Sedona: The Bradshaw Ranch

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The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

When Bob Bradshaw first came to Sedona back in 1945, Sedona was a small agricultural cattle town ripe of opportunity for a young man to leave his mark in the world.

In 1949, Bob’s love for photography prompted the building of his first photo studio and Kodak Dealership located in uptown Sedona. Built next to The Hitching Post Restaurant, the business was constructed all by Fox Film set materials from the movie “Broken Arrow” starring Jimmy Stewart, Jeff Chandler, and Geraldine Page.

From these humble beginnings began a film industry that for many years was centered on the Bradshaw Ranch west of Sedona. 

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

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America’s Self Inflicted Guilt

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Written by Gary Wonning

The first time I encountered self-inflicted American guilt, I was touring the outback of Australia.

We had traveled there to observe, photograph, and document the ways and lives of the Australian Aborigines.

One afternoon a fellow American and an European were talking and the European actually complimented America on our way of life and how good life was in the United States.

In response, the American woman actually made a statement in which she denied feeling good about being an American and living in the United States.

Over the years we Americans have developed a guilt complex about our prosperity.

We tend to forget what we have sacrificed to make our country prosperous and free, we forget how much America has done for the world and our mission to bring freedom to everyone, regardless of race, creed, national origin or gender.

Although we, as Americans aren’t perfect and we haven’t always lived up to the ideals our country was founded on, as a nation  we have done more than any other culture to liberate the masses from the bonds of slavery.

We have fought in many lands in an effort to free people from oppression, and have never claimed any of this land as our own.

Many would argue that we stole the land from the original occupants. The American Indians are also immigrants, they all came from some where else before living in the western hemisphere.

The American Indians were at a disadvantage, they had no domesticated animals , no beasts of burden or the means to advance their civilization until the Europeans introduced this technology and animals into the western hemisphere.

The contact between the two cultures eventually benefited both societies.

Despite all the bloodshed between the two different cultures, we as Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the natives. There were many times our fight for freedom would have stalled if the natives had not intervened to help us.

Many of the elders of the various tribes were wise enough to realize what was to come and thereby aided and assisted our struggle for freedom. 

This has been well documented, even during the American Revolution. 

In the writings of General George Washington, there are many times he tells of advice and assistance he received from the elders of the tribes living in the New England area. He reportedly even had the Iroquois “Spirit Woman” come to him and show him a map of the  present day United States, complete with roads and cities. 

I can’t help but feel it was some sort of divine plan. We were brought together to learn from each other, we have developed the technology to produce a society much better than any that has come before us, if we combine our technology with the American Indians knowledge of nature and Nature’s God. 

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.

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The Five Thousand Year Leap

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

We Are Endowed By Our Creator With Certain Inalienable Rights

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The truth about what Thomas Jefferson believed

Written by Gary Wonning

The Declaration of Independence clearly states that we are endowed  by our creator with certain inalienable rights.

This sentence was entered into our Declaration of Independence for one reason. It was to state, in no uncertain terms where our rights as humans originate.

Our founders believed our rights come from God, not government or any individual on earth.  They made it perfectly clear, in this sentence and when they wrote that we have freedom of religion, they didn’t say that we had freedom from religion.

No where in the constitution does it state that we have a separation of church and state. It is true they were very specific that there would be no state sponsored religion, but that doesn’t mean we can’t practice our religion in the public square or that duly elected government officials can’t profess a believe in a Supreme Being.

Through our long history as a country most of our representatives have professed a belief in a higher power.

The separation of church and state  was designed to protect the churches from government interference.

The government cannot dictate what a church preaches or believes, however government employees do have a right to their own personal beliefs and the practice thereof, business owners also have the same right. Business owners can’t be discriminated on by government because of what they believe spiritually.

People always look for a higher power to believe in , if they don’t believe in God, they begin to believe in Government and make them their Gods.

This false belief in government , as we can see can only lead to disaster., evidenced by the behavior of many in our country today.

The founders were correct when they said that our rights come from God, not government, we need to learn that all over again.

Our elected representatives are our representatives, not our leaders, they may be world and government leaders, but they are our representatives, they represent what we want, big difference.

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

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I Never Knew Evil Existed

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Everyone remembers where they were the morning of Sept.11, 2001.

I was at Indianapolis International Airport returning to Sarasota Florida after visiting my mother in a nursing home.

As I attempted to pass through security, I was informed that security was closed, thinking they just meant that checkpoint, I went to another security scanner and was once again informed the whole airport was closed.

