Casey Key: Nokomis Florida

Photography by Gary Wonning

The narrow island of Casey Key is one of Sarasota’s hidden gems, an isolated and exclusive enclave just off the sleepy mainland town of Nokomis.

It’s easy to pass by this hidden gem, relativity unknown to the general public, this gem is truly a paradise on earth.

 

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With white crystal sands and quiet beaches it is truly the playground of the rich and famous. Seldom does one see more than just a few beach goers on this tiny island.

The only public beach is on the south end, the rest can be classified as public, but, there are no parking places, making them almost inaccessible to everyone but residents. 

 

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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.

 

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The Illuminati in Today’s World

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Regardless of how it appears in today’s world, the earth is going through a social and spiritual change the likes of which haven’t been seen in a millennium. This is causing many to change their whole belief structure and many times create a situation in which many no longer know what to believe.

For many, right has become wrong and wrong has become right.

Much of it has to do with how we have not only raised our children, but the general breakdown in the moral fiber which joined us all together. 

Maybe it has been also preordained in the natural order of things to enable us to enter into a new dimension of reality, a dimension where a new understanding will be reached and how important it is to follow God’s Laws or the Laws of Nature.  

About 1976, the planet entered the Age of Aquarius, and the earth entered into an new era of enlightenment.

The end of the Mayan calendar, as well as several other ancient calendars, the Hopi, Cherokee and others, and many ancient sages predicted such an occurrence, as we can see, it is coming about.

The Mayan calendar and others didn’t predict the end of the earth, just the end of an era and the beginning of a new age of enlightenment and understanding.

Many old customs and ways are falling by the wayside, and rightfully so, and are being replace by new ideas and customs. What we must remember in these trying times, don’t throw out what is irreplaceable, the time worn values that have carried mankind through the ages, the laws of nature and nature’s God, these values have been carried down from time immemorial by many who have stuck by them and made sure they survived through the ages.

The duality of life teaches there are always two opposing forces, one for good and one for evil, and they normally balance the scale, you can’t have good without evil. 

If there is no evil, one doesn’t understand good. 

In these times there are forces of evil and people who would like to destroy those values that have stood the test of time , they would  have the world descend into chaos, they have created a cabal of world leaders to try and make this come about. Along with these many others are willing to join in, either through a blind of a lack of knowledge: or as many think they are dong the right thing, many of them believe they know how to make the world a better place by imposing their will on others, they actually believe they know how to better run someone’s life than the actual person does.

A cabal is a secret plot, or a small group of people who create such a plot.

Some conspiracy theories are based on the idea that governments worldwide are in the hands of a powerful cabal.

Cabal comes from the word cabbala (also spelled kabbala), which refers to a Jewish tradition of interpreting texts.

In spite of what many believe, they have rules, they have to tell us what they are going to do, and we have to give permission, if they tell us and we do nothing , we are giving them permission. It is our duty to act to prevent them from carrying out their dastardly deeds.

Freedom is something one has to fight for every day of their lives.

In the past few years, they have told us what they are going to do, they have warned us they were going to stack the deck, so to speak and there would only be one political party, thus there would be no opposition to their ideas and agendas, they almost accomplished that.

They have gone after the young, they are trying to destroy our culture and everything we believe in, from religion to professional sports, so far it’s working.

Many of us study other cultures and wonder at how marvelous they are, we, in America also have a great culture, one that needs to be preserved. W seldom realize it because our culture is so young and familiar to us but we have a culture that is the envy of most of the world.

Without America, the world would be an entirely different place.

They have told us they would resort to whatever means necessary to carry out their dastardly deeds, that is now occurring, violence, fake news and smearing good people with lies and half truths are prevalent. They take no prisoners, it’s all about destroying their opposition, their lives, their fortunes and their good names all to further the agenda.

Regretfully, this isn’t limited to one political party, several on both sides of the aisle openly speak of a one world order and destroying freedom and society as we know it.

Many speak of receiving campaign funds from persons bent on destroying our way of life and replacing it with a socialist or communist way of life. They no longer listen to the will of the people, they have forgotten they are our representatives, not  our leaders. 

