Punta Gorda ,Belize


Punta Gorda Belize

Having spent nearly two weeks in Belize, living in jungle like conditions with none of the amenities of modern day life, my group offive explorers and two guides were looking forward to what our travel agent recommended  to us as a modern resort with sandy beaches, a Chinese restaurant, and excellent rooms.As we entered town, I began to have suspicions regarding how nice this hotel was really going to be. There wasn’t anything I saw that lead me to believe that a 5 star resort loomed over the horizon. Still hoping  against hope, we all looked forward to spending 2 nights in a real hotel.

Find Great Deals at BedandBreakfast.com!Suddenly the van stopped, here we were. The hotel Miramarr, the place was a dump. A big two story building with bars on all the windows.There was a Chinese restaurant, however I’m not sure in what century it was last cleaned. Everyone looked in horror, we were going to spend two nights here?

 Looking glaringly at the driver ,he replied,”I didn’t know, I haven’t been here for ten years, it was bad the last time I came, no one comes here.”
Come to find out the travel agent hadn’t been here either, she was just referring to some brochure she had seen . (must have been published by the local Chamber of Commerce.)
Since this was the only place in town,and either sleeping here or on the ground in the jungle were our only choices, we began to unload the van. The driver was going home to a warm clean bed.
Immediately after checking in, an ascent up an outside stairway to our second story rooms was necessary.
Entering our room required unlocking 2 locks, and I noticed that there were four locks on our inside door, makes one feel real secure. Bars over the windows and barking dogs greeted us, this is going to be quite a night.
All of this traveling and opulence had made everyone hungry, making our way to the restaurant and passing through the bar we found several British soldiers passing the time by getting soused, can’t say I blame them. We had passed by their barracks on the way into town, the barracks were situated below the road and due to the extremely wet conditions the men were walking around in mud all day. I wondered what they had done to deserve being stationed here,it must have been pretty bad. The troops acted as if they had been lost at sea for months and we had come to rescue them.
The restaurant turned out to be a buffet,observing the condition of the food I quickly realized that it would not be a  good idea to eat any vegetables,so my dinner consisted of whatever meat I could scrounge up and beer. (The bread was extremely stale, could have been used as a hockey puck.)
We had traveled all this way to  visit Lubaantum, the pyramid where Helen Mitchell-Hedges had discovered the crystal skull many years before. Tomorrow should be interesting.
With all four locks on the door locked , the windows barred and dogs barking we retired for a peaceful nights sleep. It was then I detected a stench from the garbage below, placing my hand over my mouth and nose I drifted off to dream land.
Arising early , a restaurant was found across the street where an enjoyable breakfast was devoured. After a short ride to Lubaantum,the van was parked along side the road and the half mile trek to the pyramid began, making our way up a one lane mud road walking among cows and mud puddles we arrived at the site. Much work is being done and the site should be restored soon. It is  interesting with a great view from the top,one is able to see the Gulf of Mexico.
Before returning to our luxury suites, a decision was made to try some of the local cuisine at a road side food stand, excellent choice!!
Tomorrow we would be heading north for one more day in Belize, than back to the good old USA.
It had been an eventful 2 weeks, much had been learned of the Mayan culture and the way of life in Belize.They have a lot going for them , and I look for the country to change alot in the next several years, as I was told they desperately want to improve their lot in life and all they want from us is our advice and knowledge, they don’t want our money. How I wish more countries felt that way.

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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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Have You Ever Had A UFO Encounter

Have you ever had a UFO encounter?
That is something many people often ponder, but discard it as soon  as the thought enters their mind.

Most people either think it is too absurd or they don’t want to spendthe time and energy researching to see if there is some validity totheir thoughts. Often times their assumption of what others might thinkof them should an encounter become known, or even their ownmisconceptions of reality keeps one from researching further.

Many times it takes a series of encountersover several years before one realizes that the situation isn’t goingaway and regardless of the outcome , further investigation becomesnecessary.

These instances normally begin in childhood and continue  into ouradult lives. Normally one begins to realize that “something” happenedduring life changing events in our lives when we start to question the”meaning ” of life , or why so-called negative situations are happeningto us, such as divorce or a loss of a loved one, or financial ruin.