I inquired as to why, it was a beautiful bright sunny autumn morning in  Indianapolis, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.

I was told the Pentagon had been bombed and as a result, every airport in the United States was being shut down and all the planes were directed to land at the nearest possible airport. 

It was only later, while driving back to my dad’s home, that the reality began to sink in. 

I kept watching the newscasts, I couldn’t believe a human being would voluntarily fly an airplane into a building that could possible  contain 20,000 people or more.

As I sat in my dad’s living room it was hard to comprehend. Through it all , it finally sunk in that there really was evil in the world.

I had always known that people did evil things , but I had never seen pure evil before.

Islamic terrorists performed this horrible act.

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I realize there are many fine and good Muslims in the world and the evil side of Islam only includes about 20 percent of the Muslim population, but that 20 per cent totals about as many people that live and reside in the United States.

That fact alone, makes it a huge problem.

Evil will never be eradicated,  we need to be ever vigilant. There will always be evil and it comes in all genders, races, nationalities, and religions.

It’s all about the duality of life on earth, you can’t have good with out evil, no light without darkness, etc. 

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

Who Is Right and Who Is Wrong

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Politically, it would seem most people lean to the liberal side of politics.

Half the population and almost all the media, which generally control the narrative all lean extremely left.

It is almost physically impossible to get a different view point with out making  a serious effort. Most people don’t even try, they just believe whatever is told them on the evening news. Most on the left don’t even want to discuss it, if one makes an opinion different than theirs, they often come back with the statement they don’t want to argue about it. Immediately shutting off any dialogue.

As a consequence, most of what that is done and believed in today’s world is extremely slanted towards liberal views and policies.

Conservatives are practically shut out of the dialogue and ignored. As a result, many believe they don’t exist or even have a right to be heard.

Many people from the liberal states are leaving and moving to states that have more favorable tax laws and better all around living conditions.

Many from the states with obscene tax and regulations  come to Florida and other states because it is too expensive to live there, and when they come to Florida , they  start doing the same thing over and over that created the problems where they came from. 

The once again begin wanting more government services, control, taxes and everything they tried to get away from,  expecting different results.

Consequentially , it is believed most people would disagree with conservative policies, most of the media,  politicians and general public all agree on liberal ideas, even though those policies are what they are getting away from when they move to less liberal states.

Their liberal ideas are what is being implemented where they came from and obviously aren’t working. 

This all being true, why do they continue to believe this way when they migrate somewhere else?

The definition of stupidity is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

It is a law of nature, regardless of how many times you do the same thing, you will get the same result.

It only makes sense to me, if something isn’t working for you, you change what you do and try different ideas.

Why would you move from somewhere  because of government policies and try to mold the area you moved to  be like where you came from?

If the conservative plan is to reduce taxes, regulations and as many government controls as possible, and liberal polices of more control, taxes and regulations does’t work, who is right in their thinking?

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People can make decisions affecting their lives a lot more sensibly than government can, and these decisions are a lot less costly when people are using their own money than when using  taxpayers money.

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

There are 22,000 Gun Laws In the United States

 

Written by Gary Wonning

It is often reported there are twenty-two thousand gun laws in this country.

Are there really that many?

There are probably hundreds, checking all the various local state and federal laws, it would be almost impossible to realistically check what the actual number is.

Regardless of the number, none of them have stopped any shootings, what will one more law do?

In reality, where the gun laws are the strictest is where the most gun crime is committed. You cannot legislate morality, and that is what the whole issue comes down to , it’s all about morality and a persons basic core values.

Didn’t we learn anything during  prohibition during the nineteen thirties? When the government prohibited the manufacture of alcohol, production went underground and there was more alcohol produced than ever.

Whenever you take something away, you create a need.

When Obama tried to enact more gun legislation, more guns were sold. It’s a basic law of nature. You are never going to take the guns away from criminals, they will always be able to get them, look at the drug laws, how effective are they?

We have enough laws now, the issue is, they aren’t enforced, both the shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, laws were broken by the gun buyers, but someone looked the other way and didn’t do anything to prevent the disaster.

I am an avid supporter of law enforcement, but in the case of Parkland, law enforcement certainly dropped the ball, no law is going to change that.

The most important aspect of this that no one ever thinks of: every time a new law like this is enacted a few more of our  basic rights disappear.

All these laws basically accomplish nothing except take alway the rights of law abiding citizens. Many seem to forget one simple fact, criminals break laws, that is what they do, that is their job description, they are good at it and nothing will change that. A new law just creates a new challenge. 

