we do, will we find what we need?

This thought is on the minds of fellow shoppers, apparent from the looks on shopper’s faces as they view the often bare shelves.

Respectfully Yours: Don’t be socially-distant in postponing wedding

Friday, April 17, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am heartbroken, but we’ve made the decision to postpone our wedding ceremony because of the coronavirus pandemic. What is the best way to let guests know we are postponing our wedding and what do we do about gifts we already received?

Dear Reader,

It’s a difficult act of love to postpone your ceremony in light of the requirement for social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Respectively Yours: Work-at-home call requires some doing

Saturday, April 11, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During these days of social distancing, I am working from home. Can you please provide some guidelines for successful and productive conference calls?

Dear Reader,

Many businesses are implementing procedures that allow employees to work remotely from home during stay-at-home orders because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you are not accustomed to handling business communication via conference calls, it might seem uncomfortable and overwhelming.

Respectfully Yours: Female attire for summer morning wedding

Saturday, April 4, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My friend is getting married this summer and the wedding is at 11 a.m. When attending a morning wedding, what are female guests expected to wear?

Dear Reader,

Traditionally, a daytime wedding is a semi-formal event and an evening wedding is a formal event.

When deciding what to wear, the time of day isn’t the only thing to take into consideration. The location and venue of the wedding are also big determining factors in what a guest should wear.

Respectfully Yours: Handle delicate-condition question delicately

Friday, March 27, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Ever since we got married, well-meaning family members have been asking when are we going to start a family. We have been politely smiling and trying to give a vague answer. What is the best way to politely answer the “When are you having a baby question?”

Dear Reader,

This is a very personal question that when posed will make most people feel uncomfortable.

Some people do not have a sensitive awareness of boundaries when it comes to personal topics. The problem is, no matter how you respond, you know that your response will be analyzed.