As many of you know, I’ve been living in France for a few years. It’s offered a distance in which to view current events taking place in my home country, the United States. What’s more, I am exposed to the much older history and the much more nuanced perspective of Europeans in general, and the … More Our Country’s Biggest Decision Ever
Great news… The audiobook version of How To Be A Rich Man…or Woman! is now available. Just click HERE to order your copy. This book is a slight deviation from most of my Old Money titles. Of course I discuss how to live wisely and well. But this volume delivers options and strategies for the … More How To Be A Rich Man…or Woman! Audiobook Available!
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been patiently watching a phenomenon that is both slightly disturbing and completely understandable. (If I’ve touched on this topic before, my apologies.) It is the discovery, revelation, and condemnation of individuals and institutions that have been involved in slavery. I see it as an offshoot of the #MeToo … More Past Imperfect
It has been a strangely hectic couple of weeks here in the countryside, and my blogging duties have suffered as a result. Apologies. Urgent business at hand: The main structure on the property is quite old, as you know, and the roof has a number of leaks, as you might have guessed. Buckets, pieces of … More Update from the Countryside…Countdown to the Coronation
Thank you, Melissa!
“Don’t tell anyone you’re buying a chateau.” Such was the refrain from everyone we spoke with in Paris: Parisians will be jealous. Parisians will think you’re a fool. People will try to take advantage of you. These warnings came, almost verbatim, from Americans, Brits, and even Parisians themselves. Of course, the default mental setting for … More Discretion and Duty
Recently I’d mentioned that my wife and I had left our apartment in Paris and relocated to the French countryside. This was indeed the case, but not the full truth. My ingrained tendency toward privacy and even secrecy in my personal life made me hesitate. But my perspective has changed after two short months into … More The Next Adventure…
There are subjects that we think we understand. Then there are books we read that completely demolish the illusion of that understanding. Such is “Former People – The Last Days of the Russian Aristocracy” by Douglas Smith. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of Russia, its history, its culture, its politics. Not so … More What I’m Reading Now
I recently sat down with international wealth manager Bogumil Baranowski to discuss Old Money concepts and how they relate to the preservation of wealth…and living a richer life. Bogumil is a unique position when it comes to Old Money: he advises families who have had money for hundreds of years, as well as individuals who … More Talking Billions: My Interview with Wealth Manager Bogumil Baranowski
I am grateful every day for my ability to feel, see, taste, smell, and hear. I would not want to be numb, either physically or emotionally, to the world’s sensations and experiences, good or bad. My vision is far from perfect, but I can watch movies and take in sunsets. I can catch the whiff … More The Five Senses…Revisited