The Inevitable Old Money T-Shirt

Reluctant as I am to give an inch to prevailing trends, I do acknowledge that sometimes people do wear T-shirts…without a polo shirt or dress shirt worn over the said T-shirt. I am also painfully aware that sometimes words or images (or both!) are printed on the exposed T-shirt. The intent is to convey a … More The Inevitable Old Money T-Shirt

Bastille Day: An Appreciation

July 14th is Bastille Day in France, the date which the country celebrates its independence. Unlike Americans who threw fought to gain their freedom from a foreign ruler an ocean away, the French struggled to gain their liberty from home-grown rulers (royal heirs and self-appointed emperors) who often lived down the street. And it wasn’t … More Bastille Day: An Appreciation

Old Money: Reinventing the Fundamentals

As Paris reopens, I encounter more people from abroad. It’s refreshing for the most part, but tinged with a little dread: summer is here. Tourists are here, but hardly in the numbers of years past. Yes, I’m happy the pandemic has subsided. Still there is that sigh, that ennui that is so French: the interlude … More Old Money: Reinventing the Fundamentals

How To Address a Retail Addiction

In The Old Money Book, I talk about the importance of prioritizing Financial Independence: stacking up savings and investments before spending money on consumer products. Of course, this is not always easy. The cost of living seems to outpace salary increases. Kids need braces on their teeth. Automobiles need repairs. Houses need maintenance. Uncle Sam … More How To Address a Retail Addiction

The Aristocrat’s Role

“To be an aristocrat is to be completely fearless. Not reckless, not self-destructive. You must face what comes. Address things as they are. Live life as you find it and make it what you want.” “Know your place. Don’t pretend to be something you’re not, a ‘friend of the common man’. I’m not a friend … More The Aristocrat’s Role

Old Money vs. New Money – Making An Impression

Impressions are important to us as humans. We determine whether something or someone is desirable or dangerous to us. When we meet people, we sometimes quickly decide whether or not we’re going to have things in common, become friends, or part ways quickly. First impressions, as we all know, weigh heavily, but perhaps too heavily … More Old Money vs. New Money – Making An Impression

Old Money vs. New Money: The Perspective

About a month ago, I had a long distance conversation with an acquaintance who was curious to know–among many other things–the ‘one thing’ that Old Money has that New Money doesn’t. I had to think for a long moment. So long, in fact, that the person I was speaking to thought the phone call had … More Old Money vs. New Money: The Perspective