Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

We’ve spoken frequently about the importance of awareness as we adopt and maintain an Old Money way of life (I’m hesitant to use the term ‘lifestyle’ as that term seems to denote something less substantial and more surface.) One of the things we can be aware of is the way that advertisers constantly look for … More Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

One of the blessings of being on the planet for an extended period of time is that it affords perspective. In that sense, I pity the young: they can’t look back very far. Many of us hope to offer our insights and experiences to the chronologically challenged. As I may have said before, we want … More What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

Old Money: The End Result

It’s easy to discuss, debate, and discount the merits of the philosophy and strategies presented in The Old Money Book.  I’ve articulated general principles. People have individual experiences. I’ve detailed basic fundamentals. Life is nuanced. The book was written in 2013. We live in 2021. Some things have changed. Given these realities, it can be … More Old Money: The End Result

Emotional Distancing: Old Money and Compassion

As I mentioned, our indefatigable comrade-in-arms, C.V. sent a couple of links that I thought worthwhile. This is the second of those, an article that discusses the psychological impact that wealth has on the human emotion of compassion. It’s a meaty read. So, pour yourself a hot tea, put your feet up, and find it … More Emotional Distancing: Old Money and Compassion

Elegance: Not Available In Any Store

A quiet, reflective pause takes place each August in Paris. The Parisians take off for the countryside or the beach. The city is left to misguided tourists (it’s hot and half the stores are closed.) Those of us who find the tranquility welcome, nourishing, and productive (misguided writers) get to enjoy empty streets, long conversations … More Elegance: Not Available In Any Store

Old Money: Abigail Disney Speaks Out

One of our readers, C.V., recently sent me links to two articles that I think are quite timely.  One, written by documentary filmmaker and entertainment dynasty scion, Abigail Disney, is below. It’s enlightening, thought-provoking…and succinct. Read it HERE. Ms. Disney writes with refreshing candor and rare self-awareness. She presents a chessboard of competing agendas–some psychological, … More Old Money: Abigail Disney Speaks Out

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