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Sharon Schweitzer’s Holiday Card Etiquette 2021

By |2021-12-09T00:48:24-06:00December 9th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image by Biljana Jovanovic from Pixabay A new Shutterfly poll, conducted by Ipsos, has revealed that two in five U.S. Americans plan to send out holiday cards or give personalized gifts to connect this 2021 holiday season, a significant increase of nearly 24% from 2020. So, during this pandemic holiday season, individuals, families, and [...]

The Culture Question Part II: International Negotiations 

By |2021-12-02T14:08:37-06:00December 2nd, 2021|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, global competency|

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay When looking to expand abroad or partner with a multinational firm, even the most successful business professionals get blindsided by unexpected cross-cultural differences. The reality is that certain business practices- including regulation, contract mediation, and decision making- vary widely according to the cultures in negotiation. Before you [...]

11 Ways to Honor our Veterans in 2021

By |2021-11-11T08:28:30-06:00November 10th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Observances - Monthly & Daily, U.S. Holidays, United States|

Theodore Schweitzer - Photo by: United States Navy In the United States, on November 11th, our country honors the people who are actively serving or who have served our nation in the military. For 21 years my father, Ted Schweitzer served in the U.S. Navy. He retired in Virginia Beach, Virginia at Oceana [...]

7 Tips for Graciously Navigating Politics at Thanksgiving

By |2021-11-09T14:16:37-06:00November 9th, 2021|Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Politics, United States|

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels Your brined turkey is perfectly prepared, and your sauces are expertly simmered. Your home is thoroughly sanitized. ‘Tis the night before Thanksgiving; you and your sous chef have planned an excellent celebration. The only concern is guest behavior. You break out in a cold sweat with memories [...]

Culture, Etiquette & Modern Manners for Holiday Gatherings 2021 in the COVID-19 Era

By |2021-11-05T12:25:46-05:00November 5th, 2021|celebrations, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners|

Image by Nicole Michalou from Pexels The holidays are just around the corner and invitations have been arriving via email and delivered in our regular mail. So, how do you make sure that you have the best and safest holiday gatherings this year? US culture: Safer ways of showing respect for each other, [...]

Holiday Tipping as the Pandemic Grinds on in 2021

By |2021-11-04T15:38:44-05:00November 4th, 2021|Lifestyle, Travel, U.S. Holidays, United States|

A holiday tip is a way to express gratitude for the past year of loyalty and service. As the pandemic grinds on, personal circumstances continue to evolve, and it is important to avoid overextending yourself financially to tip others. During the holidays, if you can be a little more generous, it is kind and considerate. [...]

Texas Wine Month & Wine Sommeliers 2021

By |2021-10-26T19:04:05-05:00October 26th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Dining, Social Etiquette, Wine Etiquette|

Image by Tim Bigger from Pixabay In honor of Texas Wine month, let’s close October by celebrating Texas sommeliers and wine. Many folks don’t realize that our Texas wine region is the second largest in the U.S., right behind Napa, California. Texas expert Drew Hendricks, co-founder of the Texas Sommeliers Association offered his opinion [...]

Celebrating Czech American Heritage Month 2021

By |2021-10-20T15:24:03-05:00October 20th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Culture, Czech Republic|

Image: The Commissioners Court of Bexar County, The State of Texas and Governor Greg Abbott, The City of San Antonio and Mayor Ron Nirenberg As a second generation Czech American living in Texas, I’m delighted to share this blog in response to readers and followers who have been inquiring about recent developments. On [...]

A Novel Education – E.S. Alexander

By |2021-10-17T16:21:00-05:00October 17th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, book recommendations, Culture|

Image: Cover design by Adrian Cheah (Penang) Headshot by Matt Brandon (Penang) October is National Book Month, a month-long celebration that focuses on the importance of reading, writing, and literature. In honor of this important month, it is fitting to invite E.S. Alexander, my co-author for Access to Asia, to return and write [...]

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

By |2021-10-13T08:02:12-05:00October 13th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Dining, Gracious Living, Modern Manners|

Image by Mindy Hofman This is the third blog post by our guest blogger Mindy Hofman - please read her bio. A time to reflect on the benefits of sharing healthy meals with your friends or family, October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month. As a single parent it can be challenging [...]

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