Callie Athey
Freelance Writer
Callie Athey is 20-something and is a graduate from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in various positions, ranging from Event Coordinator to Environmental Health and Safety Assistant. Currently, Callie is an Executive Assistant to a local Oklahoma City based Oil and Gas Company.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Shall I ask her dad?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, May 2, 2016

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen- - - hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I am going to ask my girlfriend to marry me soon. Am I supposed to ask her dad for her hand in marriage? Or is that an out-of-date custom?   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Absolutely you need to ask her dad first. It is a wonderful tradition and a huge sign of respect. Best wishes!!   LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: I like this tradition, even if it seems like it’s not necessary.

  • Thanks, but no thanks! 20-40-60 Etiquette

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Mar 14, 2016

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!  By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I have lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes this comes up in conversation upon learning the other person has one of these or similar. I have had both friends who are aware of my medical conditions and complete strangers (people I have met at parties, etc.) tell me I am doing terrible things to my body by taking medications. They have each insisted upon their own version of treatment – the pink stuff, the wrap, going gluten free, dairy free, etc.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about family members hosting baby showers?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Feb 8, 2016

    To ask an etiquette question, email Helen  -  hfsok@aol.com   By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Is it ok if I have a baby shower for my sister? My mother thinks that her friends should be the one having it and not me. Is that etiquette rule outdated? CALLIE’S ANSWER: If you want to have a baby shower then absolutely! There will be so many other ways you shower your sister and that baby though; it doesn’t really matter.

  • Theater Etiquette---20-40-60 Etiquette

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

     To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace @hfsok@aol.com YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I went to a traveling Broadway show in Oklahoma City with my husband a couple weeks ago. Next to us, a couple during intermission was bad-mouthing the cast, as well as comparing it to the cartoon version. It annoyed me this couple was comparing a live performance to a cartoon. Is there show etiquette? CALLIE'S ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY! Wait until you are outside of the venue to start critiquing the show. While that was rude of them, I probably wouldn't have said anything to them.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Still working on the menu!---Vegan choices?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Dec 29, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!  By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I'm a vegan. What are the best ways to approach group meals? During the holidays I usually bring a dish that is vegan and that everyone is welcome to enjoy, but what is the best way to approach my family about including vegan options in what they bring? I think this question is also applicable to people who are vegetarian and gluten free.   CALLIE’S ANSWER: Is this a new thing for you to be vegan? If not, I am sure your family knows to incorporate a few vegan options. If not, ask the menu planner and decide if there are ways for some dishes to be vegan.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about gift lists?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Dec 14, 2015

    By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My wife thinks online gift lists are impersonal. What are your thoughts about sending family and friends wish lists? Is it rude? Does it remove that personal touch? CALLIE’S ANSWER: I love lists! It is hard to think of gifts for everyone, and if there were a […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Need a snappy comeback?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Nov 23, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: I was in the elevator recently on my way visit a friend in the hospital. I had on a new shirt and vest and really thought I looked stylish. A lady (stranger) looked at me, grabbed my cuff and said “well, these sleeves are really too long. You might want to cut them off.” I was shocked and said nothing. Is there a polite retort for “mind your own business?” CALLIE’S ANSWER: I don’t think you need to say anything at all. Be confident in your look, and don’t mind strangers.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How about December birthdays?

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: If someone's birthday is in December, is it appropriate to give them one gift and say it's for both their birthday and Christmas?  CALLIE'S ANSWER: Absolutely! It is so nice and thoughtful to get a present for birthday/Christmas. LILLIE-BETH'S ANSWER: You could ask your friend how she or he feels about that. I'm sure it's not the first time this has come up after a lifetime of December birthdays, so you could get a feel for her opinion on this posed as a general discussion.





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