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Helen Ford Wallace
Features Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for the Peope/Events page on NewsOK. She also has a Twitter and Facebook presence about Oklahoma City parties and maintains party photo galleries on NewsOK.She has written feature articles for The Oklahoman since 1957 (except for two years when she lived out of state) when she became a teen correspondent for the Oklahoma City Times. She was one of the first people, if not the first person, at The Oklahoman and throughout the country, to set up a modem at home to send columns on an Apple II computer. In the late 1970’s when she did this, the trend had not yet become a major part of the workplace.Current community activities include: Junior League of Oklahoma City board of directors sustaining advisor; Touchdown Club member, Oklahoma Heritage Association member, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum member, Sooner Club. Past activities are: Past Junior League President, Beaux Arts Ball Chairman, Associates Council member, Membership rush advisor for Delta Delta Delta and President of OU Mothers Club. Worked on Public School Foundation dinner events. Awards: Journalism Hall of Fame; Tri Delta Panhellenic Women of the Year; Oklahoma City Public School Foundation Annual Wall of Fame Humanitarian Award; Women In Communication Byliners Award; Dulaney Browne Libraries Award at Awards of Excellence for Oklahoma City University; Oklahoma Hospitality Club Ladies In the News honoree.
QUESTION: If you are hosting a dinner party and one guest rants and is offensive, in language only, to the other guests, as the host and hostess, what should you do?
CALLIE’S ANSWER: If you would like to do something, take the person aside and have a chat with them. “Now is not the time for that kind of language. Please be courteous in my house.”
LILLIE-BETH’S ANSWER: You can try to put a stop to it by redirecting the conversation, sort of like you would a toddler. With a calm voice and a smile, change the subject to a more neutral topic and see if that works. If the guest continues the rant, maybe you could say something like “let’s discuss this later, with just the two of us, as we want everyone to feel