Dude Looks Like A Lady

I was recently switching out my winter collars for my spring collection when I happened upon a copy of Madame Emtage’s book, Dear Lady – Don’t!, One Hundred Ways to Improve Your Personality, published in 1951.  Clearly Madame Emtage is QUITE impressed with herself, as every single rule (yes, darlings, she dubs them “rules”) starts with “Don’t” and is followed up with an exclamation point.  In today’s society, per my observations from the ground level of canine-land, women aren’t fond of being told what to do and how to do it.  But after pawing through this little wonder of the written word, I realized that grace is always in vogue and pieces of Madame Emtage’s advice works for men, women, and even man’s best friend, with a bit (or a bunch) of editing for 2012.  There is so much information to share – one hundred in all – I thought it best to post one rule at a time periodically throughout the year.  As always, I relish your comments.  I, of course, have only one request – don’t shoot the messenger.  Sincerely yours, The Messenger.  Exclamation point.

Rule 82: Don’t Complain!
About your job, your boss, your husband, your home, your family, your friends, your maid, your health…and particularly, the weather!  Complaining women are unappealing women.  They are unsuccessful women.  They are unlovable women.  So, don’t complain – about anything.  Be a cheerful companion! A grin is better than a groan.  Reflect positive, not negative, living!

Cordially yours,


Parker Presley


Parker Presley is known in certain social circles as the preeminent expert in etiquette and invites you to contact him with even the most embarrassing question or tricky situation so that you, too, may be top dog in any setting.  Please contact him at parkerpresley@epicureanCG.com.


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