Paris Lockdown 3.0, Covid Vaccines, and Aging Parents

3.0…or was it? Saturday marked the commencement of the third lockdown Paris has experienced in the last year. The first one started, if you can believe it, on March 17, 2020 and lasted until Mid May. If my confinement-impaired memory serves me (somewhat) correctly, October saw our 2nd lockdown. And now, 12 months later, we … More Paris Lockdown 3.0, Covid Vaccines, and Aging Parents

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

A New American Political Party: The Moderates

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we’d be discussing public policy topics on the blog (as opposed to ‘politics’). I felt duty bound to broach the subject after the events of January 2, 2021, in the nation’s capital. Never one to go at things in half-measures, I’ve decided to announce the creation of a … More A New American Political Party: The Moderates

Something Actually Worthwhile From Tatler…And A Question About Investments

I hope this weekend finds all of you safe, well, and relaxing in some fashion. In local news…Paris has 140 days of 6pm to 6am curfew under its belt…with no real impact on the virus. The mayor has floated a trial balloon of a 3 week lockdown. The idea is to ditch the half-measures, face … More Something Actually Worthwhile From Tatler…And A Question About Investments

Frame of Reference

During this challenging and disruptive time, I think it’s important for all of us to revisit and perhaps reestablish what I call our ‘frame of reference’. This frame of reference is a constellation of ‘points of reference’ that consists of the people, institutions, and barometers that we turn to in order to weigh, measure, define, … More Frame of Reference

Sunday Update: Reconnecting with Friends, Old and New

I want to begin this post by expressing my gratitude to everyone: the comments on How To Manage The Media, one of our first slightly ‘political’ posts, were informative, lively, and civilized. I think we’re off to a great start as we cover some new ground with intelligence, elegance, and mutual respect. (And a special … More Sunday Update: Reconnecting with Friends, Old and New

How To Manage The Media

One of the things enshrined in our Constitution and interwoven in the success of our democracy in the United States is a free, vibrant, and challenging press. Reporting on crime and corruption, politics and current events, social trends and silly fads–it’s all part and parcel of what we now call ‘the media’. Newspapers, magazines, television … More How To Manage The Media