Antigua

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Written by: Gary Wonning

Antigua

Named the “Gateway to the Caribbean” ,Antigua means “ancient” in Spanish and was named by Christopher Columbus in 1493. It’s history dates back several thousand years as the island was first settled by the Ciboney Indians. Having inhabited the island for several thousand years , they one day suddenly and mysteriously disappeared

After the demise of the Ciboney Indians, the Arawak’s settled here from Venezuela. The Arawaks are credited with  introducing farming to the tiny island paradise. The last group to inhabit the island were the warlike and cannibalistic Caribs , who were living here when Columbus first visited.

As is the case with many of the Caribbean Islands, agriculture played a major role in the economic well being of the island, with corn; sweet potatoes and sugar cane being the major commodities. Today, tourism is the major industry of the island. Much to the chagrin of the United states it also has become a major player in the online gaming industry. The United States has tried continuously to halt the operations, but so far the international community refuses to support America.

Nelson’s Dockyard, established in 1725 located in English Harbor has become a major attraction.Today it is the only remaining Georgian Naval  Yard. It has become a favorite with yachties and remains the site of one of the world’s top five favorite regattas.Named after Horatio Nelson,Senior Naval Officer of the Leeward Islands from 1784 to 1787 . During his tenure, he tried to enforce the Navigation Acts. These acts prohibited trade with the newly formed United States of America. Most of the merchants in Antigua depended heavily upon American commerce,
so many of them despised Lord Nelson. As a result, he was unable to get
a promotion for some time after his stint on the island.

Since the arrival of the Europeans and the establishment of slavery, the island has become home to a multitude of cultures and religions creating a lot of diversity.

An Active volcano, Montserrat  seen in the background is located on the tiny island with the same name. Seen here from Fort Shirley  high on a cliff overlooking the harbor and ocean. The volcano has been showing signs of erupting since the early 1990s.  Soufrie HIlls Volcano , previously dormant for 400 years began erupting on April 26, 1995 and thus  destroyed the capitol city of Plymouth.

Even though the volcano erupted in 1995, it has been relatively quiet since, the island remains relatively green and lush, although the residents of the island maintain a watchful eye .

When the sightseeing is complete, Antigua offers much shopping and restaurants to replenish your body. Be on the lookout for a familiar face, as Antigua has become a favorite hangout for personalities and celebrities from around the world.

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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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Government Programs; Why They Must End

Government Programs, Why They Must End.

It is way past time to put an end to unnecessary government programs, and when I say all unnecessary government programs I mean almost all of them. I suppose there are a few that are necessary and useful but very few. Most of them only cause people to become dependent on government and then when they become insolvent and unmanageable, people are left high and dry without a way to support themselves and their families.

The first waste of taxpayers money I was familiar with was the soil bank that became popular in the 1950s. I was really young at the time, but even then I could see it would only lead to waste , abuse and fraud. Sure enough it did, most farmers who took advantage of it were farmers who only farmed part time, they had jobs in town. What the soil bank did was enable them to place their land in a government program, work more hours in town and thus make money off the back of the tax payers. Most of the land that was placed in the program, was unproductive or at least less productive than the land that was kept out of the program.

Although not a program as such, it is still another prime example of government waste and inefficiency. the Post Office loses billions of dollars each and every year. So how do they do this, one reason could be they give you a box to ship your merchandise in, that box probably costs them at least a dollar. On top of that , you can ship up to 70 pounds in that box for a low rate of about ten dollars. No way is that a money maker, you don’t see UPS or Fed-Ex doing  it that cheaply. UPS and Fed-Ex have to show a profit or go out of business. The post office keeps it’s parcel post rates unreasonably low to try and capture market share from private companies and by raising the first class rates every year or so. In the first class market there is no competition, it is illegal to compete with the post office in this area.

