Frame of Reference

During this challenging and disruptive time, I think it’s important for all of us to revisit and perhaps reestablish what I call our ‘frame of reference’. This frame of reference is a constellation of ‘points of reference’ that consists of the people, institutions, and barometers that we turn to in order to weigh, measure, define, … More Frame of Reference

Sunday Update: Reconnecting with Friends, Old and New

I want to begin this post by expressing my gratitude to everyone: the comments on How To Manage The Media, one of our first slightly ‘political’ posts, were informative, lively, and civilized. I think we’re off to a great start as we cover some new ground with intelligence, elegance, and mutual respect. (And a special … More Sunday Update: Reconnecting with Friends, Old and New

The Last Brahmin (Well, We Hope Not)

“And this is good old Boston, The home of the bean and the cod, Where the Lowells talk only to Cabots, And the Cabots talk only to God.” Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., of Boston served his country for most of his life. According to family and friends, he really didn’t have a choice. His ancestors … More The Last Brahmin (Well, We Hope Not)

Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

I hope all of you are enjoying a safe and productive new year. Life here in Paris is still very regulated, with an 8pm to 6am curfew in effect. Infection rates hover at a high but manageable level. Masks and social distancing are the norm. Cafes, restaurants, and museums are still closed and will certainly … More Important Notice About The Old Money Book Blog

2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

First, I wanted to say how much I appreciate the articulate and insightful comments so many of you have offered recently on our various topics. The detail and nuance in your perspectives is highly valued. Please continue to read, think, and engage with passion and civility. Second, I wanted to say a very heartfelt ‘thank … More 2021 Here In Paris…and Thank You

2020…Winding Down

It has been a year. More like ten years in 12 months. We started off with an impeachment and rolled into a pandemic. Then we had a presidential election. Vote counting. Election fraud accusations. And recounts. Now we’re learning that the Russian government has hacked US government networks on an unprecedented scale. The only thing … More 2020…Winding Down

Byron Tully at Live Event, Dec 4

I wanted to let all of you know that I’m going to be a guest speaker at a live event this Friday, December 4. International business leader Ezanne Swanepoel has kindly invited me to offer some insights as a part of the digital conference, Relationships: The New World Currency. I’ll be on a panel with … More Byron Tully at Live Event, Dec 4

The Refresher: From Susan Cheever

Reprinted from Newsweek magazine…August 2012.   How Modern Preppies Got the Style But Forgot the Values BY SUSAN CHEEVER ON 8/6/12 AT 1:00 AM EDT Oprah Winfrey may give away millions, but titans with a conscience have been on the wane since John D. Rockefeller’s day.CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: BETTMANN-CORBIS; STEPANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP-GETTY IMAGES; … More The Refresher: From Susan Cheever

Hand-Me-Downs…Old Money Style

Our foreign correspondent David noted a recent article about how Old Money gents make the most of hand-me-down clothes. Obviously, they’re most often not from an older sibling, but the previous generation. You can read it HERE. I hope you’re all enjoying a safe and joyful Thanksgiving. There are no Pilgrims in Paris, so here, … More Hand-Me-Downs…Old Money Style

Standards

I thought about the word ‘standards’ the other day, and I liked it. It brought to mind a level or a benchmark below which a certain thing did not go. There are ‘standards’ for acceptable behavior and professional performance. Excellence, innovation, and creativity know no bounds, of course. But standards hold fast, day after comforting … More Standards