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Good manners in the modern age

By Denny Rose
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Pat Francis This photo by Pagosa photographer Patricia Francis captured second place in the Sense of Place category in the 12th annual New Mexico Magazine photo Contest. The photo,  given a full-page spread in the magazine, was taken at Ghost Ranch where, exiting the building, Francis said she, “realized I was viewing the subjects that exemplify some of Georgia O’Keefe’s work.”

Photo courtesy Pat Francis
This photo by Pagosa photographer Patricia Francis captured second place in the Sense of Place category in the 12th annual New Mexico Magazine photo Contest. The photo, given a full-page spread in the magazine, was taken at Ghost Ranch where, exiting the building, Francis said she, “realized I was viewing the subjects that exemplify some of Georgia O’Keefe’s work.”

Mountain View Homemakers Club will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Extension Building at the fairgrounds.

The first half hour is set aside for visiting and getting the food set up for lunch, which will begin promptly at noon. All area women are invited to attend and visitors are not expected to bring a dish.

This is the second of the  monthly meetings in 2013 that will celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary. Each month, one or more of the members will provide up-to-date information about subjects that may have been part of the organization’s early meetings.

The program will start at about 12:30 p.m. Cheryl Moore, who has taught courses in good manners at schools and businesses, and to corporate boards and debutantes, will speak about modern day manners and, just for fun, display some fancy napkin folding.

“No matter how informal today’s dinning has become, tradition is still the underlying element in our eating and drinking customs,” said Cheryl. “Whether you learned manners from your parents, a teacher or on your own … a touchup course can give you a wonderful sense of security that comes with knowing what is considered correct now.”

She will make today’s manners simple as she shares guidelines on making introductions, restaurant manners and basic table manners.

“Civility may be the best defense against what makes life difficult,” she said, “and having good manners can be such an easy cure.”

The Homemakers organization is a monthly gathering of women who are interested in making the lives of their families and their community more livable. The meetings include lunch and either enlightening speakers or a hands-on community project. One auction fund-raiser every summer results in contributions to a eight or nine local non-profit efforts. There are no dues or membership requirements and every interested woman will be welcomed.

This story was posted on January 31, 2013.