St. Thomas, Hidden Treasures

St.  Thomas, the Crown Jewel of the Caribbean holds many surprises.

St. Thomas

A favorite vacation spot of many, St. Thomas will never cease to amaze you. Often times one needs to wander off the beaten path and find interesting sites many people never have the opportunity or are too busy to observe. This Chateau I spotted on the road to Megan’s Bay. I’m sure many people pass by this every day and never even notice.

With their focus on spending beach time or what they are going to buy when they get back to town, people often miss what is happening right before their eyes. I bet I could show this photo to several hundred people who have gone this way and only a handful would even remember seeing it.

This should be a gentle reminder to all of us to keep our eyes open and enjoy life as it goes by, and not only focus on our final destination, by forgetting about the journey, we miss the most important lessons in life.

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Bill Gates Vs. General Motors

Bill Gates vs General
Motors

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill
Gates reportedly compared the
computer industry with the auto industry and stated, “If GM had kept up
with
technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving
twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the
gallon.”


In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press
release
stating: ” If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all
be driving cars with the following characteristics:

For no reason whatsoever, the car would crash twice a day.
*
Every time they repainted the lines on the road you would have to
buy
a new car.
*
Occasionally, your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and
you would just accept this, restart and drive on.
*
Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn, would cause
your car to shut down and refuse to start, in which case you would have
to reinstall the engine.
*
Only one person at a time could use the car, unless you bought
“Car95″ or CarNT”. But then you would have to buy more
seats.
*
Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, reliable,
five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but you would only run
on five percent of the roads.
*
The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would be
replaced by a single “general car default” warning light.
*
New seats would force everyone to have to have the same size
butt.
*
The airbag system would say, “Are you sure?” before
deploying.
*
Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out
and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door
handle, turned the key, and grab hold of the radio
antenna.
*
GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of
Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither
need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would
immediately cause the car’s performance to diminish by 50% or more.
Moreover, GM would become a target for investigation by the Justice
Department.
*
Every time GM introduced a new model, car drivers would have to
learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would
operate in the same manner as the old car.
*
You would press the “Start” button to shut off the
engine.

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The Tree of Life

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There are many times events in our life  we find  hard to explain or even understand while they are playing out in front of our eyes. Many times they are only partially understood and it may take many years before the total lesson is understood.
This was the case many years ago as I attended the funeral service of  a friend of mine’s father. At  first I wasn’t going to attend but decided to go at the last minute.  My original intent was to only attend the service at the funeral home and not go to the cemetery.

Arriving at the service, several mutual friends were in attendance and when the service was over myself and three others decided to go to the cemetery. Driving to the grave site, I began to feel as though I wasn’t really living totally in the present reality. It was hard to explain, but I began to feel as though I was sensing more than what is normally sensed in normal living. I began to become more aware of other dimensions and realities.

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Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

As we walked away from the grave site, back to my van, an eerie feeling overcame me, I sensed I was on another planet in a far off star system. I had encountered this before.  I was in the Sirrus, or Dog Star galaxy.
The Indiana corn fields had disappeared and had been replaced by a very stark, barren environment.

As we continued to the van, my friend and I began walking very close, our shoulders pressing heavily against each other, almost like we were trying to unite our bodies into one. As we walked, I noticed a very dense tree on our immediate left, it seemed out of place and I began to wonder what it was all about. It seemed to be the Tree of Life, but that meant very little to me at the time. I was indeed puzzled about the events that had just transpired as none of the other three participants seemed to be seeing the same visions as I had.

After much thought and meditation, I finally realized we had indeed passed the Tree of Life, but had no idea what the significance of the day’s events were. The only Tree of Life I had ever known of was in the Garden of Eden, and what I had just experienced was no Garden of Eden. I couldn’t even imagine what it all could mean.

I knew in the Garden of Eden story, there was a serpent involved, and a tree, and an apple, which in reality no one knows if it was an apple or not. Shortly after that event, Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden, but beyond that I was completely  bamboozled. Hope I don’t get kicked out of earth, at this point in time, I don’t know of anywhere else to go.

As time went on, I began to realize the serpent actually symbolized knowledge, and what Adam and Eve did was actually a part of the divine plan, we humans didn’t really fall from grace, but were actually exposed to life whereby we were able to learn the necessary lessons so we would someday be able to return to our creator.

The pieces finally began to fall in place, it was all symbolic. Obviously the funeral symbolized death, and by passing through the veil of death, we entered into a new life and thus life continues, our soul never dies. The Tree of Life does symbolize knowledge, however, the missing link is understanding, we can have all the knowledge in the universe, but it does us no good until we reach an understanding as to what it means to us.

It may be  the tree of knowledge, however, the understanding has to come from us, the individual, no one can teach that to us. The secret to life is to find the tree of knowledge, which is in reality, within  us, and by it understand what life really means to each and every one of us.

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

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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. I began taking notes for this book over thirty years ago, at the time, writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. My only thought was to have a journal to read over when I got older. As a result, I didn’t record some of my references, many of the references were from Aboriginal and Mayan elders themselves, many of which has been the victim of the ravages of time. Hence my book is short on references, but long on experience, 

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Kids and Religion

Kids and Religion

A little boy was walking down a dirt road after church one Sunday
afternoon when he came to a crossroads where he met a little girl
coming from the other direction.

“Hello,” said the little boy.

“Hi,” replied the little girl.

“Where are you going?” asked the little boy.

“I’ve been to church this morning and I’m on my way home,” answered the little girl.

