Barbados: American Independence and George Washington

Barbados, American Independence and George Washington  

Most people probably don’t realize it, I didn’t until I did some research prior to our visit to Barbados last fall, there are many instances where the Barbadian leaders and their form of government influenced our own fight for freedom and the resulting Declaration of Independence, as well as the Bill of Rights.

Dating back to 1649 very strong ties had been established with the colonies,  when a group calling themselves the Barbadian Society of Gentlemen Adventurers set off North and opened the Carolinas (seven of the first twenty-one governors being Barbadian, as were two in Massachusetts).

As the founders who organized the colonies of the Carolinas were from Barbados,as was the first Governor of South Carolina, their influence was greatly felt in the colonies.One example is The Treaty of Oistins which was signed on the island of Barbados in 1652 and contains a clause that reads “That no taxes, customs, imports  excise shall be laid, nor levy made on
any of the inhabitants of this island without their consent in a General Assembly”
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Barbados also had their own Tea Party with the outcome similar to the tea party in Boston.

Historians  who have studied both documents, the Treaty of Oistins and the Declaration of Independence have found over half of the Treaties language is incorporated into our Declaration of Independence.It is evident there was much consultation with the Barbadians in regard to forming our own  government.

In the hope of curing his half brother Lawrence’s pneumonia, George Washington stayed on the island for six weeks in 1751 at a residence now named,”The George Washington House.” Being only nineteen at the time , it was Washington’s only visit outside of the United States.

Washington thoroughly enjoyed his stay, citing the extensive and pleasant view both of land and sea. The monthly rate of $75 afforded him use of the home and enabled him to take many evening rides to enjoy the scenery and pleasant evenings.

The island has come a long way since the Barrancoid Indians landed in 500 AD. During the last 300 or so years, the island has become one of the most successful of the Caribbean Islands. Among it’s accomplishments, it has the most return visitors of any island in the Caribbean , a strong middle class, and the educational system produces a 97% literacy rate.

There is no doubt that the future only holds good things   for Barbados Because of  their national pride, the people will remain strong and proud of their heritage.

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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.

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New Years Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

With the close of a year, many “resolve” to improve on their
outlook for the new year, but many are impossible dreams and are left
unrealized.

Here are some more realistic New Year’s Resolutions:

1. I honor and express all facets of my being, regardless of state and local laws.

2. I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia.

3. I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else’s fault.

4. I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper, and complain.

5. When someone hurts me, I know that forgiveness is cheaper than a lawsuit, but not nearly as rewarding .

6. I am at one with my duality.

7. A scapegoat is almost as good as a solution.

8. Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my underwear. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom.

9. I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than “I told you so!”

10. I will no longer waste my time reliving the past; I will spend it worrying about the future.

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“George
Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation.”


 Here it is: “Whereas it
is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty
God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to
implore His protection and favor — and whereas both Houses of Congress
have by their joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People
of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be
observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of
Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to
establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.'” So, the
first paragraph of Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation is
essentially thanking God for the Constitution. (interruption) It was!
Don’t smirk in there, Dawn. Washington was thanking God for our founding
and our Constitution.

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign
Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of
these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the
beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be —
That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble
thanks — for His kind care and protection of the People of this
Country previous to their becoming a Nation — for the signal and
manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His Providence
which we experienced in the tranquility, union, and plenty, which we
have since enjoyed — for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we
have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our
safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately
instituted — for the civil and religious liberty with which we are
blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful
knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which He
hath been pleased to confer upon us.

“And also that we may then
unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great
Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and
other transgressions — to enable us all, whether in public or private
stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and
punctually — to render our national government a blessing to all the
people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and
constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed — to
protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have
shewn [sic] kindness onto us) and to bless them with good government,
peace, and concord — To promote the knowledge and practice of true
religion and virtue, and the encrease [sic] of science among them and us
— and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal
prosperity as he alone knows to be best. — Given under my hand at the
City of New York, the third day of October in the year of our Lord
1789.”


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Make Your Own World

Make Your Own World

Many of us argue that we are trapped in a life we don’t like or didn’t ask for. We often blame someone else for our failures. Even though it may be  hard to admit,all of these assumptions are untrue. We get exactly in life what we ask for , we can blame no one but ourselves. We soon find that everything we experience is for a reason.

Especially in America it is often argued that we are too ambitious, we are all ,or most of us ,trying to achieve the American Dream. Is there something wrong with that? Regardless of what some politicians believe, there is  nothing wrong with that kind of thinking. The human soul needs constant challenge and learning experiences to grow and evolve.  Humans weren’t built to be controlled and manipulated.

It doesn’t matter what situation you find yourself in life, it is your thinking and actions on some level of consciousness that got you where you are today . Your life is your ultimate creation, only you can change it.

When you look back on the so-called negative events in your life, look for the silver lining in all those dark clouds.If you look for it, you will always see good flowing towards you. Looking for the positive in the storm clouds of life can only bring forth more positive thoughts that will in turn bring more positive actions into your life. It is all about perception and attitude.

