Change The Country, Educate the Kids

 

Written by: Gary Wonning

Change the Country, Educate the kids

Much has been said about changing the direction the country is headed, recent polls show that a large majority of the American people believe the country is and has been headed in the wrong direction for quite some time.

This is a problem that has developed over the last several decades and as a result, there is no fast fix. Thankfully, because of the Internet, and the easy access to information, more and more people are becoming interested in the political future of their nation and realize that something must be done in order to protect our freedom and capitalistic way of life.

This is all well and good and is the way it should be. Our government was formed to provide for government of the people, by the people, and for the people, not special interest groups. The quick fix to saving our way of life is to get involved and stay informed. Thankfully the Tea Party is providing a way to counteract some of the disgusting things going on in Washington.

We need to begin, at an early age, to educate the kids on what freedom means, how our country was formed, and the importance that religion and spirituality played in the early, formative times of our republic.

Gary 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 Gnostic Resurrection

In the Gnostic work, Treatise Resurrection, ordinary human existence is described as spiritual death whereas the resurrection is the moment of enlightenment revealing what truly exists. Whoever grasps this idea becomes spiritually alive and can be resurrected from the dead immediately.

The Gospel of Phillip says:

Those who say they will die first and then rise are in error, they must receive the resurrection while they live.

This is in direct conflict with the church that believes only those who have had direct access to Christ, or their representatives have direct access to the resurrection, all others must go through them.

Most Gnostics view Jesus, not as a God, but as the man who illuminated the pathway.

Whoever sees the Lord through inner vision can claim his or her own authority equals or surpasses that of the apostles and their successors.

In other words, they don’t need an intermediary to communicate with God.

The concept of gnosis(knowledge) is the exact opposite of the Church’s concept of faith. and it is the type of thought process that fits well with masonry.

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

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.

Your comments are welcome

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.

photo os the home lodge of George Washington

George Washington’s Home Lodge

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

Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #$4 Fredericksburg Virginia

Art Prints

 Historic Fredericksburg Virginia is one the most historic towns in the United States. Just a short visit will enable you to tour several locations of interest in our history. Along with a Civil War Cemetery, there is a Revolutionary War era cemetery, The Rising Sun Inn. The Inn Restaurant still in operation today , was owned by Lawrence Washington , George Washington’s brother and frequented by many of the founders of the day.

Fredericksburg lodge2

One of the most notable of the historic landmarks is the Masonic Lodge frequented by George Washington himself.

Fredericksburg Lodge

He was raised a master mason on August 4th,1753 and continued to be active in masonic work , as many of our founders did, until his death.

Fredericksburg Lodge plaque

 Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

masonic

Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

The Shadows of Great Men

 

This is a great article, thought I would re post it!

 

The Shadows Of Great Men

 

 

by Midnight Freemason Guest Contributor
Bro. Brian Schimian

“I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider
the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.” ~ George Washington



     In the journey of becoming a Master Mason, one is Initiated, Passed and Raised along their path of Enlightenment. But what about the time one spends going on during their life before they decide to fill out a petition to join a Masonic Lodge? It would be wrong to say one simply fumbled around in the dark before seeking the light. After all, if you are fumbling around in the dark, and a you see a beacon of light, you would be automatically drawn to it. Thus all men would seek to be better men by petitioning the Craft. But this does not happen.


     Perhaps a better analogy would be that, before seeking enlightenment one is shrouded by the shadows of other men. Those that are blessed by the shadow of Great Men can be considered to be, in a way, protected, watching, following and learning from their words and actions until one day, the student takes the steps to become a Master. But even then, once a seat of equal stature is attained, do we really ever leave the shadows of these great men?


     Undoubtedly, the quest for one to blaze his own trail and leave his own mark on the 
world is felt by most, if not all as we grow. But at what point do we cease to live in the
shadows of other men and begin to venture truly into the light on our own, thereby
casting our own shadow for others to seek refuge in until they are ready to go on about
their own search for enlightenment? Are we truly ever on our own, fully in the light? Or
do we tend to remain shadowed, ever so slightly by those great men that have come
before us, and the men before them?


