Masonic Brotherhood in the Civil War

 

A second reason why Masonry held together is that membership in a Masonic Lodge is by choice only. No man has ever been recruited into joining a Lodge. Our rules, in fact, prohibit Masons from actively pursuing someone for initiation. Instead, a man interested in becoming a Mason must, “of his own free will and accord,” actively seek out a member of the Lodge which he wishes to join and ask him for a petition for membership.

The third reason is the structure of the Craft itself. There are a number of internal rules and customs that helped the Lodge as a whole avoid the turbulent politics and divisiveness of the War. This allowed the Lodge to continue to function as a place a man could go when he needed help or a quiet haven from the storms that raged outside the Craft. It was then and continues to be today, a place where true brotherhood exists.

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.

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Think It Through

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

Think it through

We have made many advances in today’s world. We have come a long way from the days of horse and buggies, we now live in one of the most advanced civilizations the world has ever known. Today, we have higher buildings and wider roads, but shorter temperaments and narrower points of view. We spend more but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses, but smaller families, more free time, but we spend less of it with the people who are most valuable to us.

We reached the moon and came back, but we find it troublesome to cross our own street and meet our neighbors. We have conquered the outer space, but not our inner space.

These are the times of finer houses, but broken homes. Even with all the advances mankind has made, we have forgotten what is important. In our rush to improve our standard of living, materially, we have forgotten the spiritual side of our lives.

We now are beginning to see some serious problems developing because we, as a society have forgotten what is important. The moral breakdowns that began in the 60s are now taking a tremendous toll on our way of life. It is way past time to get back to the basics of life and follow the age old concepts that enabled us to reach this high level of success.

In today’s world what is right is wrong, and what is wrong is right, many people have forgotten or never been taught the common sense values that continue to work for generation after generation.

Many people think that just because they believe something, or because some influential person in their life told them something, it is true. One might have been able to rely on the wisdom of others in the past, however, today that simply isn’t true.

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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The Stagecoach

 

The Stagecoach

I had a dream the other night. I was in the old West riding in a stagecoach. Suddenly, a man riding a horse pulls up to the left side of the stagecoach, and a riderless horse pulls up on the right.

The man leans down, pulls open the door, and jumps off his horse into the stagecoach. Then he opens the other door and jumps onto the other horse.

Just before he rode off, I yelled out, “What was all that about?”

He replied, “Nothing. It’s just a stage I’m going through.”

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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.

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

Thomas Edison Started Working at Age Twelve

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Thomas Edison

Written By: Gary Wonning

Thomas Edison was born in Milan, Ohio and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. He was the seventh and last child of Nancy and Samuel Ogden Edison.

Edison’s family moved to Port Huron  after the railroad bypassed Milan in 1854 and business declined. Beginning as early as age twelve, Edison sold candy and newspapers on trains running from Port Huron to Detroit and sold vegetables to supplement his income.

Edison obtained the exclusive right to sell newspapers on the road, and, with the aid of four assistants, he set in type and printed the Grand Trunk Herald, which he sold with his other papers. This began Edison‘s long streak of entrepreneurial ventures, as he discovered his talents as a businessman.

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Plaque honoring Thomas in Port Huron Michigan

Thomas Edison, like many other successful people,  began his working career at a very early age. He began at an age many would consider a child today and too young to work. In reality, in today’s world, if something of this nature would become known, child protective services would be called and not only would he be made to stop, but the parents would be prosecuted as well.

In this day and age, many kids his age roam freely and have nothing to do, thereby they get into all kinds of trouble, not having an outlet for their creativity.

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Port Huron to Detroit train

Wouldn’t it be more beneficial to not only themselves but society as well to let them begin life early, do something productive and become an asset to society than have them roaming the neighborhoods creating havoc?

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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Sharing Everything

Used To Sharing Everything

He ordered only one hamburger, only one order of French fries and only one drink. The old man unwrapped the plain hamburger, carefully cut it in half, and placed one-half in front of his wife.

He then carefully counted out the French fries, dividing them into two piles and neatly placed one pile in front of his wife. Then he put the drink cup on the table, exactly half-way between him and his wife.

As he began to eat his few bites of hamburger, the people around them kept looking over and whispering. You could tell they were thinking, “That poor old couple — all they can afford is one meal for the two of them.”

As the man began to eat his fries a young man came to the table. He politely offered to buy another meal for the old couple. The old man said they were just fine — “We are used to sharing everything,” he said simply.

The surrounding people noticed the little old lady hadn’t eaten a bite. She sat there watching her husband eat.

Again the young man came over and begged them to let him buy another meal for them. This time, it was the old woman who said, “No, thank you, we are used to sharing everything.”

As the old man finished and was wiping his face neatly with the napkin, the young man yet again came over to the little old lady who had yet to eat a single bite of food and asked, “OK, but what is it you are waiting for?”

She paused a bit before she answered, as if it were quite obvious, “the teeth!”

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The baby boomers and their impact on modern life

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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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Women Are Better At Estate Planning

Women are better at ESTATE PLANNING

Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.

He toiled at it for years, until finally his father was on his deathbed — Dan would inherit a fortune! He decided he needed a wife with which to share the vast estate.

One evening at an investment meeting he spotted the most beautiful woman he had ever seen.

Make It Your Own

Her natural beauty took his breath away. “I may look like just an ordinary man,” he said to her, “but in just a few weeks, my father will die, and I’ll inherit 100 million dollars.”

Impressed, the woman accepted his business card. And just three short days later, she became his stepmother.

Women are so much better at estate planning than men.

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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A UPS driver making a delivery to a beautiful blonde

 

The Purpose of Life in a Democracy

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The purpose of life is not really space travel, backyard swimming pools, glider planes, entertainment extravaganzas, big, fast cars, or thrill pills.

What human beings are really seeking is individual happiness and self-realization. Human happiness thrives only in a certain kind of environment. The prerequisites for that environment are being destroyed. Many millions of people do not understand what is happening to them. They just know they are not genuinely happy. The answer to most of the problems is comparatively simple. Return to the  fundamentals of life.

Get back to basics. Nothing in this life is ever going to be perfect, but it can be much more gratifying and a lot less dangerous if we can get back to the fundamentals that provided that amazing 5,000-year leap in the first place.

We have long neglected the basic human needs and replaced them with self-gratification and instant success. Instead of seeking ways to satisfy our spiritual body, we have instead been seeking the pleasures of the physical body.

 

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Masonic truth are universal truths

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If our spiritual needs aren’t being met, nothing in the physical world will satisfy our needs. When our spiritual needs are met, the physical manifestations  we create are just icing on the cake.

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The founders, with the creation of our country and the sacred documents supporting it, can satisfy those needs. It provides the groundwork for mankind to fully reach his potential. No other form of government can provide that.

Taken from  Skousen, W. Cleon’s book (2013-09-09). The Five Thousand Year Leap 

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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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