Here's an item from back when (via, no surprise, Marginal Revolution) to break that more-or-less silent streak. You've probably heard about sensitivity workshops - some unhappy college student says something racist or otherwise insensitive and is sentenced to some sort of re-education, usually without the accompanying risk of death common in Maoist days. The item is about the opposite, humorously suggesting workshops for people in how NOT to be offended:
Exercise #3: An Awkward Moment. Stand before the group and tells a story about a time you inadvertently gave offense. After each story, the group chants, "It was no big deal!"That's the sort of affirmation I could live with.