Sydney Harbor

Written By;Gary Wonning

Sydney harbor is one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. The flight path takes the plane over the cliffs in Sydney Harbor.  As I observed the Opera House and Sydney Bridge from my window seat. I realized that I had come a long way from the corn fields of Indiana.

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Sydney Harbor and the Opera House

As he checked my passport and visa, the customs agent greeted us. “Welcome to Australia, Mate, when are you leaving?” There was no doubt in our mind the strictness of their immigration policy.

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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The aborigines of Australia

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Off To the Land Of Oz

 

Written By; Gary Wonning

The week of the trip approached, and things became chaotic. We had inadvertently decided to go during an Australian school holiday and it was extremely hard to get airline and hotel reservations. My flights were being changed daily or hourly.

Finally on Saturday about midnight, Barry Barker, the President of NIE called me and said that I would be leaving about one pm the next day from Indianapolis and that I should pick my ticket up at the airline ticket counter.

At that point in time I had nothing to go on but blind faith, my dad took me to the airport and lo and behold, after some searching, my ticket was found.

Bidding a quick good-bye to my dad, I scurried through security with my eighty rolls of film and boarded the aircraft bound for Chicago on what was the first leg of my forty hour plane ride to the land down under.

I only had a forty-five-minute layover in Chicago. The plane was twenty minutes late leaving Indianapolis, that only left twenty-five minutes to change planes. Taking into account I was flying into O’Hara that wasn’t much time. Little did I know this was only a hint of things to come, the whole trip was going to be about synchronicity.

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After the last couple chaotic days, I decided that the best course of action would be to just let things happen and not try to plan anything. The universe would take care of everything, it  would turn out fine.

As the plane nuzzled to the gate in Chicago, I immediately left the plane and began running to my next flight bound for San Francisco. Luckily it wasn’t too far away. Believe it or not, myself and my luggage boarded with plenty of time to spare.

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The aborigines of Australia

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

 

Liberty’s Secrets

 

 

For anyone interested in how our founders thought , I highly recommend this book

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The secrets our founders knew

As much of the world looks at the United States with disdain and distrust, it is time for us to take a cold, hard look at what we have become. John Adams said, Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. We have strayed from our clear moral beginnings to become an egotistical culture that glorifies self. We try to set our own standards despite Thomas Paine s warning that man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He can only discover them, and he ought to look through the discovery to the Author. As our society celebrates injustice against people who stand for their convictions, it s hard to forget the words of John Adams who wrote, justice is a great Christian as well as moral duty. With the decline of virtue in so many areas of our culture from twerking on stage to cheating scandals at universities to corporate theft by aggressive bankers we should take heed of George Washington s warning that liberty, when it degenerates into licentiousness, begets confusion, and frequently ends in tyranny or some woeful catastrophe. Liberty s Secrets exposes readers to the Founding Fathers as never before. They believed in God, Judeo-Christian values, and the freedom and necessity of religion in order to have a free and prosperous society. They believed in a free press and knew, as John Adams argued, when a people is corrupted, the press may be made an engine to complete their ruin. They believed in a limited government, strong education, and private property.Liberty s Secrets is like having a front row seat to the congresses and conventions where these leaders hashed out the profound issues of life and society. Charles has cataloged all of the Founding Fathers writings and in Liberty s Secrets provides an exposé of their profound yet glossed-over insights, delving into the subjects most important to maintaining a free society at a time when we most need to recover them. In so doing, Liberty s Secrets equips readers to use the Founders’knowledge and understanding to neutralize the cultural myths currently undermining American liberty. It is hard not to wonder whether catastrophe is upon us. If ever there was a time to grow up as a nation, now is the time. It is time to recover the morals and moorings of our Founders. It is time to rediscover Liberty s secrets.

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The blogger 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

It All Makes Sense

Written by: Gary Wonning

My interest had been sparked; I read every book I could find on everything from reincarnation to UFO‘s. I just knew instinctively that everything I was reading was true or had some piece of truth in it. It was the only thing I had ever read that made sense; I had been trying, with little success, to make sense of what I had been taught in Sunday school.

It wasn’t that the church leaders were lying to us; they were just repeating what they had been taught and believed.

But it didn’t matter how I rationalized it or tried to make it fit in, it just didn’t make sense, there had to be more to the story. I had tried many times to just go along, to go with the program and think that these people, because they were supposedly more educated than I, knew more about religion and God than I did.

I was to find over time that education, and, or our station in life really had no bearing on how intelligent we are, each and every one of us has the same opportunity to gain knowledge and sometimes when we become educated by others, we only learn what they teach us and we forget to think for ourselves.

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A journey of spiritual discovery

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

 

The Chauffeur

The Chauffeur

The Pope just finished a tour of the East Coast and was taking a limousine to the airport. Since he’d never driven a limo, he asked the chauffeur if he could drive for a while.

The reluctant chauffeur pulled over along the roadside, climbed into the back of the limo, and the Pope took the wheel. The Pope then merged onto the highway and accelerated to over 90 mph to see what the limo could do.

Suddenly, the Pope noticed the blue light of the State Patrol in his side mirror, so he pulled over.

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Christ Church in Barbados

The trooper approached the limo, peered in through the windows, then said, “Just a moment please, I need to call in.”

