America Doesn’t Have A Mental Health Problem

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Written by Gary Wonning

In light of the recent school shootings and the continuous effort by the hard left to abolish our right to defend ourselves, the new mantra is that America has a Mental health problem and that issue is at the heart of our country’s ills. 

I won’t disagree with that statement, there are many individuals who do have mental health issues brought on by a variety of reasons. and there needs to be facilities and professional care available to help these individuals. 

But there is a larger problem. Mamy of our young have not been taught to cope with the problems that inadvertently come into our lives. Life is what life is, and into every life some rain must fall. We cannot avoid this, regardless of how we prepare. 

In many cases society, and parents no longer provide the needed training for our young. Kids are often sheltered from these adversities by well meaning adults and never given the opportunity to grow from those experiences. 

At the  first sign of  rowdy behavior, or a young child showing a lack of focus, they are given a drug to calm them down. They are just young children, that is what young children do, they don’t focus, let them be a kid, there is nothing wrong with them. 

To be successful in life, and deal with the hardships that come our way, kids need to be taught how to lose, that art has been taken away, these days everyone gets a participation trophy, making everyone a winner. 

There are no participation trophies in real life. How can kids learn to lose if they are taught to be winners regardless of how they perform? How are they ever gong to learn to improve themselves, if they don’t ever have to? 

Political correctness has destroyed what was once the core of our American value system. Self reliance, hard work, personal responsibility, and teaching our children how to deal with adversity have disappeared from the play book of child raising. 

Some parents and families still teach their children the age worn values that made our country great, but they are becoming few and far between.

Because of this,  America now has a moral health problem, our values, as a country have sunk so far below what they were when our great country was founded, its not even the same country anymore. 

Many of the reasons for our kids inabilities to cope are created by the societal changes in our culture and have nothing to do with the individual. Children are no longer raised with the same values instilled in the kids of an earlier era. Many of the values of a time gone by are forgotten and are deemed no longer applicable in today’s modern world. 

Only when our moral health issue is resolved, only then will our mental health issues disappear, and many of the multitude of issues facing us as a country will also fade away and become insignificant once again. 

Only when we once again return to the teachings of our ancestors will our country return to greatness.

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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, 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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History of Bradenton Florida

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A photo story of the sunshine state, Florida

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

One of the best kept secrets of Bradenton is the memorial park dedicated to Hernando De Soto early explorer to Florida.

Located off Manatee avenue on the northwest corner of Bradenton, the park is a quiet refuge from the rigors of modern day life. 

 

Sunset on Anna Marie Island

Anna Marie Island offers a beautiful sunset and a view of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

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

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

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

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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

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

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The Right To Bear Arms

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The secrets our founders knew

The debate continues to rage concerning to our right to bear arms.  I refer you to an excerpt written by  Bill Federer, well known columnist concerning this subject. 

As you can plainly see, there ins’t any doubt in the minds of our founders concerning our right to bear arms. 

On March 5, 1770, a mob formed in Boston to protest. In the confusion, British troops fired into the crowd, killing five, one of which was the African-American patriot, Crispus Attucks. This became known as the Boston Massacre. Paul Revere’s popular engraving of the Boston Massacre fanned flames of anti-British sentiment.

On the second anniversary of the Boston Massacre, 1772, the president of Massachusetts’ Colonial Congress, Joseph Warren, who would later send Paul Revere on his midnight ride, stated: “If you perform your part, you must have the strongest confidence that the same Almighty Being who protected your pious and venerable forefathers … will still be mindful of you. … May our land be a land of liberty … until the last shock of time shall bury the empires of the world in one common undistinguishable ruin!”

America was like ancient Israel in that every man was in the militia, armed, and ready at a moment’s notice to defend his community.

