First Principles: America’s Cause Is the World’s Cause

“The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.” – Thomas Paine

The American experiment in the people ruling themselves is maybe the greatest and most noble experiment in the world’s history.  Around the world we see people willingly giving themselves over to the rule of technocrats and other self declared experts or of  noble birth and believing this game of socialism is anything but a regression in the struggle for freedom and liberty.  At present there are some outcries against this and the globalist socialists are pushing back.  I wonder how it ends?  I am fighting for the side of freedom and liberty and the rule of the people.  I hope history shows us as the winning side.




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Thought For the Day: One of the Oldest Human Needs Is To Be Needed

“One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.” – Margaret Mead, anthropologist (1901-1978)




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Monochrome -Chat Session

by Michael Romani

Caught up in post-internet postulations
A living algorithm of gesticulations
I have become aware that my indulgence
Requires nothing short of repentance
Hunched over with my eyeballs strained
This constant bombardment hurts my brain

Now, I know things could be lot worse
But, I had to find a way to reverse
These stages of post-human transformation
All in the name of up-to-date information
I don't mean to sound like I was bugging
Still, it had become clear that I needed unplugging

Smashed cellphone ala mode crushed by dress shoe
Melted down like some kind of modern dragon slew
My freedom was good with this silicon debt
Digital slavery had drawn its last breath
Freed from the chains of all of this digital bondage
I wore my pride of self like some honorable bandage

Devouring stacks of newspapers loosely unfurled
Mountains of pages of odious columns demurred
The raw fiber of news best absorbed directly
Clarity descended to threaten ascetic clarity
Yesterday's news bled into tomorrow's headlines
As the cocoon closes on my emotional landmines

Doubts mount shattering my silent delirium
Over missed messages tatting my equilibrium
The lost joy of buzzing and moments of grief
Give way to the despair and gnashing of teeth
Once felt, the coursing of information in your brain
Needs to stay or you feel that all is in vain

(c) March 16, 2018  Michael Romani
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Anduril - Old Water Tower




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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Wrinkle

What’s that in your beautiful eyes?

Is it something close to a twinkle?

Life comes at us with its surprise

Always filled with its splendid wrinkle

All the questions wanted are supplied

But with fewer answers ever replied

Then we at least think that we need

As we fall to our knees and we plead

Then falling on our backs as we laugh

Finally, we think we have done the math

Realizing that in life one and one are one

With this realization, love has just begun

As we start down the path of always together

We smile and know the way we’re taking is better

African Modern Arts -Questionable Answers



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Thought For the Day: Look Up to the Stars, Not Down At Your Feet

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist.  Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking







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First Principles: The Spirit of Liberty Respects and Insists On the Rights of Others

“The spirit of liberty is not merely, as multitudes imagine, a jealousy of our own particular rights, but a respect for the rights of others, and an unwillingness that any man, whether high or low, should be wronged and trampled under foot.” —William Ellery Channing (1780-1842)




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Sonic Gems: Fleetwood Mac – Then Play On

Formed in 1967, the British American rock band, Fleetwood Mac formed in London and went on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide.  In 1998, members of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.    The band’s founding members were Peter Green on guitar, Mick Fleetwood on drums and Jeremy Spencer also on guitar.  It was some months later that John McVie was added as bassist and then into 1969, Danny Kirwan was added as a third guitarist and studio musician/keyboardist Christine Perfect married McVie and joined the band in 1970.

The band originally was a British blues band and scored such hits as AlbatrossOh Well and Black Magic Woman.  Over the years, personnel in the band included Bob Welch, Bob Weston, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.  With this revolving personnel roster was a continually evolving sound.

Then Play On was the third studio album and released on September 19, 1969.  It marked the band’s transition into a broader stylistic range then the first two albums had offered.  An interesting bit of trivia is that the title is taken from Shakespeare’s opening line from Twelfth Night, “(I)f music be the food of love, then play on”.   Though some tracks seem a bit off kilter, after an objective listening, Aloha Promises Forever rates this album a very solid eight out of 10.

Then Play On may be listened to here:





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A Brief History of Stephen Hawking

Berg By Nordan Art - Scroll On Scribe

A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
by Michael Romani

His life lived as a triumph of human reason
Stephen Hawking's life was too brief a season
Spent in search of knowing God's mind
Despite his faith and belief being left behind

An extraordinary and singular kind of man
Whose life's work goes way beyond legacy
Doing as much as one man is able and can
To reduce the puzzle of our universe's mystery

Debilitated by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis' paralysis
This did nothing to deter his astute analysis
Never one to fear answers to questions needed
His quick mind ensured pronouncements to be heeded

Distance and time are but mental calibrations
Brought about by mortal man's needy fascination
Seeking to understand the infiniteness of eternity
We become caught up in reaching out for our destiny

In the treasured wealth of our dear Mother Earth
In her measured health that brings tears and mirth
Children are born each day that maybe should not be
From Mozart to Hawking, God's grace burns their legacy

(c) March 15, 2018  Michael Romani
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Club Tesoro  -Flawed Time




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WordPress – #Daily Prompt – Provoke

It’s hard to say at what point the  profound sadness

Passed the point and became something like madness

Was it in the words she had without meaning spoke

Was it the crushing feeling inside that her words did provoke

That I had never meant anything and I never would

Word spoken and so pervasively felt and understood

The words that I keep hearing every time I think

They had pushed and pulled me over to the brink

I guess we might say that our lives are now complicated

And that I would have never wanted us so situated

As we are now in that I don’t know how to un-love you

And loving me for you would just never, ever do

So it seems to me the way forward is to simply forgive

And that in so doing we both might once again live


Lovers Leap and Bourbon Street  -Enering the Madness



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First Principles: The Sea of Liberty Is Often Rough

“The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave.” – Thomas Jefferson (1820)



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