The House Burned Down

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

Written By: Gary Wonning

I had just started school the previous fall, and I was rapidly becoming addicted to the state religion, high school basketball. Besides doing farm work, being a cowboy and playing basketball soon took up all the time a young boy could muster.

Three days after Christmas in nineteen-fifty,  our house caught on fire. The fire began in the kitchen behind the stove; we think the faulty electrical wiring was the cause of it. In those days the electrical wires were made of aluminum and copper pennies were often stuck behind the fuses to prevent them from blowing out at the most inopportune times.

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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Where Are Our Friends When We Need Them?

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a personal spiritual journey

Written By: Gary Wonning

Often times, our friends seemingly desert us when we need them most. Packing my whole life into the back of a pickup truck , a new life awaited. It had been a tough week-end and I actually looked forward to returning to work on Monday, at least I would see some smiling faces.

A group of us always met for coffee before beginning our day. We would clock in, pick up our package car loaded with parcels and much to the dismay of management,(who thought we should begin immediately,) make a short stop for coffee, we needed to catch up on the latest scuttlebutt.

I was really looking forward to seeing everyone this morning, I needed to see some smiling faces. I was the first one at the restaurant and much to my surprise, as I waited for everyone to stop, they all drove on by, and never even looked my way.

What!! When I need someone the most, they aren’t there for me.

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There were extenuating circumstances why everyone didn’t stop, but on a spiritual level, I needed to learn that we can really depend on no one but ourselves and our God. When the chips are down, that’s all we have.

Things improved a lot that evening after I returned home for the day, my whole family showed up. When everyone one else deserts you, your family is still there. Even today, in spite of the fact we don’t see each other as often as I would like, I know we are there for each other.

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A New World is Revolving

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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Saving Hillary

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Hillary Clinton was out jogging one morning along the parkway when she tripped, fell over the bridge railing and landed in the
creek below.

Before the Secret Service guys could get to her, 3 kids who were fishing pulled her out of the water. She was so grateful
she offered the kids whatever they wanted.

The first kid says, “I want to go to Disneyland.”

 Hillary says, “No problem, I’ll take you there on my special senator’s airplane”

The second kid says, “I want a new pair of Nike Air Jordan’s.”

Hilary says, “I’ll get them for you and even have Michael sign them!!”

The third kid says, “I want a motorized wheelchair with a built-in TV and stereo headset!”

Hilary is a little perplexed by this and says, “But you don’t look like you’re handicapped.”

The kid says, “I will be after my dad finds out I saved your butt from drowning!!!

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

Muslim Attacks in the Mediterranean Lead to the “Discovery” of the New World

The Discovery of the New World

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An interesting photo book about the Maya Indians of central America

Written by:Gary Wonning

The Muslims and Christians have been fighting for centuries, it has been an on-going battle that has continued through the millennia.

During that time period, Muslim pirate Barbarossa wrecked havoc in the Mediterranean, raiding the coasts of France, Italy, and Spain, carrying away thousands of Europeans into slavery. In the process,Muslim Turks had conquered the Byzantine Empire,  u were invading Serbia, Hungary, and Bulgaria. Suleiman’s armies surrounded Vienna, Austria, in 1529. For centuries Arab, Turkish, Mughal and Afghan conquerors killed  millions of Hindus and Sikhs in India and the East.

The Spanish soldier proved to be the most successful champion in defending Christendom. Spain’s King Ferdinand put a halt to the 700-year Muslim occupation of western Europe. Using gold from the New World, Spain was able to push back the Muslim invaders on land and sea.

It was during this time, the Europeans began running out of resources to fight the good fight. At the risk of Europe being over run and conquered by the invaders, new sources of revenue had to be found and found quickly.

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Hearing of vast sources of gold and other valuable resources to the west, their attention naturally turned to discovering ways of tapping into this perceived wealth.

The Spanish at that time were one of the major leaders in the world so the task fell to them to explore the new world.

The natives of the America’s had never advanced their civilization one iota over the last ten thousand years and thus had none of the modern conveniences or technology the Europeans, Chinese, Tuks or others possessed, so it was just a matter of time before they were conquered by someone, at the time, the Spanish were the most powerful.

There is a lesson to be learned here for everyone when we don’t advance our learning and knowledge, sooner or later another culture will overtake us and destroy our way of life.

 

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A new era approaches

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

It’s Gotta Be The Shorts:Dealing With Unions

 

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A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

Written By; Gary Wonning

All UPS employees were required to join the Teamsters Union. I had never been a strong union person but it wasn’t a real big issue for me until the following year. In 1968 there was a major strike at the largest industry in Batesville Indiana.

Some issues needed to be resolved and bordered on being inhumane. The company was unbending and left with little choice, the union called a strike. It was a relatively small union and most employees didn’t belong to it.

At the time, judging by the way everything all came down, I thought the union saw this as an opportunity to make a name for themselves.

