Living in Paris, of course I interact daily with French people, many of the Parisians. This important distinction is necessary because Parisians are French, but obviously not all French are Parisians. Parisians are a unique breed: they are separate and apart, not just from their fellow countrymen, but from anyone else on the planet. In … More The Two Sides of The Old Money Coin
A very predictable thing happens at the end of each year: we have the time and the inclination to contemplate. Often we look back on the last 11 3/4 months. We wince with regret or sigh with satisfaction at our choices or our experiences. Sometimes our minds wander farther afield. We pour through thicker volumes … More Old Money…With Issues
One of the more enlightened comments I’ve heard recently came from a young man who had just been immersed into an Old Money environment. He’s currently a college student, and he just started dating a young lady. They reached the ‘meet the parents’ stage in their relationship and took a long weekend to go to … More New Year’s Resolution: Less Distractions
A recent comment by George prompted me consider an important point about Old Money culture. He inquired about how Old Money should respond as the middle class begins to imitate its style and behaviors. My though is that there should always be an Open Door Policy. That is to say, anyone who wants to embrace … More The Open Door Policy
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the late, great Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate era. His commitment to excellence–and to the truth–during a critical time in this country’s history is inspirational. He embodied a no nonsense approach to journalism. He also embraced lofty ideals concerning the role ‘the … More Ben Bradlee on Journalism
Well…sort of. Our international correspondent, C.V., provided the two links below. (I believe David also spotted one of these and posted in the comments section of a recent post.) The articles make note of a recent fashion trend that embraces clothing that is subtle, durable, and timeless. Previously referred to as Ivy League style or … More Old Money Style is Back in Style!
I wish there was. I’d write the book on it and reap the (financial) rewards. This post on nutrition is in response to Expat Yank and Katherine, who both inquired on the subject. I touch a little on this aspect of Old Money life in the Second Edition of The Old Money Book, but I think … More Is there an Old Money Diet?
The pandemic brought more than a few issues to light, especially for the United States. These issues have, at their core, our notion of individuality: our self-reliant, go-it-alone, pioneer spirit that we believe is central to our identity as Americans. Governors and state governments found themselves at odds with the federal government, not for the … More Re-Thinking Individualism
We are conditioned to believe that the more choices we have in life, the better chance we have of finding what we want, acquiring it, and consequently being happy or even happier. Surprisingly, psychologists tell us that the opposite is true. Having a multitude of choices often leads people to confusion, frustration, and bad decisions. … More Too Many Choices
Last week, I received the following email from one of our readers… I recently read The Old Money Book — it was really insightful (and entertaining). Thank you! You wrote that Old Money prioritized modesty over display, refinement over brashness, etc. It got me interested in these rules of behavior re Old Money. Where do … More Origins of Old Money Behavior