The Bare Minimum and Old Money

Our Foreign Corespondent David and I were recently discussing the minimalist lifestyle trend that has been gathering steam in recent years. The concept is to live with as few material possessions as possible. A Netflix documentary on the subject can be found HERE. As I mentioned to David, my wife and I came face to … More The Bare Minimum and Old Money

Education in the Age of Covid-19: The Good News

As great as the challenges seem right now for teachers, students, parents, and administrators, there are bright spots on the education landscape. Our ever-resourceful Foreign Correspondent David unearthed some inspiring developments from the UK where individuals and institutions are tackling issues both immediate and longstanding. First, the Mentor Jr project, which was started during the … More Education in the Age of Covid-19: The Good News

The Back To School List That Wasn’t

Each year about this time, I hobble together a list of classic, reliable back to school clothes and accessories that can benefit the high school senior or college freshman. This year, not so much. Parents, teachers, students, and administrators find themselves at a crossroads right now. The pandemic presents plenty of problems and no clear … More The Back To School List That Wasn’t

A Voice, A Vote: Every Woman’s Right

I often muse about the power of words. How they sometimes reflect exactly what we’re thinking, sometimes not. The most interesting of examples of word usage occur when we use words to convey an actual meaning that we are not even aware of. That famous phrase “…that all men are created equal…” comes to mind. … More A Voice, A Vote: Every Woman’s Right

The Importance of Keeping a Secret

In this digital age when over-sharing is de rigueur, I think it’s important to revisit from time to time the concept of keeping a secret. Privacy, which is a Core Value of Old Money, is a general concept. Keeping a secret is a specific, tangible choice. The difference between the two makes the latter worth … More The Importance of Keeping a Secret

A Brief Update from Paris

As the US deals with increasing infection rates, I thought it might be helpful and perhaps a little comforting to offer a little perspective from Paris. To recap quickly, the pandemic spread to France from northern Italy and Switzerland in January and February of this year. On March 17, 2019, the country was locked down, … More A Brief Update from Paris

Noblesse Oblige: A Working List for the Low Key Rich

I’ve made it my mission over the past few years to articulate the fundamentals of the Old Money culture. The way we dress, the way we spend (or, more often that not, don’t spend), the priorities, the values, the habits. There’s another aspect that I touch on a little less often, and that’s the obligations … More Noblesse Oblige: A Working List for the Low Key Rich

The New 9.9 Percent Aristocracy

A recent PBS Newshour segment is something I think provides tremendous insight and value, especially given current events. You can view it HERE. When you watch it, you’re going to notice a few topics that we’ve discussed here on the blog over the months and years. First is the prioritizing of Education, an Old Money … More The New 9.9 Percent Aristocracy