Author: D. Paul Graham

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..I Don’t Know….. The Pudden’s, who were likely in their 70’s at the time, lived next door when I was a precocious and curious 8-year-old. Mr. Pudden had an inordinate amount of forbearance for the then-sun- bleached white-haired,…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….. Persistence and Belief….. I could see the pain in his eyes and hear in his voice the strain of the difficulties he continues to face. By all means of logic, his company should have been bankrupt two…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….Know and No….. Two simple words; two profound words of significance and definition in our lives. What do we know about ourselves and then purposefully, consciously choose to build into our lives? To what, and to whom, should…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Just Pause..... I once again found myself interloping whilst trying to enjoy an overpriced caffeinated cup of morning goodness. The couple was arguing – albeit relatively quietly – I’m sure, as not to upset the harried baristas. Between…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..On Fire….. It was the moment of peace that I have been needing; craving. The sun had set, the birds had gone silent. The tide unhurriedly, yet deliberately, worked its way up the river, overflowing back into the…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Rebuilding Walls….. On a recent drive back from meetings in Atlanta, I was listening to a radio program about the vision and leadership of Nehemiah as he rebuilt the walls in Israel. I realized that almost 3 years…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Shaped….. We are full-on into a new chapter of yet another year. My melancholic mindset that happens each year around this time gets mixed with the joy and anticipation of a blank canvas for a new year. I…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..The Dreaded “R” Word…. How good is your crystal ball as to when the next recession will hit? Mine’s quite murky. Ask ten economists when the next recession will hit. You’ll likely get twelve different answers. The media…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Verba MMXIX….. Well, here we are in a New Year. How many resolutions have failed so far? Yeah. My thoughts exactly, which is why I don’t make resolutions. For the past few years however, I pick five words…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..2018 Annual Blunders….. It’s hard to believe another year has come and, within 24 hours, will be gone. This is the 8th year that M5T takes a look at some of the incredulous blunders made by some of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Joy To The World….. Creatures aren’t stirring. Children are nestled. Dancing visions of sugarplums. Hoofs prancing on the roof. A strange plump man bearing gifts. Travel. Traffic jams. Flight delays. Arguments in stores. Stress. Yup. Today’s M5T realizes…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….. If You Only Had….. A contemplative week this past one was. Life changes, stress, busyness, joy, laughter and tears. Challenges both uncommon and uncomfortable. Experiences equally exhilarating and exhausting. Interloping on a coffee shop conversation, I tried…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Disconnect, Connect or Reconnect….. Sipping a cup of coffee pondering life early on a cold rainy morning, I glanced across the room and saw an old off-white colored telephone – a touch button land line, circa 1980’s that…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Two Words….. A few weeks ago, I overheard a couple arguing downtown. They were intense, aggressive, and neither listening to what the other was saying. Then it happened. He pointed his finger at her and screamed two words.…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Avoidance….. Sitting in a local basement watering-hole on Broughton street sipping bottomless mimosas, I engaged in one of my most favorite activities – watching and listening to the people around me. There were definite highlights – three brothers…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Only Time….. Whilst reading another book this weekend, it dawned on your humble scribe that books and school can’t teach us everything in life. Don’t get me wrong; I have been truly blessed, thankful, honored and privileged to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Lest We Forget….. Yesterday, the US observed Veterans Day and Canada and the Common Wealth observed Remembrance Day. WWI was to be the “war to end all wars” with the 1918 signing of the armistice ending the war…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Lest We Forget….. Yesterday, the US observed Veterans Day and Canada and the Common Wealth observed Remembrance Day. WWI was to be the “war to end all wars” with the 1918 signing of the armistice ending the war…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..A Tired Mind….. A few years ago, I read a fascinating book by Daniel Levitin titled “The Organized Mind”, published in 2014. Levitin’s thesis is that one’s lack of productivity and loss of drive is a result of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Vagabond Shoes, Little Town Blues, and A City That Never Sleeps….. Ah New York… how I’ve missed you. Late night walks and early morning starts – with camera in hand – a few days of meetings and…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Living Wealthy….. A recent re-re-re-read of another one of my favorite books, Napoleon Hill’s famous tome, “Think and Grow Rich”, got me thinking about common characteristics of some of the really wealthy people that I know. And I’m…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..OH CANA-bis….. Last week, on October 17th, Canada — with much fanfare around the world — became the “first” large country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Ok, Uruguay did so in 2013, but who am I to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Happy Thanksgiving Eh….. As US banks and financial institutions take a break today for Columbus Day, north of the 49th parallel our Canadian friends are marking the change in seasons and celebrating Thanksgiving. Here are some of the…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..On Black and Red….. Hi. My name is Paul and I’m a binger. I cut the cable cord cold-turkey a few years and haven’t missed television at all. However, under the cool-light glow of either my iPad or…