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

The Last Brahmin (Well, We Hope Not)

“And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean and the cod, Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, And the Cabots talk only to God.” Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., of Boston served his country for most of his life. According to family and friends, he really didn’t have a choice. His ancestors … More The Last Brahmin (Well, We Hope Not)

Anti-Social Media…From The Telegraph

I am not on Facebook and have only nominal involvement with Twitter. (These posts are tweeted out automatically…when my account is not suspended, as it is now, for some reason.) And I am an infrequent contributor of Paris photos on Instagram, but don’t hold your breath for the next pic. Most of the time I … More Anti-Social Media…From The Telegraph

Some Rules for Discussion

Thank you all for your comments and interest in discussing current affairs and public policy on the blog. I think it’s a good idea at this point to review some ground rules for discussion on the blog. We’ve enjoyed a lively but overwhelmingly respectful discussion about a variety of topics here. That will continue. What … More Some Rules for Discussion

Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

I hope all of you are enjoying a safe and productive new year. Life here in Paris is still very regulated, with an 8pm to 6am curfew in effect. Infection rates hover at a high but manageable level. Masks and social distancing are the norm. Cafes, restaurants, and museums are still closed and will certainly … More Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

First, I wanted to say how much I appreciate the articulate and insightful comments so many of you have offered recently on our various topics. The detail and nuance in your perspectives is highly valued. Please continue to read, think, and engage with passion and civility. Second, I wanted to say a very heartfelt ‘thank … More 2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

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

2020…Winding Down

It has been a year. More like ten years in 12 months. We started off with an impeachment and rolled into a pandemic. Then we had a presidential election. Vote counting. Election fraud accusations. And recounts. Now we’re learning that the Russian government has hacked US government networks on an unprecedented scale. The only thing … More 2020…Winding Down