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Bed & Breakfast: Lessons in Etiquette

Friday, August 30th, 2013

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LESSON ONE:

Etiquette – “the forms required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life.” syn. Decorum.

This etiquette monologue is for host families in the Bettina Network as well as guests. We will tell our stories through true anecdotes, but don’t worry, we won’t use your names or even your initials. If you pretend it was someone else, so will we. If you have stories from your guests or if you are a guest and have stories from your stay in a bed and breakfast home, please don’t hesitate to share your wealth of experience.

Assorted Bed & Breakfasts

Assorted Bed & Breakfasts

Today bed and breakfast – as a stay in a private home -has spread around the world and people of many different cultures are opening their homes to bed and breakfast guests. Cultures, which once would have been appalled at the thought of strangers staying in their homes, are fast adapting and enjoying turning their home into the house by the side of the road which welcomes strangers.

An even more common phenomenon is that of people from different countries, cultures, religions etc.  staying together in the same house, living in a style close to that of an extended family.

However brief or lengthy the stay might be,
one needs an awareness of social dos and don’ts
during those two, three or more days
under a stranger’s roof,
interacting with other strangers.

A Boor

A Boor

Who after all, wants to be thought of as a boor and find there are no availabilities when one calls for another reservation – even though it is February and the home in Antarctica in which one wants to stay is totally empty with no guest reservations until July?

—-Even more to the point—-

who wants to remember

and be remembered

as someone who caused another pain that could have been avoided?

                                                                                                                                     to be continued………………

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The March on Washington

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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This coming week we will remember one of the highlights of the Civil Rights Movement which changed so much in this country.  It is such an emotional time that I have barely started to write this and the grief, tears and overwhelming feelings take over.

I was very young during the Civil Rights Movement – it took my life from the early 1950’s until today.

As I go back to remember all of those years – from my teenaged years on – several of Dr. King’s words come flooding back.  The strongest in my memory is the quote “You will be judged not by the color of your skin but by the content of your character.”  During my darkest days that will pop up in my mind as I experience the racism, sexism and now ageism of even my closest friends and sometimes, my family.

On Wednesday, August 28 at 3pm, the time and date of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, houses of worship across the country will ring their bells in honor of the anniversary and will play hymns and spirituals.  It should be an awesome moment!  I want to be standing outside where I can hear all of them!

To contrast that to what was happening in the 1950’s and 1960’s is a stretch very few of us can make.  People were being beaten, killed, maimed and the young were being denied freedom and equality.  What young people had equal access to were the dogs, the hoses, the hostile and vicious law enforcement people who then worked hand and glove with the Ku Klux Klan.

Opportunities which these United States gave in its written documents were taken away at birth in the actual living out of life if you were the wrong race and sex.  There has been no giving back.  In fact, we still practice and allow others to practice the denial of the experiences of racism and sexism and we still strongly support the right of those engaging in such denial to be able to continue it.  The denial that was so prevalent at the time is still hanging on with much tenacity and with no sign of the structure which accepts and promotes that denial being taken down.  It is one thing to suffer the indignities and pain of racism and sexism; it is quite another to suffer those indignities and have those perpetrating them stand in front of you and deny their actions.  —it has to do with the content of their character.

So many groups will be leading marches in Washington, D. C. from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Memorial.  Around the country other groups will be leading marches to other places in their cities, towns, villages which have meaning in the context of this Movement.

Where will you be?  What will you be doing?  How will you contribute to the possibility that on August 29th you have helped to bring about some change which will make this a country more receptive to seeing everyone as equal?

The Bettina Network, inc. does its part – as a corporation – small though we may be – to help bring about moving us from a world of individuals, maybe even families, tribes, neighborhoods who see ourselves as better than those others out there – to a group of people who have an ethical commitment to  dismantling the racism even further; to eliminating the sexism; to addressing the ageism and to reducing our thoughts about the culture within which we were raised away from a culture that is greater than, better than, more important than, to a culture which is different from but equal to all others.  From that stance we are about giving, sharing, taking care of others as well as ourselves, and treating even the lowest and most tread upon of our brothers and sisters as equals and with respect.

The other quote from Dr. King which I hear often is “We must all learn to live together as brothers (and sisters) or we will all perish together as fools.”

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Ed. Note: Members of the Bettina Network Lifestyle Community can contribute to the Bettina Network Blog whenever they have anything they want to say and be heard by this fantastic group of people. Send your blog to bettinanetwork@comcast.net or mail it to us at P. O. Box 380585 Cambridge, MA. 02238 or call us on the telephone at 617-497-9166 to tell us what you want to say and we will write it for you.