The post office probably gives away 4 or 5 billion boxes a year. If they would just quit giving away free boxes, they might be able to show a profit, and save the taxpayers a ton of money and eliminate the funding of competition of private business. Under this system the  employees of UPS and Fed-Ex are supporting their competition with their tax dollars. What a deal!

I could state many more instances of the same abuse of  taxpayer funded handouts. The only result of government subsidies is it makes every one dependent on government.

 In most northern states it is illegal to put a salt block or food  out for deer, as they become dependent on the salt block or food, then when the food is gone the deer can starve.

The same goes for depending on the government, people become dependent on the free stuff , not only that, but the government then has to turn around and subsidize someone else because they can’t  make it. It’s hard to compete when your competition is getting  subsidies.
I think it should be illegal to make people dependent on the government, it totally destroys self reliance and self esteem.

Our country was  founded on the ideals of free enterprise, capitalism, and free will, not socialism where one can supposedly depend on government for everything.

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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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Teleportation: Our Path to Other Dimensions

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Teleportation: Our Path to other Dimensions

To any one who has studied history and ancient teachings, there is little question that we on planet earth  been visited many times by entities from other worlds or dimensions. The biggest and most obvious question is , ‘How did they  get here?” Along with that same line of thought is often asked, “How can we visit other worlds?”

Many theories surface, among them it is always thought we need a bigger and faster space shuttle, or space ship. Although this could be possible, it is highly unlikely we could build one big enough or fast enough to satisfy the constraints of time and space. Most galaxies that may support life are just too far way to reach in an acceptable amount of time. It would take lifetimes or longer to reach planets that are light years away. To be able to return or communicate while there would be next to physically impossible.

Unless I’m going fishing, looking for a worm hole is not my idea of a good time, that pretty much only leaves the possibility of teleportation. Teleportation is the ability to transcend the confines of time and space by using our mind and thinking we are somewhere else. By dong so, we instantly “show up”, at the desired location, whether in this dimension or another.

The train of thought follows the conceived idea that there are parallel universes everywhere, by this theory, everything is happening simultaneously, regardless of the era or situation, one can “tune in” to an alternate reality by thinking it. I often relate it to being similar to tuning a radio, by turning the dial just a little, a different station comes into play. By the same token, we can tune our consciousness to a different realty by dreaming it. The Australian Aborigines   Dream Time exemplifies this, they believe that everything we do, we dream it first.

Earlier in life, when my search for truth began, I had often envisioned previous existences or lifetimes. After much thought and meditation I decided to undergo hypnosis. Coming from a strong Christian back ground , this took a lot of will power. However, after experiencing what I have over the last several years, my faith in Christianity and God have only been strengthened. I probably don’t believe exactly as most Christians believe, but the basic belief is still there.

During that first hypnotic session, I sensed myself and others leaving a planet in the Sirius star system and teleporting to earth. It occurred in the twinkling of an eye. As my consciousness entered the earth’s atmosphere near the pyramids of Egypt, I could sense I was forming and creating  my body from the dust of the earth. I had created my own body from earthly elements, thus acquiring the perfect vehicle for my earthly existence. The  body I had occupied on Sirius would not have been acceptable on planet earth.

Since this was my first regression, I feel I was shown this for a reason.To me this is the only sensible and acceptable solution to the problems of interplanetary travel.

 Just like the radio, our souls are experiencing many different realities or dimension simultaneously. It is only by ‘dreaming” do we focus on one particular reality, or lifetime. It is only a short step from one door way to another.

How often have you heard it said,”Change your thinking, change your reality?” So may it be.

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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

Your comments appreciated

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, and who he really is.

 

Five Agreements to a Better Life

Five Agreements to a Better Life

Not my post, but it pretty much says it all.

If you decide that you want to help  change the world, the easiest
way is by practicing five agreements:

be impeccable with your word;

don’t take anything personally;

don’t make assumptions;

always do your
best;

and be skeptical, but learn to listen.