One of the more common events is meeting someone or doing somethingthat has a profound effect on our life in ways that we can’t explain.This will often remind us of previous experiences that were just asdramatic, and will start bringing into play other souls and why theyare with us.

The encounters are often buried in the mind because the ego has areally hard time comprehending something equal or greater than itself,therefore the memory can only be jogged by hypnosis or some other formof recall.

My own theory is that we have all had encounters with “other worlds”. I believe it is a natural occurrence, and our encounters  are createdby us to help one through certain difficult situations or to expand ourawareness of other dimensions of life.

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.Ifeel these different dimensions of existence are like tuning a radio,on a radio, every time the dial is moved a new station comes on , withthe human consciousness, every time we shift our thinking, a newdimension enters our reality. The realities are always there, it is upto us to determine which one we need to focus on.

We all have a  certain “blue print” that provides us with a rough guideas to what we should do with our life. At certain points in life,changes in our path need to be made. As Yogi Berra once said, “When youcome to a fork in the road, you gotta take it”.

It is at these times we need guidance from other souls, either worldlyor unworldly to guide us through the rough spots, and get us back onthe “path”. We soon discover that one life experience leads to another,one which would not have been possible without having experienced theprevious one, one that  gave us the knowledge and understanding to goon to our next mission in life.

This guidance can come in many forms, from a word spoken by anassociate, even though the associate is unaware he said anythingsignificant or it would have any impact upon anything. There arevarious other ways we can receive enlightenment, including  an actualencounter with some spirit or alien life form. All of which leads from one event to another until the final outcome is finally determined.

Due to the fact the United States just launched a space probe toexplore the possibility of life on other planets,it would be hard inthis day and age to not believe that life exists on some other planetor dimension. With the billions of star systems in our universe, itwould be hard to imagine that we wouldn’t have  cousins out there somewhere.
There are probably many, some would be more advanced than us , and some would probably be more primitive.

Taking all of this into account, one has to believe that contact with life formsfrom other planetary systems is not only possible but highly likely. Weare trying to make contact, wouldn’t they be doing the same? To thinkotherwise, one would have to be two fries short of a Happy Meal.

We can only guess as to what events will take place in the next several years, it will certainly be interesting!

In my mind,the question isn’t if you’ve had contact, but with who and why!

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Can You Stand an Egg on End During the Spring Equinox

Is it true that you can stand an egg on end during the Spring Equinox?

The answer is YES.

I  heard this legend several years ago and couldn’t wait to try it
out. Hurrying home from work on the 21st of March, I couldn’t wait to
stand an egg on end. (I was leading a rather boring life at the time.)
An idle mind is a terrible thing.

Rushing to the refrigerator , I only had a few minutes until the exact minute when the sun would pass over the equator on it’s way north.

Finding a perfect egg, I hurriedly placed it on my end table, after
several tries, and just as the spring equinox began the egg balanced
itself on its end, it worked. Amazed, I watched it for several minutes
before resuming my action filled life .

Some people think the egg can only stand on end because of some gravitational force from the sun
being aligned with the earth as the it passes over the equator. The
moon, however, exerts more influence and gravitational pull than the
sun. The moon dominates the ebb and flow of our ocean’s tides, and it’s
gravitational pull is different at the equinoxes. If any celestial body
would be able to exert enough influence to cause an egg to stand on end
it would be the moon.

Only years later would I be crushed when I found out the truth about the EGG. (no yoke intended.)

Who was the first person to do this and why?

This amazing legend originated with the Chinese. According to
Chinese legend  standing an egg on end can only occur when spring
begins. The only problem with this is that the Chinese calendar had
this transition occurring at various times each year. Being determined
in part by the Chinese lunar month which was normally in February,
their first day of spring didn’t occur during the actual equinox.

This myth pops up regular as rain every spring. I myself believed it
for many years.The truth is, with a large amount of patience, you can
stand an egg on end any day of the year.

The most dominant force of gravity is the one between the earth and
the egg itself, the sun or moon have no effect on the egg whatsoever.
To prove it to yourself , take a large uncooked egg from the
refrigerator and hold it resting the end on a counter top or table, let
the fluid content settle and gently find the balance point of the egg.
It takes some practice and a steady hand but it can be accomplished.
Once the egg is balanced and undisturbed, it is not uncommon for the
egg to remain in this position for days.

