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Ms. Parnes has written for and been written about in publications that include the Metrowest Daily News, Daily Transcript, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and myriad local newspapers. Below are a few of her published opinion pieces:

    • Morse Institute Library, Janet Parnes to host holiday etiquette for children workshop

      MetroWest Daily News Posted Oct. 23, 2015 at 2:01 AM Morse Institute Library, Janet Parnes to host holiday etiquette for children workshop NATICK — The Morse Institute Library, 14 E. Central St., Natick, will host a workshop titled “Holiday Manners for Children” from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Nov. 7. Protocol School of Washington graduate […]Read More »
    • THE SPITZ TAKE: Can we still talk?

      By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff MetroWest Daily News Get a group of teens or 20-somethings together, and they won’t talk to one another because they’re all too busy texting other people. They communicate in 140 characters or less, and don’t see any reason for writing a thank-you note rather than messaging TY. The theory would […]Read More »
    • Taking a Stand for Respect

      The Memorial Day Parade in my town was not flashy, the crowd was not crushing, and the speeches not self-aggrandizing. The parade was like a pot of mixed-berry jam: Civil-War soldiers in blue; women in hooped skirts; an American-Legion float skirted in red, white, and blue; Scout troops marching in loose formation; police marching in […]Read More »
    • How to Greet the Pope

      It’s not that I expect to be plucked from some Google search for an audience with Pope Francis this week. I just found myself wondering, “How do you behave when meeting a pontiff?” Below are the results of my research: What to wear. The guidelines are consistent with the Victorian edict to dress in consideration […]Read More »
    • Flight Lost, Friendship Found

      Ubiquitous clips of stranded airline travelers remind me of Lisa, a stranger’s flight emergency, and a friendship forged. My friend Lisa, her husband and their two elementary school-age children were on a flight destined for Mexico and stuck on the tarmac. To pass the time they chatted with senior citizen Jim in the window seat. […]Read More »