Does anyone actually believe a new law will prevent someone from getting a weapon that really wants one? Only people who are out of touch with reality actually believe drug laws keep users from getting drugs, or any other so-called illegal substance. If you know the right people, you can buy anything , you can buy anything you want on the street and go undetected for years.

Our basic human rights as we are given to us by God, not government, are disappearing  by an ever increasing government presence in our lives.  How many things are you prevented from doing that you could do just a few years ago, where can you go where there isn’t a surveillance camera watching your every move? Do you really want to live like that?

This is about more than the right to carry a certain weapon, whatever that weapon is, as soon as it is banned, there will be another issue for the far left and they will ban something else, soon we will have no line of defense.

Our second amendment is very important, it protects the rest of our rights. This is what defines us from the rest of the world, we have a God given right to defend ourselves, as long as we have that, no one will control us, this makes us different from the rest of the world, that is what makes us exceptional and guarantees our right to be free.

Americans should protect their freedoms and defend it at all cost, if we lose our freedom, nothing else will matter, would you choose life over freedom, not me, if I’m not free, life would be worthless. 

I don’t know how many gun laws there are, I doubt if anyone really knows, but one more isn’t going to make a difference, there is only one thing that will.

As a country, we need to realize what the real problem is. We have millions of kids on drugs, many were given Ritalin and other mind altering drugs when they were very young , trying to solve a problem that didn’t exist, they were just acting like kids and the parents were afraid to discipline them. 

As a result, as time went on, every time there was an issue, another pill was shoved down their throats, until they thought that drugs would solve all their problems, and then we wonder why at age nineteen they are so messed up, they have no purpose in live, all they have ever done is sit in front of the TV and play video games. 

They have no real friends, never go outside in nature and no passion for live.

Then we wonder why they  go out and shoot people. 

Many of them have had no guidance, discipline , or been taught any form of self control. They have been given everything their little heart desires with no effort on their part to earn these material things. 

Instead of facing up to the real issue, we blame an inanimate object, something that can’t do anything without human intervention for the problem.  This solves nothing, in fact it only makes it worse. 

There was a time when almost everyone in the country believed in God, or what their definition of God is, that is no longer the case, God is seldom mentioned anymore and as a result, we Americans have lost our spiritual foundation and have become lost, then we wonder why another religion is consuming the country.

Nature abhors a vacuum, when a vacuum is created something will come in and take the place of whatever  created the vacuum, in this case Islam is replacing Christianity.

To solve this issue, we need to look within, not take away one of our basic rights.

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The Five Thousand Year Leap

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

Living Our Core Values

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 Common Sense is a disappearing trait

Written by Gary Wonning

Suppose your daughter came to you and asked you to go to a daughter/father dance.

In today’s culture, you knew there would be foul language, drugs, bad behavior and song lyrics straight out of weird land, with negativity, depression, violence and all the many other negative aspect of today’s society.

To support her, would you go?

You know deep down this is not the culture you would like for her to be exposed to, but you want to show her your support and that you are actually very hip and understanding.

If you decide to go, you are condoning and approving her behavior, if you don’t go you are old fashioned and square.

If you don’t go you stand the possibility of alienating your daughter and being looked at as old fashioned.

Most would cave to their core values and go just to be hip and looked upon by their daughter to be progressive and modern, ignoring what would be best in the long run for his daughter.

So, which is the best option?

I think we all know what the best option is, but how many would actually choose that option? 

If we, as parents choose to go to the dance, how can we expect our young to grow up with a decent set of values when they see us bending in the wind and caving to what is popular in society today? 

While kids will always be subject to the whims of society and we cannot and should not shield them from it, we need to create options, where decency and good ethics are practiced. 

That is where our churches and fraternal organizations come into play. Those very organizations we have taken out of our daily lives when we became a secular society.

Those organizations that were at the very heart of the founding of our country, especially the teaching of our Christian churches and the masonic lodges. In those days almost everyone professed a belief in God, and many of the founders were of the masonic order, whose principles our  nation was founded upon. 

Those values that have been carried down from time immemorial to the present day, the ethics of morality and brotherly love upon which all lasting societies are founded. 

Those values, which when lost, a great nation can no longer long endure. 

We can see in our own life how much our country has deteriorated, how much longer do you want it to continue? 

The only way for our nation to continue in the long run is for us to return to what made us great, and soon it will be up to our descendants to carry the baton. Are they equipped with the proper tools? 

Most of us feel helpless to do anything. We all can do something, regardless of how insignificant it may seem. 

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The Masonic Influence on World History

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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