Small Town Living, They Talk to Each Other

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Continuously, people, especially those from the east coast criticize people living in small town USA, particularity the Midwest. One of their major complaints is that small town people know everyone’s business and life story. 

So what, what have you done wrong that you don”t want anyone to know about? 

So what, if everyone does know, you are only human, humans all do things they would be better off if they haven’t done them, everyone else in your little town has done the same. 

In most small towns people have a genuine concern for their fellow neighbor and even though they may occasionally gossip about them, when the chips are down, they will pitch in and help each other when those in the larger cities could care less about their neighbor and leave the helping to someone else. 

I always hear about how people in cities don’t even know their neighbors, how is that working for you? Your next door neighbor can be suffering some life threatening catastrophe and you don’t even know. You can be having a major issue in your life, and there is no one there to help. 

How comforting is that. 

No wonder so many people need a shrink these days. 

One of my favorite movie scenes , is the scene in Crocodile Dundee where Mick and Sue are walking down a New York street and Sue is telling Mick how great her psychiatrist is. 

Mick has that deer in the headlights look and asked why she goes to a psychiatrist, Sue replies, “So I can have some one to talk to.”

Mick is puzzled and asks, “Isn’t that what a mate is for?”  

It’s so simple, most in a small town realize this and there is always someone willing to lend an ear and listen. They may not be able to help, but they will listen.

Many times that is all we need is for someone to listen. 

It seems to me that talking to a mate is a lot simpler, easier and less expensive than it is to hire someone to listen to you, to me that sounds rather preposterous. 

Sometimes , obviously, a professional’s advice is needed, but many times, all that is needed is an attentive ear. 

How many lives could be changed if someone would just listen, someone who knows your life situation rather than an over paid shrink whose only advise is derived  from a  book that  told him how to respond.

To me that sounds impersonal and cookie cutter. 

I have lived in small towns and larger cities and although I enjoy the conveniences of a larger city, I will take the friendliness of a small town any time. 

Small towns are like family, many times they have lived in the same community for generations. They know each others history  and like a family, they quarrel, make up and lend a helping hand when needed. 

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

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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It’s Time To Get Back To Nature

Written by Gary Wonning

We no longer live in an agrarian  society.

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

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

At   the beginning of our country almost everyone lived off the land and were close to nature, being as it was, people were close to the land and cherished what was important in life.

When you live close to the land and nature, you begin to realize the importance of God and nature in your life. You sense a closeness to God and others that cannot be felt in an urban environment.

Living in a rural area, people develop a sense of community to nature and others, you learn to depend on others and others  learn to depend on you. 

You have a relationship with your neighbor and have an obligation to help if needed, knowing they will help you if the need arises.  You become like family and share the so-called bad times with the good. 

Sure, they know your business and you know theirs, but what difference does it  makes, you are all in this life together, they are there for you if needed. That isn’t going to happen if they don’t know you. 

I would sooner know my business, the good, bad and the ugly, than be ignored when assistance is needed. 

In an urban environment, that closeness disappears, people begin to depend on a unresponsive and uncaring government to satisfy all their social, economic, and financial needs. 

Government officials have no interest in the individual other than being able to solicit their votes on election day. There is no personal involvement and no common bond, no incentive to care for the individual, the individual just becomes a number. 

We must learn and understand the government doesn’t solve any of our problems, they just add to them. They can’t , when they help one group, they consequently harm another group, it’s a continuous cycle, all of their supposed assistance only increases our dependence on them. 

When you depend on someone or something, they control you. How many women detest being under the control of a man, but yet welcome government control of their lives, in other ways than the abortion issue? 

As people begin clustering into large cities, their contact with nature dwindles. How long has it been since you walked barefoot on the soil, without shoes or socks  to disconnect you from mother nature, how long has it been since you walked a beautiful beach at sunset?

How long has it been since you enjoyed a sunset in nature, or seen the stars, unobstructed by smog, honking horns, or city noise.

How long has it been since you could depend on a neighbor or even know their name or anything about them? 

Most of our social problems could be solved if we just knew our neighbors, their joys and problems, and took part in their lives to help when needed,  and if we enjoyed a close relationship with nature. 

I guessing it has been way too long.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

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.

 

Sorry: The World Isn’t Ending Anytime Soon

Written by Gary Wonning

We lived in Sedona Arizona during the millennial when the world was supposed to end at the stroke of twelve midnight.