“Me too,” replied the little boy. “I’m also on my way home from church.”

“Which church do you go to?” asked the little boy.

“I go to the Baptist church back down the road,” replied the little girl. “What about you?”

“I go to the Catholic church back at the top of the hill,” replied the little boy.

They discover that they are both going the same way so they decided that they’d walk together.

They came to a low spot in the road where spring rains had partially
flooded the road so there was no way that they could get across to the
other side without getting wet.

“If I get my new Sunday dress wet my Mom’s going to skin me alive,” said the little girl.

“My Mom’ll tan my hide too if I get my new Sunday suit wet,” replied the little boy.

“I tell you what I think I’ll do,” said the little girl. “I’m gonna
pull off all my clothes and hold them over my head and wade across.”

“That’s a good idea,” replied the little boy. “I’m going to do the same thing with my suit.”

So they both undressed and waded across to the other side without getting their clothes wet.

They were standing there in the sun waiting to drip dry before
putting their clothes back on when the little boy finally remarked, “You
know, I never did realize before just how much difference there really
is between a Baptist and a Catholic.”

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I'm Offended

I’m Offended


When
someone tells you they are offended by what you say, what does that
mean? Does it mean you said something you shouldn’t have? Or does it
mean they are just too sensitive?


Most
of us normally try not to offend anyone by our speech or actions. We
try to consider others feelings in our normal day to day life and want
to get along with everyone we meet and work with. However in today’s
world, that is becoming more and more difficult. With all the political
correctness floating around , it seems people get offended at the
smallest of things.


It
has become a way of attracting attention, even though it is negative
attention, many people still thrive on that sort of notoriety and will
create things to be offended about. Most often it has something to do
with a racial or sexual nature and many times if the situation were
reversed, it would have no effect on the other person whatsoever.


Most
times when someone utters those words it just means they are not in
control of their emotions and they want you to do it for them. It has
become another way for people in today’s world to shift blame to someone
else and thereby take no responsibility for their own actions.


When
someone says something to us, it is our decision to be offended or not,
the other individual has no control over that, it is our responsibility
alone. Have you ever noticed that some individuals are not offended
regardless of what is said to them, doesn’t that offend you? 

Change Some One’s Life


They
have mastered the situation and realize that what someone says or does
doesn’t reflect on them, only on the individual who said or did it. It
is all a matter of perception. Their actions only mirror their
experiences  and thoughts in life and have no bearing on anyone but
themselves.


I
think most of us can remember the days not too long in the past where
we could joke with others about their minor differences and
imperfections, it was done in jest and in most cases all enjoyed it and
got a good laugh from it, soon it would be turnabout fair play and the
ribbing would be reversed, remember how much fun that was?


Let’s go back to those days and not take ourselves so seriously. Life is too short.

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The Italian Confession

 

 

An elderly Italian man who lived on the outskirts of Rimini , Italy ,
went to
the local church for confession.  When the priest slid open the
panel in the confessional, the man said:

“Father, during World War II, a
beautiful Jewish woman from our
neighbourhood knocked urgently on my door and
asked me to hide her from the
Nazis.  So I hid her in my
attic.”

The priest replied: “That was a wonderful thing you did, and you
have no
need to confess that.”

“There is more to tell, Father.
She started to repay me with sexual
favours.  This happened several times a week, and sometimes twice on
Sundays.”

The priest said, “That
was a long time ago and by doing what you did, you
placed the two of you in
great danger, but two people under those
circumstances can easily succumb to
the weakness of the flesh.  However, if
you are truly sorry for your
actions, you are indeed forgiven.”

“Thank you, Father.  That’s a
great load off my mind.  I do have one more
question.”

“And what
is that?” asked the priest.

“Should I tell her the war is
over?”

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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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reality

I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions.

St. Thomas Sunset

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Written by : Gary Wonning

Since I am married to a travel agent I have had a lot of opportunity to travel. Beginning  early in life, I have had such a desire, so my life suits me to a tee.

St. Thomas Sunset
Living in Florida, the destination of choice always seems to be a Caribbean cruise. Probably the most popular of the Caribbean destinations is the eastern Caribbean and rightfully so, there is nowhere on earth that is more beautiful than the Caribbean islands. Each is unique and beautiful in its own way.


Several islands such as Granada, Dominica, and others still display a lifestyle from years gone by and when visiting take one back to a more simple life and natural beauty. Many islands, such as Barbados are not only beautiful but also have a lot of history as well. Barbados in particular was very influential in the formation of the United States, as several of the founders have links to Barbados. George Washington himself visited Barbados while trying to help his brother Lawrence find a cure for TB.

 

Of all the Caribbean islands, St. Thomas has to be the crown jewel, St. Thomas and it’s sister island St. Johns display beauty not seen anywhere else in the Caribbean.  A natural blend of old world and new world charm, it is the perfect match of the two worlds.  One can observe history, old world values as well as the modern conveniences of a more modern era.

 

Perhaps nowhere else is there a more beautiful island than St. Thomas, the mountain scenery, blended with the rich blue waters of the Caribbean create an atmosphere unseen anywhere else I have visited.

Visiting St. Thomas there is much to occupy one’s time, from the beaches of Megan’s Bay, Blackbeard’s Castle, to the many opportunities to shop for some of the best bargains in the Caribbean and many seaside restaurants, it isn’t hard to spend the day in St. Thomas, and what better way to end the day than to enjoy a beautiful sunset from your balcony while your cruise ship begins its journey to the next destination?

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 hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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