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9 little things I learned from my mother

We all practice a way of life that we've inherited from our parents and or culture that we treat as a kind of secular gospel.  My hope is that my little habits help make me a better citizen, friend and human.  The below is a list of little things I do that I’ve learned from my mother.  They are as much a part of me as my own skin.
1. Gracious Guest If I'm a guest in someone's home, I never show up empty handed.  It doesn't have to be some grand gesture, but brining a little something with me always adds a little more sparkle to my visit.
2. Gracious Host If I'm entertaining guests, I always serve a little something.  Again, an elaborate feast isn't necessary, even a cup of coffee will go a long way and make everything a bit more scintillating.
3. Serve the Gift If someone has taken the time to bring me an edible or drinkable offering whilst visiting with me, I always serve it in their presence since it should be enjoyed with the guest who brought it.
4. Clean …

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