Callie Gordon
Freelance Writer
Callie Gordon, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, is working at Chesapeake Energy in the Environment, Health, and Safety Department. She was previously an event coordinator for Chesapeake Energy.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Should we have a secret Santa?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    What’s the best way to keep Christmas fun and affordable?

  • THANKSGIVING 20-40-60 Etiquette: Can I watch the game?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    During the Thanksgiving holidays, what if you’re at a home that doesn’t celebrate the holiday properly and doesn’t turn on the TV to watch football after the meal?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Still waiting for wedding thank you note...

    Helen Ford Wallace, Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: Last spring a friend of our family was married. Prior to the wedding, I was invited to a bridal shower. I know both the bride and groom, but I know the groom much […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Guest list stresses mother of the bride

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The women of 20-40-60 advise a mother of the bride who thinks her ex-husband is getting carried away with his side of the guest list.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Say something or get used to it, Betty

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Oct 27, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette:How to gently correct a friend who calls her by the wrong name.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: My dinner party includes feuding couples

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: My dinner party includes feuding couples. Devonne Carter has the guest answer.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Should I say I think your plastic surgery looks great?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net   YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My friend just had some plastic surgery on her face and neck. She has not talked about it and has not acknowledged it, but does accept compliments about how wonderful she looks. […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Help, I'm the best man!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    I am the best man in my best friend’s wedding. What are my duties?

  • 20/40/60 Etiquette: Should I send flowers?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    20/40/60 Etiquette: The women of 20-40-60 make recommendations on whether or not to visit a sick colleague in the hospital. The Oklahoman Features Editor Matt Price has the guest answer.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---So sorry

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

     YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!  By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: How do you feel about offering a condolence message about a death via email? Yvette Walker has the guest answer.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Settle down!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: We just returned from a long overseas trip. After an already-long day, we got to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for a several-hour layover until our Oklahoma City flight. The waiting room was very crowded. A group of six apparently […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Where are your manners?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    QUESTION: We just returned from a long overseas trip. After an already-long day, we got to the Dallas/Fort Worth airport for a several-hour layover until our Oklahoma City flight. The waiting room was very crowded. A group of six apparently unsupervised preteens was turning cartwheels, dancing in the aisles and shrieking across the room to each other. Emboldened by the glares and eye-rolling of other passengers, and knowing the mother would want someone to intervene, I approached the girls. I was shocked to find that two of the ones who appeared to be preteens were actually mothers of the others. Having gotten that far, I simply asked that they lower the decibel level and refrain from activities that might hurt others, as I

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Move along!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

      YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! Editor’s note: The 20-40-60 Etiquette team is happy to have Joe Hight, editor of the Colorado Springs Gazette, as our guest. He was instrumental in getting this column started several years ago when he was director of information and development at The Oklahoman/NewsOK and he also answered questions […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Check-out counter slowpoke causes frustration

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman and Helen Ford Wallace, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    A customer writes the 20-40-60 ladies to complain about a poky fellow shopper who reconciles her checkbook at the checkout stand.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: I'll bring the fruit!

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editor’s note: Today we invited two guests to add to the 20-40-60 team’s answers. Questions about co-hosting parties have come up before, and we think it is important that all hosts participate together in party planning, especially since they are coming together to honor a mutual friend. Readers, let us know what you think. QUESTION: My friend has a very demanding job that has never allowed her to do much outside of the work realm. Consequently, she has never developed an understanding of how to host social events. She has compensated by buying a food platter, bringing drinks or contributing money when needed. Yet when it comes to actually planning the details, she is clueless. I, on the other hand, have lots of

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Must I know the couple to attend their wedding?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    If you’re invited to a wedding for a couple you’ve never met, is it proper etiquette to accept?

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Is someone in your space?

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace     QUESTION: Usually when I find an empty seat at the movies, I choose one with a seat between me and the next person, because I have been in a situation once or twice where the person next to me […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette—Who CAN I invite?

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: My son is engaged to a young woman from out of town. She has visited us in Oklahoma City several times. They will be married in her home city. She and her family have let us know that they plan […]