The Easter Bunny and Easter Sunday

 

When I was a small pup and began to realize that everything I was being told may not be true, I began to have serious doubts concerning the Easter Bunny.

At the time, I was growing up on a small Midwestern farm. We had cows, horses, turkeys, chickens and pet rabbits.

In my then limited experience, I had seen rabbits give birth several times, and consequently, had never seen one lay an egg.

I didn’t say much, I kind of liked the tradition and all the candy and hard boiled eggs that Mr. Easter Bunny left. I wasn’t going to mess that up, even though the tradition really didn’t make much sense.

Sometimes it is best to just leave sleeping dogs lie.

As time went by, I began to realize there may be a method to the madness.

In ancient cultures, the egg often symbolized a rebirth, in ancient Sumeria there was a spring festival resembling Easter. It was the barley harvest festival, a celebration of the harvesting of the barley by giving thanks to the creator for a bountiful harvest.

From what I understand the egg symbolized  rebirth in Sumerian culture because a live chicken would eventually emerge from the egg, thus symbolizing rebirth.

I still haven’t a clue how the bunny enters into this equation, unless because the bunny reproduces in large quantities, it may symbolize a plentiful harvest.

I’m not even sure if there were bunnies in Sumeria.

Ah, the mystery continues.

That may be one of Hugh Heffner’s marketing ploys.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

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I Never Knew Evil Existed

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Everyone remembers where they were the morning of Sept.11, 2001.

I was at Indianapolis International Airport returning to Sarasota Florida after visiting my mother in a nursing home.

As I attempted to pass through security, I was informed that security was closed, thinking they just meant that checkpoint, I went to another security scanner and was once again informed the whole airport was closed.

I inquired as to why, it was a beautiful bright sunny autumn morning in  Indianapolis, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

I was told the Pentagon had been bombed and as a result, every airport in the United States was being shut down and all the planes were directed to land at the nearest possible airport. 

It was only later, while driving back to my dad’s home, that the reality began to sink in. 

I kept watching the newscasts, I couldn’t believe a human being would voluntarily fly an airplane into a building that could possible  contain 20,000 people or more.

As I sat in my dad’s living room it was hard to comprehend. Through it all , it finally sunk in that there really was evil in the world.

I had always known that people did evil things , but I had never seen pure evil before.

Islamic terrorists performed this horrible act.

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I realize there are many fine and good Muslims in the world and the evil side of Islam only includes about 20 percent of the Muslim population, but that 20 per cent totals about as many people that live and reside in the United States.

That fact alone, makes it a huge problem.

Evil will never be eradicated,  we need to be ever vigilant. There will always be evil and it comes in all genders, races, nationalities, and religions.

It’s all about the duality of life on earth, you can’t have good with out evil, no light without darkness, etc. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

People Fear Discussing the Afterlife

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Written by Gary Wonning

People are intrigued about the afterlife and wonder what happens to them after they pass from this earthly existence.

They discuss it until the cows come home, but it never goes any further. We often sit and talk about it for hours, then we sink back into our daily routines and seldom think about it until the next meaningless discussion.

Even the Mormons,  with their focus on the afterlife won’t go beyond a certain point, their patent answer is , we’ll let it up to God its not for us to know , Why isn’t it up to us, it is our soul and our future?

Very few ever investigate what is out there for us after death.

Is it fear of the unknown that keeps many from checking it out? Do we really want to know, for fear it may not be what we expect? Or is it fear we may receive an answer that contradicts conventional wisdom and would go against what the church teaches.

Would it so disrupt what we have been taught that our core values would be disputed and the values our whole life is based?

If people started believing something other than what we have been taught in Sunday school, do they think God will strike them down?

From someone  who has investigated what may occur after death and who had their beliefs changed, I haven’t been struck down by God, I’m still here and although my beliefs have changed it hasn’t changed my belief in God, or the validity of the Christian religion , it has only added to it.

I never really believed that Jesus was my savior. If we follow the teachings of Jesus, we will inevitably lead a better life, that will save us from much heartache,not only in this life but in what follows as well.

