An Obituary in The London Times

David, one of our longtime readers and contributors, forwarded this, which appeared in The London Times. Enjoy… Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in … More An Obituary in The London Times

Clothing and Character

We frequently discuss clothing here–timeless style, function over fashion, style icons, back to school basics–but more often than not, we’re circling the issue of how your clothes reflect your values. What I don’t know is if we’ve ever explored this angle: do clothing choices come from certain (Old Money) values, priorities, and habits? Or can … More Clothing and Character

The Greek, The French, and Me

I recently read a short, interesting book by Yanis Varoufakis. He is a former finance minister of Greece and was an all-round thorn in the EU’s side during Greece’s financial collapse a few years ago. The book, Talking to My Daughter About the Economy – A Brief History of Capitalism, is worthwhile. The history behind … More The Greek, The French, and Me

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?

The Limits of Belief

Most of the time, my life here in the City of Light is a steady but varied melange (French word) of writing, reading, phone calls, emails, meetings, long walks, and casual conversations. But every once in awhile, the routine’s sidewalk-cafe dreaminess is jolted, and I get cranky. The most recent occasion was marked by a … More The Limits of Belief

Exemplars: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Continuing our year of honoring extraordinary women, today we remember Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In addition to the entry that appears in Old Money, New Woman below, she’ll be remembered for raising two very fine children. Happy Birthday, Ms. Kennedy. After attending Vassar, the Sorbonne, and George Washington University, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis landed her first … More Exemplars: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Old Money: In Their Own Words

I recently had coffee here in Paris with “David”, a long time Member of the Tribe and contributor of frequent, eloquent comments here on the blog. This conversation, like our previous ones, ran rampant from subject to subject: current events, culture, our respective work projects, the privileges (and pains) of flying on Air France (too) … More Old Money: In Their Own Words