Education, Revisited

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

Dressing Preppy, Circa 1980

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

No Justification Necessary

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

The Oath and Public Office

In light of current events, I thought it might be appropriate to visit the concept of taking an oath as one serves in public office. An oath is a sacred promise that has ethical, moral, and legal implications with regard to behaviors that either honor the oath or violate it. There is little ambiguity. As … More The Oath and Public Office

The Allen Edmonds Bargain

As many of you already know, I’m a longtime advocate for Allen Edmonds men’s shoes. They’re traditional in style, well-made, and have a history of excellent customer service. If you take care of your AE’s, they can last ten years and even twenty. I recently discovered a new feature on their website that I wanted … More The Allen Edmonds Bargain

Friends and Money

David, one of our long-time community members and frequent finder of thought-provoking articles for this blog, sent me this story recently. I think it’s quite interesting, and I’d love to hear some experiences you’ve had with this issue. That is: how do you handle developing and maintaining friendships with people who have a very different … More Friends and Money