Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Two Years Before the Mast – Dana

We have previously discussed this work to some degree and that post is worth reviewing in reference to the below provided reading and/or audiobook.  This post will serve to flesh out some further details.  But keep in mind that there will be other posts in the coming year.

Dana began this journey after he was afflicted with measles while attending Harvard.  The goal was to help out his eye sight.  How and why being a sailor was thought useful in this endeavor, I do not quite follow.  Still, Dana enlisted as a common sailor aboard the brig Pilgrim and sailed around Cape Horn.  He then returned on a ship called the Alert.  The diary he kept on these voyages became Two Years Before the Mast.  In subsequent postings, we will begin an exploration of Dana’s life beyond this voyage.

Chapter 15 of Two Years Before the Mast may be read here:

http://www.bartleby.com/23/15.html

In the alternative, it may be listened to in an audiobook format here:

and here:

 

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Ooze

Nada with respect to ooze… but primordial we got….

How about some nice Primordial Soup?

LEA18 - Existence In Balance - Primordial Soup

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Things Shared

Cheateu Ce Soir - An Evening of Dance

Things Shared
by Michael Romani

Maybe it's as silly as it seems
Telling you of all of my dreams
Spelled out in a songster's serenade
As we dance of old fashioned promenade

But what good is a life, babe,
If it's not shared?
I've made you my wife
Because you really cared

And what good is a smile
If it's not shared?
You've made it all worth while
Because we've dared

What good is this thing called joy
If it's not shared?
I don't mean to annoy
But, the best joy is shared

Your hand in mine, babe,
Is the perfect fit
Laying it on the line
I believe you were heaven sent

Storm clouds come rolling by
But, what's a little rain
I don't have to wonder why
We know our love isn't in vain

Because what good is a dream, babe
If it's not shared?
I know that you love me, babe,
You show in how much you care

And what good is love, babe,
If it's not shared?
I live best in our love made
And all of your love laid bare

I know that when my time has come
It will be your hand in mine
That may seem silly to some
But, I'll lay this on the line

What good is my life, babe,
If you're not there?
I may have traveled a million miles
But, I'll be nowhere

(c) August 22, 2017  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

Cheateu Ce Soir - Wrapped Up In You Again and Again

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: To Right Our Republic’s Course We Must Restore Our First Principles

“When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.” – Montesquieu, in Spirit of the Laws as quoted by Thomas Jefferson

 

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Thought For the Day: The Fullness of Joy Must Be Divided

“To get the full value of joy You must have someone to divide it with.” – Mark Twain

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Great American Eclipse

Miyako Jima Island -  Black Hole Sun Comes Undone

Great American Eclipse
by Michael Romani

Monumental crowds wait in expectation
Joined in the sensational celebration
Excited smiled curve on all the lips
In a once in a lifetime total eclipse
There is a path of projected totality
It is the first of its kind in nearly a century

August 21st, 2017, blots its way into history
Though science has removed much of its mystery
Crowds gather to see the Great American Eclipse
As murmurs escape from the watchers' lips
Darkness lasting only two to three minutes in a spot
As the moon dances and races in her timeless blot

It's a cosmic spectacle of happy incredulity
This Great American Eclipse's path of totality
A moment that will live on in its sentimentality
For we observers of this moment in history
Such as the Shawnee Forest bathed in lingering darkness
It's a Kodak moment of beautiful starkness

(c) August 21, 2017  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

A reasonable breakdown on the Great American Eclipse of 2017 is provided here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017

I’ll leave it to someone else to explain how a Brooklyn Law Professor projected this into a racist event .. shaking my head at this one….

 

 

 

 

 

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Confessions of St. Augustine, Book Eight

There are many ways to tell a story.  This is true even if the story is an autobiography.  No greater proof of this could be found than the 13 books that form Confessions.  At the age of 40 or so in a life that had not produced its finest work yet, Saint Augustine of Hippo wrote a confession of his sinful youth and how he came to convert to Christianity.  The original title was Confessions in Thirteen Books,  This work was written with the intention of reading it aloud.  Each book is a complete unit.

Confessions is written with such power and depth that it will always rank among the best writings of the Western Cannon.   Its subject matter is the unbroken record of his thinking and spiritual development.  As such, the theological importance of this work is revealed spiritual meditations and the insights that come with this as a one turns from sin and toward God.   Nine of these books are autobiographical and the remaining four are commentary based on the trials and successes of Augustine’s journey.

It is not to be missed that each of these books is a written prayer to God.

“For Thou has made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in thee.”

The eighth book of The Confessions of St. Augustine can be read by clicking here:

http://www.bartleby.com/7/1/8.html

Alternatively, this work can be heard in an audiobook format here:

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WordPress – # Daily Prompt – Lurch

A Better Mouse Trap .. or a Roller Coaster Ride?

Roller Coaster 1

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First Principles: Science Opens Eyes To Truth

“All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride legitimately, by the grace of God.”  – Thomas Jefferson, letter to Roger C. Weightman, June 24, 1826

A look at Jefferson’s love of science can be read here:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/the-h-word/2012/sep/11/history-science

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Thought For the Day: The Reappearance of Light Is the Survival of the Soul

“Nations, like stars, are entitled to eclipse. All is well, provided the light returns and the eclipse does not become endless night. Dawn and resurrection are synonymous. The reappearance of the light is the same as the survival of the soul.”  – Victor Hugo

A good break down on Solar Eclipse 2017 across the USA and the world is found here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_21,_2017

 

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