 

These are the tools to
change your world , and they are nothing but pure
common sense. If you practice the five agreements, if you make them
your way of life, there won’t be any more war in your head. There won’t
be any more war with your loved ones. There will be peace.

You deliver a message every time you speak. The question is: do you
deliver the truth, or do you deliver lies? When the message you deliver
comes from truth and love, you are happier. And just by being happier,
everyone benefits because your joy, your happiness, your heaven is
contagious. When you are happy, the people around you are happy too, and
it inspires them to change their own world.

We represent a whole legacy, and when I say “we” I’m speaking of all
humans. Our legacy is love, it’s joy, it’s happiness. Let’s enjoy this
world. Let’s enjoy one another. We are meant to love one another, not
to hate one another. Let’s stop believing that our differences make us
superior or inferior to one another. Let’s not believe that lie. Let’s
not be afraid that our different colours make us different people. Who
cares? It’s just another lie. We don’t have to believe all the lies and
superstitions that control our lives. We can return to the truth, and
be messengers of truth. We can change our whole way of thinking, and
have a wonderful love affair with life. It’s incredible what we can do
if we really want to do it. All we need is to be aware of what we are
doing, and to return to the authenticity we were born with.

This is an invitation to be authentic, to follow your heart, to be
free of superstitions and lies. And I’m not asking you to try to change
the world. Don’t try – just do it. Take the action today. By adopting
the Five Agreements, you will create peace in your head, in your own
world, and thereby help to create peace in the entire world.

The Five Agreements:

1. Be Impeccable With Your Word – Speak with integrity. Say only
what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to
gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of
truth and love.

 

2. Don’t Take Anything Personally – Nothing others do is because of
you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their
own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others,
you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

 

3. Don’t Make Assumptions – Find the courage to ask questions and to
express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as
you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this
one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

 

4. Always Do Your Best – Your best is going to change from moment to
moment. It will be different when you are healthy as opposed to when
you are sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will
avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

 

5. Be Skeptical, But Learn to Listen – Don’t believe yourself or
anybody else. Use the power of doubt to question everything you hear:
Is it really the truth? Listen to the intent behind the words, and you
will understand the real message.

The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz.

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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

 

Your comments appreciated

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 

Available in hard copy and Ebook format.

 

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Aboriginal Beliefs , Modern Day Life

Aboriginal Beliefs, Modern Day Life

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In Aboriginal folk lore , nothing is more sacred that the Rainbow Serpent. Just as Christians believe God is the Creator, the aborigines believe the Rainbow Serpent is the Creator. Aborigines who have claimed to have met the Rainbow Serpent see it as a reptile, thus the name Rainbow Serpent.

They believe the Rainbow Serpent came from the sun and created everything and watches over us.  She is very sacred and only tribal elders are capable of meeting her, most describe the encounter as more of a feeling than an actual physical meeting.

It’s like the wind blowing, if you believe it, it is there. Many have compared the meeting to the Loch Ness monster, if you believe it, you see it.

Although many are losing sight of their ancient beliefs, many aborigines still live as their ancestors have for thousands of years. Many still make pilgrimages to the sacred sites where their ancestors have gone since the beginning of time. Many have the intuitive powers that were instilled in them by the ancients. Thus they know where the sites are, many know when the weather will change, where wild game is for hunting, and many still can put curses on others although they are thousands of miles apart.

Not only can they learn much from us, the aborigines have much to teach us if we would only listen. Many times missionaries go to these lands, not only Australia, but to other areas, such as Belize and Africa as well, to convert the native peoples to another belief system, which the missionaries deem to be superior.

That shouldn’t be the purpose of the visit, often times the teacher is meant to be the student. There is much we need to learn of our native cultures and their attachment to nature and the earth.

True , I don’t think any of us want to live in a Tee Pee or a Humpie as the Aborigines do, but they also have a connection with the land and nature that needs to be maintained ,and many times re-learned by modern man.

We came from the earth, and hence we shall return, at least our bodies did and will.

