Ending My Journey In Belize

Written By: Gary Wonning

This was to be our last night in the tropical paradise called Belize, after spending two weeks studying the ancient Maya and their culture, it was time to think of returning to the good old USA. Tomorrow it would be back to Belize City, where we would board a flight for Houston and consequently our final destination, Indianapolis.

The sleeping accommodations couldn’t have been any better, the huts were modern, with screened in open air quarters and a convenient outside shower. An early morning breakfast, a short good-bye on the pier and we were on our way back to the good old USA.

It had been quite a trip.

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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Kings Canyon, Northern Territory , Australia

 

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Kings Canyon, Northern Territory Australia

Written By: Gary Wonning

Some enjoyed the break by swimming in the natural pool surrounded by red rocks and cliffs, the rest of us spent our time enjoying the scenery and chit chatting. Suddenly, a loud thump broke the silence, followed by a woman and her two children screaming at the top of their lungs. Looking around, I soon found the cause for alarm, a man had fallen off a thirty-foot ledge onto the sandy beach, the only “soft spot” available.

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He wasn’t moving. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, one foot began twitching, followed by the other, he finally sat up, much to everyone’s surprise. Unhurt, and to the relief of his family, he made the journey back to the bus with only a slight limp.

The sun was racing towards its evening destination, so it was time to leave this beautiful paradise and head back to Alice Springs.

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The aborigines of Australia

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 Cocoa Tree

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The cocoa nut

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

The cultivation and use of cocoa was begun early in Meso-America.

Studies suggest the tree was domesticated and originated in Amazonia. Cacao or Kakaw,  according to Maya belief was discovered by the gods in a mountain that also held other delectable foods that were used by the native Mayas.

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Mayan mythology states that after humans were created from maize the Plumed Serpent gave cacao to the Mayas. Cocoa was regularly given as a sacrifice to the many Mayan Gods , often times priests would lance their ears and cover the cacao with their blood as a sacrifice. This ritual was only performed by the men, as cacao was thought to be toxic to women and children.

Soon the Maya learned to flavor the cocoa by mixing it with maize, chili, vanilla, peanut butter(the original Reese Cups) and honey. (Cookies and Cream came later.) It is believed the Aztecs learned to grind it and mix with tobacco .

Christopher Columbus was the first European to encounter cocoa after capturing a canoe at Guanaja  and finding a large quantity of odd looking almonds. From this encounter cocoa naturally spread throughout Europe and became a popular drink the world over.

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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.

Paradise is a Matter of Perception

Written by : Gary Wonning

Paradise is just a matter of perception. What is one person’s perception of paradise could be another person’s idea of Hell.

Naturally, we don’t all like the same thing  or have the same values. 

Someone living in Belize or Australia may have a different idea than someone living in the United States of what paradise is. While someone living in a cold climate may view paradise as existing in a somewhat warmer environment, in the heat of summer, an individual living in the tropics may long for a cooler climate.

How many would really like to live in the Garden of Eden and lay around and pick apples all day? Sounds pretty boring to me. To some, the idea of paradise would be living in a major city with all different varieties of social activities to keep them entertained, while others would prefer the quiet life of living near a small country stream, living in nature and watching birds and wildlife scampering about.

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What one perceives as an idea lifetime mate would often be another’s nightmare. There isn’t anything wrong with either person, they are perfect in God’s eyes, it’s just that each person’s idea of what is perfect is slightly different. We all live in a different reality and thus have a different perception of paradise. We all have different needs to what makes us happy and be fulfilled.

One person’s perception of an idea home would be too big, too small, too messy or too clean to another.

So it is just a matter of perception of what we are experiencing or have encountered in the past, coupled with what we want in this lifetime.

Paradise can mean many things to many people. Many think they would like to return to the lifestyle of yesteryear. They often fail to think this through, would they really want to live as our ancestors did, without the conveniences of modern day life? 

If they would, that option is still open to them, we live in a free country, they can live as they please, nothing is stopping them but their own inactions. 

If everyone’s idea of paradise is different, where is the physical paradise everyone aspires to live? 

In my humble opinion, it’s in your mind, it is our mission in life to find paradise as we see it. There is no one place that would be paradise to everyone. It’s something we create or reject in our own reality.

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 sunsets over Lake Santee depicting paradise

 

 

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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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 

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.

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Should We Limit Immigration?

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Written by; Gary Wonning

Because of the large influx of immigrants into European countries and the problems they have brought with them, there has been a push for us here in the United States to put limits on or stop immigration altogether, especially from middle eastern countries.

Many think it is inhumane and or racist to ban immigration by certain individuals or from certain countries.

