Thought For the Day: Those Who Cannot Remember the Past Are Condemned To Repeat It

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana in The Life of Reason




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First Principles: A Morsel of Genuine History Is A Thing So Rare As To Be Always Valuable

“A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable.” – Thomas Jefferson (1817)




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First Principles: Energy In the Executive Is A Leading Character In the Definition of Good Government

“Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.” – Alexander Hamilton (1788)




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Thought For the Day: All Lives Matter; All Life Is Sacred

“Of course, nobody would have a problem with the phrase Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is a great concept. Brown lives matter. White lives matter. Women’s lives matter. Men’s lives matter. Unborn lives matter. All these lives matter.” – Matt Schlapp, Chairman of the American Conservative Union

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If you believe, as I and many others do, that All Life Is Sacred and that the violent overthrow of the United States isn’t exactly the right thing to do here with all this violence, vandalism, riots and destruction of private homes and property, please consider joining our worthy organization here:

We’re taking this movement global but starting in hearts of the many reading this message of hope.  All Life Is Sacred! Be part of the solution, not part of the problems.





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Flaws of My Heart

Sat in on an early morning sermon today.   While listening in, this came to mind…

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Flaws of My Heart
by Michael Doyle

My flaws of the heart
Directed by sin from the start
My eyes closed to Godly fear
I have lived on the illusion that it will disappear
And no one will know
Yet, the wages of sin still show

Instead of being loved, I am hated
This is my lot and I am so fated
Clinging to my verity of illusion
That as it seems are only my delusions
Time and again, a victim of doubt
Through the emptiness of my mouth

Set out on my wicked ways
Though truly not the choice of my days
Desperately in need of His mercy
I turn my dreams to fidelity
Knowing that the Lord's judgments are deep
And yet, the Lord will sustain me though I weep

I am a child of Adam in the shadow
Taking refuge there though I do know
That peace is is the fountain of life
Instead I drink too often of strife
My heart needs its just defense
And instead though I would know truth, I know pretense

To the Lord, I lay prostrate as I call
Before my sins, I too often fall
It is said that in the giving, I receive
I'll do my part and believe
Dying to my wicked self to be born again
Though God knows my needs, does he forget now and then?

(c) June 30, 2020  Michael Doyle
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First Principles: Laws Are Made For Men of Ordinary Understanding and Should…Be Construed By the Ordinary Rules of Common Sense

“Laws are made for men of ordinary understanding and should, therefore, be construed by the ordinary rules of common sense. Their meaning is not to be sought for in metaphysical subtleties which may make anything mean everything or nothing at pleasure.” – Thomas Jefferson (1823)




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Thought For the Day: Music In the Soul Can Be Heard By the Universe

“Music in the soul can be heard by the universe.” – Lao Tzu




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Fly On A Photographer’s Wall

Another peek into the photographs of persons and their relationships:

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Fly On A Photographer's Wall
by Michael Doyle

Photographs so perfectly still
Are a marvel that makes us feel
All these candid moments captured well
Soul numbing as they tell their tale

Forever healthy and always happy
Crowded in the doings of family
Unable to be captured without inspiration
Unable to be found in forced duplication

Always present, camera at a ready
Life comes at us relentlessly steady
All the right moments taken in their measure
Each of these remembered as our treasure

Whether you capture a smile or a cry
There's no point in pretending to deny
All of life's feelings caught in their emotion
Are as sacred as our heart's true devotion

Body language brings its honesty
Without a word, we touch on divinity
No suffering fool could be more plain
Then to hope to bring a smile from disdain

Floating by like a fly on the wall
The unseen guest filters through it all
Watching it as it begins to unfold
Letting the story be just as it is told

Little slice of life quietly reveal
And then the photograph captures it in still
The mechanics of each photograph
Whispers the cue of whether to cry or laugh

Paid off in leading lines and windowed eyes
That draw us in framed with no surprise
Splashed of color explode in perfected space
All waiting for the camera's embrace

(c) June 20, 2020  Michael Doyle
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First Principles: I Count Him Braver Who Overcomes His Desires Than Him Who Conquers His Enemies; For the Hardest Victory Is Over Self

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self…” –  Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)




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Thought For the Day: Our Highest Accomplishments Still Have the Single Aim of Bringing Mankind Together

“Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures — in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (29 Jun 1900-1944)




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