With honey, not vinegar

Have you noticed how the social discourse has deteriorated? Sometimes, we have a hard being nice to one another or saying something nice. Just look at our elected officials — here, in Hartford or in Washington, D.C. — civil conversation between adults becomes vitriolic debate.
What’s the old saying? “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” There’s something to be said for that.
Along those lines, the Fairfield Public Library will host “Navigating the Social World with Kindness & Manners,” a talk on the importance of teaching manners, etiquette, social skills and kindness, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Room at 1080 Old Post Road.
Judith Re, founder and president of the Judith Re Academie for Instruction of the Social Graces, will discuss how these skills can open doors. She started her business in 1986 with teaching manners to children and adults at Boston’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
The program is connected to the library’s 2013 One Book One Town celebration, which this year is focusing on “Wonder” R. J. Palacio that encourages kindness in dealing with difficult social situations.
Re’s talk is part of the library’s “Pathways to Parenting” series. Admission is free. For information or to register, visit www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160.

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