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Bettina Network is Expanding

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

and we need your help.

We are looking across the United States for

                   Artists            –  Curators,           – Art Historians,                  –Musicians,            –Interesting Venues         – Appraisers

Are you a part of a performance group with performances which can take place in a small ‘French Salon’ type environment ?  –

Do you have a Great Imagination which is not limited by what has been done

AND

who feels constrained by the present structure of things? ——————

Call us – email us – write us and let us know who you are and your interest in being a part of Bettina Network’s future developments !!!!!!!!

And no – you don’t have to pack up and move, you can be a part of Bettina Network’s new expansion right where you are.

Do you want to use all of your talents and can’t stand the thought of being put into the straight jacket of what you see around you as career possibilities?

If you are a destination and feel your destination fits Bettina Network’s lifestyle – email, call or write us and lets see if we have commonalities.

Are you a museum curator and want to look at additional possibilities?

Are you a Professor of Art History and need additional income – while staying in your field of study or exploring one you have always wanted to investigate?

Are you an appraiser who wants exposure to what’s happening today in your area of expertise and who wants to share your knowledge with small groups?

Bettina folks are out and about looking to make this expansion one you will want to investigate further and be a part of when visiting any city whether you are staying in a Bettina Network home or not.

This new expansion has been in the works for several months and is ready to be introduced beyond our small circle of planners, strategists, and friends who helped.

Contact us soonest!

And you know we are looking for talent not limited to one race, one sex, one age group,  one economic status, one country of origin, one sexual orientation?   Your talent is what counts – not even where you are from in the world matters. Our development group ranges in age from 32 through 83 and growing!

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I Tried Your Liquid Vitamin C….

Friday, August 9th, 2013

It was terrific.  I started using it when I heard about it at a Bettina home.  Liquid C is a little difficult to find, but I discovered it in a Vitamin Shop.  It comes in a bottle – like a milk bottle – and the bottle is covered with an orange plastic wrap.  That was great for me because it says you have to keep the liquid C in a dark place.  I keep mine in the refrigerator and the orange wrap keeps out the light.

I started by pouring a little into a saucer and after a few days I added a Vitamin E capsule to the liquid C.  The combination has been fantastic.  I was beginning to look my age and now I look as young as my daughter – and that is no exaggeration.

I only used the liquid C on my face because that is the only part of me I take care of – you will not bump into me in a gym nor will you find me exercising at home nor walking.  My neighbor, however, goes the entire route.  She watches what she eats, exercises, does all the good things.  She didn’t know about your blog so I introduced her to the blog and to what I learned at a Bettina Home about Liquid C.  My host talked about giving herself an all-over massage with the liquid C – well that is what my neighbor has been doing and she says her energy level is not to be believed.  Her tendency to catch every cold within a mile of her house has also stopped.  She hasn’t had a cold since she started this regimen.

I wanted her to write about her experience herself, but that won’t happen so I will try.  She gives herself an all-over massage with the vitamin C when she gets up in the mornings.  Only recently has she started mixing the C with clipping a capsule of Vitamin E and mixing it with her vitamin C.

She then puts her cotton pajamas back on and goes back to bed – with the C and E all over her body.  I hope she sleeps alone because that could be a small mess.

When she is ready to get up for the day, she rinses herself off in the shower, dresses and is on her way.  No lotion, no make-up, nothing added after the shower.

I wondered about that because I spend lots of money on lotions, but not for my face – I am committed to the Vitamin C with the Vitamin E capsule in the mix.

She looked fine when she started this, but now – after some weeks of this, she looks fantastic.  It is almost enough to make me try the same thing, but my energy level is not up to the daily task and I am not nearly as disciplined as she is – but then I don’t look as put together as she does every single day.

I look forward to your blogs on what you are discovering in the health and beauty section.  I think I have tried everything, but the liquid C was the most outstanding and gave me unbelievable results – so I had to write and tell you about my experience.

Ed. Note:  Thank you for the note.  You might also want to read or re-read the blog on “My Feet and Liquid C” dated Sept. 28, 2011

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Volunteer with Bettina Network Foundation, inc. to work estate sales; to help move items from one home to another; to contribute your ideas on how we can better use our resources in this effort to relieve and eliminate homelessness and poverty. We also need photographers; designers; and more. However much or little time you have, we are grateful.

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