I put Emily Post’s Etiquette, 19th Edition by Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning on reserve at the library in late May. On June 5th, I went to pick it up and almost fell over when I lifted the book off the shelf. It was huge!
Front cover of the book
This new behemoth comes in at 722 pages and weighs almost five lbs. I am sure of this because, at the risk of sounding like a nut job, I weighed it after staggering home with the book, groceries and the daily mail that I foolishly picked up at the end of this backbreaking trek.
I made a giant mug of coffee to boost my energy level and sat down to take a close look at, what can only be called “the absolute definitive book of Manners for Today” -- which is the subtitle of this tome.
Emily Post -- 1872 to 1960: Her first etiquette guide appeared 95 years ago
The book is so overwhelming that the only way I can tackle it is to quote liberally from the back cover. It is described as “bringing sound wisdom to all-new topics.” Some brave soul has done a masterful job of summing up the contents. Here goes:
WHO ARE THE AUTHORS?
LIZZIE POST is a columnist for Women’s Running. She co-hosts the Awesome Etiquette podcast and has conducted speeches and seminars nationwide. As a spokeswoman she has represented brands such as American Express Platinum and Bank of America.
Lizzie Post, 35, is the great-great granddaughter of Emily Post
DANIEL POST SENNING is the primary presenter of the Emily Post Business Etiquette Seminar series. He has been a spokesman for Ford Motor Company and Bank of America. He has a bachelor of science in molecular biology and lives with his wife and daughter in Duxbury, Vermont.
Daniel Post Senning, 39, is the great-great grandson of Emily Post
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In the May 2020 issue of Smithsonian magazine I came across an intriguing article titled, “A Half-Century of Trips,” written by Ted Scheinman, (a writer and scholar based in Southern California). This features a subhead that reads, “Americans have steadily become more dedicated travelers, despite historic setbacks.”
This is the first thing I saw when perusing the 50th anniversary issue of the Smithsonian magazine for April 2020. This eye-opening 10-page article (with spectacular photos) is titled, “The Ship in the Ice” and concerns a topic we’ve all been hearing about for years, e.g., global warming.
The pandemic this year has affected all of us in many ways. Two things that stand out in my mind: people definitely need people (to paraphrase the song “People” sung by Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl). The phone, email, computer, TV and all the other digital creations we use DO NOT take the place of human interaction. We all need to see and talk to each other. That said we have also learned that we can work at home very efficiently and handle our normal workload if necessary. Never commute again? I don’t think that will happen, but perhaps we’ll find a happy medium – time will tell.
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