... is online here, on a couple of basics -- hosting and thank-you-note-writing. A sample:
A gracious host must communicate clear expectations to his guests. People often don't want to do that because it feels too authoritarian, but guests can only relax and be comfortable if they aren't constantly second-guessing themselves. People should know how to dress, how much they will be getting to eat, whether any activity other than conversation will be required of them, what they ought to bring, exactly who from their household or retinue is invited, and so on. All sorts of answers to these questions are acceptable, but the point is to be clear.
On Friday, my holiday-themed posts ran because I forgot they were scheduled in the system. I apologize if that struck anyone amiss. Aside from that, I'm going to keep business as usual on this blog, because I simply don't have anything valuable to say about the shooting in Newtown. Whatever is wrong with American culture right now, some part of it has to do with a 24/7 media cycle that simply cannot shut up. And I don't want to participate in that hyper-reactivity, that franticness. Not if I'm only raising my voice for the sake of hearing it.
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