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Jane Austen’s Principles of Good Conversation

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Jane Austen as painted by her sister, Cassandra

Jane Austen as painted by her sister, Cassandra

In the novels of Jane Austen, being able to carry on a pleasant conversation is a mark of a virtuous character. (Although not a sufficient one—the villainous Misters Willoughby and Wickham are enchanting conversationalists.) But most of the best conversations in her novels—and in our own, twenty-first century lives—assume the same six principles, all of which stem from intelligence and thoughtfulness. By following these principles we not only make conversations more enjoyable, we can also become better, wiser people. Read the rest of this entry

How to Build Your Own Holiday Traditions

When you’re living away from home, and especially if you’ve started a new family, setting up your own holiday traditions can be a special challenge. If you’re married, you want to honor customs from both of your birth families but come up with something special for your the family you now share. If you’re single, you want to adapt your family’s customs to fit your new lifestyle and community. Read the rest of this entry

How to Play Croquet

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Most Americans don’t know anything about croquet that they didn’t learn from watching Alice play against the Queen of Hearts. But croquet is an intellectually challenging lawn game perfect for a warm afternoon in the sun. Experimental Wifery explains how to add croquet to your next summer party. Read the rest of this entry