Try this at different times of the year, just to confirm to yourself that the moon or sun have no effect on the end result. There are many things in our life that the sun and moon affect, balancing eggs on end just isn’t one of them.

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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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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?



Obama's New Way to Improve our Image Overseas

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This past week has been an interesting one. One of President  Obama’s
pledges was to improve our supposedly bad image around the world.

His rather unique way of doing that was initiated by him sending back to England a bust of Winston Churchill
that had been in the White House for years. His next grand move was to
present Prime Minister Brown with a gift of Star Wars DVDs, how classy.
Now the Brits are really happy with us, I’m sure they over joyed to
received the gift, as if they wouldn’t have any Star Wars DVDs.

Note to Hillary: When trying to snuggle up  with a former Cold War-era foe, check a dictionary.

Working as an Obama team member, our Secretary of State, Hillary
Clinton then presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergi Lavrov with a
Staples type red button inscribed with an incorrect translation, one
that implied hostility rather than peacemaking.

Clinton said earlier she was presenting the gift because it “represents what
President Obama and Vice President Biden and I have been saying and
that is, ‘We want to reset our relationship.’ And so we will do it

The Staples button bore the inscription “Reset ” in English and
“Peregruzka” in Russian. Only problem, “peregruzka” doesn’t mean reset
in Russian, it means, overcharged or overload.

So which one is going to Switzerland and make a statement about not liking chocolate?

I’m beginning to think these people are so dumb they could hide their own Easter eggs.
Whatever happened to class and dignity? Where is good old common sense?
This administration says they want to reach across the isle and
cooperate with conservatives, and before anyone can respond, some
insulting, condescending remark is hurled their way, taking away any
chance of dialogue.

It seems to me the ruling administrating is doing everything possible
to insult humiliate and demean everyone, while at the same time
displaying a total lack of class and common sense, soon the whole world
will  realize  we have a president that makes the Beverly Hillbillies
look like English Royalty.

Obama was elected mainly because of his charisma and speaking abilities, however, he should be judged on what he does not who he is.

There is little  doubt he is a good speaker, but so is a Bose. Time
will tell if he is a woofer or tweeter, so far there are a lot more
like him on the rack at Men’s Warehouse.

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





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A Boss Who Tells it LIke it is

A Boss Who Tells it Like it Is …

To All My Valued Employees,

There have been some rumblings around the office about the future of
this company, and more specifically, your job. As you know, the economy
has changed for the worse and presents many challenges. However, the good
news is this: The economy doesn’t pose a threat to your job. What does
threaten your job however, is the changing political landscape in this

However, let me tell you some little tidbits of fact which might help
you decide what is in your best interests.

First, while it is easy to spew rhetoric that casts employers against
employees, you have to understand that for every business owner there
is a back story. This back story is often neglected and overshadowed by
what you see and hear. Sure, you see me park my Mercedes outside. You’ve seen
my big home at last year’s Christmas party. I’m sure all these flashy icons
of luxury conjure up some idealized thoughts about my life.

However, what you don’t see is the back story.

I started this company 28 years ago. At that time, I lived in a 300
square foot studio apartment for 3 years. My entire living apartment was
converted into an office so I could put forth 100% effort into building a
company, which by the way, would eventually employ you.

My diet consisted of Ramen Pride noodles because every dollar I spent
went back into this company. I drove a rusty Toyota Corolla with a
defective transmission. I didn’t have time to date. Often times, I stayed home
on weekends, while my friends went out drinking and partying. In fact, I
was married to my business – hard work, discipline, and sacrifice.

Meanwhile, my friends got jobs. They worked 40 hours a week and made
a modest $50K a year and spent every dime they earned. They drove
flashy cars and lived in expensive homes and wore fancy designer clothes. Instead
of hitting the Nordstrom’s for the latest hot fashion item, I was
trolling through the discount store extracting any clothing item that didn’t
look like it was birthed in the 70’s. My friends refinanced their mortgages and
lived a life of luxury. I, however, did not. I put my time, my money,
and my life into a business with a vision that eventually, some day, I too,
will be able to afford these luxuries my friends supposedly had.