I for one don’t want to give up my computer and flat screen TV, but we can have it both ways, and probably in the long run, the only way we will be able to keep enjoying all the luxuries of life we now enjoy, is to re-connect with the land as our ancestors and native peoples have.

I’m no tree hugger, I am a dyed in the wool conservative, but the word conservative means to conserve.

Some in today’s world believe we need to give up all our modern conveniences and go back to living the way people lived two hundred years ago. They believe there is something evil about enjoying our present life, freedom, and all the modern conveniences we enjoy today. Hogwash!

God or the Rainbow Serpent, or who ever you worship, with our help created everything we have. The universe and all things there-in contained were put here for us to enjoy, not to waste, but to enjoy and appreciate . We live in a limitless universe, it is impossible to “run” out of anything.

It is time to forget about feeling guilty about all we have, it is time to remember how we came about it and realize that as long as we lead a good life, work and contribute to society, then we deserve to be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

I always appreciate comments and your views on the current topic.

 

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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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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

Presidential Quotes

One day the President and Mrs. Coolidge were visiting a government
farm. Soon after their arrival they were taken off on separate tours.
When Mrs. Coolidge passed the chicken pens she paused to ask the man in charge if the rooster copulates more than once each day.

“Dozens of times,” was the reply.

“Please tell that to the President ,” Mrs. Coolidge requested.

When the President passed the pens and was told about the roosters, he asked, “Same hen every time?”

“Oh no, Mr. President, a different one each time.”

The President nodded slowly, then said, “Tell that to Mrs. Coolidge.”

Which reminds me of another presidential quote.

President Woodrow Wilson’s second wife, Edith Galt, supposedly once
said, “When Woodrow proposed to me, I was so surprised that I nearly
fell out of bed.”


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Barbados Sunbury Plantation

Barbados Sunbury Plantation

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Sunbury Plantation has a long history dating back over 300 years. Matthew Chapman, an Irish immigrant settled here after leaving Ireland. The plantation was originally named Chapman’s Plantation, however following Matthew’s death it was purchased by Nathanial Branker. Nathanial renamed it Branker’s  Plantation, which it remained so named until  James Butler Harris purchased it some 60 years later.

It was thus purchased by two brothers, John Henry Barrow and George Barrow.  They greatly enlarged the plantation and renamed it  Sunbury, the  name of their home in England.  Just as the plantation has survived several hurricanes and a slave rebellion in 1816 which resulted in $4000.00 damage to the plantation, the name lives on today.

After subsequent owners, the house was bought by Mr. and Mrs. Keith Melville in 1981. Being horse lovers, they immediately started a horse drawn collection years ago, this hobby has since turned into a rather extensive collection of antiques and artifacts for years gone by. The Melville’s resided  at Sunbury until 1985, turning the house into a museum and opening it to the public in 1984.

Visiting the plantation late last year turned into a memorable experience, an exquisite job has been done maintaining the grounds and the house is in immaculate condition. On display on the ground  and upper floors, much furniture and art work exemplify what life would have been like in that bygone era..

Working our way to the basement, where much of the food supply was stored before refrigeration was available, many household appliances are to be found and enjoyed.

It is quite entertaining to view and try to figure out what some of them were used for.It can make one feel quite old, as I remember my parents had some of the same appliances in my childhood home.

As we were enjoying a shore excursion, we had been promised lunch and boy, we weren’t disappointed. After being given a glass of rum laced punch, everyone sat down to a late afternoon meal.

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Starting with a Flying Fish appetizer, the main course, Dorado Fish  complete with sweet potato and salad was served. Never having had Dorado Fish, It was quite a treat, it has a taste I had never experienced any where.

Just had to have another glass of punch to top off the fine food!

Sunbury Plantation is just another fine example of this islands early achievements which greatly contributed  to the early struggle for independence of the United States. Barbados has one of the finest educational systems in the western hemisphere, may it continue to contribute as we enter a new time and era in civilization.

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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 welcome