Archives for October 2010

Cell Phone Courtesy?

When I originally authored an article “ Do You Hear What I Hear?” on cell phone courtesy or lack thereof,  in 2002, cell phones were pretty much a  new item.  I was astonished at the scrambling around that people did in a Meeting or public place, searching for that ringing phone. Cell phones all rang about the same then, so each person started digging in purses and briefcases.

After a rather embarrassing situation where a speaker was interrupted by a loud ringing phone and the subsequent hustle of people looking for the offending phone,  I wrote the article which was published in several smaller periodicals, such as Zenith Woman, now .

WOW, that was nothing compared to today! Now we have Black Berries, I-phones, Texting, Sexting, and a plethora of different types of hand-held devices that are social “connectors”.  Families even text or call from room to room in the same house. What’s up with that?

Shortly after reading an article, last week, by Alexander Green, of I had the personal experience of seeing an example of just how far people will go with inappropriate cell phone use.

We were in a Drs. Office this week, where all the chairs were filled & in close quarters.  Most of the people were either waiting for a procedure or the person driving the patient home following the procedure.   Anyway, all was pleasantly quiet until a woman made several phone calls regarding an event; giving out people’s names, phone numbers and the address of the event.  She even mentioned who would NOT be invited.  There was a look of discomfort on most people’s faces.  WHY did she not leave that small area and go into the hallway?  Well, I did—I left the waiting area and moved to seating in the hallway, partly out of downright embarrassment for her. I felt as though I was intruding on HER conversation, by just being in the area. It should not be that way.

I remember the first time I heard a person giving a credit card number, his name and address over the phone in a meeting area, where people were quietly waitng for the meeting to start.  Yowser, a little dangerous don’t you think?  Anyone could jot down the information and call to order up some really nice stuff. 

Doesn’t it make you uncomfortable when you are out shopping or at a restaurant eating with a friend or client and someone at a neighbor table is talking so loudly on the phone that it is difficult to talk to the person at your table?  Or even worse, as highlighted in the “Spiritual Wealth” article of Oct. 22nd, you are the one sitting across from someone who keeps answering his or her phone and you must sit and wait to resume the conversation.  Once in awhile it is necessary to use a cell phone in a place of business or restaurant, but out of common courtesy, remove yourself from the table or wherever you are and go to a more private area.

Oh there will be more on this subject—just wait & visit again!  Please leave your comments. 

“Everyone is important and deserves your attention and respect”

Ghostly Halloween Recipes

Easy Ghost Suckers

Need round suckers such as Tootsie Pops.
Kleenex Tissue
Licorice whips or orange yarn
Black Marker

Wrap tissue over Sucker and secure at base of sucker with licorice whip or orange yarn.  Make eyes with black marker.



3 lbs of white chocolate
15-20 wooden popsickle sticks ( usually at craft or Dollar stores)
6 oz. bag of chocolate chips
Aluminum foil


Melt white chocolate until smooth.  Cover baking sheet with foil and grease lightly.  Arrange sticks on baking sheet about 4″ apart.  Spoon melted chocolate in ghostly shapes over tops of sticks.  As they solidify, place chocolate chips for eyes.  Other candies may also be used to decorate.


Southwest is BEST!

Do we still have friendly skies?  Yes, with Southwest Airlines

If you have flown recently you have probably experienced how uncomfortable air travel has become.  After the rigors of going through security; removing your shoes, coats, things from your pockets, computers, 1quart plastic bag with liquids and THEN the scanner. I have replaced knees so that means it signals a warning of “metal” & then the BODY SCAN.  Usually that is not too bad, most TSA folks are quite caring and friendly, but last flight a Security person was dumping the contents of my carry on and rescanning and testing the bag and contents, as I was being body scanned. It was given back to me with contents dumped out for me to repack and we were already running late because of long lines.  I am sure every flyer has had these experiences & more. 

Well—take a breath—if you are flying Southwest Airlines at least you will get friendly, uncomplicated service.  Their web page is easy to follow and if you need to ask a question, just call—no need for long waits on the phone.  You can leave a message and they will call you back.  How nice is that! They don’t treat you like you are interrupting their time—they are truly friendly—at least the ones I have spoken with.  And if you need to change a flight, no change fees—the flight fare is plopped into your little flight bank and you can use it next flight.  

When I took my fall and ended up in MI for one month instead of 8 days, our SW flight was rebooked to when we were able to come back to CO and the money we had already paid was used for the new flight.  No Bag Fees for your 2 bags—Great!  What other airline does that?  

If you use a computer, you just sign in 24 hrs or less prior to your flight  and you are put into A, B or C Group and then you line up in an orderly fashion according to your letter –A is best, but B is good too and then you just board the plane and actually pick your own seat. 

You are given snacks and a drink and you may be asked if you would like 2nds—no extra charge.  Sometimes you may even have a “witty” flight attendant who tries to entertain those on the flight.

Wake up other Airlines—Southwest is IT!