America’s Self Inflicted Guilt

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Written by Gary Wonning

The first time I encountered self-inflicted American guilt, I was touring the outback of Australia.

We had traveled there to observe, photograph, and document the ways and lives of the Australian Aborigines.

One afternoon a fellow American and an European were talking and the European actually complimented America on our way of life and how good life was in the United States.

In response, the American woman actually made a statement in which she denied feeling good about being an American and living in the United States.

Over the years we Americans have developed a guilt complex about our prosperity.

We tend to forget what we have sacrificed to make our country prosperous and free, we forget how much America has done for the world and our mission to bring freedom to everyone, regardless of race, creed, national origin or gender.

Although we, as Americans aren’t perfect and we haven’t always lived up to the ideals our country was founded on, as a nation  we have done more than any other culture to liberate the masses from the bonds of slavery.

We have fought in many lands in an effort to free people from oppression, and have never claimed any of this land as our own.

Many would argue that we stole the land from the original occupants. The American Indians are also immigrants, they all came from some where else before living in the western hemisphere.

The American Indians were at a disadvantage, they had no domesticated animals , no beasts of burden or the means to advance their civilization until the Europeans introduced this technology and animals into the western hemisphere.

The contact between the two cultures eventually benefited both societies.

Despite all the bloodshed between the two different cultures, we as Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the natives. There were many times our fight for freedom would have stalled if the natives had not intervened to help us.

Many of the elders of the various tribes were wise enough to realize what was to come and thereby aided and assisted our struggle for freedom. 

This has been well documented, even during the American Revolution. 

In the writings of General George Washington, there are many times he tells of advice and assistance he received from the elders of the tribes living in the New England area. He reportedly even had the Iroquois “Spirit Woman” come to him and show him a map of the  present day United States, complete with roads and cities. 

I can’t help but feel it was some sort of divine plan. We were brought together to learn from each other, we have developed the technology to produce a society much better than any that has come before us, if we combine our technology with the American Indians knowledge of nature and Nature’s God. 

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.

photo of book

The Five Thousand Year Leap

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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A Guy Thanks God

 

There’s this guy who had been lost and walking in the desert for about 2 weeks. One hot day, he sees the home of a missionary. Tired and weak, he crawls up to the house and collapses on the doorstep. The missionary finds him and nurses him back to health.

Feeling better, the man asks the missionary for directions to the nearest town. On his way out the back door, he sees this horse.

He goes back into the house and asks the missionary, “Could I borrow your horse and give it back when I reach the town?”

The missionary says, “Sure but there is a special thing about this horse.
You have to say ‘Thank God’ to make it go and ‘Amen’ to make it stop.”

Not paying much attention, the man says, “Sure, OK.”

So he gets on the horse and says, “Thank God” and the horse starts walking. Then he says, “Thank God, thank God, ” and the horse starts trotting.

Feeling really brave, the man says, “Thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God, thank God” and the horse just takes off.

Pretty soon he sees this cliff coming up and he’s doing everything he can to make the horse stop.

“Whoa, stop, hold on!!!!”

Finally he remembers, “Amen!!”

The horse stops 4 inches from the cliff. The man leans back in the saddle and says, “Thank God!”

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.

Sedona: Some of the Interesting People In Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Many people live and visit Sedona every year.

They come from all walks of life and many times see and experience things they never imagined would be possible.

They have seen a side of life many of us never have an opportunity to observe. Their experiences give them a different perspective than we may have, even though we cannot understand or comprehend their point of view, that doesn’t make their knowledge invalid or out of the realm of possibility.

We were once at a private party with a group of people we vaguely knew. One of the gentleman present would go out into the desert at night and take a photo of the empty night sky, when he processed the film there would be lights in the sky that came from an unknown origin.

This was well documented and many people over time, had been with him when it actually happened.

As I conversed with them that evening I noticed they all had a necklace with what looked like a dream catcher with a miniature spare plug in the middle. The necklace seemed interesting and in it’s own way was very unique.

As I questioned them about it, I was told it was a transponder; since this was  shortly before the new millennial, they all felt that at midnight on New Year’s Eve,  the top would come off of Bell Rock, the extraterrestrials would emerge and with this necklace, the people wearing the necklace would be  able to communicate with them.

Obviously, this never happened, but who can say, maybe in  the future, an event like this will come about, and maybe some piece of jewelry would be necessary to communicate, who knows?

In this universe, with all the infinite possibilities, anything can be possible.

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.

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

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.

The Best of the Best (UPS)

capiture of a ups driver making a delivery

A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

Written by Gary Wonning

May fifteenth, nineteen sixty-seven was an important day in my life. It was the day my seniority officially began at United  Parcel Service.

Although I applied for the position in March during a driving blizzard, by the time I was hired , trained, and began accumulating seniority, two months had eclipsed.

I was born to drive,  I grew up on a farm and I began driving a tractor at an early age and had several years of driving experience before reaching the age of sixteen when I could legally drive on public roads. 

Always striving to drive safely and accident free, with the aid of UPS training, I achieved twenty-six years of accident free safe driving. 

After retirement, I continued to drive professionally for many years in positions that didn’t conflict with my union restrictions.   

One of the most enjoyable positions was driving the Sedona-Phoenix Shuttle , driving clients from Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix to Sedona  Arizona, one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and after moving to Florida, for many years I drove people to the various air and cruise ports in the state. 

After nearly seventy years of driving, I am starting to tire a little and no longer desire to drive fifty thousand miles a year. I continue to drive and will always enjoy it, but now it’s all about driving for pleasure, and not as much. 

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.

 

What Is There To Do In Indianapolis

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Written by Gary Wonning

Recently a friend of a friend mentioned that he didn’t enjoy going to Indianapolis because there  wasn’t anything to do. 

It was one of those times when I was at a loss for words. 

Indianapolis is a beautiful city, especially downtown. It has been completely refurbished and there are many fine restaurants, bars, and entertainment in the downtown area is at a premium. 

It is home to the Indianapolis Colts, Pacers, and it is a center for amateur sports, including high school basketball. 

A triple AAA baseball team resides just a few short blocks away, and the world’s greatest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500 is held annually with a museum that is open daily. 

There are many parks and historic sites close by and the best of all, we are all Hoosiers, Hoosier hospitality runs abundant, everyone is a neighbor and friend.

Hoosiers are known for being friendlily to a fault, it is never a problem to engage in conversation with our fellow man , living in a small town, everyone we meet is considered family. 

We don’t need to be entertained, or spend huge sums of money to fill our time. 

I’m not sure what he meant by there not being anything to do in Indianapolis, I guess we just think differently in the Midwest than  those on the east coast. 

Indiana history

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 Energy of Sedona is Powerful

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

I’ve seen people who have never been to Sedona before start crying as they enter the city, overcome by not only the beauty of the red rocks, but the emotional release created by the intense energy coming from the vortexes as well. They all leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a different understanding of life.

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.

 

 

Pastor Norton

 

The Reverend Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So…he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn’t accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!

At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord ,while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, “You’re not going to let him get away with this, are you?” The Lord sighed, and said, “No, I guess not.”

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. IT WAS A 420-YARD HOLE IN ONE! St. Peter was astonished.
He looked at the Lord and asked, “Why did you let him do that?”

The Lord smiled and replied, “Who’s he going to tell?”

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.