WiFi in the Cemetary

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It’s amazing how obsessed everyone’s become with their phones, playing with their phones all the time — at restaurants, movies, gym (so I’ve heard), while driving, eating, walking, talking.

The other day I was at a funeral when the person next to me asked me, “Rabbi, what’s the wifi password at the cemetery?”

I told him, “Have some respect for the dead!”

“Thank you Rabbi,” the person replied.

After a pause, he asked, “Is that all lower case?”

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Why do so many abuse drugs and alcohol?

In today’s world, it is becoming more and more acceptable to abuse drugs and alcohol. Why is this?

People have always to some extent consumed alcohol and drugs, there is even an argument that daily consumption of especially alcohol can have health benefits and lead to a healthier and longer life. There is even an argument that in certain cases, use of illicit drugs can lead to a pain-free life.

Many argue that drugs or no more harmful than alcohol and sometimes have less harmful effects on the human body than alcohol.

All of this is open to debate, and while the consumption of illegal drugs is becoming legal in many states and countries we have to begin asking ourselves why are people becoming more and more addicted to their use. It is one’s own personal choice as to whether he or she wants to ruin their life by the excessive consumption of drugs,(illegal or legal), and or alcohol.

America’s First Professional Baseball Team

The Cincinnati Red Stockings, America’s first major league baseball team.

With the return of spring, the nation’s thoughts naturally turn to baseball, America’s pastime.

The Cincinnati Base Ball Club, or simply Cincinnati Club, was established June 23, 1866 at a downtown law office, drawing up a constitution and by-laws and electing officers including  Alfred Goshorn President. A few years later Goshorn earned international fame as Director-General of the (U.S.) Centennial Exposition held 1876 in Philadelphia. Founding member George B. Ellard also led the Union Cricket Club, and the relationship between them proved decisive for the baseball club’s success.

After playing four matches that summer, Cincinnati joined the NABBP for 1867 and concluded an agreement to play at the Union Cricket Club grounds. George Ellard’s son says that “a great number of the cricket club members” joined and so “the team was greatly strengthened and interest in baseball gained a new impetus.” Plans for a new clubhouse and “more substantial” enclosing fence were approved in April and the commercial basis was approved in June: members of both clubs admitted free to all matches; otherwise “ten cents for home matches and twenty five cents for foreign matches. Ladies free.” (Ellard 23-27).

The team was soon nicknamed “Red Stockings” in reference to the main feature of the uniforms designed by Ellard; long stockings were then a novelty in team uniforms.

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In 1869, the Red Stockings posted a perfect 65-0 record, the only perfect season in professional baseball history. This was the first team to play on the East and West coasts in the same season. More than 2,000 people greeted the team when it arrived in San Francisco at 10:00 p.m. “They really helped nationalize the game and put Cincinnati on the map as a baseball town,” said Greg Rhodes, a Reds historian who wrote “The First Boys of Summer” (Road West Publishing Company, 1994), along with Enquirer reporter John Erardi, about the 1869-1870 Red Stockings.

From these humble beginnings, baseball rose to the prominence it has today. It’s reach has extended from Cincinnati to around the world. Today many players come from various countries and the sport is enjoyed in Japan, the Caribbean, and South America.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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the good old days

The doors were never locked

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I grew up in the 50’s on a small dairy farm in southeastern Indiana.

Financially, times were hard, my dad and mom had purchased an extremely impoverished farm when I was three years old. We , along with my brother  who came along later, spent the next several years restoring it to a more productive state. The farm was so over grown with weeds that after living there for a while, dad had time to mow the weeds around the barn and lo and behold! He found a hog house no one knew was there.

The soil was totally depleted, the first year’s twelve acre corn crop yielded a whopping two hundred bushels of corn. Hard to live on that. Fortunately, about that same time, turkey raising came into fashion, the following year dad purchased and raised 1000 turkeys. The resulting turkey by-product increased the corn yield from 200 bushels to 1200 bushels on that very same field.

This was a time when neighbors were neighbors, we used each others farm equipment and tools like they were our own, if dad couldn’t find a tool or wrench, it was probably over at the neighbors. As a result, while picking up one our own tools he would return one of theirs.

Our doors were never locked, no one would break in and steal anything. In fact, if one happened to be away it was desired(it almost became a state law) that the neighbors had to stop by and check the house to make sure everything was OK.

Every one had a gun, we had several neatly stacked in the corner of the kitchen, an ample supply of ammunition, and fireworks) could be found in the cabinet drawer.

