Author: D. Paul Graham

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..From Mom….. A weekend of reflection about Mother’s Day has shaped today’s M5T.  It’s been over a year since she passed away, but was really over 2 years before then that the wretched disease of Alzheimer’s took her…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Enough….. Whilst editing some photographs at the bar of a local waterhole - quenching my thirst with some exceptional draft lagers - I overhead a professional looking couple having somewhat of a spat about time, or lack thereof,…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Child-Like Innocence..... While savoring an oversized Americano coffee between meetings at one of my most preferred caffeine dens in SAV, I looked up from my computer and partook in a bit of people watching.  SCAD students and business…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Points of Pain..... In my professional life, I have been taught, and have operated from the premise that to most effectively negotiate, sell, or close a deal you need to have a good understanding of the other sides’…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..The “P” Word….. A recent telephone call with a friend who felt that his business was stagnating lead to a discussion on efficiency and throughput.  As we talked through what was happening with his business, he came to…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....He Had A Dream..... Fifty years ago today, the US and the world was still in shock as Martin Luther King, Jr. was buried four days after his assassination.  Today’s M5T reflects on some of the profound words from a…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things.....Convergence..... A few years ago, around Good Friday, there was a great image floating around online. It was a head; half of which wore a crown of thorns, the other half a crown of gold.  The caption said,…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Mysteries….. It is a rare day when I listen to music whilst tickling the red line in the pony.  On a spirited drive up in SC recently I listened to U2’s “Mysterious Ways” at a volume competing with…

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things….. Taking Over….. Choices.  Hundreds of them.  Every day we choose to take one direction over another; some decisions are made without even thinking.  Some choices are made after arduous, gut wrenching decision points in life.  Others we…

Little Raccoon Key

South magazine recently tagged along for a girl’s glamping trip to a secluded, pristine island known as Little Raccoon Key. Champagne, massages, and chef-prepared oysters are just a few luxuries we found.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Overheard At Amelia…..  The past few weeks have been rich in all things automotive for me, and this last weekend I had the opportunity to photograph the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance.  Amelia is considered one of the best…

"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…