Middleton Place, South Carolina

 

Middleton Place  is a historic plantation with gardens located along the Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina.

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One of the most magnificent locations  in the United States, the plantation has a history rich in tradition. It was established in 1741 by Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress. Touring this 65-acre establishment, one is overcome with the magnitude by which it must have overwhelmed people in it’s time!

Nestled on the Ashley River it portrays the stereotypical image one has of  life in the south during that period in time!
With the history of the inhabitants of the mansion, one can only imagine the fashionable events that must have transpired in the gardens and banquet rooms.

Water buffalo were imported in the late 1700s and became the first water buffalo in the United States. I guess the idea didn’t catch on, it’s been years since I have seen a water buffalo roaming the countryside.
It became the home of generations of the Middleton Family,Henry’s son, Arthur Middleton a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Arthur’s son Henry Governor of South Carolina and U.S. minister to Russia, and in turn , his son William signer of the Ordinance of Secession.

From that period in time things went down hill  the plantation was burned in 1865 in retaliation for the owner signing the Ordnance of Secession. Five of the water buffalo were killed and ate, with the remaining six mysteriously appearing in the Central Park Zoo.

In 1886, the gardens were damaged further by an earthquake, from then it lay abandoned until 1916 when J. Pringle Smith began a restoration.

Today it has been restored with much of the Middleton family furniture, paintings books and documents, the gardens have been restored with terraces, ponds, and garden rooms.

It is now one of the most prestigious gardens in the United States, and as a such General Cornwallis was shown having a banquet in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Patriot.

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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Al Gore is getting depressed!!

I found this article interesting!!

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

Lorne Gunter, National Post  Published: Monday, February 25, 2008

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”

China is surviving its most brutal winter in a century. Temperatures in the normally balmy south were so low for so long that some middle-sized cities went days and even weeks without electricity because once power lines had toppled it was too cold or too icy to repair them.

There have been so many snow and ice storms in Ontario and Quebec in the past two months that the real estate market has felt the pinch as home buyers have stayed home rather than venturing out looking for new houses.


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In just the first two weeks of February, Toronto received 70 cm of snow, smashing the record of 66.6 cm for the entire month set back in the pre-SUV, pre-Kyoto, pre-carbon footprint days of 1950.

And remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its “lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past.

The ice is back.

Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year.

OK, so one winter does not a climate make. It would be premature to claim an Ice Age is looming just because we have had one of our most brutal winters in decades.

But if environmentalists and environment reporters can run around shrieking about the manmade destruction of the natural order every time a robin shows up on Georgian Bay two weeks early, then it is at least fair game to use this winter’s weather stories to wonder whether the alarmist are being a tad premature.

And it’s not just anecdotal evidence that is piling up against the climate-change dogma.

According to Robert Toggweiler of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory at Princeton University and Joellen Russell, assistant professor of biogeochemical dynamics at the University of Arizona — two prominent climate modellers — the computer models that show polar ice-melt cooling the oceans, stopping the circulation of warm equatorial water to northern latitudes and triggering another Ice Age (a la the movie The Day After Tomorrow) are all wrong.

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“We missed what was right in front of our eyes,” says Prof. Russell. It’s not ice melt but rather wind circulation that drives ocean currents northward from the tropics. Climate models until now have not properly accounted for the wind’s effects on ocean circulation, so researchers have compensated by over-emphasizing the role of manmade warming on polar ice melt.

But when Profs. Toggweiler and Russell rejigged their model to include the 40-year cycle of winds away from the equator (then back towards it again), the role of ocean currents bringing warm southern waters to the north was obvious in the current Arctic warming.

Last month, Oleg Sorokhtin, a fellow of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences, shrugged off manmade climate change as “a drop in the bucket.” Showing that solar activity has entered an inactive phase, Prof. Sorokhtin advised people to “stock up on fur coats.”

He is not alone. Kenneth Tapping of our own National Research Council, who oversees a giant radio telescope focused on the sun, is convinced we are in for a long period of severely cold weather if sunspot activity does not pick up soon.