I started hunting with a 22 rifle when I was about 9, a rifle given to me for Christmas by my parents. Did I or any kid I know pick up or use a fire arm without permission of their parents, are you kidding? We would have gotten skun alive. Back in those days parental authority and respect meant something, and the only rights a child had were the rights his parents gave him.

 

Antinationalism

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Antinationalism, as described in the book “Jefferson  Lies” written by David Barton, undermines patriotism or love of country.

Many individual individuals no longer regard themselves as Americans first, but rather feminists, Union members, Latinos, LGBT, African-Americans, etc. As a result, Congress now passes laws to determine which groups are more special than others and determines who will receive special treatment, tax breaks and who will be economically rewarded and punished. Laws no longer apply equally to all Americans.

As a result, Congress now passes laws to determine which groups are more special than others and determines who will receive special treatment, tax breaks and who will be economically rewarded and punished. Laws no longer apply equally to all Americans.

At one time, even though there was much diversity in America, we all had a common thread to unite us, we were all Americans. “Out of many, one.  Now we have become out of one, many.

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The earlier approach was described by a Chief of Naturalization who explained to World War 1 and World War 2 immigrants seeking American citizenship that:

An American is a man who is greater in his soul than in his class, creed, political party, or the section in which he lives. To be an American, a man must have an American soul and believe in the spiritual realities upon which America rests and out of which America was born. America was created to unite mankind by those passions which lift and not by the passions which separate and debase.  We came to  America, to get rid of those things that divide and make sure of the things that unite. The man who seeks to divide men from men, group from group, interest from interest, in this great union is striking at it’s very heart and destroying that foundation upon which America is built.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION, NOR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF.

The very men who gave us the first amendment did not intend to create a radical separation of church and state that many advocate today.

The day after Congress adopted the first amendment, they sent a message to George Washington. They asked him to declare a day of Thanksgiving to God.

Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.

The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.

The Overreach of the Federal Government Through the BLM

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It seems there is  a continuous conflict between the Bureau of Land Management and private citizens.

In the western United States, the BLM owns over sixty percent of the land, and  over ninety percent of Nevada. Most of those lands shouldn’t be controlled by the federal government. There is no legitimate reason why the federal government should control ninety percent of Nevada and over sixty percent of the land in our western states. Most of the land should be under state and local control.

Undoubtedly, some parks and the like should be a national treasure, but not everything is a national treasure.  Much of the land is desolate wasteland and should be under the control of state and local governments, available for purchase by the ordinary citizen. By doing so, the land could be more readily available to everyone. There would still be land use regulations to abide by so that environmentally hazardous facilities could not be constructed.

It has become a big land grab where the rights of private citizens are ignored for  supposedly the protection of our natural resources.  The BLM can come in and use almost any excuse to grab the land from defenseless farmers and rancher. Thereby creating a situation where very few people  in the western United States  will defend the actions of the Bureau of Land Management.

We lived in Sedona Arizona for a time, one of the most beautiful areas on the planet, many think it should be a national park. I don’t necessarily agree, if the National  Park Service owned it, access would be limited and there would be a charge to enter.

People are living there and it is still very beautiful and everyone can enjoy it on a daily basis. It hasn’t been ruined by human habitation, just the opposite. There is nothing on this planet like waking up in the morning, walking out of your hotel or home and seeing some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet or looking up and seeing a zillion stars at night, a little bit of heaven.

They have no street lights in Sedona and it’s like living in the country as soon as the sun goes down.

Contrary to what many in the federal government think, the citizenry is capable of governing themselves and making wise decisions concerning their lives and the environment around them, we don’t need the federal government telling us what to do and how to do it.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Wisdom lost through the ages

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.”

As simple as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues, when an easy and simple solution would be obvious.

Historical Negativism

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Historical Negativism, as explained in the book entitled, “Jefferson Lies” written by  David Barton,  is a steady flow of belittling and demeaning portrayals of Western heroes, belief, values, and institutions.

“An accurate presentation of history depends on telling the good, the bad, and the ugly about any event, person, or period, but negativists stress the bad and ignore the good.”

They identify every blemish that has appeared on the face of the country over the last four hundred years while ignoring the good that has been accomplished that makes America the envy of peoples around the world.

Very seldom is the whole truth told, even when someone has the best intentions. Time, space and poor research often gets in the way of proper reporting.