What many don’t know or realize, this has been done many times in the past. One of the most recent times was in 1924, the United States stopped immigration from 1924 until 1964. It was virtually impossible to immigrate during this time.

There had been a large influx of European immigrants during the last half of the 19th century and our country was in danger of losing its culture. When  too many people immigrate at one time or during a certain period of time, it dilutes the culture and the country is in danger of becoming like the country the immigrants came from. For obvious reasons, we don’t want that to happen. There is a reason these people are immigrating, where they come from has lost its appeal as being a good place to live.

Why would we want the country they are immigrating to become like where they came from? If it was such a good place to live, they would have never left.

The most recent time was in 1979 during the Iranian hostage crisis, President Carter, a democrat, stopped immigration from Iran because it was feared Iranian militants would come here and kidnap American citizens on our own soil.

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In today’s world, we have an added concern.  Many who come here today wish only to destroy us. They are bent on forcing us to follow their beliefs and customs, destroying our culture in the process. I know this isn’t the case for a majority of them, but we have no way of determining the good guys from the bad guys. There are no data bases  where they come from, it is impossible to check their backgrounds.

We simply cannot afford to take a chance and knowingly admit terrorists onto our homeland. I truly feel sorry for the well-meaning people who are trying to come here to improve their lot in life, but maybe it is time for some to work to improve conditions in their homeland instead.

Japanese, and Germans as well were put into internment camps for a while during WW2 in the interest of national security.

Many of these dangerous  places immigrants are coming from today I would love to visit if it was safe to do so.

I feel sorry for them, but I also feel sorry for the people and families who lost their lives on 9/11, at Fort Hood, Chattanooga, and San Bernadino.

In many cases the terrorists were accepted in their communities, in San Bernadino the terrorists were given a baby shower for their baby child, just a short time later the well-meaning citizens were mercilessly gunned down in their work place at a Christmas party.

Two fo the terrorist involved in the world trade center attacks lived in Venice Florida. They circulated among the community, getting their hair cut at a local beauty salon, banked at SunTrust, the Florida bank, and took morning walks. They lived in paradise, about a half mile from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, a place where America’s wealthiest and most famous live. They gave it all up to kill 3,000 innocent Americans all in the name of Allah.

Regretfully, gone are the days when we can trust everyone we meet.  I grew up in a small town where everyone knew everyone.  The residents had known each other for five generations, I like to say they all came over on the same boat from Germany. That isn’t far from the truth.

But today’s world is different, not only do we not know each other like we did in days gone by, people don’t have the same moral values they did back then. It’s not that they were all saints, they weren’t and they did do wrong, but the basic values were there and there were lines most people wouldn’t cross,  the majority did live moral and upright lives. Today that majority is a minority.

So yes, we do need to limit or stop immigration for awhile at least, until we figure this mess out. To do other wise would be foolhardy and irresponsible.

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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I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were tophoto of a distinguished older gentlemantally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.

It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

Their teachings have become convoluted and are no longer deemed sensible. Because so many have lost sight of the basic universal truths, they think these values no longer apply. Mention age old values and many people would have no idea what you were talking about.

We cannot keep teaching beliefs that are not based on solid time worn principles that have endured the test of time. The laws of Nature and/ or Nature’s God cannot be denied without serious consequences. They are unbending and unbreakable

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Rigid Secularism: Outright Deceit

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Another excerpt taken from David Barton’s “Jeffersons Lies“, explains the outright deceit those on the left often use.

Another tactic associated with Rigid Secularism includes outright deception. Consider Ken Davis’ best-selling Don’t Know Much About History. In that work, he reminds readers of Patrick Henry’s famous speech: Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? … I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!  Strikingly, the only phrase missing from the quotation  is Henry’s fervent appeal to God: “Forbid it, Almighty God!”  Similarly, Davis likewise edited the Mayflower Compact so that it reads: We whose names are underwritten … doe by these presents solemnly and mutually in the presence of God, and one of anotherr, covenant and combine our selves togeather into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and perservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by vertue hearof to enacte, constitute, and frame such just and equal lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete for the generall good of the Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience … The portion omitted by Davis in the quotation is the Pilgrims’ unequivocal declaration that their work was “undertaken for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith.”

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In this and many ways, the left is always trying to take God out fo the equation.

The founders never intended for it to be that way.

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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What is meant by the separation of church and state?

The day after Congress adopted the first amendment, they sent a message to George Washington. They asked him to declare a day of Thanksgiving to God.

Congress wanted to show America’s appreciation for the opportunity to create a new government in peace and tranquility.

The founders did not intend for God to be separate from our official acts. The founders just did not want a national denomination, such as in England.

They did not want an established church, an established church would take away religious liberty.
They did not want an established church that could force people to worship against their will or support it with private tax dollars.

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