Monthly Archives: November 2017

Sonic Gems: Sade – Promise

In 1982, the English band Sade formed.  This band combined elements of soul, quiet storm, smooth jazz and sophisticated pop music.  The band arose from the Latin soul band Pride.  The original members consisted of Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Paul … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Letter XI—On Inoculation – Voltaire

As we have previously discussed before, Letters On the English is a series of essay by Voltaire based on his experience of living in England between 1726 and 1729.  It is in a sense an attack on the French system of … Continue reading

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Egyptian Dawn

Egyptian Dawn by Michael Romani Mercury drips Leading to madness Shake of her hips Only leads to sadness Death Is not the end Evil held down To where it was meant to descend Out of time Out of place A … Continue reading

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Nest

Once a year, the turtles return to nest Swimming in just below the ocean’s crest Struggling to find that piece of sacred land The place of their birth up on the sand Laying eggs in hope that some will survive … Continue reading

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First Principles: Too Much Discretionary Power Is Unwise

“We repose an unwise confidence in any government, or in any men, when we invest them officially with too much, or an unnecessary quantity of, discretionary power.” –Thomas Paine, Serious Address to the People of Philadelphia, 1778 The complete text … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Losing A Language Is Like Losing Part of Mankind

“For every language that becomes extinct, an image of man disappears.” – Octavio Paz, poet, diplomat, Nobel laureate (1914-1998) To learn more about this interesting poet, please see: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/2192/octavio-paz-the-art-of-poetry-no-42-octavio-paz For a great start at understanding the issue of endangered languages, … Continue reading

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Sonic Gems: Sun Ra and His Arkestra – Jazz In Silhouette

Sun Ra was born Herman Poole Blount on May 22, 1914 and changed his name to Le Sony’r Ra.  Before his death on May 30, 1993, he was a renown jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer play, poet and philosopher … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Valiant Little Tailor – The Brothers Grimm

The Valiant Little Tailor is German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm as folk tale number 20.  Several other collectors of folk tales have collected variations of this tale including Joseph Jacobs, Andrew Lang and Ruth Manning. You may … Continue reading

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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Sludge

It was one of those mornings, a little hectic Words were barely forming, phonetic My mind whirring at a slow mental sludge Truth is that my thoughts would barely budge Still, showing up for our bit of morning poetry Is … Continue reading

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The Thirst For Power

Thirst For Power by Michael Romani History is replete In how it completes A man’s thirst for power Grows and devours Since the days of Cain and Abel The wicked man does as able To take what he believes is … Continue reading

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