The George Washington Masonic Memorial

The George Washington Masonic Memorial

Located on Shuter’s Hill in Alexandria Virgina, the memorial can be seen for miles in every direction.

How this all came to be is an interesting story.

Shuter’s Hill, or as it was named during the Civil War, Shooters Hill, because at that time there was a fort on this mound and it’s garrison regularly shot cannon and rifles on a regular basis.

Today, most call it Shuter’s Hill.

In 1669 the hill was the property of Robert Howson who sold it to John Alexander for six thousand pounds of tobacco. Eighty years later his great-grandson sold it to John Mills who built a large house on it.

In 1790, Col. Ludwell Lee,  the son of Richard Henry Lee purchased it.  Richard Henry Lee had served during the American Revolution and was present at the surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown.

It then came under the ownership of Benjamin Dulaney a third generation Irish American and friend of George Washington. Dulaney was a member of Alexandria Lodge F&AM, he subsequently was present when the lodge elected Washington an honorary member and at the cornerstone ceremony of the US capitol in 1793.

During the civil war, the military built a series of forts the defend the Federal District and to protect the western front. No shots were ever fired and after Lee’s surrender, the forts were decommissioned.

The land eventually became transferred to the George Washington National Memorial Association, and ground was broken on June 4, 1922, construction began on November 5, 1923, with the laying of the cornerstone.

Today, even after thousands of years, the hill remains and now is dedicated to George Washington and the masonic order that did much to establish the United States as the beacon of light it is today.

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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Reliving Fredericksburg, Virginia

Written By: Gary Wonning

After a sleepless night, it was time to find out what Fredericksburg was all about. Totally oblivious to what I would see or find, I exited the freeway and drove into the tiny city. A cemetery suddenly caught my eye. My first thought was,”Where did cemetery come from?”

It was then I observed a small sign near the entrance.

It was a Civil War Cemetery. My next thought was.” Oh, it’s a Civil War Cemetery, that wasn’t here when I was here before. “

Where did that thought come from? And why did I think that?

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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More surprises awaited me, as I drove into town I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This town is almost a carbon copy of Vevay Indiana. The main street was very similar to the main street in Vevay, the river was on the right, and there was a Rising Sun Tavern on the east side of town. I soon found my reason for spending so much time in Vevay was to be a gentle reminder of a time in the past. I had been to Fredericksburg before.

In times such as this, I get very hungry, a lunch at the Rising Sun Tavern was definitely on the agenda. Entering the tavern, it was DeJa vu all over again. I can remember the many times had I dined and drank my favorite beverage in the friendly confines of this establishment.

Walking around the town was truly amazing, just like old home week, past another cemetery which held the remains of many Revolutionary War people, both soldiers and townspeople.

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George Washington’s Home Lodge

Touring the Masonic Lodge I could see myself attending many lodge meetings in an earlier era.

So Many in The United States Are Addicted to Drugs and Alcohol, Why?

 

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

Written by: Gary Wonning

It seems that every day, the news is filled with reports of people overdosing on drugs and alcohol.

This problem seems to affect every age and social group, from the very rich to the very poor, men , women, and children.

We live in the greatest nation ever conceived by modern day man, we have opportunities available that were unimaginable even just a few years ago. We have luxuries and conveniences available to almost everyone that were once reserved for only the elites and privileged.

So, why in the presence of all these niceties of life, when life should be a piece of cake , do so many people resort to drugs and alcohol to drown their sorrows? Most people should be living life as if they have nothing to worry about.

There is one thing everyone has forgotten about, an issue that began to appear many years ago when our prosperity began to blossom.

As our material life improved by leaps and bounds, our spiritual life began a decline, people forgot about the things that made this country great. In many cases, people quit going to church and supporting the many fraternal, civic, and social organizations that were once the fabric of our society. People quit talking to each other, many times moving to various parts of the country for income opportunities, where like-minded people didn’t exist.

When people from different parts of the country live in one community, they no longer share a common background or history, thus they often have nothing in common, and along with that many differences of opinions, beliefs, and social structure.

It’s nice to have diversity, but too much of a good thing often has negative effects. We can all socialize with people from different backgrounds, but to build long-term lasting relationships is a horse of a different color. It’s never the same as when we are around like minded people who we share many common interests with and who we have known all our lives.