Your life is your ultimate creation. How ambitious are you to create a whole life that nourishes and expresses the very best of who you are ?

It is probably easier than you can imagine, in the long run , train your mind correctly and your life can be a lot simpler and stress free than you could ever imagine. Just allow yourself to imagine the life you would like to be leading, be honest with yourself, a life of luxury and fame isn’t for everyone. Do some soul searching to determine what  you really want .

Be careful, you will get what you wish for, but in most cases it will be in your best interest.If deep down, you don’t really want what you are wishing for, it probably won’t come, and you would be unhappy if it did. Follow your heart and you won’t go wrong.

You will soon learn there are no guarantees in life and talk doesn’t change anything. the only thing one can count on is the unexpected, the only thing that matters is how you react to the events that come up unexpectedly. Every new path has a first step, begin by taking that step , and continue on , taking each step as it comes , adapting to changes and challenges as they are encountered.

Overcoming fear and indecision along the way, you will discover life is a self fulfilling prophecy. Go after what you want, and it shall be given to you.

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What is the Soul

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What  is the soul?

There are many theories concerning the soul. What is it , where did it originate,and does it die? These are just a few of the questions being asked?

As I see it, the soul is the part of you that contains the life force, or energy, of the Creator. It’s the spark within you that is just like the Creator; it is eternal, and it is always connected to the origin of all life, even when you don’t consciously perceive that connection.

To me the soul is like a cluster of grapes, with the cluster being our group soul. Each individual grape, by being part of that soul group, experiences a lifetime of its own. Either on planet Earth or in one of many different planets or settings where it can experience new things and thus grow and learn.

As that individual grape or part of the soul group finishes with its lifetime, it dies and re-enters the soul group, whereby the soul group learns from the experience. Thus we must be born again to enter the kingdom of heaven, it is the only way for our soul to evolve.

That individual soul group experience is then passed on to the God Source whereby it evolves just as each individual soul has.  Therefore, God is learning and evolving through the actions of each of us.

There is much talk of the Ark of the Covenant in the old testament. No one really knows what it was, however, I have read many theories that reason it may have been a giant battery whereby the ancients learned to communicate with the God Source using electrical currents. To me this may make sense, our bodies are made up of electromagnetic and magnetic currents, as is the universe. If a shaman knew about such things, then it would be possible to connect to a higher power by use of an electrical source such as a battery.

If we are made up with these currents, then it only makes sense that since we are connected to  the Supreme Being, it  would also be  composed of electrical energy. the most obvious way to communicate would then be with electro and electro-magnetic sources.

Our soul as well as the souls of every entity in creation are made up of electrical energy and are united as such.

Thus, our souls are a mass of energy and as such are united to the Creator by way of this gigantic energy field. If the ancients used a giant battery to combine these forces, it would make sense for the ark of the Covenant to be a battery cell.

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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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Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception. It has been an exciting search,at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling. My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source.

What I really want for Christmas

What I want for Christmas

Over the past few weeks, as happens every year, I’ve been asked,
“what do you want for Christmas?” And, as happens every year, I really
can’t think of anything. It’s not that there are not materials things
out there that would be nice to have—there are. But, I really don’t want them.

Then it struck me. Last night, as we put the presents under the tree
for the kids to open this morning, it hit me: There really isn’t
anything that I want in the material sense, but there are things I want for my country and for my children:

I want my children to grow up knowing that America can once again be the land of the free;

I want my children to know that, whether they live richly or poorly, they have a nation that lives by its founders’ principles;

I want my children to have a government that fears its people, not the people fearing the government;

I want my children to live a country that does not hate and punish success, nor reward mediocrity or failure;

I want my children to grow up knowing that no matter how high or low
they set their sights, they still live in the land of opportunity, that
nothing (except themselves) can hold them back from achieving their
dreams;

I want my children to live in a country where wealth is created and
produced and not stolen by some redistributive petty bureaucrat;

I want my children to grow up without being saddled with the debt accumulated by whorish politicians and the masters they serve;

I want my children to live in a country where politicians do not sell
themselves to the highest bidder and whose sole responsibility is to
respect the Constitution;

I want my children to know that, win or lose, for all these things we
fight for, we have not and will not give up, that we will continue the
fight until the end;

I want my children to know that, even if it means we tear it down and
rebuild it with our own hands, that living free is far greater than
living under the yoke of a tyrannical state;

I want my children to know that, should we lose, there once stood the
greatest country on this earth, a nation that was toppled only by the
avarice of its politicians and the apathy of its citizenry; and,

I want my children to know that, should we lose, America was once the
shining city on a hill for millions of people throughout the world, a
land where Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are and always be
inalienable rights and that these are self-evident truths.

I wish, when I’d been asked over these past few weeks what I want for
Christmas that, instead of saying “nothing,” I would have answered
bluntly: I want my children to grow up knowing that America is secure.
But, of course, these are things that cannot be wrapped with a bow, nor
placed under a tree.

These are things that my children don’t yet understand, but I do…and so do you.

