America: The New Jerusalem

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Written by: Gary Wonning

I was quietly driving my last two clients to Tampa airport, anxious to get home to a warm dinner, when a call came in.

There was a family at the airport who had forgotten to make a reservation and needed a ride to Sarasota, would I pick them up? 

Of course, can’t say no to a request like that. 

I wasn’t planning on picking anyone up at the airport , so my car had no airport permits. Thus my plan of action was to quietly drive in under the radar, attract no attention, and quickly load up my passengers, their luggage and quickly exit the airport before the Homeland Security people saw me. Should work, no problem.

The plan was going exceedingly well, although the airport was extremely crowded, I spotted my family on the curb anxiously awaiting my arrival.  As I stopped near them , I opened the doors and they helped me put the luggage in the trunk and they began to get in the car.

One major problem, the trunk won’t latch!

As we begin to try to get the trunk to latch ,people are noticing our dilemma, a hundred people standing around and I’m sure the airport police are seeing every bit of this and are ready to pounce on me for being unlicensed.

Suddenly a tall man standing next to the car  asks if we want him to duct tape the trunk shut, like that is going to work.

Having nothing to lose, we said for him to give it a try. 

The stranger  had quite an accent, as he began to tape, my client, being an academic asked where he was from. 

His reply,”Denmark.” 

Now how many people fly from Copenhagen to Tampa with a roll of duct tape in their pocket? Isn’t there something in the NSA rules about that?

Miraculously the tape works!

My client asks him what we owe him, and he says ,”Nothing.” 

My client then says, “Thank You.”

The Danish man then states, “No problem, you yanks saved our butt twice by bailing us out of two world wars, Thank You! It’s the least I can do.”

WOW! Didn’t see that one coming. Quite humbling.

I have received this message several times over the past few years, the most memorable three : once in the outback of Australia over twenty years ago, on an Italian cruise ship two months ago, and then last Saturday night. There is a message here, there are no coincidences. Coincidences are only God trying to tell us something.

Like it or night , we are the world’s police force, it is our responsibility to try to bring peace and democracy to this crazy world. It’s part of who we are. It’s in our DNA. No one else can do it. Not to interfere, but guide and show the way. 

We are that New Jerusalem,  that shining city on the hill, untouched by human hands, eternal in the heavens. 

By the way, the duct tape held all the way home.

 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

Available in both Hardcopy and Ebook format.

The Religious Squirrels

There were three country churches in a small Texas town: the
Presbyterian church, the Methodist church and the Catholic
church. Each church was overrun with pesky squirrels.

One day, the Presbyterian church called a meeting to decide
what to do about the squirrels. After much prayer and
consideration they determined that the squirrels were
predestined to be there and they shouldn’t interfere with
God’s divine will.

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The Methodist group got together and decided that they were
not in a position to harm any of God’s creations. So, they
humanely trapped the squirrels and set them free a few miles
outside of town. Three days later, the squirrels were back.

It was only the Catholics who were able to come up with
the best and most effective solution.

They baptized the squirrels and registered them as members
of the church. Now they only see them on Christmas and Easter.
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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.
Your comments appreciated

church and state

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

Great Stirrup Caye

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A private Island owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines.

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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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.

Christmas May be Late this Year

Christmas May Be Late This Year

Santa Claus, like any pilot, gets regular visits from Federal Aviation Administration inspectors. And sure enough, an inspector arrived right on Christmas Eve, just as Santa was about to take off for his around-the-world flight!

Santa made sure his logbook and all his paperwork were in order. The elf mechanics made double sure all the required inspections and Airworthiness Directives for the sleigh were up to date and properly logged.

The inspector checked Santa’s pilot logbook, determining he was qualified and current. He checked the maintenance logs, and found them to be in perfect order. Then he walked slowly around the sleigh. He checked the reindeer harnesses, the landing gear, and Rudolf’s nose. He especially painstakingly reviewed Santa’s weight and balance calculations for the sleigh’s enormous payload. The payload was a primary concern on the visit, since no other operators fly with anywhere near as much cargo on a single flight. And Santa operates with a special FAA waiver to fly the craft with only one pilot. So they keep an eye on him.

Finally, they were ready for the flight check. Santa got in, fastened his seat belt and shoulder harness, got out the checklist and powered up the shiny new GPS navigation system. Then the inspector hopped in — carrying to Santa’s surprise, a shotgun.

“What’s that for?” asked Santa incredulously.

“I’m not supposed to tell you this ahead of time,” the inspector said, after leaning over to whisper to Santa, “but you’re gonna lose an engine on takeoff.”

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

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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Our Changing World; How to Survive

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Like everyone else, I’ve been having a lot of doubts about the future of not only our country but the whole world as well.

Without question, the world situation has never been worse in recent history than it is today. One could argue that during the Cuban Missile Crisis  and even during World War 2 , we endured some pretty dramatic times.

The difference this time is that our destruction is coming from within. Not only do we have an outside enemy bent on destroying us. We also have people within our own country and government determined to destroy our way of life.

