Monthly Archives: June 2017

Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: On Liberty – John S. Mill

It seems appropriate that as the Fourth of July approaches in the United States that we examine On Liberty.  This is one of the guiding lights of my nation and useful in understanding our noble experiment.  All of our glories and … Continue reading

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Freedom 1776 – 2017

Freedom 1776-2017 by Michael Romani In thinking on America’s revolution In the quest for sweet freedom’s contribution Each man willing to die to be free I confess puzzlement at this mystery That a people who sought so hard for liberty … Continue reading

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First Principles: Constitutional Interpretation Is Dependent On Original Intent

“On every question of construction [of the Constitution], let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Be Content Within Your Means

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (New International Version) This thought is sometimes … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Shakespeare’s Macbeth

The full title of this work by William Shakespeare’s dramatic work is The Tragedy of Macbeth.  Rumor has it that its first performance was in 1606.  But, it’s hard to pin down any eyewitnesses to this.   This play speaks to … Continue reading

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Play of the Dolphin

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Voyage of the Beagle

Originally published in 1839, as Darwin’s Journal and Remarks, when this work was republished in 1905, it became The Voyage of the Beagle.  This may have caused a little concern at the time.  After all, this journal was actually the third volume … Continue reading

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Daring To Provoke

Daring To Provoke by Michael Romani To dare to provoke Is to dare to invoke By pushing society’s buttons on Giving up images to think on It’s a one way ticket for humanity As a guiding light beyond tragedy Pacing … Continue reading

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First Principles: A Vote For Principle Is Never Lost

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”   – John Quincy Adams  

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Thought For the Day: Becoming Present Means Accepting Risk of Absence

“Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the … Continue reading

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