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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Handwritten Passages

Everyone has their own writing style.  Largely, mine is to first write by hand and then transcribe this to the electronic keyboard.  Others do things differently.  This is a little bit about that.

LEA28: Storm Septimus' Country of Mind Untitled- A Writer's Desk

Handwritten Passages
by Michael Romani

Writing by hand brings something each day
That defines existential dread in some way
In some sense it brings its relief
That helps us through that hallucinatory grief
While we struggle through our uncertainty
And that fills our lives with unresolved mystery

In each letter formed, we struggle to find our voice
It's a minimal brand created by our every choice
With each stroke, doors open to the sacred story
Shining our blurred visions and hoping for shed glory
Vibrating with the strange energy of anticipation
We become the agents of our own uncanny transformation

Seeking to transmute, distract and to change
Through the very words we write and rearrange
Reordering the mythos and windows of perception
We hope to share truth deeper than deception
Final moments in passages mark the transition
Pushing us forward into our twisted contemplation

In a mad world of paradoxical constructions
It seems fantastical to desire creation and destruction
We are theologically engaged in the questions of our existence
Focused on capturing lines loved past resistance
Sometimes we don't even know that we've arrived
Yet, somehow our ideas and words have survived

In the space of bewilderment we find our grace
There in the beauty and questions, we come to embrace
Struggling with the unclosed loops of the undone
This is the forever of the lives we've come to as one
We who create, create to fill the void that awaits
The no longer being here that always comes too soon and not late

We sit here, pad in hand, with the blessed uncertainty
Filled with the clamorous silence of our absurdity
As we increase our tolerance for life's ambiguity
Cutting deeper than the deep in all of its acuity
This then is that needed space of unfinishedness
That begs those who write in hand for completeness

(c) September 21, 2018  Michael Romani
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AllSuited Up With Nowhere To Go










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Daily Prompt – Existential

There is something in the existential moment

When we realize life consists of daily torment

But still it’s the very best deal that is offered

Dreams of immortality are not even proffered

With a the straightness of anyone’s best face

So this is it and what we must should embrace

The pain we feel and the dreams we steal

Are the very best of what we know to be real

So maybe it’s time to accept things that are

Instead of pushing on and over a bridge too far

Thoughts of death visit us  almost daily

As we rebuff these in our moments even gaily

This then are the moments of our days

Truthfully I would not change them in any way


Ocean Shores Surf Beach   Briidge to Nowhere


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First Principles: Absent Freedom of Thought and Speech There Is No Wisdom or Public Liberty

“Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech.”Benjamin Franklin (1722)




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Thought For the Day: The Crack In Everything Let’s the Light Get In

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen, musician and writer (21 Sep 1934-2016)





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Daily Prompt – Marble

In between the squawks, grunts and slew of garbles

I do believe that somehow I found my lost marbles

Somehow in the middle of all that crossed talk

When I finally learned to do the cross walk

I think that at long last I have found them

The moment I realized the worth of sin

Was less than the yearning to do right

I gained a little something like second sight

Spilled out so that all were there to be seen

I began my walk back toward being a human being

Or, at least somehow a bit of a better one

Truth be told, I know I owe it all to the Son

Playing for keepsies in another sort of style

I shoot another mental marble and smile…


Particle Show -  Lost Marbles



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Thought For the Day: Don’t Believe A Gender; Believe the Evidence

“Even liberals should concede that in America one is innocent until proven guilty. Particularly with 36-year-old allegations that are impossible to corroborate.” – Star Parker

“The role of the press should be verification, not validation. Rape is a devastating crime. So is lying about it. It’s not victim blaming to get to the bottom of the truth. It’s liar-shaming. Don’t believe a gender. Believe evidence.” – Michelle Malkin



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First Principles: Mankind Is Most Content When Best Employed

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour.” – Benjamin Franklin (1771)





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Difficulty Is Just the Beginning

In this modern world, it’s not a question of what’s painless.  Nor is it of not having choices.  It’s about making the choice to be and make a chosen relationship work.  Maybe it’s always been that way?

Second Norway - Hotel Bryggen - Laid Back In the Arms of Love

Difficulty Is Just the Beginning
by Michael Romani

In this modern day world's complication
There rests an uneasy sense of implication
That even the best relationship will be difficult
And any attempt to make it less will not yield that result

The difficult part is just the beginning
It's the steadfastness despite this that brings winning
The acceptance of this passes as modern wisdom
And no one believes love by itself offers keys to the kingdom

In a luxury of time pieces, life often slips by
The wages of narcissism are blown sky high
As we lurch forward seeking to be better to one another
But finding we run aground like ships without rudders

And still we go forward in little failures of absurdity
Constantly certain we suffer endless indignities
Exploring the best of each other artistically
We manage by as we grow closer emotionally

The contempt that society leads us to hold
For each other even as we quietly scold
A miracle of fates awaits its own transformation
As we learn and grow with each new contemplation

It turns out that life's acceptable business
Becomes the crush of managed unhappiness
We find our equilibrium in a truth we'll never find
Our love is hard won and we'll never leave it behind

(c) September 19, 2018  Michael Romani
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Savor Serenity -  There Is Magic In Your Heart








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