In that  sense, Jesus is our Savior, rather what he taught is our Savior. 

There really is nothing to fear when investigating what may happen to us after we pass on, you will find your truth.

It may not be someone else’s truth, but it is your truth.

In life as we continue to search, our concept of truth may change many times, the truth doesn’t change, it is only how we perceive truth that changes. In the final analysis, I believe we will all come to the same conclusion. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

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Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

Politically, it would seem most people lean to the liberal side of politics.

Half the population and almost all the media, which generally control the narrative all lean extremely left.

It is almost physically impossible to get a different view point with out making  a serious effort. Most people don’t even try, they just believe whatever is told them on the evening news. Most on the left don’t even want to discuss it, if one makes an opinion different than theirs, they often come back with the statement they don’t want to argue about it. Immediately shutting off any dialogue.

As a consequence, most of what that is done and believed in today’s world is extremely slanted towards liberal views and policies.

Conservatives are practically shut out of the dialogue and ignored. As a result, many believe they don’t exist or even have a right to be heard.

Many people from the liberal states are leaving and moving to states that have more favorable tax laws and better all around living conditions.

Many from the states with obscene tax and regulations  come to Florida and other states because it is too expensive to live there, and when they come to Florida , they  start doing the same thing over and over that created the problems where they came from. 

The once again begin wanting more government services, control, taxes and everything they tried to get away from,  expecting different results.

Consequentially , it is believed most people would disagree with conservative policies, most of the media,  politicians and general public all agree on liberal ideas, even though those policies are what they are getting away from when they move to less liberal states.

Their liberal ideas are what is being implemented where they came from and obviously aren’t working. 

This all being true, why do they continue to believe this way when they migrate somewhere else?

The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It is a law of nature, regardless of how many times you do the same thing, you will get the same result.

It only makes sense to me, if something isn’t working for you, you change what you do and try different ideas.

Why would you move from somewhere  because of government policies and try to mold the area you moved to  be like where you came from?

If the conservative plan is to reduce taxes, regulations and as many government controls as possible, and liberal polices of more control, taxes and regulations does’t work, who is right in their thinking?

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People can make decisions affecting their lives a lot more sensibly than government can, and these decisions are a lot less costly when people are using their own money than when using  taxpayers money.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

There are 22,000 Gun Laws In the United States

 

Written by Gary Wonning

It is often reported there are twenty-two thousand gun laws in this country.

Are there really that many?

There are probably hundreds, checking all the various local state and federal laws, it would be almost impossible to realistically check what the actual number is.

Regardless of the number, none of them have stopped any shootings, what will one more law do?

In reality, where the gun laws are the strictest is where the most gun crime is committed. You cannot legislate morality, and that is what the whole issue comes down to , it’s all about morality and a persons basic core values.

Didn’t we learn anything during  prohibition during the nineteen thirties? When the government prohibited the manufacture of alcohol, production went underground and there was more alcohol produced than ever.

Whenever you take something away, you create a need.

When Obama tried to enact more gun legislation, more guns were sold. It’s a basic law of nature. You are never going to take the guns away from criminals, they will always be able to get them, look at the drug laws, how effective are they?

We have enough laws now, the issue is, they aren’t enforced, both the shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, laws were broken by the gun buyers, but someone looked the other way and didn’t do anything to prevent the disaster.

I am an avid supporter of law enforcement, but in the case of Parkland, law enforcement certainly dropped the ball, no law is going to change that.

The most important aspect of this that no one ever thinks of: every time a new law like this is enacted a few more of our  basic rights disappear.

All these laws basically accomplish nothing except take alway the rights of law abiding citizens. Many seem to forget one simple fact, criminals break laws, that is what they do, that is their job description, they are good at it and nothing will change that. A new law just creates a new challenge. 

Does anyone actually believe a new law will prevent someone from getting a weapon that really wants one? Only people who are out of touch with reality actually believe drug laws keep users from getting drugs, or any other so-called illegal substance. If you know the right people, you can buy anything , you can buy anything you want on the street and go undetected for years.

