WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Encrusted

“Daddy, Daddy, look at the anchor so rusted!!”

“Aww my darlings, more than that it is encrusted.”

“With what Daddy?”, they smile and they ask

Putting my mind to yet another Daddy task

With living barnacles that speak of a history

Too often shrouded In the annals of mystery

Once part of a mighty sailing then sunken ship

And is just glimpse from a part of the very tip

Of a story that yet one day  live to be told

Of a heroic crew and how their story unfolds

But for now my young darlings, let’s walk

And as we pass by, holding hands we’ll talk

That story will have to wait for another day

For now, as the sun sinks we will be on our way…


Oyster Bay II - Rusty Anchor





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Thought For the Day: Sometimes It Is the Silence In Music That Speaks Loudest

“A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writer (1906-2001)






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First Principles: The Right To Bear Arms Gives the Ultimate Authority To the People

“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone. … The advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any…”  – James Madison (1788)







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Presidents’ Day 2018

Ocean Shores Surf Beach  - Tropical Liberty II

Presidents' Day 2018
by Michael Romani

Two princesses and their daddy
Wandered off to Conner Prairie
Uncertain of what they might find
Seeking fun and to cultivate minds

Most of the living history
Would have to remain a mystery
Closed down due to rain
To argue the point would be vain

Still remarkable all the same
Plenty to see and no one to blame
Just the luck of the draw
Of a sometimes uneven straw

We'd have our day of pageantry
Our moment of moments of handed down legacy
Starting with a game of Presidential Jeopardy
That my youngest played until her victory

It turned out to be just what it was
Learning things, singing songs and just because
My youngest has dreams of great aspiration
Her love for history has become her dedication

This land is your land; this land is my land
Sung as loudly as our joy can manage to command
We found ourselves singing and clapping
But, most wonderful of all, smiling and laughing

Meeting more presidents than counted on fingers
To each one, we would talk, walk and linger
Sharing tidbits of presidential history
I watched adoring my daughters' love for their legacy

Two princesses who could not be more All-American
Both them growing older, wiser and to understand
That their nation is exceptional in its liberty
I can be no prouder of them watching them explore their legacy

(c) February 20, 2018  Michael Romani
All Rights Reserved

Velvet Design -As American As Mom & Apple Pie



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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Constant

I keep constantly falling for the same ole tricks

Seems I never learn as I keep getting my licks

Knocking on doors of what seems opportunity

Only to find there’s just a gag there waiting for me

Honestly, don’t mean to keep this in a whine

But, I have had my fill of being fed moonshine

Just once when I knock on that solid door

I would love to learn it won’t be once more

Oh, I know that blessed are the poor in spirit

But really now, I just don’t want to hear it

Do you know what I really, really wish?

To never again hear about the luck of the Irish

Just once I want to pull on that ole brass ring

And for my dreams being met, put my fancy to wing….


Haunted Rebel Yelll  - Falling for the Same Ole Trick

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Thought For The Day: Believers In Self Deception End Up Behaving Like Animals

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others. When he has no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest form of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal in satisfying his vices.”  –  Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881)





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First Principles: Secrecy Should Not Be A Regular System of Government

“Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government.” -Jeremy Bentham, jurist and philosopher (15 Feb 1748-1832)

While I recognize we are borrowing another country’s philosopher to illustrate a valid point, it is, of course, still the truth and a principle on which this nation is based.   Undue secrecy prevents an informed citizenry.  Without an informed citizenry, the consent of the rule cannot be truly given.




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Sonic Gems: United Sacred Harp Musical Association – In Sweetest Union Join

With its first session occurring in Atlanta in 1905, the United Sacred Harp Musical Association, more commonly known as the United Convention has stood out as a superior example of Sacred Harp singing.  The recording below provides an excellent example of this sort of singing.  Sacred Harp is a tradition of sacred choral music which originated in New England but came to be a tradition of the American South.  It is based on an old tradition of American music that developed from 1770 through 1820 and is related to the revival services of the 1840s.

This music is preformed a cappella.  It originated  as a tradition of Protestant Christian music.

In Sweetest Union may be listened to here:




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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada is a collection of verses reflective of the sayings of Buddha is among the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures.  The original version of this work is found in the Khuddaka Niykaya.  This is a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.  Almost by tautology, this work is the doctrine of eternal truth and righteousness to the Buddhists.

The  Dhammmapada may be read here:


Alternatively, this classic Buddhist work may be read here:





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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Compromise

Standing tall looking into the world on my stilts

It’s not hard to see the cards that I have been dealt

The last time that I ever looked into your eyes

I knew we had reached the outskirts of compromise

You there laying outstretched on your deathbed

Your hand in mine and me with so many thoughts in my head

In that moment, I would have gladly traded places

Having looked into one too many dying faces

But these aren’t the sorts of deals one makes with God

And to hope for that chance, perhaps, makes me a little odd

Still, thinking back on all those times you put yourself on the line

I wish upon wishes that the sacrifice had been mine

Is it unreasonable to give up my own time in compromise

That your eyes might see one last, final sunrise?


Dragon Moon - Particles Show -Dealt Cards




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