How often do you think about where your trash goes once you have thrown it out? Probably not very often. I rarely thought about that until reading an article in USA Today that featured the The Zero Waste Home.  Zero Waste Home? That sounds pretty unbelievable.  After reading the article and visiting their blog, I realized that bringing my reusable bags to the store, not buying bottled water and recycling as much as I can is nothing compared to what I could be doing.

The Zero Waste Home's motto is Refuse, Refuse, Refuse. Then Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (and only in that order).  The story of this family is truly inspiring. I am now more conscience of the amount of trash I am disposing of and where it is all going. We all know that we need to treat the Earth better and stop creating so much waste. However, in our consumer consume driven world buying new and throwing out the old seems impossible, but it’s not.

Please visit the The Zero Waste Home  website and check out their great tips on how you can lower the amout of waste you create.

In 1928, our US congress appointed Dr. George Calver to set guidelines for Senators and Representatives of the House because there was such a high death rate among them. He called his formula “The 10 Commandments of Health”.  Dr. Calver’s list was presented to top government officials of congress proclaiming a longer, healthier life if these simple ten recommendations were followed.

Today 70% of our nation is regarded as overweight. Everywhere you look you can find health tips, diet plans, new exercises and much more, but that doesn't mean we are becoming any healthier.  Since most people are just looking to find small things they can change in their everyday life that will improve their health the drastic change of most diets and exercise plans can be overwhelming. By taking a step back and looking at a small list such as Dr. Calvers “Ten Commandments of Health” becoming healthier seems more realistic.

If you don't already practice these guidelines we encourage you to do so.  By living a healthy life, our journey down the path of life will keep us focused on important things like relationships, family, workplace and friends.

P.s. Give 5% of your time to keeping well. You won’t have to give 100% getting over being sick.


The enclosed information appeared in the January-February 2012 AARP Bulletin

Making the Most of your evening

Whether you are dining with your boss, friends or spouses family, there are certain boundaries in conversation that should not be crossed. Having an intriguing conversation usually makes the meal even more enjoyable, however pairing the best food in the world with inappropriate dinner chatter can end up leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth.


Here are a few tips to help you feel more comfortable with dinner-table conversation


Mom always said – 
Never talk about sex, money, religion and politics.
No one wants to hear
about your divorce, money woes or latest operation.
Know who you are dining with.
 If you are not sure exactly who you are sitting with at a table, be cautious of what you say and how you say it.
Don’t be Pushy. 
 Don’t push your opinions or beliefs or get angry because they do not agree with you.
Don’t be Dull. 
 If you’re going to have a conversation at least make it about something worth talking about.
Know when to Escape. 
 If someone asks you a question that is ill-mannered no need to make them look bad again. Simply change the subject. If the focus doesn’t change you can kindly excuse yourself.

Each January, magazines and newspapers are filled with self-help remedies.  Tips for becoming healthier, happier and thinner are the motto for many of these articles.

By the end of January, the cliché goals that are typically made to welcome a New Year become overwhelming to think about.  By creating more realistic and obtainable goals, we are likely to see results.

Setting a goal doesn’t have to be a large commitment, it can be something small.

The following ideas for your consideration are:

1. Gratitude

Instead of focusing on what you do not have, be thankful for what you do have. You can never say thank-you enough.

2. Passion

 Find what you are passionate about, and pursue it. Explore your dreams.

3. Spirit

Take a look at who you are and what you project to others.

4. Learn Something New

It is never too late.

5. Be Open-Minded

Listen to others.


We encourage you to always strive to be thoughtful of others, pursue your dreams with passion and appreciate the many blessings that we receive each day.

As 2012 strolls in, The American School of Protocol® will be looking forward to another year of peace, health and happiness. 

We are anxiously anticipating our training dates for 2012 and are thankful that we are able to provide Etiquette Training to those who want to enhance the lives of those in their community and build their career.

Congratulations to all of our graduates and may 2012 be a successful year for all!