Author: D. Paul Graham

"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…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Thank You Mom….. I took a very long drive leaving the house well before dawn and returning home well after dark. I was disgusted with the media yelling over each other and couldn’t listen to the news. Music…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of M’s….. Whether taking spirited or at times somewhat slower drives, sitting at home, or on a park bench, this morning’s M5T is a culmination of thoughts I’ve had while reflecting on the speed at which change has…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….Think, Again….. Thinking. We have all had a lot more time to think as we have been under ‘house arrest’ for the past few weeks. Re-re-re-re reading Atlas Shrugged, I was triggered by a quote from Dagny Taggert…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..One Year….. With all things COVIDE consuming us, I nearly missed a sad anniversary last week. The fire at Notre Dame was just over a year ago. One year. How fast the world has changed in a year.…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Promises….. Yesterday, for possibly the first time ever, Easter around the world was not celebrated in churches. This may not be much of a big deal for many who attend ‘The Church of C&E” - The Church of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..The Sun Still Rises…… I was thankful that the beaches re-opened up this weekend with the conditions of social distancing of six feet and groups no larger than ten people. Given I pulled into the Tybee Island Beach…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Distanced….. I went to Sam’s Club a week ago and was fascinated with (a) the number of empty shelves in each aisle; (b) the nasty nature of people trying to get the last few available packages of TP…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Stoic….. Well. Here we all are in the middle of COVID-19. If ever there was needed a time to keep a clear head it’s now. I have been torn this past week on whether to pen a lighthearted M5T…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Postponed….. Today’s M5T would normally celebrate all things Padraig, but alas, the venerable 196th St. Patrick’s Day parade has been cancelled in Savannah. My guard-moose, Mountie, (pictured here) managed to buy the last face mask in the Lowcountry…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Shrugged Again….. I’ve decided to read more books this year. I read a fair amount, but for well over a decade, my reading has been electronically, starting with a Kindle, then to my iPad, and finally to my…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..…..What’s In A Number?….. Last week in Savannah, I once again had the privilege to attend the ‘Tak Argentinis Valor Awards’ with the ‘Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire’. Each year, Valor Awards are presented to First…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..T-I-DOUBLE-G-ER….. As I waited for colleagues to arrive for a dinner meeting last week, I interloped on a conversation (which has become more of a sport for me after years of active listening to other tête-à-têtes) between two…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Big Buts….. There are big butts, but there are even larger, and more ominous, buts in life. In his catchy 1992 ditty, Sir Mix-a-Lot professed his affection for larger derrieres. At this point, I shall entreat your forgiveness…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..No Loss of Words….. Mark Twain wrote that “Repartee is something we think of twenty-four hours too late.” Frustrated with a mild case of a loss of words from writer’s block in a week that simply just got…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Deliberate….. I’m often asked how I come up with M5T ideas each week. Some M5T’s come very quickly; sparked by someone I’ve met or a situation I’ve found myself in on any given week. Other M5T’s take longer…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Life is the Pits….. I had the privilege and elation to photograph Speedbourne Racing Services and the Ferrari of Atlanta Challenge race team this past weekend at the storied Daytona International Speedway and the Rolex 24 Hour race.…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..A Dream….. In a day and age that is framed and fraught with destructive words, thoughts and deeds, I wonder what Martin Luther King Jr. would say today. Would his words even be heard? Would his dream be…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Paradiddles….. It was a blustery day in Toronto in the early 90s, and I was chiding myself for not getting my head and hands to syncopate on a new paradiddle my drum teacher had me working on. With…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things ….. I Am… I Said ….. Ok, I’ll start this New Year with some disclosure: I’m a Neil Diamond fan. A big Neil Diamond fan. Whew, that was good to get off my chest. Should you have been…