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All of this, plus the theory that our religious organizations in many cases no longer satisfy the needs of the populace, has lead to a moral breakdown of our country

Many people are asking questions about their spirituality that the churches can’t or won’t answer. Too many people who ask why bad things happen in their lives, the standard answer, “It’s God’s Will” no longer suffices, people want answers as to why “It’s God’s Will.”

Thus, they have fallen away from any kind of spiritual teachings, leaving a void in their lives.

Instead of searching for answers in unconventional ways, they have given up and resorted to an easier course, drugs, and alcohol to drown their sorrows and misery.

However short term and destructive this may be, it is a quick fix and before long they are so removed from their spiritual foundation, they no longer care, or are even aware of their precarious position.

Over a  period of time, and after a couple of generations, many forget about the time-worn principles of life taught them by their forefathers. The guiding principles that have guided mankind from the beginning of time, the laws of nature , and nature’s God.

Sometimes we need to find new ways to learn old things, sometimes we just need to go back and learn the old ways, get back to the basics.

People have lost sight of God and made government their God. When government fails them, which it will, they are disillusioned and have nowhere to turn. They have no confidence in themselves and feel hopeless.

They then rely on another false God, drugs.

Because of all this, our country has gotten into one mell of a hess.

Do yourself and your country a big favor, get up off your duff and do something besides stare at a computer screen sixteen hours a day.

Join a fraternal, civic, or social organization, get active in a church, put some purpose in your life, soon you will be so busy you won’t have time to take any drugs or alcohol and you will be helping not only yourself but others as well.

By doing so, you can get this once great country back on track.

Common sense for the modern era

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

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 Vision Of America

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Written By: Gary Wonning

In spite of what we are often told by the media and those who would want to destroy our country and turn it into a socialist nightmare, the United States is still that new Jerusalem, that shining city on the hill that most people look to for guidance and leadership.

We often see what happens to the world condition when America shirks its duty and let’s evil reign over the land.

We have a responsibility to the rest of our world citizens; there isn’t any other country that can do it.

It is the price we pay for living in the greatest country ever known to mankind. We sometimes overreach, but we are the world’s leader.

The rewards are great, and the consequences are disastrous if we fail in our mission.

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The secrets our founders knew

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

Donald Trump’s Language Is Deplorable

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

Written By: Gary Wonning

Without question, I think everyone can agree that Donald Trump’s language is deplorable.

However, if you would sit around the table with the average American on Thanksgiving  Day, I would venture to say you would hear the same kind of language, or even worse. 

Our elected officials are not our leaders, they are our representatives. 

They represent who we are as a nation, they are a direct reflection what we have become. 

We have forgotten the values and principles that made this country great.

If you want to change America, you need to look within yourself and change yourself. Change comes from within. Only when we change ourselves will our country once again become great.

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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What has Government Done for You?

 

Gun Control: A Basic Right

Written by: Gary Wonning

Gun Control

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Unlike in most other countries, our right to keep and bear arms is guaranteed in our Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights alludes to individual rights , not those of the state.  Regardless of what some might think or say, it is an individual right, not a right given to some state or federal military force.

During the time in which our constitution and other founding documents were written, the militia consisted of  citizens, not a government police force.

All physically able men, over the age of twenty-one, were automatically enlisted in the militia, it was a citizen police force whose purpose was to protect the rights and lives of the individual against all and every foe, government or otherwise.

The militia was paramount in deciding the fate of our nation, citizen soldiers from the southern states almost single-handedly defeated Cornwallis and drove him to his defeat at Yorktown.

Our founders had an extreme fear that someday,  the  government might become tyrannical and consequently subjugate the citizenry and at the same time begin infringing upon their individual rights and freedoms.

They had seen those things occur in the governments of Europe and wanted to ensure it could never happen in our young country.

The second amendment to the constitution is our guarantee that could never happen. The second amendment guarantees that the rest of our Constitution and Bill of Rights will always be upheld.

In days past, the proper use of firearms was instilled in our youth at an early age, beginning as soon as they were able to comprehend the philosophy of self-protection and preservation. They were instilled with the knowledge they had a right to defend themselves, their property, and their families.

