Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman

  • 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 Or is that an out-of-date custom?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.

  • Can I walk my dog at the cemetery?---20-40-60 Etiquette

    By Callie Athey,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Mon, Apr 4, 2016

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: This morning I saw a woman, dressed for an exercise walk, with a dog on a leash entering Rose Hill Cemetery. This was shortly after the cemetery opened its gates on NW 63. The scene struck me as insensitive and in poor taste.  I do not know if this activity violates a rule of the property owners. What do you think?  CALLIE'S ANSWER: Everyone mourns differently and handles situations differently. Try to be mindful that maybe this woman is seeking peace or solace by walking by a loved one's grave. Find comfort that those buried at Rose Hill Cemetery are getting visitors.

  • 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.

  • Should I look through the house? 20-40-60 Etiquette

    Callie Gordon,Lillie-Beth Brinkman,Helen Ford Wallace | Updated: Thu, Jan 7, 2016

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! QUESTION: I went to visit one of my aunts and she welcomed me at the door and wanted to show me her house. Is it good manners to offer to show your house to someone who didn't ask to see it? It was not a new house. I have also been to a couple of parties where guests toured the home of the people who were hosts. That seemed to me to be a huge breach of etiquette. Is there a rule about house tours? By Callie Athey, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace CALLIE'S ANSWER: Each person is different; some people are very proud to show off their home. Some like to give tours or let people see it for themselves. I wouldn't think too much about it.

  • 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.




Lillie-Beth Wed, May. 04 2016 07:14:11 PM CST RT @firebass_ok: happy 2 year fire anniversary!! 🔥 (it's lit) https://t.co/sLztO1oS6b
Lillie-Beth Mon, Apr. 25 2016 08:56:03 PM CST RT @kochcomm: Who's going to the @UAVFilmFest in #OKC this weekend? Photo cred: @NickBrownOKC. https://t.co/MWgzUKmf7N
Lillie-Beth Fri, Apr. 22 2016 07:13:39 AM CST @fosterx4 I remember when Mark played this song to introduce his sermon. #methodists
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Lillie-Beth Fri, Apr. 15 2016 01:16:06 PM CST RT @AdviceToWriters: Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset. JOSS WHEDON #amwriting #writing #writingtips https://t.co/9…
Lillie-Beth Fri, Apr. 08 2016 02:50:20 PM CST RT @bennett_lostkid: Hey FRESHMEN! Vote ELLA tomorrow! Hey SOPHOMORES! Vote BENNETT tomorrow! #brinkmans
Lillie-Beth Thu, Apr. 07 2016 08:00:57 PM CST RT @firebass_ok: why wouldnt you vote 4 these ppl? vote ella for sophomore rep! vote laura for junior rep! vote syd for senior rep! https:/
Lillie-Beth Thu, Apr. 07 2016 08:00:34 PM CST RT @firebass_ok: vote for @bennett_lostkid for your junior stuco rep!! his hair is better than donald trump's ;) https://t.co/UkNtZ9uYAK
Lillie-Beth Mon, Apr. 04 2016 10:45:34 AM CST RT @firebass_ok: she's never gonna give you up, she's never gonna let you down. vote ELLA for 10th grade stuco rep on friday!! https://t.co
Lillie-Beth Sat, Apr. 02 2016 11:37:43 AM CST I agree! https://t.co/NMrMwAf0Ez
Lillie-Beth Thu, Mar. 31 2016 08:02:41 AM CST Fun story. My freshman year at OU: The Forgotten Oklahoma Team That Nearly Broke College Basketball https://t.co/HHNaiYy64C via @vicesports
Lillie-Beth Sun, Mar. 27 2016 05:03:17 PM CST RT @sportstoons: Here comes the Easter Buddy! #Sooners #BuddyHield #FinalFour https://t.co/22UAHnzP5s
Lillie-Beth Mon, Mar. 21 2016 07:42:42 AM CST An awareness/advocacy class project my son and a friend have started ... Click for more. https://t.co/7lnY8yhblR
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Lillie-Beth Tue, Mar. 08 2016 01:31:52 PM CST RT @bennett_lostkid: Swine Week Panera night with Act II performance tonight! 4-6!! https://t.co/5uhG4dtDcm
Lillie-Beth Sat, Mar. 05 2016 09:06:35 AM CST @tzeeck Every day. You mean the awkward phase was supposed to have an end?
Lillie-Beth Thu, Mar. 03 2016 02:19:18 PM CST @YahooCare I have an urgent issue and just sent you a DM.
Lillie-Beth Mon, Feb. 29 2016 11:26:58 AM CST RT @RiversportOKC: Progress on our new high-speed slides! They'll be ready to go on opening day, March 12, in time for Spring Break! https:
Lillie-Beth Wed, Feb. 24 2016 06:56:22 PM CST RT @tabbiburwell: I love it when OKC makes the NY Times! https://t.co/PGLoJFxQu9

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