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Week of September 24, 2001:
Gracie, & Polite Present

Gracious Amicus Simpson

Graphic of Gracious Amicus SimpsonOur newest granddog, Gracie, came a visiting, and immediately found a way into our hearts.

I picked her up, and after the initial "slurp" of her sweet little tongue, she snuggled down for a few minutes. I'd been used to my mother's dog, Betsy, who also slurps, but wiggles. She only stays quiet when she's sleeping.

Other granddog Nugget still heads for a corner and hunkers down. He just can't get used to the idea that it's okay to be in a house. Before the visit was over, Gracie went over to Nugget, plopped down, and fell asleep. My son Ron says she's gaining weight rapidly, and is now full of the dickens. Typical pup. Can't wait to see her again.

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Polite Present: Manual of Good Manners, 1831

Excerpts from a charming, serious 2 1/2" x 4" book published in 1831 by Munroe & Francis.

IN COMPANY:

If you cannot avoid yawning, shut your mouth with your hand or handkerchief before it, turning the face aside.

Spit not in the room, but in the fire-place, or rather go out and do it abroad. Spit not upon the fire, nor sit too wide with your knees at it.

Lean not on the chair of a superior standing behind him.

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