Author: D. Paul Graham

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Routes and Realizations….. The past few months and weeks, I’ve been driving more than flying.  Mind-numbing, nearly auto-pilot, monotonous drives on highways 16 and 75 to Atlanta. Leisurely meanders along the emotionally calming and photographically breathtaking beauty…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Some Assembly Required….. Ingvar Kamprad passed away in January of this year.  The founder of IKEA, he lived by the mantra that “most things remain to be done”, and changed an industry with flat-packed furniture that required assembly.  Speaking from…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....The Worth of a Life..... I found myself this past week thinking about life.  A lot.  A veritable roller coaster of working through some dark nights of the soul - and the general malaise and fog of despondency -…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....285..... On this day in 1733, General James Oglethorpe rowed a boat up the Savannah river.  He and a small group of 120 settlers, who arrived on the ship “Anne”, landed at Yamacraw Bluff (near what is now…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Think About It..... “I think.  I am.  I will.”  One of my favorite quotes from Ayn Rand’s novella ‘Anthem”, a story about a society in which freedom, individual rights, values and thinking have been abolished.   Today's M5T celebrates one of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....Etched In The Sky..... Some M5T’s come quickly to me.   Others I simply need to digest for weeks, sometimes months.   Some I agonize over, and others I simply relish rolling around ideas in my head, taking time to think through…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

..... You, Inc. ..... I pointed the car south this past week and started to drive.  A meandering day-journey along the awesome and beautiful Georgian low-country coast, barely a cloud in the sky, scouting locations for upcoming photo-shoots.  A day spent…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

.....More or Less..... Stepping in from an abnormally cold and snowy day (which for the record is one of the reasons I left Canada) in the SAV, while warming my hands on a ceramic chalice, I savored the taste of…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Five Words For A New Year….. Long time M5T’ers know that your scribe does not believe in New Year resolutions largely because of my belief that such resolutions tend to set one up for failure.  I prefer to focus and…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Making A List, Checking It Twice..... I’m a planner by nature.  A strategist by design.  As such, I make lists.  Copious amounts of lists, either in my head, or in files.  Singing along to “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” in…

The "Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Pushing Through….. A rainy Thanksgiving Day gave me pause to simply sit and think.  A luxury of late that I have been remiss in taking time for.  Sipping too many absurdly priced, but greatly appreciated, Grande Americano's whilst…

The Monday 5 Things with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Learning To Fly. Again….. I took occasion this past week to re-read one of my favorite books.  Each page a reminder of the thrill of learning to soar, being true to yourself, flying in the face of conformity,…

The Monday 5 Things with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Of Being Discarded…..   How often have we discarded things or people in our lives without seeing other possibilities or hidden beauty? Today’s M5T looks at some discarded items and people that have left a legacy of magnificence…

Monday 5 Things with D. Paul Graham

Today marks some passages for “Monday 5 Things”, or as readers have come to know these musings, “M5T”.  Six years ago this week, I wrote the first M5T from Tanzania while pondering life, marriage, faith, and business as the golden…