The Swedish Club – Paris

Not too long ago, I was very fortunate to have lunch with Anders Fogelstrom, President of the Swedish Club in Paris, and his lovely wife, Marianne Strom. (A world-renowned photographer, she was kind enough to provide the photos for this post. Merci beaucoup, Marianne.) Our conversation bounced from current events to French culture to literature … More The Swedish Club – Paris

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

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

The Old Money Guide To Marriage – New Look

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve revamped the cover–and added a couple of photos to the interior–of The Old Money Guide To Marriage. I wanted to let you know about it, in case you or someone you know is in the process of dating, walking down the aisle, or anywhere in between. It’s a great reference tool–and … More The Old Money Guide To Marriage – New Look

Parisian Parenting: The Basics

After 3 years of living here in Paris, I’ve begun to pick up on some of the more obscure but fascinating details of this unique culture. Parenting is a prime example, and I may have discussed it here before. I know I’ve discussed it with French and American friends at length. The overall behavior and … More Parisian Parenting: The Basics

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