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Dear Abbey: a conversation about the best and worst advice, plus some scenarios
Over the last several months I've been reading a weekly compilation of the best advice columns. They've been highly entertaining. What I've learned is (1) common sense is not common and (2) sometimes we get in (or find ourselves) in legitimately sticky situations. In response, some ask syndicated columnists for advice, which can both delight and inform untold millions of readers. Of course, some of the advice by the Dear Abbey-types are as ridiculous as the scenarios they are presented with, so I thought we'd dismiss with the columnists and see if we could provide better advice. For example: "Am I Wrong to Demand All My Guests Hand in Their Phones at the Door During My Dinner Party?" "How Can I Get People To Take My Professional Cuddling Seriously?" "Should I Tell My Stepson I'm Still Mad I Wasn't In The Receiving Line At His Wedding 25 Years Ago?​" "I want to be able to meet a man and have some faith that he won’t be garbage instead of always assuming the worst. Is that possible?" In addition (and optionally), maybe you have some scenarios you'd like some advice about. Why not take advantage of the fountain of wisdom which is Table Conversations? Bring them along, say "I know this friend who could use some advice" and off we'll go. ------ Please bring something edible to share if you are able. We will have coffee and tea available and lively discussion for all! ------ Mingling starts at 6:30 * Topic intro starts at 7:15 * Finish at 8:45-ish • What to bring Please bring something edible to share if you are able. We will have coffee and tea available and lively discussion for all!

In the hall of a historic building (COOL)

626 Blanshard St · Victoria, BC

What we're about

Our goal is to build relationships over substantial conversations.

It's a simple setup: an interesting topic, some discussion questions and scenarios to jumpstart table talk, and dessert and coffee to fill the belly.

There are only four rules to Table Conversations to make sure things stay (or end) with some degree of civility:

1. Don't be a Jerk.

2. Don't be a Wuss.

3. Eat and be merry.

4. Have grace.

We've had success with this format because it's hard to find a place for invigorating conversations because many of us are too worried about offending other people. At Table Conversations we encourage the opposite: offend, but do with a smile. Forget about trying to be 'kind' for a bit, and share you're opinion, and be ready to hear the opinions of people who likely share drastically different perspectives.

We started at Liberty Cafe in Feb 2013, but outgrew it and have been meeting in the Hall at Church of Our Lord ever since.

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