5th annual irmo community prayer breakfast

Representative Chip Huggins and Representative Nathan Ballentine

Invite you to join your friends and neighbors at the fifth annual

Irmo Community Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church of Irmo

7068 Nursery Road

Columbia, SC 29212

Adrian Despres

Vice President, Kingdom Building Ministries

Chaplain, University of South Carolina Football

Itinerant Evangelist

Dr. Clark McCrary, First Baptist Church of Irmo

Dr. Bill Barton, Bill Barton Ministries

Rev. Julie Walkup Bird, McGregor Presbyterian Church

Rev. Kenneth E. Spry, Sr., Teen Spirit Forum of the Midlands

Rev. Dr. Franklin Fant, Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church

Music by: Laine Huggins

Presentation of Colors by: Irmo High School, JRAFROTC

FREE to the public. A light breakfast is available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Program starts at 8:00 a.m.

Please RSVP by September 16 to Elizabeth Donehue (843) 864-9414 or elizabethdonehue@gmail.com

on wearing white after labor day

The post Labor Day moratorium on white clothing and accessories has long ranked among the most sacred rules of etiquette. Comments on my recent facebook post stating my steadfast adherence to the rule “no white or seersucker after Labor Day”  really got me thinking…


As a strict traditionalist  I am inclined to follow tradition at most costs. That being said, I would be remiss to have not noticed recent skepticism of the Labor Day law and more people than ever breaking the rule.


I consulted Emily Post for her guidance on the matter as I do when questions of etiquette arise. I was a bit disappointed because while she usually lays down the law, she seems to leave this one up to individual discretion. The 2004, Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition alludes to the old rule about wearing white only between Memorial Day and Labor Day being a thing of the past.


So Emily Post, gives the go-ahead for wearing white after Labor Day. While you won’t find me wearing it, this may explain why some who would typically abide by the custom are now willing to compromise.


With experts telling us that the rule is passé, I can’t help but ponder, perhaps they aren’t necessarily saying that wearing white after Labor Day IS appropriate, but rather that it CAN BE appropriate. As for me and my house, the white will be put away along with the linen and seersucker. We will look forward to bringing it out again at Easter.

the monogram

“Preppies have known it for years: who needs LV or YSL when you can lay claim to a discreet EBW III? In fact, most Preppies are so proud of their monograms that they put it on virtually everything in sight.” -The Official Preppy Handbook

In the South, monograms abound. One can look almost anywhere and find a monogram. What many people do not know is how the monogram came to be used and the proper way to create or read one.

Historically, a monogram was used as a royal signature.  Romans and Greeks used them on coins to identify their rulers. Then, in the Middle Ages, artisans began to use them to sign their work.  Victorian-period high-class persons adapted the monogram for personal use as a symbol of their place in society.  Now, monograms can be seen on just about anything.

In the Victorian era, rules for monograms were quite simple and few.  Female monograms had the first initial on the left, middle initial on the right, and last initial embroidered larger in the middle.  But the rules are hardly simple anymore.  A monogram can be playful, whimsical, flamboyant, traditional, elegant, or understated;   the number of choices today is almost infinite.  Many still choose to use the traditional Victorian female model. www.articlesbase.com

Rules are now flexible, but for the purist, there are a few standards:

The Traditional (Victorian Female) Monogram: A three letter monogram with the middle letter largest and the two side letters the same size should be written in the following order: first name initial, last name initial, middle name initial.
Example: Elizabeth Hosftadt Draper  should be EDH (with D in the center & largest)

The Victorian Male Monogram : A three letter monogram with all letters the exact same size should be written in the following order: first name initial, middle name initial, last name initial.
Example: Donald Francis Draper should be DFD.

The Married Monogram: A married monogram is a modern design in which a husband and wife combine their monograms into one. This should only be used when a couple is married, not engaged. The order of initials should be as follows: wife’s first name, last name of couple, husband’s first name.
Example: Elizabeth Draper who is married to Donald Draper should be EDD (with D in the center & largest)

What is your favorite or least favorite use of the monogram?