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:

http://www.bartleby.com/45/3/209.html

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?

 

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Happy Presidents’ Day!!

In celebration of Presidents’ Day 2018, the girls and I are heading to Conner Prairie for the events there.

It sounds pretty fun and informative.  The best part for a father who is dead broke?  It’s free.  So, thank you Conner Prairie.  I really don’t know what to about the court giving my ex 75% of my wages.  Blogging has not been profitable.  But, I love my little girls more than life.  So, I’ll keep going until I reach my last dime.

Watching Backstage as we have a desserty  breakfast of banana nut bread and milk and then off to:

http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/briefs/good-morning-conner-prairie-celebrates-presidents-with-free-admission/article_ab57f6b1-37c1-5ffb-aded-c00743204356.html

For those who might be interested in learning more about Conner Prairie, please see:

http://www.connerprairie.org/

If ever in Indiana, I highly recommend this one for anyone who has family and seeking insights into history that make the pages of the books we read all the more understandable and relatable.  That makes this a good investment for everyone really.  We best pave our roads forward by understanding where we have been, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Never Be Afraid of Appearing Foolish

“The world is changed not by the self-regarding, but by men and women prepared to make fools of themselves.” – P.D. James, novelist (3 Aug 1920-2014)

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: Heresies In Politics and Religion Are Rarely Cured By Persecution

“In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution.” – Alexander Hamilton in Federalist No. 1 (1787)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Treaty of Ghent (1814)

The Treaty of Ghent was the peace treaty ending the War of 1812 between the United States of America and the United Kingdom.  Signed by both sides on December 24, 1814, in the city of Ghent, Belgium.  The treaty restores relations to the two nations to that status quo ante bellum and restoring the borders before the war started in June of 1812.

The Treaty of Ghent (1814) may be read here:

http://www.bartleby.com/43/26.html

A video discussing the treaty may be seen here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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