Teachings of my Mother; If you Play you Gotta Pay

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I had the best parents anyone could wish for. Everyone who ever met them always said they were the nicest people they knew.

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They were funny, laid back and unassuming, they took the hard life they had in stride and never complained. My mom finished school after the eighth grade,  there wasn’t a nearby school for her to attend high school and my dad finished school after his sophomore year and went to work. It was the depression and money was needed to buy food. He started driving a school bus when he was fourteen after grandpa went to Indianapolis to seek employment.

Despite their lack of education, they all displayed more common sense and knowledge than most Harvard graduates do today.

In spite of this they had, what I could call a dark side:).

Like most in their day, they were old school in their thinking and how they raised their kids. There was a code of conduct we had to follow and it wasn’t open for discussion. We were allowed to think on our own and make our own decisions, but if our decisions didn’t conform to their way of thinking, we were the one’s who needed to have an attitude adjustment.

There was no back talking, arguing, or negotiations. They would listen to our side of the story, but they had the final say as to what would take place.

They were masters at time-worn cliches and repeated them whenever they wanted to make a point. It would be said in such a way there would be no argument.

One of her favorite quotes was,”If you play, you gotta pay.” 

Not only did my mother say it, practically every adult I knew said it also. Whenever some young whippersnapper did something really stupid, here was that quote rearing it’s ugly head.

It was so true, many today would call it karma. We are free to make our own decisions and mistakes, but we are also free to deal with the actions that result from the decisions we make. We are responsible, no one else. 

After all is said and done, we alone are responsible for the stupid things we do, it is useless and time wasting to blame someone else for the things we ourselves mess up.

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 are welcome

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wisdom

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.

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The Tease

A man and his wife were spending the day at the zoo. She was wearing a sexy, loose fitting pink dress.

As they walked through the primates exhibit, they passed in front of a large silverback gorilla. Noticing the wife, the gorilla went crazy. He jumped on the bars, and holding on with one hand and two feet he grunted and pounded his chest with his free hand. He was obviously excited at the pretty lady in the pink dress.

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The husband, noticing the excitement, thought this was pretty funny. He suggested that his wife tease the poor fellow some more by puckering her lips and wiggling her bottom. She played along and the gorilla got even more excited, making noises that would wake the dead.

Then the husband suggested that she let one of her straps fall to show a little more skin. With his encouragement, she did — and it looked like the gorilla was about to tear the bars down.

“Now,” he said, “show your thighs and sort of fan your dress at him,” he said. She was enjoying the attention and did it. This drove the gorilla absolutely crazy, and he started doing flips.

Then the husband grabbed his wife, ripped open the door to the cage, flung her in with the gorilla and slammed the cage door shut.

“Now,” he told her, “tell him you have a headache!”

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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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,not only today, but looking back in history, 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 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 over complicate the issues, when an easy and simple solution should be obvious.
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 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.
Their teachings have become convoluted and are no longer sensible. Because so many have lost sight of the basic universal truths , they think these truths no longer apply. Mention age old values and many people would have no idea what you were talking about.
We can not keep teaching beliefs that are not based on solid time-worn principles that have endured the test of time. The laws of Nature and/ or Nature’s God cannot be denied without serious consequences. They are unbendable and unbreakable.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors. The following chapters follow no particular order of importance.
Changing our thinking could change our perspective and thus change the direction we are headed. If no one listens, then the future of our planet and humanity are destined for disaster.

The Lawyer’s New Car

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The Lawyer’s New Car

A very successful attorney parked his brand new Porsche in front of his office, ready to show it off to his colleagues.

But just as he started to get out, a truck came along too close and completely tore off the driver’s door.

Fortunately, a cop was close enough to see the accident and pulled up behind the Porsche with his lights flashing.

But before the cop had a chance to ask any questions, the attorney started screaming hysterically about how his Porsche, which he had just purchased the day before, was completely ruined and would never be the same, no matter how any car body shop tried to make it new again.

