First Principles: The Foundation of the Constitution Rests On Adhering To the Boundaries of the Tenth Amendment

“I consider the foundation of the Constitution as laid on this ground that ‘all powers not delegated to the United States, by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states or to the people.’ To take a single step beyond the boundaries thus specially drawn around the powers of Congress, is to take possession of a boundless field of power, not longer susceptible of any definition.”  – Thomas Jefferson

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Use Things and Love People

“We must use things and love people; not the other way around.” – Chris Long

 

 

 

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Happy Fall Equinox!!

Goodbye to summer,

Hello to Fall!

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In Spiritual Growth

Based in part on:

Galatians 5:22-23 New International Version (NIV)

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Snuggles Christmas - Joy

In Spiritual Growth
by Michael Romani

It doesn't take wisdom of a sage
To know we always grow as we age
On a spiritual level this must be encouraged
And stopping from this is to be discouraged

Life consists of the choices we make
No matter where we are we cannot fake
That we must focus on all that is good
And walking away from the bad understood

True Christianity is shown in how you treat others
Shining your love for  our sisters and brothers
It is present in all the fruit that you will bear
In all that you do in showing that you care

If we truly believe we will live what we believe
To do otherwise suggests that we self deceive
It's best to live life in all its best sincerity
And in doing so we grow into spiritual maturity

We each have the potential for living this spirit
The fruit is to be cultivated if we'll only hear it
The first step is begun in our Holy transformation
Daily things to be done in our heart's preparation

Beginning in our moments of quiet daily prayer
Asking that the Lord's presence always be there
Asking that all of the Lord's fruit be shown
And in all goodness of this we might always be known

Spending time daily in the Word of His speaking
Drawn attention that grows beyond peeking
But into direction of thought and action 
That might always lead us toward satisfaction

Then and only then can we start to prune away
The distractions that complicate our every day
Focusing closer to the goals that we have in mind
If it's not, it's best to forgive and leave it behind

The language we use is important in our choice
Each choice weighing in as a matter of our voice
Casting off the sins that act to hold us back
Increasing the light into each goodness we lack

Getting better by practicing all things we would do
Maturing by actions taken by me and by you
We must always grow as part of our One God's family
And by these efforts our fruit betters you and me

(c) September 23, 2018  Michael Romani
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Love Story: Season of Joy -Country Church

 

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Daily Prompt – Unfallen

Today’s challenge is yet another from a conversation with a friend.  I was explaining to Veri that years ago I had formed a guild in a fairly popular online game and called that guild The Unfallen.  The guild’s purpose was to honor the heroes of the world who still stood after 9/11 and all of this and continue to be our military and first responders.  The fact is that the guild’s members ended up being largely players who were just that in the day to day world.  Veri asked me to write a poem about these “Unfallen” in our everyday world.  I’ll do my best.

Enchanted Dreams  - Hero, Best Friend, Sister

The Unfallen
by Michael Romani

When I was younger, I was raised on tales
About those who stood brave enough to prevail
Against all wrongs they strove to do right
Putting their honor, their courage and might
Up against those things that might crush
Unafraid to jump head long into the battle's rush

As a child, I knew that given the chance to do
All of these things I would suit up and fight too
I had heard tales of my heritage and was proud
Proud enough to serve my best that I was allowed
Looking at the standards to which I wished to measure
I put this honor and duty above and beyond all treasure

As I grew older, I came to find I was not the only one
That courage, pride and sacred duty called to be done
Side by side we stood the test to give freedom's cost
Sadly, we came to bury some of us who fell and were lost
We swore allegiance that though gone they'd not be forgot
We would never allow that to become their final lot

There have been and always will be poems for all of these
Not a day passes by that doesn't find some of us on our knees
Lifting hands in prayers, hiding tears that will always flow
While quietly living our lives even from the casted shadow
Always we strive on to do our very best in honor and in right
Hoping to encourage others in our stead to continue the good fight

This then is a poem for all who honorably answer the calling
Unfallen, they push forward into the danger without stalling
Ready to take on all adversity to make life one of liberty
Willing to cash the check and pay the price for you and me
Our soldiers, our sailors, Marines, Coast Guard into the fray
And for all the first responders who serve us every day

This is also a poem for those on the home front who save
A place of love and sanctuary for all of us who they gave
Their love and hearts for as they raised and raise our family
I say family because really, we are one, all of us; you and me
We shed the same blood, cry the same tears and persevere
Giving our all so that others don't have to; year after year

I ask that others remember this when the world is falling down
Give us encouragement as we help keep this world spinning around
Shoulder to shoulder we stand firmly, solidly and tall
Providing the buffer to those who suffer, strengthened like a wall
We are those willing to be the first in line and forgotten kisses
To take the first losses to protect those we know and the misses

The misses of sometimes being called to far off, strange lands
Willingly enduring to make this world better as it so demands
I have lived this life a lifetime now and hope I have served well
And I write this simple bit of poetry for the Unfallen detail
Giving perhaps this warrior's final contribution and salute 
To all of you out there still standing, unfallen and resolute

(c) September 23, 2018  Michael Romani
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Tristan & Isolde - Filling the Frame of Heroism

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First Principles: Around the World, Liberty Is Granted By Power; In America Liberty Grants Charters of Power

“In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example … of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness.” – James Madison,  Essays for the National Gazette (1792)

 

 

 

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Thought For the Day: Give Each Other The Space To Grow and Be Ourselves

“We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” – Max de Pree

 

 

 

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Daily Prompt – Eccentric

Another waking up Saturday morning feeling eccentric

Slow drips of caffeine sips making my world concentric

Love to say I was feeling the part of a royal descendent

But, I will say that my path some times seems transcendent

Laughing at how a third world tamale can make me smile

Even while walking across a thousand deserted miles

Or is that just the dust in my overused bit of mind

Where I dredge through cobwebs and dust left behind

Doing my best to walk around the elephant in the cage

Not having enough energy to deal with his plausible rage

Laugh by the liter hoping for a pint while listening to song

Somehow certain of the uncertainty of where I belong

The hostess says she has a word or to two for the likes of me

Sometimes I wonder if she’s just helping me with my legacy

 

Little Havana - Lying Elephant

 

 

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Thought For the Day: There Are Years That Ask Questions and Years That Answer Them

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer (7 Jan 1891-1960)

 

 

 

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First Principles: Foreign Influence Is A Baneful Foe To Republican Government

“History and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of Republican Government.” – George Washington (1796)

 

 

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