Author: D. Paul Graham

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Touch & Go's.....

.....Touch & Go's.....For as long as I can remember, I have had this intense, unrelenting personal love affair with speed and with flight. I’ve mentioned in M5T a few times that I am like a kid when I get to the airport and onto a plane. When I get into these moods, I am always reminded of one of my favorite books on flight. Each page of the book is a reminder of the thrill of learning to soar, being true to yourself, flying in the face of conformity, and accepting that not all will understand you or your passion. As such, if you would please, revisit with me in this morning’s M5T, thoughts on Bernoulli’s Principle from a seagull named Jonathan.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Art of Sprezzatura.....

Sprezzatura is an Italian word coined by Renaissance author, Baldassare Castiglione, in ‘The Book of the Courtier’. Castiglione took 20 years to write the book and it was published just before he died in 1558. He defined sprezzatura as “art which does not seem to be an art.” In other words, when you act and live your life naturally, seemingly effortlessly with a certain nonchalance; a joie de vie, or to stick with today’s Italian tema, a gioia della vita. This morning’s M5T was written with sprezzatura with a nod to the art of living as such.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Eruption.....

.....Eruption..... The passing of Eddie Van Halen last week gave me pause to reflect on not only the artistic brilliance of a true guitar virtuoso but also music from the 70’s and 80’s.This morning’s M5T is a lighthearted look at songs from the 70’s and 80’s that may have different meanings to us today than we may have considered when we first heard the songs four to five decades ago…which seems to be a kinder, gentler way to say we are flirting with almost a half century since we first heard some of these songs!

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....Just Be..... I spent three days in the Blue Ridge mountains photographing over 50 classic air-cooled Porsches at the 2020 Targa Carolina event in Little Switzerland, NC. Each morning started with a brilliant sunrise illuminating fog and cloud shrouded valleys between the mountains. Each evening finished with a full moon rising whilst dining and laughing with old and new-found friends. We started on Route B. We spent each hour of each day just being in the moment. Those ‘Be’s’ inspired this morning’s M5T.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..The Most Tragic Poet….. Aristotle (that philosopher guy who was a student of Plato, taught Alexander the Great in Macedon, and wrote some rather light reading material on metaphysics, poetry, theater, science, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, etc., etc.,…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Moments….. I had the privilege to be on a shoot last week in Asheville. Cooler temperatures were a welcome respite from Savannah humidity. Yesterday, rather than rushing home, I turned what should have been a 5-hour drive into…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Extraordinary….. Perhaps my most favored aspect of Facebook has been reconnecting with friends, some of which I have not spoken with in many years. Last week I reconnected with one such friend and I have found myself taking…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Labor Ipse Voluptas….. Today is the day we celebrate our labor. Labour is celebrated north of the border. Wherever you are in this world, because of Covid, where, how and the perhaps even the type of work you…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..A(nother) Monday Manifesto….. Early this morning, I had to change this morning’s preamble to Monday 5 Things before publishing. I realized it was too raw, too dark and didn’t contribute to the positive messages that I hope to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Re….. There is one, sort of, strange thing that I have done since high school (those that know me better at this point are likely saying ‘only one strange thing?’, but I shall not go there); I keep…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Bueller? Bueller?..... There are a number of movies that I will re-e-re-re-re-re-watch. A few of those movies are Wall Street, Joe vs. the Volcano, Le Mans, Ben Hur, Citizen Kane, Bullitt, Top Gun, Rush, and newly added to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Upping….. I once again had that child-like excitement in my stomach and a big smile on my face - even if it was covered by a mustachioed mask.  I had a spring to my step, despite the weight…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Go Ahead, Smile….. Enough of bad news, politicizations, half-truths and out-right lies. This morning’s M5T is meant to put a smile on your face with some delightful stories of the wholesome side of human nature that can be…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Free Choices….. Last week was crazy for me to say the least. A relatively good crazy but one that left me thankful that I was able to call ‘do-over’ for this morning’s M5T. As such, I ask your…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Verba Pandemus….. Psychologist Jerome Bruner was quoted as saying “We are story telling creatures and as children we acquire language to tell those stories we have inside us.” This pandemic certainly has given fodder for young and old…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Forces….. Every day for a week, from the balcony of the condo, I would watch this scene unfold. Like clockwork at 2:30, the storm clouds would start to form from the west and the beach-connoisseurs would start to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Hemingway & Icebergs….. A week in which I didn’t accomplish much of my considered agenda. A week of sleeping with the windows open despite the humidity, waking to the sound of pre-dawn sea waves that served as…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Never Give Up….. He had an F1 seat from 1991 to 1994 and then again in 1999. By the time he was 34 years old, he had won CART championships in 1997 and 1998. In the 2001 CART…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Breaks..... I had a very different preamble planned for this morning, until last Saturday afternoon. After a jaunt to the local grocery store, I opened my trunk and thought, ‘I can carry ALL of these grocery bags AND…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..High Hopes & Division Bells….. “Encumbered forever by desire and ambition / There’s a hunger still unsatisfied / Our weary eyes still stray to the horizon / Though down this road we’ve been so many times.” Lines from…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Chronicles of Covid.….. The past few months have been rich for observation of our lives in this time of Covid. Notes in my iPad have been growing with each passing week. This morning’s M5T shares a few of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..What?..... Sitting properly socially distanced, I thoroughly enjoyed a proper Australian brunch at Collins Quarter this past Saturday. I was thankful that my friends Anthony and Rebecca Debreceny (along with other restauranteur friends of whom I am anxiously…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Remembrance….. Last week I did something I haven’t done since moving to Savannah. I walked around the 30 acres of Forsyth Park and took a very close look at the monuments in the park that are devoted…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Epidemics….. “Get back here right now or you’re going to get Covide!” I couldn’t believe my ears. The grandfatherly man yelled this at two exuberant boys as they laughed and ran down the hallway of an empty Oglethorpe…