The trooper called in and explained to the chief that he had a very important person pulled over for speeding.
“How do I handle this, chief?” asked the trooper.

“Is it the Governor?” questioned the chief.

“No! This guy is even more important!”

“Is it the President?” asked the chief.

“No! Even more important!”

“Well, who the heck is it?” screamed the chief.

“I don’t know, sir,” replied the trooper, “but he’s got the Pope as his chauffeur.”

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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

The blogger 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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Jamaica

Ocho Rios Jamaica

Ocho Rios

Little park in Ocho Rios

Jamaica, a Caribbean island nation, has a lush topography of mountains, rainforests, and reef-lined beaches. Many of its all-inclusive resorts are clustered in vibrant Montego Bay, with its British colonial architecture, and Negril, renowned for diving and snorkelling. Jamaica is famed as the birthplace of reggae, and its capital Kingston is home to the Bob Marley Museum, dedicated to it’s most famous son.

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Hemp store in Ocho Rios

Long legalized in Jamaica, hemp stores are seen almost everywhere.

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Island Village in Ocho Rios

Inhabited by the indigenous Arawak and Taino peoples, the island came under Spanish rule  following the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1494. Many of the indigenous people died of disease, and the Spanish imported African slaves as laborers. NamedSantiago, it remained a possession of Spain until 1655, when England  conquered the island and renamed it Jamaica. Under British colonial rule, Jamaica became a leading sugar exporter, with its plantation economy highly dependent on slaves imported from Africa.

 

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Margaritaville in Jamaica

With 2.8 million people, Jamaica is the third-most populous country in the Americas (after the United States and Canada), and the fourth-most populous country in the Caribbean. Kingston is the country’s capital and largest city, with a population of 937,700. Jamaicans are of predominately African descent, with significant European, Chinese, Indian, and mixed-race minorities.

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Island shopping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In today’s world, sugar cane and tourism are two of the largest industries on the island.

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The blogger 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

America’s Divine Experiment

Written By; Gary Wonning

In the early days, most settlers came to America for religious freedom. They wanted to worship as they pleased without a government or dictatorial ruler telling them what they should believe.

William Penn was arrested in England and imprisoned  for sharing his religious opinions which were not in agreement with the government’s agenda. He was even imprisoned in the Tower of London for eight months.

While in London’s notorious Newgate Prison, he wrote 1670: “By Liberty of Conscience, we understand not only a mere Liberty of the Mind … but the exercise of ourselves in a visible way of worship, upon our believing it to be indispensably required at our hands, that if we neglect it for fear or favor of any mortal man, we sin, and incur divine wrath.”

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Later, he started a colony and invited persecuted Christians to join him on land given to him by King Charles 11 as repayment of a debt owed to his father.  It was to be a Holy Experiment of religious freedom.

It drew people from all religious faiths. Quakers, Amish, Mennonites, Lutherans,Presbyterians, and every religious faith imaginable.

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As a consequence, William Penn named his capital city Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love.Soon churches of all faiths prospered. A Luthern missionary translated the first book into the Indian language. The first Quacker meeting House was soon constructed.

Philadelphia’s Christ Church followed. It was called the Nation’s Church,  as George Washington, Betsy Ross, Benjamin and Deborah Franklin and their daughter Sarah worshiped there, along with several signers of the Declaration of Independence.

In the years to follow the Episcopalians, Catholics, German Baptist, Jewish, and others followed suit, Philadelphia became the birthplace of religion in the new America.

The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, the oldest black Episcopal congregation in the United States was started here. In 1794, Richard Allen started the African Methodist Episcopal Church, building “Mother Bethel,” the first A.M.E. Church in America.

In 1796, Rev. “Black Harry” Hosier helped start the African Zoar Church.

Philadelphia’s first synagogue, Mikveh Israel, was built in 1782 by Sephardic Jews from Spain, Portugal and the West Indies, many of whom fled from New York in 1776, when the British captured the city. The building fund was greatly enhanced by the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris-Signer of the Declaration, and Haym Solomon, Polish Jew financier of the American Revolution.

In 1845, Rabbi Isaac Leeser of Philadelphia’s Mikveh Israel synagogue produced the first Jewish translation of the Bible into English to be published in the United States.

The Mikveh Israel synagogue burned in 1872, donations poured in from many churches, including Philadelphia’s Christ Church.

Pennsylvania’s Charter, granted March 4, 1681, stated: “Whereas our trusty and well beloved subject, William Penn, esquire, son and heir of Sir William Penn, deceased, out of a commendable desire to enlarge our English Empire … and also to reduce the savage natives by gentle and just manners to the love of civil society and Christian religion, hath humbly besought leave of us to transport an ample colony unto … parts of America not yet cultivated and planted.”

William Penn wrote in his Charter of Privileges for Pennsylvanians 1701: “… because no people can be truly happy though under the greatest enjoyments of civil liberties if abridged of the freedom of their consciences as to their religious profession and worship.”

Without question, this activity ultimately lead to Philadelphia gaining the reputation of being the city of brotherly love, the birthplace of the Declaration ofIndependence and the U.S. Constitution.

Americ’s foundation is steeped in religion and the unbridled practice of it. Our country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

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