After 3 years of living here in Paris, I’ve begun to pick up on some of the more obscure but fascinating details of this unique culture. Parenting is a prime example, and I may have discussed it here before. I know I’ve discussed it with French and American friends at length. The overall behavior and … More Parisian Parenting: The Basics
“We’ve seen it all. Nothing lasts forever. My ancestors weren’t slaughtered because they treated people fairly on a daily basis and were generous on a few occasions. It doesn’t sound like much, but the way some people were treated was awful. They say that’s what happens when the ‘worm turns’? No, that’s what happens when … More The Job Description
I had a conversation last week with a young woman. She had received a year-end bonus that was almost equal to her credit card debt. She asked me if she should completely pay off her debt or hold onto the cash. I told her to hold on to the cash and pay her debt off … More Cash On Hand…Or Debt Free?
One of the most dangerous things in life is denial: to be presented with facts, evidence, or a set of circumstances and choose to refute them or ignore them. This is the enemy of progress and growth. The parasite that feeds on reason. The opposite of awareness. The abdication of responsibility. The accelerant of disaster. … More It's Not Just a River in Egypt
“I don’t have time for depression. I don’t have time for doubts. I do all the research I can. I get all in the information I can. I think about whatever it is long and hard. And then I make a decision. “Sometimes I get awful results, but more often than not, things turn out … More Old Money: In Their Own Words
Don’t try too hard.
Numerous articles over the past couple of years have appeared in the mainstream media questioning the ‘value’ of a college education. The pundits point to the increase in the costs of tuition, sparse job prospects for college graduates, and innovations in technology that make it possible to learn anything online. To which I say: not … More Education, Revisited
I recently came across the following article. Published in 1980, the information contained in it remains, on the whole, true today. My sincere hope is that much of it will remain true in 2080. The well-written piece primarily focuses on how Old Money Guys and Gals dress, but there are some aspects of attitude and … More Dressing Preppy, Circa 1980
I’ve written in previous posts about eliminating the word ‘should’ from our vocabulary. When the temptation arises to say, ‘Well, I should do that…’ or ‘You know, I really shouldn’t do that…’, stop. Do it. Or don’t do it. In that same vein, as the new year approaches, I think it’s important that we resolve … More No Justification Necessary