The last time the sun was this inactive, Earth suffered the Little Ice Age that lasted about five centuries and ended in 1850. Crops failed through killer frosts and drought. Famine, plague and war were widespread. Harbours froze, so did rivers, and trade ceased.

It’s way too early to claim the same is about to happen again, but then it’s way too early for the hysteria of the global warmers, too.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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One of the most impressive temples in the Valley of The Queens is the Temple of Hatshepsut. Standing on the front level of the temple, it is possible to see the Nile River valley in the distance.

Hatshepsut, meaning “Foremost of Noble Ladies” was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is regarded as one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an Egyptian dynasty.

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She was the daughter of Thuthmose I and Ahmes. When her father died her half brother, Thuthmose II, ascended to the throne. He was young, apparently younger than Hatshepsut herself.

The Egyptian tradition of having the Pharaoh marry a royal woman led Thuthmose II to marry Hatshepsut. (The women in Egypt carried the royal blood, not the males. To become Pharaoh, the man had to marry a female of royal blood, often a sister, half sister or other near relative. Usually, it was the eldest daughter of the previous Pharaoh.) Thuthmose II died soon after becoming Pharaoh, leaving the widow Hatshepsut, a daughter Neferura… and a son by another wife – Thuthmose III.
Although it was unusual for a woman to rule Egypt, it wasn’t unprecedented, she was the second known woman to assume power after Queen Sobekneferu of the Twelfth Dynasty.

Her reign lasted almost 22 years as she became Pharaoh in 1479 BC and died in 1458.

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She re-established trading relationships lost during a foreign occupation and brought great wealth to Egypt. That wealth enabled Hatshepsut to initiate building projects that raised the caliber of Ancient Egyptian architecture to a standard, that would not be rivaled by any other culture for over a thousand years.

Among other women whose possible reigns as pharaohs are under study include Nefertiti, Meritaten, Neferneferuaten, and Twosret.

Another pharaoh, Smenkhkare, generally has been believed to have been male, but there is some evidence that this was a woman also.

Among the later, non-indigenous Egyptian dynasties, the most notable example of another woman who became pharaoh was Cleopatra VII, the last and arguably one of the most famous pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

If you would like to learn more of the Egyptian Culture.

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 welcome

land of the pharaoh

Coming from a small midwestern town, the traveler decides to go to Egypt as his first trip to a foreign country. Travel with him as he makes new discoveries in an ancient land.

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Written by: Gary Wonning

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Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world’s most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx. The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings. Egypt has always been widely regarded as an important political and cultural nation of the Middle East.

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Although no one knows for sure where the ancient Egyptians came from, the land has been important  since the beginning of recorded history.

Visiting the country, one gets a feeling that Egypt has existed far longer than the four thousand years  the experts claim!

The civilization was far more advanced in it’s earliest existence than it is today. The skill and know how that was required to build all the antiquities is still unknown at this point in time.

When visiting Egypt, a trip to the Cairo Museum must be included! Days could be spent touring the facility and all the priceless artifacts from the past, everything from the 5th dynasty thru the modern era are on display, including a floor dedicated to King Tut.

Ramses 2, the Pharaoh believed to be in power during the exodus, along with his Queen, is well represented also, not only in the Cairo Museum, but at Memphis as well.

Ramses 2 if alive today would be known as a land developer, many of Egypt’s finest temples and buildings were erected during his reign.

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Many items are still in storage as there isn’t time or room to categorize all of them, taking that into account and realizing that many, many of the artifacts have been taken out of the country makes one realize how massive and wealthy this empire was in it’s prime.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

Egypt

A sudden trip to Egypt changes my perspective of not only my life, but the entire world and it’s history .

 

 


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Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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One of the most beautiful and interesting areas in the United States is the area around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Tennessee!

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Nestled in the heart of the Smokey Mountains, not only does it have some of the  most enjoyable scenery in the country, the history and folklore of the area is unmatched anywhere.

