No Justification Necessary

I’ve written in previous posts about eliminating the word ‘should’ from our vocabulary. When the temptation arises to say, ‘Well, I should do that…’ or ‘You know, I really shouldn’t do that…’, stop. Do it. Or don’t do it. In that same vein, as the new year approaches, I think it’s important that we resolve … More No Justification Necessary

The Oath and Public Office

In light of current events, I thought it might be appropriate to visit the concept of taking an oath as one serves in public office. An oath is a sacred promise that has ethical, moral, and legal implications with regard to behaviors that either honor the oath or violate it. There is little ambiguity. As … More The Oath and Public Office

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

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