It got ugly real quick. Hench men were soon cavorting around in the late evening hours shooting at and dynamiting homes of management and others who decided to work. It was common to hear gunfire and explosions as darkness fell, and late into the night.

My dad worked at the company as an hourly employee, he honored the strike and saw a need for it, and he never crossed the picket line. After about two weeks of this nonsense, he had enough, some of his friends’ homes were getting shot at.

He was one to never back down from anyone and out of a desire to not support something he didn’t believe in, he decided to go to work and support his friends and buddies. Many of these people who were getting shot at he had known all his life and were like family to him.

A neighbor lady decided to go back to work also. Dad had a little Corvair at the time, so for whatever reason, they decided to cross the picket line in that little car. Approaching the picket line, he floored the little bug and cranked the steering wheel as hard as he could and slammed on the brakes. He slid sideways through the picket line. Obviously, the picketers weren’t too happy as they scrambled out of the way of the tiny missile.

I was not living at home anymore, but a couple of nights later, my parents’ home was hit with gunfire, some of which went through the living room picture window and became lodged in the wall. If someone had been in the room they could have been killed.

My little brother, who was fourteen at the time, went to get the mail at the end of the driveway the next day and picked up something lying by the mailbox. Not knowing what it was he brought it in the house, it was three sticks of unexploded dynamite.

My opinion of unions declined rapidly and I even considered quitting so I didn’t have to belong to an organization that tried to kill my family.

I decided to stick it out, my quitting wouldn’t solve anything and it was a good job. I didn’t belong to the same union that created the havoc; I would just handle the union issues on my own and not support them any more than I had to. I soon learned to solve my issues on my own, like my dad had taught me when I was a small whippersnapper.

I soon learned that in most cases the only people they really helped were the ones who were looking for a reason to need the union, and in many cases only protected the jobs of those who should have been fired.

The only time we ever saw a union representative was before a political election. They would drive the two hundred miles from Chicago and tell us how to vote. We would then tell them we knew how to vote and gave them directions back to Chicago.

I did make good money and enjoyed excellent benefits, but UPS paid top wages and benefits before the union became involved. They paid top dollar, even during the depression. Their belief was that they would pay good money, but they asked for a good day’s work in return. I see nothing wrong with that.

And I knew, if things ever turned ugly, the union would do the same thing that happened in Batesville in 1968.

In the end, people who work for a large corporation need some sort of representation, conflicts do come up, and for now the union seems to be the only answer, and I did benefit from having a union job.

As with everything in life, there are good points and not so good points.

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

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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The Wisdom of our Ancestors: Return to the Land

 

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

Written by; Gary Wonning

Return to the Land

Because modern technology has resulted in an easier life style, America as well as much of the rest of the world has moved away from being an agrarian society. Societies before ours lived much closer to the land, their whole life centered on the weather, and the abundance or lack thereof, of the annual harvest. When the harvest was bad, people grouped together because of a need to survive. The ancient aborigines didn’t even reproduce during years of severe drought.

With all of our modern advances, we have theoretically eliminated starvation and need in modern society. If one is willing to work and place their priorities in the proper perspective, one can achieve anything his or her heart desires as long as they have the human capabilities to do it.

In most cases this is a good thing, however, there is a down side also. By eliminating much of the hardships our ancestors endured, we have also eliminated the sense of community and dependence on each other, as well as our closeness to the earth and our natural world.

Even our native cultures, what is left of them, have moved away from their basic moral structure and become less spiritual than in previous generations. Many have lost their way and have resorted to drugs and alcohol as a means of dealing with life’s problems.

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I don’t think there are many people alive today that if they had a choice, would want to live in a teepee or a “humpie” in the outback of Australia and many people no longer have a spiritual foundation, as is evidenced in their life style. Having said that, there are still many people who would like to be able to follow the customs and beliefs of their native peoples, while maintaining their current lifestyle.

Civilization, as we know it started with a high spiritual base and slowly moved to a more materialistic society, with it came an easier, safer life with more comfort than our ancestors could have imagined in their wildest dreams.

Along the way, we have lost sight of what is really important in life, we, as a whole have lost sight of our moral values, the values which built this great society in which we live. It is now time to return to the beliefs of our forefathers, they knew what they were talking about.

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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.

Your comments are welcome

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Northern Territory, Australia

 

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The aborigines of Australia

Written By: Gary Wonning

The final week of the walkabout was about to begin, we were leaving Monday morning for a six-day trip to Darwin on the top end. 7:30 am found us loading our gear on a trailer behind one of Toddy’s twenty-four passenger buses. As a final duty, we all chipped in money for what was thought to be enough beer to supply us for the thirsty journey that lie ahead.

The  first of many stops was Barrow Creek, where we would begin to learn much of Australia’s colorful past. It seems that in the early days, aborigines had killed the line master and his men. As a result,the Calvary was called in, the resulting battle killed all the aborigine men, the women and children were taken to Skull Creek and killed there.

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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.

Your comments are welcome