After the lawyer finally wound down from his rant, the cop shook his head in disbelief. “I can’t believe how materialistic you lawyers are,” he said. “You are so focused on your possessions that you neglect the most important things in life.”

“How can you say such a thing?” asked the lawyer.

The cop replied, “Don’t you even realize that your left arm is missing? It was severed when the truck hit you!”

“Oh, my God!!!” screamed the lawyer. “My Rolex!”

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

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

A Lawyer Makes it to Heaven

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A lawyer, a doctor, and a janitor die in a freak elevator accident and find themselves arriving at the Pearly Gates at the same time.

St. Peter explains, “We have limited space, so we’ve been deciding admission based on a trivia contest.”

St. Peter then turns to the janitor and asks “What was the name of the famous ship that hit an iceberg and sank, killing all those people?”

The janitor replies “The Titanic!”

“Very good,” says St. Peter, “you may enter.”

St. Peter then turns to the doctor and asks, “How many people died on that ship?”

The doctor replies “about fifteen hundred, give or take.”

“Close enough,” says St. Peter, “you may enter.”

St. Peter then turns to the lawyer and says, “Name ’em.”

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

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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?

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You’re An Extreme Redneck If…

 

  • You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
  • You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
  • You think a woman who is “out of your league” bowls on a different night.
  • Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.Someone in your family died right after saying, “Hey all y’all, watch this!”Your junior prom offered day care.You think the last words of the “Star-Spangled Banner” are “Gentlemen, start your engines.”
  • You’ve ever lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
  • The Halloween Jack-o-Lantern on your porch has more teeth than you.
  • You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
  • One of your kids was born on a pool table.
  • You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
  • You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.
  • Jack Daniels makes your list of “Most Admired People.”
  • You go to your family reunion looking for a date.
  • Your dad walks you to school because you are both in the same grade.
  • You dated one of your parents’ current spouses in high school.

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

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

Tennessee

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Tennessee, the home of beautiful scenery, good people, and scrumptious food. Or is it good food and beautiful people?

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As the barn signs proclaim for thousands of miles, you must see Ruby Fall.

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Rock City, located next to Ruby Falls is also high on the list. On a clear day, you can see seven states.

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The site of many famous Civil War battles, there is a ton of history to learn.

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Gatlinburg, in the southeastern corner of the state, is near Pigeon Forge and Dolly World. One of the premier vacation spots in the country it lies at the entrance to the Smokey Mountain National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation.

 

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Don’t miss the Smokey Mountain National Park.

The author 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.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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The Teachings of my Mother: I’m Bored

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I had the best parents anyone could wish for. Everyone who ever met them always said they were the nicest people they knew.

They were funny, laid back and unassuming, they took the hard life they had in stride and never complained. My mom finished school after the eighth grade,  there wasn’t a nearby school for her to attend high school and my dad finished school after his sophomore year and went to work. It was the depression and money was needed to buy food. He started driving a school bus when he was fourteen after grandpa went to Indianapolis to seek employment.

Despite their lack of education, they all displayed more common sense and knowledge than most Harvard graduates do today.

In spite of this they had, what I could call a dark side:).

Like most in their day, they were old school in their thinking and how they raised their kids. There was a code of conduct we had to follow and it wasn’t open for discussion. We were allowed to think on our own and make our own decisions, but if our decisions didn’t conform to their way of thinking, we were the one’s who needed to have an attitude adjustment.

There was no back talking, arguing, or negotiations. They would listen to our side of the story, but they had the final say as to what would take place.

They were masters at time-worn cliches and repeated them whenever they wanted to make a point. It would be said in such a way there would be no argument.

There was one statement I only made once. I once told mom, on a rainy day that I was bored. Soon I found myself folding laundry, washing dishes and every other little chore I hated to do. Never again was I ever bored.

 

 The author 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.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

 

 

 

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wisdom

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.

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