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Not only did all the so-called experts believe the computers were supposed to crash simultaneously because of Y2K, but living in Sedona there was much belief that the extraterrestrials were going to rise up out of Bell Rock and conquer us all.

Many even had secret rituals  and potions to combat this and some had gadgets to  enable us to communicate with the extraterrestrials and by this achieve our salvation and hope of eternal life.

I happen to believe there is life on other planets and we are being visited , however, when we make physical contact, we won’t need any gadgets to communicate with them.

Obviously, neither happened and we are still here, living happily on planet earth.

These manufactured crises come along so often, I began calling them the crisis of the week and have thought of starting a club so we could all keep informed of our current impending gloom and doom event.

Global warming is the current crisis that doesn’t seem to want to go away.

Every day we hear of  how much the oceans are rising, how polar bears are starving  to death and various other looming disasters. None of which are true.

People tell of how Miami is underwater and how the souls of Miami  are continuously building up the sidewalks so people can navigate the rising waters, I live six miles from the Gulf of Mexico and have been to Miami and Fort Lauderdale countless times.

I can tell you first hand , the sea levels are not rising. They are the same level has they were forty years ago when I first visited Miami.

Once someone told me that Miami was half under water, I responded that it was so bad that the last time I went to Miami International Airport I had to park at I-75 and I-595 and take a  ski boat into the airport, and the guy believed me.

There even people here in Sarasota, some are  elected officials in local and state government that continuously harp on the issue of global warming and sea level rise, do they ever go to the beach?

True the climate is changing, the climate always changes and has been doing so for at least 4.6 billion years.

This planet has been in existence for eons, what makes you believe it’s all going to come to an end in twelve years? .

When you fly over earth at thirty thousand  feet, one begins to realize how wondrous and huge our planet is, and how pure the environment still is.

Sure there are local issues, always has been and always will be, but all in all the environment is in better condition now than it was sixty years ago, in any cases wildlife are returning where they have not  been seen for years, smog levels are being reduced, at least in first world countries.

If you have  a need to clean up the environment, try visiting China, India or some third world country where it is  an issue

It has been reported there is a huge floating island of trash in the Pacific Ocean, this is not true.

There are ares of floating plastic, but the particles are very tiny, less than five mm, and cannot be detected from space and even ships pass over them without even knowing that plastic is there, this should not be, but to say there are hundreds of acres of floating plastic and garbage  is about as far from the truth as you can get.

Sure we have environmental issues, always have had and always will have, even the American Indians had issues, they would farm out an area and when the land was depleted , unable to raise crops, and all the fish and game had been hunted and killed, they moved on to another area to do the same all over again.

We do need to solve issues as they come up, but the planet earth is a marvelous planet and is capable of healing itself if we just cooperate a little, we don’t need to return to a seventh century existence to accomplish that.

We need to remember the politicians and media are only creating hysteria to pander votes and ratings. We jusst need to chill out, the world isn’t ending anytime soon.

All that is needed is a little common sense conservatism.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Just start doing what makes good sense and stop running around yelling that the sky is falling.

That accomplishes nothing but to make the problem worse.

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.

The Politically Controlled Media

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Before and during world war two, it is  a well known fact that Adolph Hitler controlled the media, everything the Germans, Poles and many in Europe heard was controlled by Adolph Hitler.

Every piece of information was screened by him and only what served his agenda was allowed to be released to the public.

It was largely antisemitic and mostly untrue, he blamed the Jews for everything regardless if thy had anything to do with it or not.

Lie after lie was told until the general public began to believe every parcel of it, you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth, after a while people fall in line to the lie being told only because it is the perceived truth of the land and they hear nothing to counteract it.

The same is happening today, the politically controlled media  only tells us what fits their socialist political agenda. If the news doesn’t fit what they say or believe to be true, then it is altered or forgotten altogether.

  Even Face book  and Twitter, U tube and many other social media sites follow the same agenda.

Regretfully it is a liberal agenda, often times many well meaning and well spoken conservatives like Dennis Prager and Franklin Graham get censured , not because of hate speech but because their conservative views don’t fit the narrative and the censor is so indoctrinated with liberal views they view another view point as hateful when it is  only a different opinion.

We are slowly falling into line with what the Nazis were doing in the 1930s, we are becoming indoctrinated with only one point of view and we are bombarded with it many times a day, and there is, in many instances no opposing view to compare it with.

