Comments, Cancel Culture, and The Pull of Values

Comments I’d like to say a big Thank You to everyone who commented on ‘The Moderates’ blog post. The thoughtful, detailed, and articulate insights are greatly appreciated. It helps me learn more and exposes all of our readers to different points of view. With all due modesty, I must say that we are so superior … More Comments, Cancel Culture, and The Pull of Values

The 72 Hour Weekend Wardrobe and Other Pressing Topics

Our foreign correspondent (and frequent international flyer) David has generously offered his thoughts on the Long Weekend Wardrobe for men, in response to Crofton’s inquiry. His comments, rock solid and good as gold, are as follows: Three or two-buttoned navy blue blazer. Travel in it. If you’re in Business or First Class they’ll hang it … More The 72 Hour Weekend Wardrobe and Other Pressing Topics

The Paris Wardrobe: Pack the Black

I’ve recently received a couple of emails from American men who planning a move to Paris as soon as conditions permit. Both asked about how to purchase/pack/plan for the weather and the culture with regards to wardrobe, so I thought a post about my experiences in this regard might prove timely, and helpful. Hindsight is … More The Paris Wardrobe: Pack the Black

French Table Manners from The Local

The Local France is an English-language site that covers news, politics, and culture, especially as they impact the expat community. I subscribed earlier this year as the pandemic hit France. The Local had current, relevant, and invaluable information posted on their website during the nerve-racking early days when separating fact from fiction was key. And … More French Table Manners from The Local

The Refresher: From Susan Cheever

Reprinted from Newsweek magazine…August 2012.   How Modern Preppies Got the Style But Forgot the Values BY SUSAN CHEEVER ON 8/6/12 AT 1:00 AM EDT Oprah Winfrey may give away millions, but titans with a conscience have been on the wane since John D. Rockefeller’s day.CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BETTMANN-CORBIS; STEPANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP-GETTY IMAGES; … More The Refresher: From Susan Cheever

Hand-Me-Downs…Old Money Style

Our foreign correspondent David noted a recent article about how Old Money gents make the most of hand-me-down clothes. Obviously, they’re most often not from an older sibling, but the previous generation. You can read it HERE. I hope you’re all enjoying a safe and joyful Thanksgiving. There are no Pilgrims in Paris, so here, … More Hand-Me-Downs…Old Money Style

Standards

I thought about the word ‘standards’ the other day, and I liked it. It brought to mind a level or a benchmark below which a certain thing did not go. There are ‘standards’ for acceptable behavior and professional performance. Excellence, innovation, and creativity know no bounds, of course. But standards hold fast, day after comforting … More Standards

The French Chateau: Myth and Reality

One of the fascinating aspects of life here in France is the mystique of life on a French chateau. The phrase conjures up visions of verdant landscapes, towering stone turrets, the portraits of ancestors lining wood-paneled corridors, sipping a glass of champagne near a huge, roaring fireplace. A life of privacy, privilege, and ease. That’s … More The French Chateau: Myth and Reality