Wasting talent is a sin. I’m not big on sin, but I know a sin when I see one staring me in the face. I’m not big on sin, but I know a sin when I see one staring me in the face. It’s just not courteous to not use or wear something that somebody’s given you as a well-meaning gift. It goes against Southern ways, not that God is Southern by any stretch of the imagination, but I do think He expects us to be an example for the rest of the country, as far as manners go.

The actuality that the heart does not want to feel, doesn’t negate the certitude that it once felt and will still feel.

…One pretends that manners are the formalisation of basic kindness and consideration, but a great deal of the time they’re simply aesthetics dressed up as moral principles, aren’t they?

…when a phone call competes for attention with a real-world conversation, it wins. Everyone knows the distinctive high-and-dry feeling of being abandoned for a phone call, and of having to compensate – with quite elaborate behaviours = for the sudden half-disappearance of the person we were just speaking to. ‘Go ahead!’ we say. ‘Don’t mind us! Oh look, here’s a magazine I can read!’ When the call is over, other rituals come into play, to minimise the disruption caused and to restore good feeling.

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