Predictability vs. Ambiguity

As I’ve made some changes in my life recently, I’ve had the opportunity to consider the relationship between the predictability we all seek and the ambiguity that is inherent in change or progress. We can’t know everything that’s going to happen as a result of a decision we make to change our circumstances. We can … More Predictability vs. Ambiguity

Happy New Year, and An Update…

I hope 2023 has begun wonderfully, and that the entire year will be filled with health, joy, and prosperity for everyone. First, I’d like to thank everyone who purchased a copy of How To Be A Rich Man…or Woman! If you haven’t written a review on the Amazon product page, please feel free to do … More Happy New Year, and An Update…

Generosity: A Tricky Business

It’s the holiday season, and often we’re inclined to be more generous this time of year. We give gifts to express our love and gratitude to those we care about and those we do business with. We even give to perfect strangers. It’s a great feeling to be on the receiving end of generosity, but … More Generosity: A Tricky Business

Material Possessions: How To Define and Refine Your Choices

After relocating to Paris from Los Angeles several years ago and more recently combing through the belongings of Mommy Dearest, I’ve had, once again, time to consider the mixed bag that is material possessions. More precisely, I’ve had the chance to identify what makes a worthwhile acquisition, even as we try to streamline our lives … More Material Possessions: How To Define and Refine Your Choices

Serge Gainsbourg and The Concept of Legacy

We can never be certain of what our legacy will be. What we leave behind after a life lived. We may work to instill values in our children that will serve them well after we’re dead and gone. We may strive to create a fortune so they might live without worry. Our body of work … More Serge Gainsbourg and The Concept of Legacy

Pretend You’re Moving

It’s inevitable that we accumulate material possessions. We need to be sheltered,  clothed, fed, and nurtured, so we buy or rent a house or an apartment and fill it with furniture. We buy pots and pans so we can cook. We purchase clothes which will, at minimum, keep us protected from the elements. We purchase … More Pretend You’re Moving

The Kindness of Strangers

The last couple of weeks have been a little foggy. My apologies for the absence. And thank you all very much for your condolences during this time. It is comforting to hear such kind words from so many of you, most of whom I’ve never met. London, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have all figured … More The Kindness of Strangers

Mommy Dearest: 1936 – 2022

Sad news. Mommy Dearest suffered a stroke recently and did not survive. Even though she was in her eighties, we are still in shock: her health was much improved in recent weeks after a life-threatening downturn in August. She lead a nonlinear life. She had no profession or career in the traditional sense of the … More Mommy Dearest: 1936 – 2022