Sunday, January 17, 2010

Not So Common Courtesy

Author's Summary. Where in the world did Common Courtesy go?! I don’t want to ruin this story for you, but I found out Common Courtesy is dying a slow and painful death. I want it back, so welcome to my journey. I did find pockets of courtesy here and there that are fairly healthy, but it is definitely no longer ‘common’. Common Courtesy used to describe behaviors that everyone was expected to know and practice, hence the word ‘common’. There was a personal accountability to being courteous. Your manners and etiquette were not just about how you treated others, it was a show of your attitude in general. This book is about finding Common Courtesy and putting it back on the road to good health. Topics include: Communication Courtesy, Public Places, Traveling and Personal Courtesy. I have made this interactive for the reader (e.g. sign the front of the book, adding ideas in certain sections, Pass-it-Along Pages, etc.). Have fun! As Gandhi would and did say, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Review. Recently, several incidents left me wishing I had my copy of Not So Common Courtesy by Mitzi Taylor or at least the Pass-It-Along Pages handy to pass on to a worthy recipient. To the holiday shippers who packed up their boxes at the postal counter while the rest of the postal customers queued upwards of an hour plus waiting to mail their fully prepared boxes and letters. To the restaurant patron who after hanging his coat on the overloaded coat tree blissfully walked away while it predictably fell. To the folks who stood in their driveways watching, but not assisting the stuck snowplow truck. To all of these deserving recipients: Not So Common Courtesy is for you!

Not So Common Courtesy seeks to bring civility and thoughtfulness back into public interactions and discourse. As Taylor notes, “The whole reason I sat down to write this book is to help our society get back to the place where we are respectful of one another, kind to one another, and we can all just get along!” With a clear mission, a strong dose of humor, and a sprinkling of famous quotes, Taylor addresses the following courtesy hotspots: Drive-Thrus; Communication; Personal Courtesy; Public Places; Traveling; Driving; and Pets. The book concludes with Pass-It-Along Pages that are rip out notes to spread the word, with succinct messages such as: Tip of the Day Read Not So Common Courtesy by Mitzi Taylor See if you can find yourself in there; Hey this book’s for you!; I just thought I would let you know that I appreciate your Courtesy. You are an example and inspiration to the world around you! Thank You!

If everyone read Not So Common Courtesy and took Taylor’s commonsense advice to heart we might all be able to just get along!

Review copy provided courtesy of the author.


  1. I could use those pass-it-along pages on the train!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  2. I think everyone should read this book! My biggest pet peeve other that the phrase "pet peeve" is people who are rude.