People are taking at face value everything they hear on the news without questioning any of it.

This is a very dangerous position to take, people only believe what they heard on the 6 o’clock news and don’t consider as gospel truth , if it has even a morsel of truth.

We need to question everything, and do our own research to discover fact from fiction, even if it contradicts what we believe or have been told.

  Our own inner knowledge and conscience should tell us what is true and what is utter nonsense.

We need to start listening to our inner voice, it is our connection with the God Source and never lies. 

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

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.

Common Sense

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

A few years ago, while attending a book signing,  someone picked up my book, “Wisdom of our Ancestors” , and asked me what it was about.

When I replied it was about common sense, he gave me the deer in the headlights look and asked; what is common sense?

I was left speechless, I thought everyone knew what common sense was, my parents harped at me about common sense during my whole child hood.

But I was soon to discover many had a slightly different idea than I did, depending on how they were raised, where they grew up and the kind of environment they grew up in.

Their definitions were different but in the final analysis, it was the same, just different words.

I think we could all agree the definition  of common sense would come down to those laws of nature and Natures  God that, which if we followed would lead to a healthier, happier and more prosperous life than if we just wandered helter-skelter through life.

These laws are  gently displayed in all spiritual writing and scriptures, all cultures have a version of the golden rule, the ten commandments and other virtuous quotes written in our holy bible and Masonic ritual.

Teachings  such as was  taught in the Egyptian times such as storing our surpluses in the seven years of feast , preparing for the seven years of famine.

Life always travels in a cylindrical fashion, we prepare for famine when we are prospering.

From more modern times:

Make hay while the sun shines is another.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Treating people with respect

The list goes on and on.

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.

Musket Balls and Prayer Gave Us Our Freedom

photo of book

The Five Thousand Year Leap

Written by Gary Wonning

Aside from our early American patriots burning desire for freedom, the two things that actually gave us freedom were prayer and musket balls.

The founders were all religious or spiritual beings, the only schooling available in those days were church schools, hence they all, in their own way had a belief in God. 

Almost all believed in prayer and prayed daily,  they weren’t perfect people who never did anything wrong , they, just like everyone else made mistakes , but their belief was in God and depended on God to guide them in their daily lives. They didn’t always listen to what God directed them to do, but they believed God would guide them.

They also believed in their right to defend themselves. One of the actions that lead to the American Revolution was when the British tried to confiscate our weapons and gunpowder.  That was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

The patriots responded with a passion unheard of up to that period in time. The desire for freedom was so great that many were willing to sacrifice everything they had to achieve freedom from tyranny . 

Soon the Battle of Bunker Hill followed and our quest for freedom began. 

Our citizen army took up arms and despite many struggles and hardships, achieved a freedom unheard of up until that time. 

It is well documented the early patriots belief in a Supreme Being.  There are many  documents to prove the early founders, as well as high ranking government officials since expressed a belief in God. 

George Washington himself prayed daily and publicly displayed his belief in a Supreme Deity. It is because of this belief he was able to survive the many attacks on his life while fighting at the front lines. 

Many “miracles” are attributed to our ability to defeat the strongest military in the world. 

There can be little doubt as to why the founders placed the first and second amendment to the Constitution at the top of our Bill of Rights. 

Without those two rights, we have nothing. 

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.

 

 

The Tea Party Isn’t An Extremist Right Wing Organization

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

I’m not sure how the Tea Party can be called an extremest right wing organization.

The Tea Party, which isn’t even a political party , but rather a loose knit national organization that only has local structure, there is no national organization or even political candidates.

Like our constitution and consequently our country, it was began as an idea. The tea party has much the same agenda as our original founders had. The Tea Party was began as a way for us to find our way back to what the original founders of our country had in mind.

There is nothing extreme in their theology, the extremism is in the minds of their detractors whose thinking has strayed so far away from what common sense and decency means that to them it seems extreme. What the Tea Party stands for would have been the accepted thinking of the nation only 30 years ago. The nation has drifted so far left that the rational of most today would be considered immoral and even illegal to most logical thinking people.

The media has distorted and downright lied about the happenings in this country for so long, and they haven’t been challenged that their distorted view of life has become an acceptable norm. 

Values such as showing respect for your elders and others, being self reliant and not depending on government for continued assistance. decency, self respect, free will, and  the value of hard work,  the list goes on and on. 

Everything this country used to stand for  has been ridiculed and reduced to mockery. 

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.