In your heart of hearts, you know, like I do, that 2010 was the
easier fight. You know that the next two years (and beyond) are going to
require greater actions, greater coordination and greater sacrifice, if
we are going to save this nation for your children and my children.

In a week, we need to start 2011, hopefully, refreshed and renewed,
but start we must. The fight over the next few years will be more
brutal, as the stakes for them and for us are so high. But, it is a
fight that must continue until either they lose, or we lose and America
is lost forever.

Now that the mid-term elections are behind us, the battle must begin at the precinct level. If you are not involved in your precinct, then that is the place to start.
With the majority of precinct committee positions vacant, if we are to
save the nation, we must first have a ground game and that ground game
begins and ends at the precinct level.

The other side has a ground game that has already been proven
successful. It will be used again. Their coordination (even among
rivals) is ahead of ours. Their boots on the ground, their voter
registration programs, their phone banks and precinct walks, are all ahead of ours.

The first step for you, for us, must be filling the unfilled precinct committees. Over the last couple of months, Ron Robinson has been significantly expanding Procinct, ColdWarrior has been tireless in his efforts to enlighten and energize people to get active in their precincts, as have others as well.

Our nation is far from secure, our childrens’ futures far from
certain. We are the generation on whose shoulders this falls. No one
else will do it for us, or for our children. We must do it—all of us.

Today, after all the toys have been unwrapped, take a moment to pause
and look at your children. Do you think that in 10 years they’ll still
appreciate that new X-box or doll house more than a free nation? In 20
years, do you think they’ll still be squealing in delight over
unwrapping that toy made in China, or will they be crying in anguish
over a nation lost?

As you ponder this, think about how hard you work to provide
materials things for your children throughout the year. What good is any
of it without a nation? Perhaps instead of watching that football game
today, you could spend an hour reading Blackwell’s plan for a Conservative Resurgence.
Perhaps instead of working that extra hour of overtime, you could take
an hour or two per month and spend them at a precinct committee meeting.
Don’t assume someone else is doing it for you or your children—because
there probably isn’t.

As you settle down with your friends or family over Christmas dinner today, take a moment to talk about how you can
help save this country for all of our children. Make a solemn vow,
together, to do what is necessary and right to get involved in 2011 and
beyond. If you can take action and help save this country, it will be worth more than any present that you can put under a tree.

Merry Christmas!

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Everything Happens for a Reason

Sometimes life can be frustrating because people and events enter our lives that seem to conflict with our life plan and our best interests. However, we always need to remind ourselves that everything that happens in our life, happens for a  reason. Nothing happens by chance or as a result of “luck”.  Whether it be love, illness, or sheer stupidity, everything happens to test the limits of  our soul and to enable one to reach their true potential.

Without these tests, life would be a smooth flat road to nowhere, dull and pointless with no opportunity to grow. The best thing about living in America, we have the opportunity make our own decisions, thereby exercising our free will that was endowed upon us by our creator. The soul wants challenges, so it can evolve and attain a higher state of perfection. The human mind doesn’t want to be controlled by government or any other entity.

Often times people come into our lives and we know right away they are meant to be there. They often come at times or in situations when they are least expected, at times it may take a while to realize why they are here,however they ain’t going away until the issue is dealt with. The learning experiences aren’t always what we consider as negative, often times it is a very rewarding time. We need to remember that often times the most trying and negative times are the instances when we learn the most and reap the greatest rewards.

There have been several times in my life when what I thought was a negative event actually turned into something positive.

I enlisted in the Air Force Reserve during the height of the Vietnam conflict. I was given the classification of a Loadmaster, which meant I would be on flying status and assigned to a C-119. I was thrilled, it meant that on training week-ends, I would be flying to such places as New Orleans and New York. Looked like a pretty good gig to me!

However, while in basic training at Lackland Air Force Base my orders were changed, I was going to supply school. I wasn’t a happy camper, handing out t-shirts to flight crews wasn’t my idea of a good time. They were having all the fun.

After pouting for nearly four years, my term of enlistment was nearly over, plans were made to marry and settle down, along comes the Tet offensive in 1968 and we were called to active duty. I hadn’t joined the Air Force to get out of going To Vietnam, I would have been glad to serve, but if there ever was a good time to go on active duty, this wasn’t it.

Moving ahead our wedding and taking a leave of absence from my work, I was prepared to go to ‘Nam. To make a long story short, three days before my departure, the Air Force decided to only take the airmen on flying status, the rest of us would remain home. It all became clear to me, if my orders hadn’t been changed to a supply squadron,(someone was looking out for me, I didn’t need to experience warfare at this time.) I would have gone to Vietnam. I immediately quit whining.

Years later , after much soul searching and research, I realized I had been a warrior  in many lifetimes, and although we are always obligated to fight for what is right and just, warfare just wasn’t in my deck of cards this time around. Through this I  learned to not judge an event as being good or bad, that call can’t be made until the final result is determined.

, Everything really does happen for a reason,there  are no good or bad experiences, only learning experiences.

Appreciate every moment and every event in your life, be ready to glean unexpected rewards from every encounter and experience you have, you never know how it will turn out.

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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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