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Richmond Proper: On contagious laughter

It’s happened to him, to her, and to you. A moment so silly, so juvenile, yet so undeniably human: contagious laughter. This week, our guide to all that is proper tackles an interesting topic–what do we do when we can’t stop laughing.

Richmond Proper: A winter compendium

It’s been another banner year here at Richmond Proper. We’ve examined everything from street harassment, to proper condolences, to cycling, to parenting during these past twelve months. Let’s wrap it up with a year-end collection of etiquette thoughts from seasoned professionals and tween bloggers alike.

Richmond Proper: To respond or not to respond, to warn or not to warn

This week’s Richmond Proper answers what to do when you catch your friend cheating on their partner, and how do you turn down a request for second date when the first didn’t go so well.

Richmond Proper: On rebellion

We all know that Richmond Proper adores order and exhorts her readers to live as peaceful an existence as possible. But this week, as a sort of rebellion perhaps, I’ll address the subject of…rebellion.

Richmond Proper: Entertaining round-up

With the holidays fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to take down the the tome that is our on-going Richmond Proper article, blow away the digital dust, and look over some hard-and-fast rules to make the holidays more mannerly. For instance, what’s the best way to set the table before dinner, and how should we interact with family members that we’d like nothing more than to punch in the face.

Richmond Proper: On vegan potlucking

This installment’s question certainly strikes me as particularly Richmond-relevant. Tumblr user Sofisopaipilla asked: I’m hosting a vegan potluck, is it out of the question, crass, rude, icky to ask people to bring a meat-free dish to share?

Richmond Proper: On parental wedding gifts and feuding friends

As fall descends and party season ramps up, Richmond Proper seems to be accumulating more seekers of event-related advice.

Richmond Proper: On retail etiquette

Someone once said that if you really want to make the world a kinder place, require that all people work one full year in retail. That way people get to see first hand how unmannered and rude people can really be, thus inspiring workers to go into the world with a more munificent demeanor. Unfortunately, that won’t happen. Luckily, we have Richmond Proper to right our wrongs.

Richmond Proper: The unruly parents of Carytown

I don’t make it out to Carytown much anymore, being an East Ender now, but the last two times I was there I witnessed some pretty egregious etiquette blunders on the same block of Cary Street. You know the one — Cary Court, Can Can, Sweet Frog, etc.

Ask Richmond Proper: Engagement timing and a cat-fight

Richmond Proper is back, my well-mannered ladies and gentlemen! This week I answer questions about timing The Big Question, and delve into the age old question of “what’s with kitties!?”