Abraham Lincoln once said that most people are as happy as the make up their mind to be. And he was probably right. Most of us can wake up in the morning and choose to be happy. Or not. Certainly, there are events and circumstances in everyone’s lives that render us miserable, depressed, or angry. … More The Discipline To Be Happy
I received a note the other day from a friend in Los Angeles. He’d just finished reading The Old Money Book and wanted a few print copies for friends and family. (Please note: the hard copy version of the book will be out this fall. Thank you all for your interest.) Living on the beach in … More Old Money, According to Frank Sinatra
I was fortunate enough to catch up with some old friends recently. Dinner started late–the restaurant had botched our reservation–but no one in our party really cared. We started at the bar with a round of drinks and a quick, ruthless inventory of respective hairlines that were going north and waistlines that were headed south … More Old Money & Friendships
Many people I talk to are embracing the Old Money philosophy and way of life and letting go of the work-to-spend/constantly-in-motion/vicious consumer cycle that has dominated American culture for the last 75 years. They’ve ditched the shopping mall for a hiking trail, turned off the television–or started watching PBS–and have opted out of social media in … More Finding Your Library
Recent revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that we may not have had all the privacy we imagined as we went about our daily lives, online and elsewhere. Exactly what the government should and should not be doing, and what we can do about it, are subject to debate. Discussions about how much … More Old Money, Private Lives
I sat in the Pacific Dining Car in downtown Los Angeles a few mornings ago. It was early, barely dawn, and the place was quiet. Only a few casually dressed patrons here and there. Early risers with sharp minds and busy schedules, eager to get a jump on the Saturday. (The place is open 24/7/365. … More Friends and Family…?
Today, all but the most affluent and cavalier of us are mindful of our expenditures. We put off vacations, find ourselves eating in more often or eating our more economically, and, when we do spend money on necessities, we tend to think more about them before we cut loose of our hard-earned money. So when … More How Articulate Is Your Thinking?