St. Maartin: Philipsburg

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The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

Philipsburg is the capital of Saint Maarten, the Dutch side of the Caribbean island Saint Martin. Beachfront bars line the boardwalk along Great Bay. Voorstraat, or Front Street, has duty-free shops and casinos. The St. Maarten Zoo is home to parrots, monkeys and a playground. Sint Maarten Museum displays artifacts from the indigenous Arawak people.

Saint Maartin

The island was first sighted by Christopher Columbus on 11 November 1493, but there was already an Arawak settlement there before his discovery.

Philipsburg was founded in 1763 by John Philips, a Scottish captain in the Dutch navy; the settlement soon became a bustling centre of international trade. Two historic forts bear witness to Philipsburg’s strategic importance in St. Maarten’s history: Fort Amsterdam and Fort Willem

Saint Maartin

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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What Do Masons Do?

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

We are often told the main function of a masonic lodge is to make good men better. It has been repeated for so many years that it has become the standard “Go to” answer when a stranger asks, “ What do Masons do?”

In reality, this is only partially true and it isn’t what we really do.

What we as masons do is to provide the working tools so the individual man can make himself better. We cannot do that for him, it is his responsibility, he must walk alone and find the resources both inside and outside the lodge in order for him to accomplish that goal.

We can only assist, even though our counsel should be wise and always willing to lend a helping hand, it is for the individual alone to improve his moral lot in life on his journey to perfection.

Back in the day, when a brother joined the lodge, he was expected to join one of the Masonic Rite bodies, and the Shriners, his lady was expected to join Eastern Star and the kids were expected to join DeMolay, Job’s Daughter or Rainbow Girls. We no longer demand that, instead opting to participate in  sports. Sports are important but by eliminating spiritual growth for our kids we have created athletes who no longer stand for the national anthem.

A few years ago, I made an early Sunday morning trip to Fort Lauderdale, and while driving home, I happened to pass by a large soccer field in Fort Myers visible from I-75. It was about twelve noon and I couldn’t help but notice what seemed like a hundred kids playing soccer. I wondered why these kids weren’t in church instead of on a soccer field.

I love sports, but there is a time and place for everything.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

America is a Healthy Body

Values that made America great

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

America is a healthy body and it’s Resistance is three fold:

Patriotism, it’s morality, and it’s spiritual life.

If  those three areas are undermined, America will collapse from within.

This quote often attributed to Joseph Stalin has been circulating the Internet.  I have done extensive research and apparently Stalin never said it. (No surprise.)

However, truer words have never been spoken.  The individual who coined this phrase would have been well advised to have taken credit it.

Today, probably more than anytime in our nation’s history we need to remember what made this country great and pass it on to our descendants.

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

There is no option. We live in the greatest country known to mankind. In spite of our differences and shortcomings, there is no where on the planet where an individual has the freedom to practice what he believes and become whatever he desires, based on ambition and ability. That must be preserved. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Many On Planet Earth Are Sacrificing Themselves

 

We are currently  experiencing mass sacrifice on our planet.

The majority of humanity has agreed to sacrifice itself by giving it’s power away to a minority of beings so that this minority can feel powerful or god-like by comparison.

Power is always relative.

You may believe that these beings which your conspiracy circles have come to call the Draconian Reptilians or the Illuminati are some almighty force that governs every aspect of your lives, but in actuality, you will be surprised to know that the power level of this minority is infantile compared to other beings that exist outside your planet.

They are only powerful because you have let them become powerful.

No one is ever inherently more powerful than anyone else. That which outshines you in one lifetime may become a speck of dust beneath your feet come the next.

We have a new world awaits us.

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

 

The First Parents

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Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to his kids.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing God said to them was: “Don’t” “Don’t what?” Adam asked.
“Don’t eat the forbidden fruit,” said God.

“Forbidden fruit? Really? Where is it?” Adam and Eve asked jumping up and down excitedly.” “It’s over there,” said God, wondering why he hadn’t stopped after making the elephants.

A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and he was very angry. “Didn’t I tell you not to eat that fruit?” The First Parent asked.
“Uh huh,” Adam replied.
“Then why did you do it?” God asked exasperatedly.
“I dunno, ” Adam answered.

God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

But there is a reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give your children wisdom and they haven’t taken it, don’t be so hard on yourself. If God had trouble handling his children, what makes you think it should be a piece of cake for you?

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Grand Turk: Columbus’s First Landing In the New World

As in many islands in the Caribbean, Grand Turk claims to be the site of Christopher Columbus’s first landing in the new world.  Many make this claim just before they begin to tell you how horrible a man he was.  

What they often forget to tell you is the natives weren’t alter boys themselves, many were cannibalistic, into self sacrifice, murder rape and were in constant wars. 

In those days, everyone was cruel to everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. 

One of the many cannons still on the island designed to protect the islanders from attack.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Sedona , Bell Rock Encounter

Written by Gary Wonning

“clumps” of energy I observed were actually extraterrestrial souls who were forming up physical bodies by gathering elements from the earth’s environment so they could survive on planet Earth.

I learned later that it was at this time I ascended into a UFO above the rock and met the same aliens I had encountered when I was seventeen years old.

For the rest of the story

 

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.