On the fourth anniversary of the Boston Massacre, 1774, John Hancock, who would be the first to sign the Declaration of Independence, stated: “Will not a well-disciplined militia afford you ample security against foreign foes? We want not courage; it is discipline alone in which we are exceeded by the most formidable troops that ever trod the earth. … A well-disciplined militia is a safe, an honorable guard to a community like this, whose inhabitants are by nature brave, and are laudably tenacious of that freedom in which they were born. From a well-regulated militia we have nothing to fear; their interest is the same with that of the state. When a country is invaded, the militia are ready to appear in its defense; they march into the field with that fortitude which a consciousness of the justice of their cause inspires. …

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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, 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 End of the Civil War

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

The spirit of masonic brotherhood was quite evident during the war between the states with many instances of brotherly love and affection being displayed on the battlefield, even in the heat of battle.

That brotherly love and affection also prevailed at the end of the war.

On April 10, 1865, Union and Confederate soldiers assembled  in Appomattox, Virginia to officially end the war.

Three days after the end of hostilities, Union and Confederate soldiers once again gathered  at Appomattox courthouse for a formal surrender ceremony.

In one of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the war, General Chamberlain ordered his Union soldiers to salute Gordon’s defeated Confederate soldiers as they passed through Union lines. Gordon surprised and stirred to similar action responded immediately and ordered his men to salute back , it has been described as honor saluting honor, thereby beginning to cement the friendship of brotherly and beginning the effort to heal the nation.

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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

 

So, Now You Are A Mason

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

So Now You Are A Mason

My brother,  you have reached the sublime degree of a master mason, you have memorized all the degrees, or you soon will, and will be presented your apron or badge of a mason.

You have been presented with a holy bible and performed all the necessary obligations to enable you to walk and act as such.

What’s next?

Just as in school, in order to advance, we commit our lessons to memory and then move on to the next lesson, it is only after we graduate that  we begin to understand all that has been taught us.

So, it is in masonry, you still have much to learn, even though you have been presented the working tools of a mason, it is your responsibility to advance in your learning of all the hidden mysteries of masons in  masonry.

In order to accomplish that, you need to understand what it means to you, that understanding can only come by not only attending lodge, but also by  learning on your own, outside the lodge.

I think you will find it will take the rest of your life to even remotely understand it.

My brother, many think that once they learn the degrees, there is no other reason to come back to lodge, that is far from the truth, there is always much to learn from our fellow brethren, and much we can learn from you.

We want your input and knowledge to enable this lodge and masonry to continue to grow and be the guiding light for humanity it has always been.

And  just in case your spouse and kids get tired of sitting home alone, we have plenty for them to do also.

In this day and age, masonry and its appendant bodies are needed more than ever, please join us and come back often.

We have much work to do.

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

American Revolution:The Battle of Yorktown

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

It had been a long struggle, the struggle for American Independence.

The continental army had faced adversity at every corner, a freezing winter at Valley Forge with little clothing and food, many defeats on the battlefield, at times it seemed to be more than the rag tag army could overcome.

But overcome they did, responding to every adversity with a new found spirit to found a new country, a country based on freedom and independence, where the common man would be able to control and choose his destiny with as little government interference as possible.

It was this determination and a noble cause which enabled the small army to clutch victory from the jaws of defeat. 

Many times, when defeat seemed imminent, Divine Intervention, as General George Washington termed it, would change the course of the war in the Americans favor. 

General Washington himself had escaped capture and point blank gunfire without harm, many times a change in the weather provided cover for the soldiers to escape capture unharmed. 

The final battle of the war would be no different, as the British and Americans faced off once more, British reinforcements were lying off the coast of Virginia. If they had been able to successfully land, the British Army would have outnumbered the Americans once again.

Divine Providence once again played it’s hand, a sudden wind began blowing off shore and prevented the ships from landing, enabling General Washington and his army to strike the final blow and win our independence, once and for all.

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

 

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Venice Florida

Many were introduced to Venice Florida during World War Two. Many troops trained at the Army Air Base in preparation to being deployed to the European or Pacific fields of combat. 

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War memorial to our brave soldiers

Pristine beaches await the visitor.

Sharkey’s Pier offers much to the visitor, a fishing pier, shark tooth hunting and two fine restaurants gives one a full days enjoyment, regardless of age. 

Sharkey’s Pier

The memorial to our brave soldiers and airmen who courageously fought for freedom.

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

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

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

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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

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

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.