On Civility

5 articles in category On Civility

Tiny is the new big these days — just ask Emily McDowell. The West Coaster who set stationery on fire offers several charmingly offbeat yet unexpectedly honest styles of 2″x3″ cards. Depending on which design you choose, they’re ideal for slipping in children’s lunchboxes, taping up on co-worker’s monitors — and …

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Sometimes simple is best, especially when conveying a difficult message. For that reason I love these pared-down, striking selections from Penelope’s Press. All three cards, p.s. have patience, p.s. i am sorry, and p.s. you were right are letterpressed by hand in black ink & paired with gray envelopes. $4. Did you …

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Love may mean never having to say you’re sorry, but modern life necessitates the occasional apology. I actually find that falling on one’s sword is far preferable to the blame game — an apology is actually an opportunity to showcase your charm. And what better way to set a sophisticated …

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Apparently parking miscreants are a deeper cultural problem than most of us realize, as there’s more than one paper product out there to address them. Kelp Designs’ Neighborly Notes help promote a firm yet friendly (not to mention colorful) brand of civility. Necessity was definitely the mother of this invention, …

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Culturally speaking, civility — defined as treating others with courtesy — has definitely been scarce of late. I don’t know what the culprit is exactly, though I suspect reality shows and online anonymous comment sections don’t exactly encourage tolerance. I can’t take credit for honing in on this concept: One of my Editorial Board …

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