Archives: Richmond Proper

Richmond Proper: On visiting new parents

The postpartum baby visit: this parental rite of passage can be a source of both joy and tension for new Moms and Dads. Take a look at a few ideas for making that that first post-baby pop-in peaceful, helpful, and conducive to getting you invited back for future baby cooing opportunities.

Richmond Proper: On admiring the tattoos of others

It’s the time of year when people shed their clothes and expose their most intimate of body parts—the ones with tattoos on them! Richmond is a panoply of tattooed individuals, and this begs the question: how do we go about complimenting and asking about those tattoos without being rude?

Richmond Proper: Propriety of a modern cyclist

Learning to ride a bicycle is one of those childhood rites of passage that almost everyone goes through. Nowadays, with rising gas prices and an ever increasing downtown population, it only makes sense that people look for alternative means of travel. So what are the rules of the game when you take a bike into the streets? In actuality, they are the same as if operating a motor vehicle. Here is a rundown of things cyclists should be aware of.

Richmond Proper: On condolences

Expressing sympathy for those who have just lost a loved one seems to challenge most of us at one time or another. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind the next time you find yourself searching for the right words.

Richmond Proper: LOLcat edition

Because we have a lot to learn about manners from teh kittehs.  And because it seemed like the right time.

Richmond Proper: On trolls

Those folks who only offer rants and vitriol are known as “trolls.” A troll is the person who consistently posts spiteful comments ranging from threats to nonsensical babbling just to fill up space. Just to bother. Just to provoke.

Richmond Proper: On courtesy to one’s own family

“A myth exists that one of the pleasures of private life is the ability to drop manners and — as people always put it when they assert the desire to be repulsive — be themselves.”

Richmond Proper: On street harrassment

I’m sure this is a nightmare you’re well-acquainted with: You’re walking down the street minding your own business, when suddenly a stranger squawks a bunch of nonsense at you, and you can’t think of a great comeback until after you’ve already stormed off.

Richmond Proper: On Negative Nancys

In this darkest, coldest, and most depressing stretch of the winter, it seems particularly appropriate to discuss negativity. Friends, do not commit conversational suicide by being a Negative Nancy. Please, we love you and we want you to step back from the ledge!

Richmond Proper: On not being THAT GUY at the New Year’s Eve party

“New Year’s Eve parties, being long and not carefully orchestrated — as, say, a dinner is — offer many opportunities for behaving badly, in ways one will suddenly remember with a sickening flash at breakfast the next afternoon.” — Judith Martin.

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