Monthly Archives: August 2016

How Much Do You Know About…Manners?

August 21, 2016
By An unknown French painter. He worked in the 17th. cenury. -, Public Domain,


Manners are defined as the prevailing customs, ways of living, and habits of a people, class, or period, and they have been around since the beginning of time. Some of our manners have derived from strange early customs. In addition, some behaviors that are acceptable in our culture may cause offense in another. In this quiz that follows, test your knowledge about manners!

1. Where in the world is belching thought to be a compliment to the chef and a sign you have enjoyed your meal?

A. China.

B. Russia.

C. Bali.

2. In what country is a tip considered an insult?

A. Tahiti.

B. Japan.

C. Myanmar.

3. In what country is it frowned upon to eat bread as an appetizer before the meal?

A. France.

B. Iceland.

C. Korea.

4. Clinking glasses to celebrate derived from:

A. Making sure that the physical act of clinking glasses meant peace instead of war.

B. Making sure the sound would signify fellowship.

C. Making sure you weren’t trying to poison fellow partygoers since some of the drink would spill into more glasses.

5. Where does the term “God Bless You” derive after a sneeze?

A. During the plague period, when the Pope demanded anyone who sneezed be blessed.

B. In 19th century Russia, to celebrate health, akin to a toast to health.

C. In England, as a protective ritual in the slums where people were prone to illness.

6. Wearing white after Labor Day came from?

A. Greece, where white was historically worn just during the summer. B. India, where white showed adherence to Hindu religion seasonally. C. England, as a way to weed out those who came from old money.

7. Shaking hands started in England for the reason of:

A. Using a special handshake to show allegiance to a particular group. B. Showing that those involved were not armed. C. Signaling a peaceful prelude to breaking bread.

8. Covering your mouth when you yawn came about due to:

A. The fear of germs. B. The fear of evil spirits entering your body. C. The worry that showing your teeth might incite violence.

9. In the past, salad was served as a:

A. First Course. B. Second Course. C. Dessert.


1.  A

In  China, Taiwan, and much of the Far East.belching is considered a compliment to the chef and a sign you have enjoyed your meal.

2. B

Until recently, Japan and Korea considered tipping to be an insult.

3. A.

In France, it is frowned upon to eat bread as an appetizer before the meal. Instead, eat it as an accompaniment to your food or, especially, to the cheese course at the end of the meal. However, France is one of the only places where placing bread directly on the table is de rigueur.

4. C

Clinking glasses was developed as a way to make sure that you weren’t trying to poison your fellow partygoers. People would spill a little of their drink into their neighbors as a show of good faith.

5. A

Saying “God Bless You” dates back to 590 CE when Pope Gregory I demanded that anyone who sneezed be blessed, so that they don’t catch The Plague.

6. C

In the 1800s, In England, taking note of who was wearing white after Labor Day was a way to weed out old money from new money.

7. B

Shaking hands showed others that you were not armed.

8. B.

Covering the mouth when a person yawned came about due to the belief that an evil spirit could enter the body while yawning.

9. B

Salad was always served after the main course, until a tradition was started in California where the salad was served first for hungry restaurant diners. Other countries still serve salad after the main course.

Writing Workshop: WIH’s 2nd Evening Class

August 21, 2016


K.C. Sinclair’s upcoming evening class, “The Writer’s Toolbox: An Exploration And Practice“, is an exploration of all the tools writers use to engage their readers. We visited Sinclair to find out more.

WIH Reporter: What is important for us to know about your upcoming class?

Sinclair: The class is an exploration of tools and techniques writers use in all genres to hook their readers and make the reading experience memorable. It will be a low-stress, high-fun series of experiments with craft.

WIH Reporter: What mistaken impressions do we have about the writing?

Sinclair: Some people think there are two types of people: writers and people who can’t write. The truth is that the only difference between these two types are those who pick up the pen or pencil or keyboard and those who don’t. Writing is like exercise, to get into writing shape you just have to do it. Everyone can be a writer. Everyone has stories to tell.

WIH Reporter: What else would surprise us about the topic of your class?

Sinclair: The topics we are covering apply to all types of writing: poetry, prose, non-fiction, memoire, plays, and screenplays. We will read and have fun writing them all!

WIH Reporter: What format do you plan to use in your class?

Sinclair: We will do a lot of small writing exercises and exploration of published work in each class. There will be several fun activities we move through and discuss each week. Lots of time to generate ideas in an environment geared for trying new things instead of seeking perfection. All classes will involve some work sharing, some drafting, some revising, and some discussion of the authors we use as muses.

K.C. Sinclair’s 6-Week workshop begins on 10-4-16, and takes place fro 5:00 PM - 07:00 PM. For more information, or to sign up, click here.

3 More iPhone Camera Tips & Tricks

August 21, 2016

homescreeenThe iPhone Camera Tricks & Apps article was so popular in our last email newsletter, that we asked Liz Weiman, our computer/digital technical guru, to tell us 3 more things we can do right now to get better pictures on our iPhone!


1. The best way to avoid blurry pictures resulting from “camera shake” when taking a photo is to use the 2-second timer (see below). When the timer is activated, you simply snap your photo and then hold the camera very still. It gives you 2 additional seconds to brace the camera, and results in great pictures.

To access the timer, tap the Camera app, tap the timer icon at the top right, and tap 2s. Then snap your photo and it will take 2 seconds before it snaps. You have plenty of time to keep your phone still!

2. You don’t have to be a fashion photographer to make use of Burst mode, which creates multiple rapidly-taken pictures of continually-moving subjects. To create the perfect picture of a child or a pet, for instance, use Burst mode.  To do so, tap the Camera app, focus your camera on a moving subject, and then hold down on the white circle for a few seconds. You will see a counter that shows how many photos are being taken. You can then find your photos in the Photo app, in All Photos or Camera Roll. There should also be a separate folder called Bursts. To choose the pictures you want, and delete the rest,in the Photos app, tap your photo, tap Select at the bottom of your iPhone, tap the clear circle at the bottom of the photos you want to keep, and then tap Done. Tap Keep Only “X” Favorites (in which X stands for whatever number appears). The unwanted photos will be deleted and you will have those perfect photos you were looking for!

3. Did you know that using a grid can help you create the best photos? Photographers have known about the value of using the “rule of thirds” in composing a photo since the beginning of photography. This rule says that the human eye gravitates to intersection areas that appear when an image is split into thirds. To activate the grid on your iPhone, tap Settings on the Home Screen, scroll down and then tap Photos & Camera, and turn on Grid. When taking a photo using the grid, make sure the subject you want to emphasize appears along one of the intersecting lines before you snap the shot.See how nicely you can compose your photos this way!

Liz Weiman is teaching a Fall 4-week class: “iWorkshop: Tips and Tricks for iPhones, iPads, and Apps“, starting September 12th at 1:00 p.m. For more information, or to register, click here.