The Bare Minimum and Old Money

Our Foreign Corespondent David and I were recently discussing the minimalist lifestyle trend that has been gathering steam in recent years. The concept is to live with as few material possessions as possible. A Netflix documentary on the subject can be found HERE. As I mentioned to David, my wife and I came face to … More The Bare Minimum and Old Money

The Back To School List That Wasn’t

Each year about this time, I hobble together a list of classic, reliable back to school clothes and accessories that can benefit the high school senior or college freshman. This year, not so much. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators find themselves at a crossroads right now. The pandemic presents plenty of problems and no clear … More The Back To School List That Wasn’t

A Meteor Hits The Retail Landscape

As if the retail sector of the United States didn’t need any more challenges, the pandemic hits like a meteor in a bad science fiction movie. Shopping malls seem, to some of us, a distant memory. Brooks Brothers is trying to sell its brick and mortar stores off piece-meal (thanks for that article, David). J … More A Meteor Hits The Retail Landscape

Quotes from Fiction, For Life

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Nick Carroway, The Great Gatsby by … More Quotes from Fiction, For Life

The Price of Cheap…Continued

We’ve already addressed the price some pay for the cheap clothing we’re able to purchase: enabling overseas companies to pay near-slave wages, or no wages if garments are produced in prisons by inmates, hazardous working conditions, and the physical toll these sweatshops take on their workers. We can add an environmental impact to that list, … More The Price of Cheap…Continued

Conversation From The Twilight Zone

“Bonjour.” “Bonjour.” “J’adore votre ensemble. C’est tres elegant.” “Merci beaucoup.” “Vous habitez a Paris?” “Oui.” “Un Parisien, tres bien!” “Non, je suis americain.” “Oh, okay. Hi. Me, too. I’m visiting for Fashion Week.” “That must be interesting.” “It is. There’s so much going on. I was just wandering about your outfit. It’s so retro.” “Thank … More Conversation From The Twilight Zone

Are You Ready for a Downturn?

Financial analysts and newspaper headlines are warning about another recession. It’s been awhile–over 10 years in fact–since the economy suddenly contracted and left many Americans of all income levels in no small amount of pain. It was 2007. The stock market tanked. Unemployment spiked. Homes were lost. Portfolios ravaged. Many people were forced to rethink … More Are You Ready for a Downturn?