So, while you physically arrive at the office at 9am, mentally check
in at about noon, and then leave at 5pm, I don’t. There is no “off” button
for me. When you leave the office, you are done and you have a weekend all to
yourself. I unfortunately do not have the freedom. I eat, and breathe this
company every minute of the day. There is no rest. There is no weekend.
There is no happy hour. Every day this business is attached to my hip
like a 1 year old special-needs child. You, of course, only see the fruits
of that garden – the nice house, the Mercedes, the vacations … You never
realize the back story and the sacrifices I’ve made.

Now, the economy is falling apart and I, the guy that made all the
right decisions and saved his money, have to bail-out all the people who
didn’t. The people that overspent their paychecks suddenly feel entitled to
the same luxuries that I earned and sacrificed a decade of my life for.

Yes, business ownership has is benefits but the price I’ve paid is
steep and not without wounds.

Unfortunately, the cost of running this business, and employing you,
is starting to eclipse the threshold of marginal benefit and let me tell
you why:

I am being taxed to death and the government thinks I don’t pay
enough. I have state taxes. Federal taxes. Property taxes. Sales and use taxes.
Payroll taxes. Workers compensation taxes. Unemployment taxes. Taxes
on taxes. I have to hire a tax man to manage all these taxes and then
guess what? I have to pay taxes for employing him. Government mandates and
regulations and all the accounting that goes with it, now occupy most
of my time. On Oct 15th, I wrote a check to the US Treasury for $288,000
for quarterly taxes. You know what my “stimulus” check was? Zero. Nada. Zilch.

The question I have is this: Who is stimulating the economy? Me, the
guy who has provided 14 people good paying jobs and serves over 2,200,000
people per year with a flourishing business? Or, the single mother sitting at
home pregnant with her fourth child waiting for her next welfare check?
Obviously, government feels the latter is the economic stimulus of
this country.

The fact is, if I deducted (Read: Stole) 50% of your paycheck you’d
quit and you wouldn’t work here. I mean, why should you? That’s nuts. Who
wants to get rewarded only 50% of their hard work? Well, I agree which is why
your job is in jeopardy.

Here is what many of you don’t understand … to stimulate the
economy you need to stimulate what runs the economy. Had, suddenly, the government
mandated to me that I didn’t need to pay taxes, guess what? Instead of depositing that
$288,000 into the Washington black-hole, I would have spent it, hired more
employees, and generated substantial economic growth. My employees would
have enjoyed the wealth of that tax cut in the form of promotions and better
salaries. But you can forget it now.

When you have a comatose man on the verge of death, you don’t defibrillate
and shock his thumb thinking that will bring him back to life, do you? Or,
do you defibrillate his heart? Business is at the heart of America and always has been.

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To restart it, you must stimulate it, not kill it. Suddenly, the power brokers in Washington
believe the poor of America are the essential drivers of the American economic engine.
Nothing could be further from the truth and this is the type of change you can keep.

So where am I going with all this?

It’s quite simple.

If any new taxes are levied on me, or my company, my reaction will be swift
and simple. I fire you. I fire your co-workers. You can then plead with the
government to pay for your mortgage, your SUV, and your child’s
future. Frankly, it isn’t my problem any more.

Then, I will close this company down, move to another country, and retire.
You see, I’m done. I’m done with a country that penalizes the productive
and gives to the unproductive. My motivation to work and to provide jobs
will be destroyed, and with it, will be my citizenship.

So, if you lose your job, it won’t be at the hands of the economy; it will
be at the hands of a political hurricane that swept through this
country, steamrolled the constitution, and will have changed its landscape
forever. If that happens, you can find me sitting on a beach, retired, and
with no employees to worry about …

Your boss

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Good Democrats say

Good Democrats Say…

    * Avoid the truth at all costs.


    * Success should be punished and failure rewarded.

    * It is okay to file false affidavits with a federal court if you don’t want to be held accountable for your actions.

    * There is no place in society for honesty.

    * Only the government knows what is good for you and what you deserve out of life.

    * You are to stupid to make your own decisions.


* Vote buying with give away programs is good politics.

    * If you tell an untruth often enough and loud enough it will become the truth.

    * People don’t kill people, guns do.

    * Don’t confuse me with facts, I am happy living in my make believe world.

    * Only we should vote.

    * What the majority wants is irrelevant.

    * The constitution is just a piece of paper.

    * The government is my shepherd I shall not want.

    * Judges were appointed to write laws.

    * If you can read this, you are probably a Republican.

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