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"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Underestimated.....

It was a beautiful Savannah winter afternoon. A pleasant 70 degrees, no wind, no clouds, and I found a sun patch illuminating a park bench in Wright Square at Bull and State Street. I was early to a meeting and opted to ‘waste’ 30 minutes of time sitting on the bench.

"Monday 5 Things".....Vivamus per Verba…..

Well. Here we are. 2021. I wonder how many set new year resolutions last Friday, only to say, ahhhhh, I think I’ll start [insert resolution of choice here] on Monday! It’s for that reason alone that I stopped making New Year Resolutions years ago.

"Monday 5 Things".....Idiosyncratic.....

I needed a more light hearted frame of mind this week and, as such, in an attempt to put a smile on your face this morning, M5T shares some of the more unique and unorthodox behaviors of people you will recognize as you sip some coffee, or a variation thereof, to start your day.

4 Beers to Try This Month

Winter beers are meant to be different from summer beers. Don’t settle for your average beverage of choice- here are some unique, tasty options to treat yourself this season.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Finding Rest.....

Monday 5 Things…..Finding Rest….. A conversation this weekend about Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ gave me pause. It is one of those songs that I cry whenever I hear it. No matter what artist is covering the song. And of course, I then had to listen to multiple covers; if the price of Kleenex has mysteriously increased over the weekend, now you know why. It just hits me to the core. Every time.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Touch & Go's.....

.....Touch & Go's.....For as long as I can remember, I have had this intense, unrelenting personal love affair with speed and with flight. I’ve mentioned in M5T a few times that I am like a kid when I get to the airport and onto a plane. When I get into these moods, I am always reminded of one of my favorite books on flight. Each page of the book is a reminder of the thrill of learning to soar, being true to yourself, flying in the face of conformity, and accepting that not all will understand you or your passion. As such, if you would please, revisit with me in this morning’s M5T, thoughts on Bernoulli’s Principle from a seagull named Jonathan.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Art of Sprezzatura.....

Sprezzatura is an Italian word coined by Renaissance author, Baldassare Castiglione, in ‘The Book of the Courtier’. Castiglione took 20 years to write the book and it was published just before he died in 1558. He defined sprezzatura as “art which does not seem to be an art.” In other words, when you act and live your life naturally, seemingly effortlessly with a certain nonchalance; a joie de vie, or to stick with today’s Italian tema, a gioia della vita. This morning’s M5T was written with sprezzatura with a nod to the art of living as such.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham.....Eruption.....

.....Eruption..... The passing of Eddie Van Halen last week gave me pause to reflect on not only the artistic brilliance of a true guitar virtuoso but also music from the 70’s and 80’s.This morning’s M5T is a lighthearted look at songs from the 70’s and 80’s that may have different meanings to us today than we may have considered when we first heard the songs four to five decades ago…which seems to be a kinder, gentler way to say we are flirting with almost a half century since we first heard some of these songs!

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..The Most Tragic Poet….. Aristotle (that philosopher guy who was a student of Plato, taught Alexander the Great in Macedon, and wrote some rather light reading material on metaphysics, poetry, theater, science, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, etc., etc.,…

Start your day with Springbok coffee

South reviews this Charleston-based company to bring good news to Lowcountry coffee lovers: small-batch, artisan coffee that actually packs rich flavor.

"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham

Monday 5 Things…..Moments….. I had the privilege to be on a shoot last week in Asheville. Cooler temperatures were a welcome respite from Savannah humidity. Yesterday, rather than rushing home, I turned what should have been a 5-hour drive into…

Remembering 9/11: a virtual snapshot into the September 11 Memorial & Museum

A way for South readers to experience the immersive and moving exhibitions of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, which remembers and honors the 2,983 people killed in the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001 and February 26, 1993, as well as those who risked their lives to save others and all who demonstrated extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the attacks.

Tybee Island Spikeball Champion Crowned

Some say that if volleyball and foursquare had a baby it’d be named Spikeball. To make it even more fun, the winner of rock, paper, scissors gets to pick the side or serve.

To mask, or not to mask: Georgia’s ongoing legal battle

Savannah Mayor Van Johnson has made national headlines in his fight against the executive orders of Gov. Brian Kemp. The mayor’s facemask mandate is technically illegal under Gov. Kemp’s executive order. But the mayor recently received the support of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who flew down to the Hostess city to speak with the mayor.

Face Masks: Fact or Fiction?

In times like these, plenty of misinformation and hearsay is floating around out there. Controversial claims spread like wildfire, or like COVID-19 itself (too soon?). Here at South, we’ve examined a few points about face mask use and regulation that need clarification. After sifting through studies, infographics, posts, and reports, we’re here to reveal what’s fact and what’s fiction.