The New 9.9 Percent Aristocracy

A recent PBS Newshour segment is something I think provides tremendous insight and value, especially given current events. You can view it HERE. When you watch it, you’re going to notice a few topics that we’ve discussed here on the blog over the months and years. First is the prioritizing of Education, an Old Money … More The New 9.9 Percent Aristocracy

A Meteor Hits The Retail Landscape

As if the retail sector of the United States didn’t need any more challenges, the pandemic hits like a meteor in a bad science fiction movie. Shopping malls seem, to some of us, a distant memory. Brooks Brothers is trying to sell its brick and mortar stores off piece-meal (thanks for that article, David). J … More A Meteor Hits The Retail Landscape

A Sense of Hope

In the previous post, I articulated the sense of loss that we might be feeling as so many aspects of our everyday life have been truncated, restricted, delayed, modified beyond all recognition, or completely vaporized. All that, in a matter of weeks. Usually, life allows us to adapt, change, and grow gradually. Going through school … More A Sense of Hope

Old Money: In Their Own Words

I graduated from law school wanting to help people. I started practicing in a rough neighborhood, representing people who otherwise couldn’t afford a decent attorney. I ate at the local cafe and engaged people socially and tried to become part of the community. It wasn’t working. I’d been raised in New Haven. I was young … More Old Money: In Their Own Words

That Most Precious Luxury

You’d think there would be much to complain about in Paris, but Parisians, well, I guess they’re entitled to a little discontent: they’ve been born in the most beautiful city on earth and it’s not perfect. When not participating in the same, they complain about the labor protests of the ‘gilets jeunes‘ that have been … More That Most Precious Luxury

It’s Not Just a River in Egypt

One of the most dangerous things in life is denial: to be presented with facts, evidence, or a set of circumstances and choose to refute them or ignore them. This is the enemy of progress and growth. The parasite that feeds on reason. The opposite of awareness. The abdication of responsibility. The accelerant of disaster. … More It’s Not Just a River in Egypt