I like to think of myself as traditional, but in a balanced, fairly open-minded kind of way. But when I received a text from a friend recently with photos, I found myself more than a little shocked. Perhaps it’s living in Paris for the past two years and seeing children actually being children–without makeup, without … More Is This Inappropriate To Anyone Besides Me?
In tandem with the release of Old Money, New Woman, we’re marking the birthdays of great women in history with a brief note, and enduring appreciation for their contributions. I’ve mentioned novelist and Old Money Gal Edith Wharton in previous posts. She deserves another nod today. Happy Birthday, Ms. Wharton. Born to privilege, Edith Wharton … More Exemplars – Edith Wharton
Once upon a time, a prince was asked to explain how he came to be so wise. As members of his court fell silent and attentive, the prince thought for a moment, and then shared this story: “I was a very undisciplined as a child, easily distracted and soft of character. My father saw this, … More The Sentry
“Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail.” Thomas Jefferson
A few weeks ago, one of our readers commented on the post “Will the American Aristocracy Please Stand Up” with the passage below from Edmund Burke, circa 1791. I didn’t want to let it remain in the comments section and risk it not being read by all. It’s extraordinary. Steve, thank you. Everyone, enjoy… “To … More Edmund Burke Nails It
I wrote for six years, with no positive response from the publishing community. Then, a friend introduced me to an editor, who knew a lawyer, who knew an agent…the same old story that happens in a myriad of ways. Today, I’m a household name (depending upon which house you’re in) and occasionally strangers call me … More Old Money and Notoriety
The thing I really enjoy about biographies, when they’re well-written, is the context the author provides to the life. Dates, events, accomplishments…these things we can get on Wikipedia. What Jon Meacham does, quite effectively, is wrap the life of Thomas Jefferson around his era, presenting him as a product–not just of his times–but also of … More What I’m Reading Now…