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One such incident is the Massasschuttes Salem Witch trials during which twenty-seven people died. This was certainly a heinous crime, but what doesn’t get reported is that while this was taking place in the United States, there were trials occurring across the world at the same time  where 500,000 were put to death in Europe, including 30,000 in  England, 75,000 in France and 100,000 in Germany.

The trials only lasted about eighteen months in the United States, while they went on in Europe for years. That fact never becomes known.

The trials in America were finally put to an end because of three Christain ministers, Reverends Wise, Brattle, and Mather, who finally confronted civic leaders reminding them  that Biblical rules were not being followed by the courts, this didn’t happen in Europe.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times, there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

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The pastor‘s sermon begins: “Let me tell you about my book…”

The music minister announces that the liturgy will be sung to the
tune of “Wagner’s Etude in F sharp minor” and raises his baton.

When the choir sings, the dogs outside begin to howl and are closer to
being in tune.

New member candidates are required to submit W-2’s for the last 5 years.

The media refers to the church facilities as a “compound”.

You discover the church refers to the 10 commandments as the 10
suggestions or offers to let you “pick any six.”

The Pastor preaches an eloquent sermon on ancient heresies and the
elders want to make them part of the doctrinal statement.

The New Member’s kit includes a certificate of membership,
a Bible, church-by-laws, and an assault rifle.

You’re the only person in the congregation who is carrying a Bible,
including the preacher.

The Ushers ask “Smoking or non-smoking?”

The regular pastoral retreats almost always seem to be in either Las
Vegas or Atlantic City.

The Church bus has a gun rack.

There’s an ATM machine in the vestibule.

They have open Communion …but there is a two-drink minimum.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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a lutheran church against a sunny blue sky.

What is meant by the separation of church and state?

The day after Congress adopted the first amendment, they sent a message to George Washington. They asked him to declare a day of Thanksgiving to God.

Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.

The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.

They did not want an established church, an established church would take away religious liberty.

They did not want an established church that could force people to worship against their will or support it with private tax dollars.

Many say the founding fathers didn’t believe in God and weren’t Christian. They even go on to say that George Washington wasn’t a Christian and never went to church and never prayed.

This is completely wrong. In the early days of the United States, the whole of society centered around the local church. Most of the early pioneers attended church regularly or semi-regularly. Practically all our early schools were church sponsored, thus the children’s education was based on religion, as was George Washington.

The Mystery of Oak Island

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Like many, I have been watching the Curse of Oak Island on the History Channel. It is a series that is now in it’s
third season.

It is a story about a mysterious treasure vault buried on Oak Island, located off the coast of Nova Scotia in northeastern Canada. The story line goes that no one knows what if anything is buried at the bottom of the deep pit.

Whoever buried it there boobie trapped it, making it virtually unreachable to anyone who tries.

Many have tried and so far six men have died trying to find the treasure.To date, the explorers have found artifacts from the pirate days of the seventeenth century, evidence of possibly Knights Templars visiting the island, a Spanish coin and recently, evidence that Seafarers from the Roman Empire may have been there.

Theories the treasure may be the Holy Grail, the Ark of  the Covenant, Aztec treasures, and some even surmise pirates such as Blackbeard may have buried his treasure here.

Situated in the North Atlantic as it is, it may have been catch-all for many different seafarers.

The mystery surrounds the fact the pit is over two hundred feet deep and under the current level of the ocean. The mystery not only is about how to uncover it but how did the treasure get there in the first place?

How could whoever buried it been able to dig a hole that far into the ground which is below sea level in the first place?

You can’t just dig a hole in water and expect the water to not fill the hole.  Digging the hole that close to the ocean would make one believe the water would naturally flow in at some point in time.

But maybe there is another explanation. What if when the pit was constructed, it wasn’t below the water level?

History tells us that about twelve thousand years ago, during the ice age, the ocean levels were much lower than they are today. While it is true the ice caps would probably have covered Oak Island, no one knows for sure, there have been underwater cities discovered in other parts of the world that are now over 300 feet below sea level, one off the coast of Scotland for instance.

If that were the case the pit could have been constructed with ease.  Someone who was highly intuitive could have constructed the booby-trapped obstacles to prevent anyone from uncovering the treasure once the oceans rose to their present levels and making it’s discovery nearly impossible.

Once the pit was constructed and the waters rose, many artifacts could have been left there by the following explorers who frequented the area.

Sooner or later the mystery will be solved and the secrets of Oak Island will be revealed, until then, happy speculation.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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A journey of spiritual discovery

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race, what happens after death, the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms if they do exist.
There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus, we are each a part of God, thus we are God!

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