Super Bowl Etiquette Goes Emily Post-al

The pinnacle of my sports involvement was cheerleading in 1965. Wearing an adorably short skirt and coordinating undies, I executed a perfect cartwheel at home runs, free throw wins and touchdowns. That was it, until ten years later when I married a sports nut and soon after was Mama to two boys.

As cheerleader to a Testosterone Trio, I gave it a good go until intolerably bored, I could no longer. My heart was in shoe sales, not sporting events.

For the decades I endured their sports’ interests, I inexplicably read the Denver Post‘s sports page, gleaning wisps of knowledge on Colorado’s teams, the Rockies and Broncos. Truth be told, that I cared not a whit for baseball, I never turned down the invitation to drive to Arizona for Rockies’ spring training, and the opportunity to tan my legs in March.

Given my sports ennui, it’s ironic that one of my favorite television shows is Real Sports. The vignettes are well prepared by a stable of talented reporters and always intrigue and always entertain. But for Bryant Gumbel, the supercilious host, the show is perfect.

Bryant’s hauteur was in especially high gear during last Sunday’s final commentary, a time slot reserved for his exclusive pontificating. With barely controlled eye-rolling, he admonished fans headed to his ‘hood for the Super Bowl to spend as little time as possible in Manhattan, leave their colorful team clothing home, and to not wear out a welcome thin as ice. I, who have never watched a Bronco game, was instantly incensed at his snark. How dare he be offended by a tsunami of bright orange and blue. His attempt to instruct Colorado folk on the etiquette of visiting New York City has me going Emily Post-al.

For a short space of time, yes, the thousands expected will inconvenient, overcrowding sidewalks, transportation and eateries. But while in your city, Bryant, they and their fat wallets will be having fun, immeasurably enjoying a well-earned rivalry by two stellar sports teams, and for just a smidge, forgetful of health care woes, foreign circumstances, the daily grind.

Let me apologize in advance for all Bronco fans, and especially those at the big game, for what is certain to be a lapse of their good manners. Because celebrating a Super Bowl win is no time to mind one’s Ps and Qs.

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The Kitchen Linens Book: Using, Sharing, and Cherishing the Fabrics of Our Daily Lives

Gather ’round! The endearing follow-up to The Apron Book is now served. EllynAnne Geisel graces us with her new treasure, The Kitchen Linens Book. It’s a lovely treat.

Family kitchens are where our days begin and end. And one constant is threaded among the people, the stories, and the moments: America’s kitchen linens. If only these prized pieces could talk.

The Kitchen Linens Book invites women of all ages to visit with the past. In this book, Geisel gives us an up-close look at tablecloths, dishtowels, and napkins with details and histories as fine as the stories themselves. Embroidered or hemstitched, linens or oilcloths–these are the fabrics and the memories of our mothers and grandmothers. And each one has an endearing story and a vivid history.

*The book features over 20 projects and 8 recipes.

* The book includes a classic Butterick transfer pattern for a vintage kitchen towel motif, circa 1945.

* Rich photography highlighting every detail accompanies stories passed from generation to generation.

* EllynAnne’s passion for finding and saving linens from flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores will inspire you to dig through your own closets and cupboards.

Purchase The Kitchen Linens Book:

ISBN-10: 0740777637 ISBN-13: 978-0740777639, 152 pages, 9.1 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches. U.S.: $19.99, Hardcover. Published Feb 2009 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Contact Tammie Barker, Publicist 800-851-8923, ext. 6921

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Apronisms: Pocket Wisdom for Every Day

With features on CBS’s Sunday Morning and NPR’s All Things Considered, EllynAnne Geisel raises the apron to cult status. This little book asserts, “You can never have too many aprons or too many memories.” Apron anecdotes and aphorisms merge with quotes, photographs, and memories to offer down-home-spun, no-nonsense wisdom that is tinged with humor. For ultimate giftability, the book’s case wrap mimics fabric.

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ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-7124-8, ISBN-10: 0-7407-7124-8, 80 pages, 3 x 3 9/16 in. U.S.: $5.99, Canada: $6.99, Hardcover. Published Feb 2008 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Contact Tammie Barker, Publicist 800-851-8923, ext. 6921

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The Apron Book

The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort

THE APRON BOOK is now in its sixth printing.

There is no other book like The Apron Book, which celebrates the humble yet lovely apron and the spirit of the men and women who wore them, and at the same time provides the inspiration and the tools to reinvent aprons for the here and now.

According to EllynAnne, aprons don’t hold us back, they take us back…the very reason for the apron’s status as today’s hottest collectible.

Praise for The Apron Book:

“The Apron Book unfolds like a bolt of fabric…the pattern of a life remembered through a homely object.” —Jacki Lyden, NPR’s Weekend All Things Considered

“You can practically feel the love that went into this trip down memory lane. Like your mother’s best layer cake, it’s one to savor.” — Patti Thorn, Rocky Mountain News

“I’ve loved The Apron Book.” Fannie Flagg, —Red Bird Christmas

“Part how-to, part history, this book is like grandma’s pudding-comforting and a great treat.” — Create & Decorate Magazine

Purchase The Apron Book:

ISBN:0-740761-81-1, 152 pages, 7 x 9 in., 95 color photographs, $16.95, dust-jacketed hardcover with the Basic Bib Apron Pattern incl as packaged insert. Published Sept 2006 by Andrews McMeel Publishing. Contact Tammie Barker, Publicist 800-851-8923, ext. 6921