Author: D. Paul Graham

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..What If Today….. Today’s missive is a result of a man, a moment, a movie, a memory and a meme. As we start another week heading into the latter half of this year, M5T deliberates, very simply with…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..No Time….. Not a cloud was in the sky on Friday as I drove down to the “Land of the Big Rat,” which some call Orlando or Disney, for meetings and a conference this week. An overabundance of troopers…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Not to Morn but to Praise….. Driving by Hunter Airfield Base earlier this week, I slowed along the road to watch a hulking C-17 landing on the airfield. I recalled a funeral I attended in 2012 for fallen…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Kimya….. Kimya is an interesting word. I first learned the expression while working in East Africa. In Swahili it translates to silence. Kimya is also a Persian female’s name that means precious, unique or hard to find. Kimya came to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Unspoken….. All week I had this nagging voice in my head asking, ‘Why didn’t you just say it? Why didn’t you just ask her?’ Things I wish I had said to my mom while she was still here…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..“I’ll Take W’s for $200 Alex”….. Today’s M5T was inspired while driving at undisclosed speeds, on undisclosed red clay Georgia back-roads singing along with Daltrey at an undisclosed volume, all while attempting to keep up the syncopation on…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….. Success….. The M5T that was scheduled for today has been interrupted, and rudely at that, because of a Facebook memory sent to me this Saturday. Let me digress a moment… My heart has been broken, over and…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…. Risen….. A spur of the moment decision to get out of the city for the weekend afforded time to not only wind down and decompress, but also the opportunity to sit around a fire pit until the…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Cogitare….. Take a moment as you wrap your hands around your favorite bit of ceramic – inhaling the aroma that is like no other – then take that first sip of jitter juice. And pause. Cogitare; Latin for think.…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Everything….. Having dinner in a quaint Italian restaurant in Vidalia, Georgia a few weeks ago, my table was across from a couple that seemed more interested in their cell phones than in each other. Putting down his phone…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Blind Spots….. Twice, while driving a rental car to a client meeting a few weeks ago, I almost caused an accident by not checking my blind spot. The SUV that I drive daily has a great option that…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Changed Perspective….. I recently acquired a drone. Well two actually. The first is somewhere off shore in the depths of the intercoastal water way near Tybee Island, but that’s a different story. The drone and its camera have…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Listing….. Lists. They can help us remember and can create calm and peace by bringing order to chaos. Interestingly, they can bring form and function to help avoid procrastination or give you the opportunity for you to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....It's Easy Being Green..... I spent the weekend strolling the lush green fairways of the Ritz Carlton in Amelia, cameras in hand, photographing some of the world’s rarest and most beautiful designs on four wheels. The sun was…

"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…