The story of a pair of shoes

I've owned these monk-strap shoes for over 10 years. I photographed them this morning for the purposes of this post. These are one of the pairs of shoes I use around the house for all kinds of work: home office, going to the cellar to fetch firewood, going into the dusty attic to put or [...]

Something wonderful happened last night

I want to share something with you, something wonderful that happened last night. Read on, it's worth it. Around 4 pm, the water company turned off the water for the entire city due to emergency repairs. Late at night, they turned it back on but it was full of silt and mud, so we let [...]

Introducing “The Elegant Gentleman”

I'd like to present a new project of mine, something that I've been thinking about and planning for a while. It's called "The Elegant Gentleman", and it's going to be a journey on which I'll hope you'll join me, where we will explore clothes, manners and the finer things in life, in the search for [...]

What if money was no object?

That is a question every single one of us should ask ourselves, as early as possible in life, ideally when we're still in school. It's not too late for you now if you're out of school. It's just that it's so important, you should do it as soon as possible. Asking it makes you aware [...]

These modern times

We live in some interesting times, don't we? We're more than happy to share private information with all kinds of strangers online, but we can't be bothered to share our private thoughts with our spouses. Too busy for that... It's no wonder the divorce rate keeps increasing. We talk (a lot) but we don't listen. [...]

Anger is just not worth the trouble

I've recently written about how to respond effectively to stressful situations, and now it's time to write about how to respond effectively to anger. One thing most of us do battle with each and every day is our temper. We encounter a situation that pushes our buttons just the right way, and wouldn't you know [...]

One way to respond to stress

I was reminded today of something I've known for a long time, something that still hasn't become second nature to me. I was faced with stressors, and how I chose to respond to those stressors determined my mood and milieu for the rest of the day. On a long-term basis, the sum of all these [...]