Our basic human rights as we are given to us by God, not government, are disappearing  by an ever increasing government presence in our lives.  How many things are you prevented from doing that you could do just a few years ago, where can you go where there isn’t a surveillance camera watching your every move? Do you really want to live like that?

This is about more than the right to carry a certain weapon, whatever that weapon is, as soon as it is banned, there will be another issue for the far left and they will ban something else, soon we will have no line of defense.

Our second amendment is very important, it protects the rest of our rights. This is what defines us from the rest of the world, we have a God given right to defend ourselves, as long as we have that, no one will control us, this makes us different from the rest of the world, that is what makes us exceptional and guarantees our right to be free.

Americans should protect their freedoms and defend it at all cost, if we lose our freedom, nothing else will matter, would you choose life over freedom, not me, if I’m not free, life would be worthless. 

I don’t know how many gun laws there are, I doubt if anyone really knows, but one more isn’t going to make a difference, there is only one thing that will.

As a country, we need to realize what the real problem is. We have millions of kids on drugs, many were given Ritalin and other mind altering drugs when they were very young , trying to solve a problem that didn’t exist, they were just acting like kids and the parents were afraid to discipline them. 

As a result, as time went on, every time there was an issue, another pill was shoved down their throats, until they thought that drugs would solve all their problems, and then we wonder why at age nineteen they are so messed up, they have no purpose in live, all they have ever done is sit in front of the TV and play video games. 

They have no real friends, never go outside in nature and no passion for live.

Then we wonder why they  go out and shoot people. 

Many of them have had no guidance, discipline , or been taught any form of self control. They have been given everything their little heart desires with no effort on their part to earn these material things. 

Instead of facing up to the real issue, we blame an inanimate object, something that can’t do anything without human intervention for the problem.  This solves nothing, in fact it only makes it worse. 

There was a time when almost everyone in the country believed in God, or what their definition of God is, that is no longer the case, God is seldom mentioned anymore and as a result, we Americans have lost our spiritual foundation and have become lost, then we wonder why another religion is consuming the country.

Nature abhors a vacuum, when a vacuum is created something will come in and take the place of whatever  created the vacuum, in this case Islam is replacing Christianity.

To solve this issue, we need to look within, not take away one of our basic rights.

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The Five Thousand Year Leap

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

Do You Believe in Hell

 

A young lady came home from a date, rather sad. She told her mother, “Jeff proposed to me an hour ago.”

“Then why are you so sad?” her mother asked.

“Because he also told me he was an atheist. Mom, he doesn’t even believe there’s a hell.”

Her mother said, “Marry him anyway. Between the two of us, we’ll show him how wrong he is.”

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The First Amendment Does Protect So-Called Hate Speech

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The secrets our founders knew

Written by Gary Wonning

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

I think it is pretty plain. When you read the first amendment of our Bill of Rights, it is quite obvious the first amendment contains no provisions for limiting so-called hate speech.

Many times, especially in today’s society hate speech is defined as a particular idea someone does not agree with and it has no correlation whatsoever with being hateful. Take for instance Face Book banning such people as Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham.

Neither of which has ever said anything that could be determined as hateful.

Criticizing someone’s different philosophy about life is not hate speech as long as it is done in a polite and courteous manner.

It is our American right to respectfully disagree with someone.

Once you begin banning hate speech, where does it end?

Who determines what hate speech is, the U Tube and Face Book people certainly have a different perspective than over half of the people living in the United States.

The first amendment guarantees free speech to everyone, regardless of their perspective and opinions, race, creed, national origin, gender, etc.  and cannot be denied to anyone.

Unwritten but something that also applies, we also have free listening, we are free to listen or not to listen, that is our choice.

The first amendment does not limit free speech, but something else does.

Common sense and decency, somethings need not be said in a public forum, regardless of or our rights, there is such a thing as discretion and good judgment.

The real meaning of hate speech falls under this definition.

In my humble opinion, using names and words that your grandmother would not approve of, should not be used in public.

A little common sense goes a long way, there is nothing wrong about trying to act like a civilized human being.

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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