Standards

I thought about the word ‘standards’ the other day, and I liked it. It brought to mind a level or a benchmark below which a certain thing did not go. There are ‘standards’ for acceptable behavior and professional performance. Excellence, innovation, and creativity know no bounds, of course. But standards hold fast, day after comforting … More Standards

The Old Money Book 2nd Edition – Available Now!

I’m happy to announce that the 2nd Edition of The Old Money Book is now available in ebook and paperback formats. You can visit the Amazon product page HERE. I wanted to have the hardback and audiobook versions available for you at the same time, but COVID has impacted delivery dates on those two fronts. … More The Old Money Book 2nd Edition – Available Now!

Essential Items…for Parisians, Anyway

During the current lockdown here in Paris, boutiques and other stores are closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and bakeries are open. The latter provide what the French government considers ‘essential goods’, necessary for survival during the pandemic. But, as our foreign correspondent David noted with this article from the Telegraph, there’s a contradictory wrinkle or two … More Essential Items…for Parisians, Anyway

Paris Lockdown 2.0 and Other Thoughts…

Bonjour, everyone. I hope you are all well and safe. As you probably know, much of Europe–and now the UK–are returning to lockdown mode. Non-essential shops and businesses are closed. Travel for anyone not working for the government or involved in directly saving lives is prohibited. (I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule, but, … More Paris Lockdown 2.0 and Other Thoughts…

Back To Basics

In the past six plus years that I’ve been posting–and you’ve been commenting–on thisĀ  blog, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Starting out with articulating and discussing Old Money characteristics and the Old Money philosophy, we’ve branched off of that theme more than occasionally. We’ve discussed having cash on hand and renting vs. putting a … More Back To Basics

The Second Wave in Paris

As many of you may already know, a curfew has been imposed here in France. Starting tonight, residents are required to be at home from 9pm to 6am. Exceptions for municipal and hospitality workers will be made (paperwork required), but for the average Parisian, it means finishing off the last glass of wine at 8:45pm … More The Second Wave in Paris

The French Chateau: Myth and Reality

One of the fascinating aspects of life here in France is the mystique of life on a French chateau. The phrase conjures up visions of verdant landscapes, towering stone turrets, the portraits of ancestors lining wood-paneled corridors, sipping a glass of champagne near a huge, roaring fireplace. A life of privacy, privilege, and ease. That’s … More The French Chateau: Myth and Reality

Home Schooling: A Letter from the Front Lines

In a recent post, I discussed the impact of the pandemic on various aspects of life. One of them was education. I made a comment about home schooling and suggested that I’m not its biggest fan. (I think most children benefit from interacting with other kids and being away from their parents for part of … More Home Schooling: A Letter from the Front Lines