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

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  • 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 […]

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Back off my man

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: A reader writes the 20-40-60 Etiquette team with concerns over a woman who was overly aggressive in speaking with the reader’s husband during a cocktail party.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---You smell terrible!

    By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net.   YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Calllie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I was on a trip to Australia and took the bus to one of the points of interest. One woman who sat next to me reeked of offensive body odor. What […]

  • 20-40-60 etiquette: Offensive body odor presents etiquette conundrum

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The women of 20-40-60 answer your etiquette question. Clytie Bunyan has the guest answer

  • 20-40-60 etiquette: Should I mention a forgotten loan?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    If your friend forgets to repay a loan, should you mention it or write it off? The women of 20-40-60 advise.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Hostess had too much on her plate

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE | Published: Mon, May 19, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: How do you handle a guest who seems to be thankless to her host.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Did you get it?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Apr 28, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE! By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: I know there is so much controversy regarding the etiquette in “thanking” someone for “thanking” you.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Did you get the cookies?

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

    The women of 20-40-60 answer your ettiquette questions.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette: Where are young people's manners?

    BY CALLIE GORDON, LILLIE-BETH BRINKMAN AND HELEN FORD WALLACE, For The Oklahoman | Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    20-40-60 Etiquette: Young people need help learning social graces.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---How do I get my money?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace   QUESTION: My husband’s colleague and I jointly agreed to buy a gift card for his office manager’s birthday.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Who pays for the wine? Everybody?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    YOU ASK! WE ANSWER! YOU DECIDE!   By Callie Gordon, Lillie-Beth Brinkman, Helen Ford Wallace QUESTION: For years several couples have had dinner together and split the bill evenly.  Lately, one couple has ordered very expensive wine and still split the bill evenly, although no one else drank the wine.

  • 20-40-60 Etiquette---Where can I get one of those dresses?

    Helen Ford Wallace | Published: Mon, Mar 24, 2014

    To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. YOU ASK!




Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:41:46 AM CST RT @OUTriDelta: Happy first day of classes Sooners!
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Aug. 04 2014 10:27:22 PM CST 20-40-60 Etiquette: Check-out counter slowpoke causes frustration LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Aug. 04 2014 10:23:56 AM CST OKC's secret is out! Page 1 of @nytimes. Don't miss: Affordable Housing Draws Middle Class to Inland Cities LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Thu, Jul. 31 2014 10:26:26 AM CST RT @jjamesjoiner: My @Esquiremag guide to Oklahoma City, including @BricktownOKC, @ednasokc, @Guestroom and more: LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:20:30 AM CST OKC Council to decide how to apply rules to ridesharing services like @uber (@uber_okc), @Lyft LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:57:56 PM CST Hidey, hidey, hidey ho, you win! @OSUFirstCowgirl #MountainsAreCallingUs
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 23 2014 06:43:18 AM CST Finally got to see "Spamalot" last night, put on by Lyric in OKC! What a fun and crazy show, just like Monty Python was. Go this week.
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 23 2014 06:41:11 AM CST RT @DowntownOKCInc: The Holy Grail of comedy? @lyrictheatre's Monty Python's Spamalot starts this week at @okcciviccenter!
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 16 2014 09:11:25 PM CST RT @bobgoff: God created beauty so we'd know what He wants for our lives. LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 16 2014 10:20:00 AM CST Two Oklahoma City restaurants turn the big 5-0 LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Jul. 14 2014 03:49:11 PM CST 60 Seconds on Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest - #infographic | Digital Information World LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 09 2014 12:30:41 PM CST These speakers at final session of @okcchamber's #InternOKC make me want to live here. Oh, wait. I already do. #sellingOKC
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Tue, Jul. 08 2014 07:17:22 AM CST RT @Edmond_beat: Day two of US Senior Open in Edmond's Oak Tree National. It's to be hot. Drink lots of water.
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Jul. 07 2014 06:40:58 PM CST @darbyron I agree that @Red_River_NM needs better @VerizonWireless service soon. Frustratingly worse this visit than previously. Next year?
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Mon, Jul. 07 2014 09:29:21 AM CST RT @darbyron: @lebradshaw @Red_River_NM @Verizon Needs more service.
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jul. 02 2014 12:52:37 PM CST RT @okcchamber: Celebrating #OKC's new nonstop flight to #Charlotte on AA operated by US Airways Express. #OKCtoCLT LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Sat, Jun. 28 2014 05:58:57 PM CST Regatta time! Our @okcchamber team rows at 7:30. If you are at the Stars and Stripes Festival, come watch. #okcboathouse #regattapark
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Sat, Jun. 28 2014 07:36:44 AM CST Another good essay, on marriage: "Love starts in passion and ends in car pools." Rhapsody in Realism LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Sat, Jun. 28 2014 07:27:20 AM CST Interesting read - and a different perspective - on parenting. The Trauma of Parenthood LINK
Lillie-Beth Brinkman Wed, Jun. 25 2014 01:02:39 PM CST "I see unlimited potential in OKC," says @COOPAleWorks' Daniel Mercer about why HQ is OKC. It's home & b/c of culture, people #internOKC