Paris Lockdown 2.0 and Other Thoughts…

Bonjour, everyone. I hope you are all well and safe. As you probably know, much of Europe–and now the UK–are returning to lockdown mode. Non-essential shops and businesses are closed. Travel for anyone not working for the government or involved in directly saving lives is prohibited. (I’m sure there are exceptions to this rule, but, … More Paris Lockdown 2.0 and Other Thoughts…

Back To Basics

In the past six plus years that I’ve been posting–and you’ve been commenting–on thisĀ  blog, we’ve covered a lot of ground. Starting out with articulating and discussing Old Money characteristics and the Old Money philosophy, we’ve branched off of that theme more than occasionally. We’ve discussed having cash on hand and renting vs. putting a … More Back To Basics

The Slow But Certain Dawn

Scarlet O’Hara famously said that, ‘After tall, tomorrow is another day,’ her closing remark in Gone With The Wind engraving a defiant optimism in the minds of a generation of readers, and probably even more film fans. So, with the ravages of Covid-19 still plaguing the globe, it’s important for us to remember this as … More The Slow But Certain Dawn

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

Is Spending Patriotic?

David, a long-time contributor to the blog, recently raised an issue in a private email that I thought warranted discussion. When is it ‘patriotic’ (or at least in the public interest) to intentionally spend money in order to help revive the economy? President Bush encouraged Americans to ‘go out and spend’ in order to get … More Is Spending Patriotic?

The Mid-Pandemic Survival Guide – Old Money Style

On this blog, we discuss the complexities and nuances of Old Money Values…the important concepts, priorities, and habits that inform the Old Money way of life. These include Health, Education, and Financial Independence, just to name a few. I detail these Core Values in The Old Money Book. They make up about half the book, … More The Mid-Pandemic Survival Guide – Old Money Style

A Note of Congratulations to the Bard College Freshman

I recently received great news: Peri, the daughter and granddaughter of our dear friends Mo and Lark, has recently been accepted to Bard College. She’ll begin classes there this fall, and we are all delighted. Congratulations are in order for Mom, Lark, and certainly for Peri. A lot of collective effort went into the realization … More A Note of Congratulations to the Bard College Freshman

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