We are getting a double whammy and to top it off many people are oblivious to what is going on. Many people are still supporting those who would destroy us. They are still following ideologies from the past that no longer apply.

Many are so consumed in their daily lives, they don’t have a clue as about what is  transpiring around them.

We as a nation have fallen so far from our founding ideals, many can no longer recognize the country we are living in. Like the Israelite of old, America no longer follows the time worn teachings and values that made us great.

Thinking back I can remember a time in the 1950s , when I realized  that this period of time would be like this. Thirty years ago , someone told me about today’s world.

Even though I realized it, and was later told, it never  sank in until September 11,2001. I never realized there was evil in the world until that day. I knew there were people who did cruel things, but never  thought too much about evil.

Since then I have seen and experienced evil many times. It is a fact of life.

There are people  who have no conscience or sense of reasoning. Maybe it’s because of their environment, how someone raised them, or maybe they just came in with evil intentions. They are here and they don’t have our best intentions in mind.

Many of these thoughts have been running through my mind, almost daily. At times, it is hard to think of anything else.

The many posts on Facebook and other social sites have  led me to believe many others are having the same thoughts. Many are becoming  frustrated as they  watch their country and way of life trickle down the drain.

We are entering a new era, with many new ideas and thoughts coming into existence. This is a part of our evolution and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Many ideas and customs need to fall by the wayside, but we need to be careful what we discard.

We cannot throw the baby out with the bath water. We must maintain the basic building blocks of society.

The universal truths and values on which society depends, and which society will surely  crumble and fall if disregarded.

There is a battle going on between good and evil like has not been seen on planet earth in eons.  People have become so polarized, that it seems as if there isn’t anyway they will ever come together and live in unity again.

I’m not sure that will happen for a long time. The only thing we can do is take care of ourselves and those who believe as we  do .  We can’t save everyone, they need to save themselves. It is up to them to which star they hitch their wagon to.

All is not lost, we, if not all us will survive, we just need to get back on the right track, the path spirit intended for us. Although there are many valid paths and in fact all paths are valid for our spiritual growth, but, there is only one true path .

The rest are paths that lead us back to the true course we need to follow. The path that will lead America back to it’s destiny, being the “New Jerusalem” ,that Shining City on the Hill.

As I pondered all this, a dream came to me. I was riding in the front seat of a car driven by my dad, who has passed on. My brother and daughter was in the back seat. We passed by a large dairy farm. There were several hundred cows in the feedlot, their stomachs were full as were their udders. Next we drove past a corn field, the corn was tall with three or four ears on each stalk. The roots were deeply embedded into the soil.

It was revealed to me this symbolized we are living in a land of plenty, and will continue to do so.

Next I looked off the the west ,there was a large red,white, and blue house sitting on a hill glowing profusely and brightly. This symbolized western civilization and America, that shining city on a hill, surviving it all and being the better for it.

We will survive, if we stay on the path, and be the better for it.

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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.
Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

The Night Before Christmas, Rednecks

The Night Before Christmas — for Rednecks

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the shack,
Not a thing was a movin’, from the front to the back.

The kids were in bed, I believe we had nine,
The wife in her curlers, was lookin’ real fine.

A cold wind was blowin’, up the holler it moaned,
All seven dogs on the porch howled and groaned.

The boys were all dreamin’ of weapons and guns,
For killin’ God’s creatures, there’s no better fun.

The girls in their feminine dreams were attuned,
To getting those gallons of Walmart perfume.

The wife wanted jewelry, like rings with big rocks,
I wanted my Chevy, down off the blocks.

Then in the yard, such a noise did commence,
Like something was caught in the barb-wire fence.

I ran to the window, and saw pretty quick,
The man makin’ the racket was Good Ol’ St. Nick.

You may think of Santa, in your own mind’s eye,
Dressed in a red and white suit, But I’ve got a surprise.

That old boy’s an Arkie, our fair state he won’t fail’er,
He married his cousin, and they live in a trailer.

On Christmas, of course, a sleigh for his rig,
He hooks the thing up, to a razorback pig.

He climbed on the roof, with his bag full of goodies,
He backed down the fireplace, all dirty and sooty.

Fat legs in his britches, chubby hands in his mittens,
I admit from the back, he looked like Bill Clinton.

He turned toward the tree, His eyes all aglow,
He was a Southern boy, from his head to his toe.

His neck was a red one, his shirt said “Light Beer”,
There was no red hat, his cap read “John Deere”.

He left all the presents, with an air of delight,
Then it was back to the chimney, and into the night.

He ran into the yard, and threw his bag in the sleigh,
Then he yelled at the dogs, to get out of the way.

And I heard him exclaim, as those pigs took to flight,
“Merry Christmas to all, And to all …A Bud Lite!”

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

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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The Sights of San Juan Puerto Rico

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\Old Town, San Juan Puerto Rico.

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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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

money photography

This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well.