It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the late, great Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate era. His commitment to excellence–and to the truth–during a critical time in this country’s history is inspirational. He embodied a no nonsense approach to journalism. He also embraced lofty ideals concerning the role ‘the … More Ben Bradlee on Journalism
Well…sort of. Our international correspondent, C.V., provided the two links below. (I believe David also spotted one of these and posted in the comments section of a recent post.) The articles make note of a recent fashion trend that embraces clothing that is subtle, durable, and timeless. Previously referred to as Ivy League style or … More Old Money Style is Back in Style!
I wish there was. I’d write the book on it and reap the (financial) rewards. This post on nutrition is in response to Expat Yank and Katherine, who both inquired on the subject. I touch a little on this aspect of Old Money life in the Second Edition of The Old Money Book, but I think … More Is there an Old Money Diet?
The pandemic brought more than a few issues to light, especially for the United States. These issues have, at their core, our notion of individuality: our self-reliant, go-it-alone, pioneer spirit that we believe is central to our identity as Americans. Governors and state governments found themselves at odds with the federal government, not for the … More Re-Thinking Individualism
We are conditioned to believe that the more choices we have in life, the better chance we have of finding what we want, acquiring it, and consequently being happy or even happier. Surprisingly, psychologists tell us that the opposite is true. Having a multitude of choices often leads people to confusion, frustration, and bad decisions. … More Too Many Choices
Last week, I received the following email from one of our readers… I recently read The Old Money Book — it was really insightful (and entertaining). Thank you! You wrote that Old Money prioritized modesty over display, refinement over brashness, etc. It got me interested in these rules of behavior re Old Money. Where do … More Origins of Old Money Behavior
Occasionally, I feel it’s necessary to wade into the waters of current affairs, public policy, and even politics. The reason is simple: the Core Values of Old Money that I promote don’t compartmentalize themselves into simply ‘private life’ or ‘personal choices’. The beliefs that we embrace, the habits that we adopt, and the actions that … More Quantity and Quality: The Media’s Role in Our Lives
Of all the words that come to mind when you say ‘Paris’, ‘simpler’ and ‘less expensive’ are probably not frontrunners. The news media consistently lists Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York City among the Top Ten most expensive places to live. What’s more, Paris is often promoted–and often promotes itself–as one of the more glamorous … More The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris
We’ve spoken frequently about the importance of awareness as we adopt and maintain an Old Money way of life (I’m hesitant to use the term ‘lifestyle’ as that term seems to denote something less substantial and more surface.) One of the things we can be aware of is the way that advertisers constantly look for … More Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?
It’s taken me a moment to come to terms with the death of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts. I never met him, but, like many of us, I grew up with him. My mother’s younger sister lived with us for a period of time when I was four or five years old. I still remember … More Our Friend Charlie