In those days, as well as today, danger can come instantly and people need to defend themselves before law enforcement has time to respond.

In those days, most people lived in isolated areas where it could take hours for the sheriff to arrive. Even today, in an urban area, it will take law enforcement at least ten minutes to come to your rescue, what are you going to do in those ten minutes? I think sitting down to tea and crumpets while waiting for the cops is out of the question.

The only sensible answer is that we have to be responsible for our own defense. There isn’t anyone else one can  depend on, it is physically impossible.

The only sensible solution is to properly train our young in the proper handling of firearms. I was conversing with a person just recently and she was shocked to learn that as a child, we had four or five shotguns and rifles stacked in the corner of the kitchen, available to anyone. We lived in a rural community and the guns were sometimes needed for protection, as well as providing food for the table.

In one particular instance, we had someone continuously stealing gas for our tractor. The sheriff had been called a few times, we lived ten miles from the sheriff’s office, so if the sheriff came at all, it would be at least a half an hour after we called him. After we lost many gallons of fuel on separate occasions,  my dad and neighbor hid in the woods adjoining our farm and waited, sure enough, it didn’t take long for the desperados to show up. My dad and the neighbor shot two boxes of twelve gauge shotgun shells into the trees in a direction where no one would be hurt. Guess what? The gas thieves never returned and we could go back to sleeping soundly again. And soon, the leaves all grew back on the trees.

The guns were in plain sight, and the ammunition was in the kitchen cabinet within reach of even small children. Even as an adult, I had a gun rack in the master bedroom while raising three daughters, did anyone touch them that shouldn’t have? Of course not, there were consequences.

We were trained, even as small children to never touch them. It was drilled into us constantly by our parents and grandparents, neighbors and friends. They were to only be used in self-defense and hunting. This was in the days when all the boys and some girls constantly played cowboys and Indians. Our main goal was to shoot the bad guys, Indians, not so much. Our heroes, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger were always fighting for truth, justice, and the American way. It just never made sense to fight Indians.

As kids,we all had cap guns strapped on our hips in case an outlaw came upon us without warning. We always had to be on  alert to such dangers.

Even in that “violent” environment, we kids had better never be caught pointing that cap gun at another person or animal. The one time I  was seen doing something like that, my mom took that gun away and I didn’t see it for weeks. After the first tongue lashing, it was apparent, foolish, and useless to take a different approach.

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In later years, many students did take guns to school, the guns were locked in the trunk of the car and remained handy in case we wanted to go rabbit hunting on the way home from school. Often times, guns were traded in the school parking lot. That wasn’t allowed by school officials, but they can’t be everywhere.

The kids in those days were just like the kids today, they weren’t perfect little angels, in fact, most of the time, they were just the opposite, but there were consequences if they were caught  misbehaving. As a result, bad behavior was kept to a bare minimum and we soon learned there were certain things you just didn’t do, not only because there were consequences, but out of respect for our elders and what they were trying to teach us. We realized that maybe even once in awhile , they might actually know what they were talking about.

We knew guns could kill someone or something and never even considered shooting someone without just cause. Even today, I would do everything possible before pulling  the trigger and harming someone. I believe most rational thinking people would do the same. If people were properly trained and taught not to fear firearms, there would be far fewer panic killings.

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

 

Borders Are Only An Idea?

Written by : Gary Wonning

Someone once told me that borders are only an idea.

This was something she was taught in school, most schools, even the good schools are very liberal minded, I’m not sure if  the thought  was that we should all tear down our borders and make the whole world one big happy country, I never thought to continue the conversation at the time.

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While it is true in many ways that borders represent ideas, every country has it’s own idea about how their particular country should  be run and governed, each particular country is unique in it’s thinking and ability to govern itself.

Most countries today are under some form of dictatorship or socialist rule.

That is their idea, not America’s. Our idea is to have  personal freedom to live our life as we please as long as we don’t infringe on the rights of others.  Our idea and theirs does not mix.

That is why we need borders.

Every country has a different idea about what life should be about.

Do we need to fight about it ? Of course not.

We can agree to disagree, and let it at that.

The beauty part about it, if we don’t like the way things are in our country, we can work for change , or leave, no questions asked

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