     Even after great men are called by the Supreme Architect of the Universe, can we not
still learn from their teachings? Are we not still molded and in some ways continue to be
etched by their imparted teachings? And what of the pain when these great men pass
on? Shouldn’t we be happy for them, that they are not suffering worldly pains? Is the pain of
our grief from the sadness of a loss or is it because we subconsciously fear being on
our own in the light without that shroud of protection and guidance or sense of a
foundation?


     Personally, I do weep for those Great Men that I have lost in my life. Not because I
selfishly want them suffering here in life, more so because they will not be here to share
in the evolution of my enlightenment, or the experience of those whom may step out from my
shadow one day. And, I feel I still had so much more to learn from them. I certainly can
and will continue to use their examples as a compass throughout my life, as well as that
of those great men that have come and passed before my time in this world. 


     I do not know of any words that can adequately express the love, respect or thanks I owe to the memory of the Great Men I have lost in my life. But perhaps by carrying on their teachings, by passing down what I have learned, I can honor their memory and in 
some ways, they aren’t really gone. Maybe a bit of their shadow can be passed on to others through me.
 


“Virtus Junxit – Mors Non Separabit” ~ Whom virtue has united, death shall not

separate

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 Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

masonic

Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

The Secrets of a Mason

Non-Masons! Here is what you need to know!!!

Dear Non-Masons,

You might be here to
– learn more about Masonry,
– learn secrets for personal reasons
– learn secrets to expose to the outside world
– find someone to vouch for you.
– collect the list of Masons to expose them to public.

Whatever your reasons are, there is not much you can get here.

You will not find a magic secret that will make you rich or important person. It won’t even make you a good or better person either instantly.

The so-called secrets, words, passwords, rituals are sadly publicly available.

Do you know why this is not good?
– Not because it is a secret. Freemasonry is a great organization that consists of good people.
If you learn more of the craft more and if you are a good person, you would like to become part of it.
Knowing those so-called secrets and rituals will ruin your once in a life-time experience.

Would you like someone to tell you all the details of an upcoming movie?
Your masonic experience would be better than the best movie you will ever watch! Do not ruin it!

So, What is the secret?
The secret is in your heart! To be a good person,a better man for yourself, your family, your neighbor, your country, and also for the world. To help without expecting anything in return. To learn and  e
ducate
yourself and others. Love is the secret! That’s it!!!

What is the Lodge?
The Lodge is a place to meet good people like yourself. You  have to worry if the person you meet on the street is  evil or not. When you go to the Lodge, you know everyone shares some sort of standards you can relate to.

Can you find an evil person in a Lodge?
Of course. They come and go. They do not stay for long though. They see that there is nothing for them to gain, nothing
interesting for them. For example; we work on how we can help children
in hospitals, etc. This is waste of their time since
they want only to make themselves  rich.

If you are interested to know more about Freemasonry and want to talk to someone about it: search the Grand Lodge of your contry or state in the search engine.
Call them! They will tell you what you need to know and will try to answer your questions.

If you are still not satisfied, then may be this is not a good match for you.
You can still be a very good person without being a Mason!


Schofield House Madison Indiana

One of the most historic buildings in the state of Indiana is the Schofield
House in Madison , Indiana. This Federal-style building was the first
two-story brick house and also the first tavern in Madison. Built in
1817 it was the home of Alexander and Drusilla Lanier.

 

schofield
The house originally had a bedroom, kitchen and tavern on the first floor and a
sleeping room and meeting room on the second floor. In later years the
first floor bedroom became a parlor and the kitchen became a dining
room.
On January 13th 1818, the Lanier -Schofield House saw the formation of
the Grand Lodge of Indiana as fourteen brethren from throughout Indiana
met in the upstairs meeting room with the expressed purpose of doing so.The constitution of the Grand Lodge of Indiana was approved, and five lodges,(Vincennes #1, Madison #2, Charlestown #3, Lawrenceburg #4 and Corydon #5)
demitted from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky to form the initial lodges of
Indiana and after electing Alexander Buckner as the first Grand Master
of Indiana there is no evidence that the building was ever used again
for Masonic ceremonies for 150 years.

Today, the building is owned by the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite of the Valley of Indianapolis.Any lodge in Indiana can perform degree work here, however, due to the size of the room, only Entered apprentice degrees are recommended.Interesting? Follow me on Kindle.

Solomon’s Builders

 

Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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