A Few Steps Back, Slowly

As a final note on Privacy, I’m going to share the very small, pretty much painless, but still important steps you may consider taking in order to preserve the online privacy you have, and increase it going forward. First, consider your email provider. Unless you’re using a service like Proton mail, your emails are being … More A Few Steps Back, Slowly

Coronavirus and Life in Paris

I’ve hesitated to write about the coronavirus situation in general and here in Paris specifically. It is everywhere in the newspapers, on television, and online, as it should be. We haven’t faced a more serious crisis in a very long time. I just didn’t think I could add anything to the global conversation, and I … More Coronavirus and Life in Paris

That Most Precious Luxury

You’d think there would be much to complain about in Paris, but Parisians, well, I guess they’re entitled to a little discontent: they’ve been born in the most beautiful city on earth and it’s not perfect. When not participating in the same, they complain about the labor protests of the ‘gilets jeunes‘ that have been … More That Most Precious Luxury

Quotes from Fiction, For Life

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Nick Carroway, The Great Gatsby by … More Quotes from Fiction, For Life

Moi Aussi…#MeToo in France

David, one of our longtime contributors and a fellow expat resident with me here in Paris, forwarded the link below, suspecting that I might find it fascinating. He was right. France, home to both legendary male chauvinists and trailblazing feminists, is having what you might call an identity crisis at the moment: is it going … More Moi Aussi…#MeToo in France

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