 Restaurants and souvenir shops line a 3-mile corridor stretching from it’s neighbor city, Pigeon Forge. Along with amusement rides and entertainment of all sorts, this area has enough activity to keep one occupied for days.

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This area is home to many of country western music’s finest artists! Dolly Parton’s Dollywood is just a hop, skip and jump away! A must see for people of all ages! There isn’t a better place anywhere that a child can learn of America’s early life and culture.

Lying at the entrance to The Smoky Mountains National Park with everything from an aquarium with the largest underwater tunnel, a ski resort with year round ice skating, interesting museums, go cart racing, miniature golf, and much more give more than ample reason for over eleven million visitors a year to come here and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

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 welcome

 

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baby boomers

Each generation from the beginning of our country has contributed to what our country has become. By the same token, no one is perfect. Consequently, each generation has done and will continue to perform acts that it would have been better if some other course of action was taken.
The baby boomers have contributed much and have been blamed for the decline of America. What is the true story?

Winter Wonderland!!?

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I just received an email from a friend living in Indiana describing how it took him several hours to thaw out his wife’s car this morning, she had a high priority baby shower to attend.

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I guess the weather is below freezing and with a recent ice storm, the doors were rather difficult to open.

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Having lived there for the first half of my life I can relate to what he is going through, however, the longer I am removed from that terrifying experience the more my memory fades.

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Living in Florida one forgets what is going on up north, the land that  global warming forgot.  Traveling to Delray Beach twice and Cape Coral once this week, my only concern was that the A/C on the car would not quit working!

Traveling up and down I-75, where most of the cars have out of state license plates this year, I assume there are many people also trying to escape the frigid temperatures up north.

Many people really like it where the weather is cold, and I understand that, more power to them, if that is what they want ,then that is where they should be. That is why the planet has so many different climates.
 
But for me, give me a Mudslide and a burger to enjoy while sitting at a beach side Tiki Hut, I’ll be perfectly content to watch the latest blizzard on TV!

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 welcome

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

baby boomers

Each generation from the beginning of our country has contributed to what our country has become. By the same token, no one is perfect. Consequently, each generation has done and will continue to perform acts that it would have been better if some other course of action was taken.
The baby boomers have contributed much and have been blamed for the decline of America. What is the true story?

Whitewater Canal Locks, Metamora, Indiana

Whitewater Canal Locks, Metamora, Indiana

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The past comes alive in this quaint southeastern corner of Indiana. A restored 14 mile stretch of the Whitewater Canal, cuts through the middle of this historic town.

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Dating back to the 1830s, Metamora, meaning “beautiful woman”, this small village has a rich history. Much of which can be experienced as one can watch grain being ground in a real gristmill, enjoy a leisurely horse drawn carriage ride, feed the ducks, and shop in the many specialty stores and restaurants.

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As an added treat, one can ride the Whitewater train or take a canal boat ride on the replica Ben Franklin 111, through the last wooden aqueduct in the United States.

In its heyday, mules walked alongside the waterway pulling the flat-bottomed boats along the heavily trafficked 76-mile long, man-made canal, having 56 locks and seven feeder dams it served many communities in southeastern Indiana.

Farmers used the canal to send livestock and produce to market, With the coming of the railroad, the canal became obsolete, and its use switched to powering nearby grist mills.

With the passing of the railroads and development of our highway system , the population of Metamora dwindled, and the town might have disappeared had it not been for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, which, in 1947, renovated the Metamora grist mill, a portion of the canal, and the aqueduct to establish the Whitewater Canal State Historic Site.

Today, Metamora is a community of retirees, artists, and shop owners who take great pride in the town’s 1838 canal and collection of historic buildings, which attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Drawing 1,000 vendors and 100,000 to 200,000 visitors, the highlight event of the year is Canal Days, an annual event scheduled the first weekend in October during which the autumn leaves are in full color.

Visiting on a Sunday morning offers the rare opportunity to worship in a church with a genuine hand pumped hand organ.

Combine all this with the annual Christmas Walk and you have the perfect formula for a getaway week-end almost anytime of year!

 

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Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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wisdom

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 obvious 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. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

 


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