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First Principles: The Care of Human Life and Happiness, and Not Their Destruction, Is the First and Only Legitimate Object of Good Government

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” – Thomas Jefferson (1809)

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Parents To Maintain Their Children Decently, and According To Their Circumstances; To Protect Them According To the Dictates of Prudence

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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First Principles: What Can Be Added To the Happiness of A Man Who Is In Health, Out of Debt, and Has A Clear Conscience?

“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?” – Adam Smith, economist (5 Jun 1723-1790)

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Weren’t Those the Teenaged Years?

Weren’t Those the Teenaged Years?by Michael DoyleThe teenaged yearsOf Saturday night solitudeWas a parade of smiles and tearsAnd many dramasWaiting to intrudeInto the happiness that cameAnd that provided the frameIn moments of ShakespeareThat kept us awakeMaking us braver than our … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Three Grand Essentials To Happiness In This Life Are Something To Do, Something To Love, and Something To Hope For

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” – Joseph Addison, writer (1672-1719)

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Open Declaration

Open Declarationby Michael DoyleThe cross is not a decorationIt is an open declarationOf how much love the Father bringsThese are the lessons of the hymns we singLooking carefully at all that we seeWhat brings happiness, what brings misery?Staring out bored … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is the Duty of Parents To Maintain Their Children Decently, and According To Their Circumstances; To Protect Them According To the Dictates of Prudence

“It is the duty of parents to maintain their children decently, and according to their circumstances; to protect them according to the dictates of prudence; and to educate them according to the suggestions of a judicious and zealous regard for … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Happiness of Your Life Depends Upon the Quality of Your Thoughts; Therefore, Guard Accordingly, and Take Care That You Entertain No Notions Unsuitable To Virtue and Reasonable Nature

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” – Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)

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Investing In Old Age

Investing In Old Ageby Michael DoyleIt has become as sort of a jokeBut one that makes me slightly chokeThe youngest of chronological ageSays as if with the wisdom of a sageThat her dad, me, is growing a bit oldShe laughs … Continue reading

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Into Something More

Into Something Moreby Michael DoyleStrive and fight for a better lifeFinding believed in utopia was naughtBut disappointment with hints of strifeIdeals purchased with bloodied tears soughtOnly to find these too lacking in the endAnd while life goes on, we cannot … Continue reading

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