They openly admit to wanting to create sanctuary cities, open borders and allowing non citizens the right to vote. Illegals are continuously deported, only to be let back into the country until they commit some heinous crime against a law abiding citizen and causing countless grief to people who only want to live the American dream.

Without borders, there is no country. 

Rarely does anyone speak against this, for fear of being ridiculed or the recipient of bodily harm.

Mob rule is becoming the norm. 

They will go to whatever measures necessary to accomplish their mission to destroy freedom, and prosperity and return the world to a reality of oppression and lawlessness.

When are we going to stop them, and at least speak out?

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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, 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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in acquiring  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.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Fort Myers Beach Florida

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A photo story of the sunshine state, Florida

Photography by Gary Wonning

Fort Myers Beach is a town on Estero Island, off the southwest Florida coast. A long, sandy beach faces the Gulf of Mexico. The Ostego Bay Marine Science Center showcases local marine life. To the east, trails run through Matanzas Pass Preserve nature sanctuary. Built on an ancient Calusa Indian shell mound, the 1900s Mound House has archaeological exhibits. Times Square shopping center has stores and restaurants

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Fort Myers Beach at sunrise

This photo was taken at sunrise on a beautiful winter morning.

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.

We Need To Quit Taking Sides In Our Elections

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Our founders were totally against political parties, and rightfully so, they soon, as we have discovered become self-serving.

Politics have become all about teams.

Many relate to what kind of job a politician is doing according to whether he has a D or an R by his name.  Folks, this isn’t the Super Bowl or the World Series, those are fantasy, this is real life.

Probably over 90% of the politicians today could care less about their constituents or how their decisions affect life in America.Their sole purpose of their existence is to decide the best action they can pursue to get reelected.  Everything they say and do is based on what the party wants,  they no longer have views or opinions of their own. 

On top of that, most of the decisions that affect our daily lives are made by unelected bureaucrats, people sitting in an office in Washington who have never been west of the Potomac River.

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There was a day, in the distant past, when eighty percent of our elected officials were military veterans,  it was almost a requirement to be a veteran to get a government job.  These days, less than twenty percent of elected officials are veterans and those same bureaucrats mentioned above, the percentage is probably less than that,  being a veteran is often a detriment to getting a good civil service job.

When our brave men and women came home from Vietnam, they were spat on, cursed at, and after  that, many were denied jobs because of their military service.

A free society can only survive if it is an informed society, today, too many only remember what the latest sound bite was on last nights news, and never think any further than that.  Critical thinking has gone completely out the window.

People have become so accustomed to finding the answer to daily questions on Google they no longer think, they have lost the ability to make up their mind about anything, they don’t have to. We have become a society of robots.

It’s time to become informed, pay attention, and believe that  your vote counts, it does. Some elections are decided by one vote per precinct. If the candidate of your choice doesn’t perform, there is anther election in two years, vote him or her out.  

These politicians aren’t our leaders, they are our representatives, they aren’t rock stars or our personal heroes, they don’t need to be treated as such. 

They are private citizens, just like us, and the are supposed to be performing a public service, it isn’t supposed to be a lifetime job. 

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Helping kids Who Are Returning To School

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

Every year there are good intentioned people sponsoring fund raisers to buy school supplies for under privileged kids returning to school. This is a noble cause and it will help many kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to have the items they need to succeed in school.

However noble the cause, I look at the reason schools say they can’t afford to buy the items needed in the classroom to enable a proper education.

It seems that daily there are news stories about how teachers and students themselves have to supply the things the schools should be providing. Obviously, teachers shouldn’t be required to purchase these items either. In many parts of the country, teachers are underpaid, and not allowed to discipline their students when they misbehave, some have even gotten thrown out of the class room by unruly students and weren’t even able to defend themselves.

For most of us, our property taxes have risen substantially over the years due to inflation and rising property values, and the schools keep complaining they are always needing more money.

We have school board members making over $200,000 dollars  per year and the schools can’t afford to buy supplies for the children, something is wrong here and it isn’t that the schools don’t have enough money.

Public schools are a government program, and I haven’t seen a government program that doesn’t always need more money, and regardless of how much is allotted to them, they always spend it and always complain they need more.

As the old adage proclaims, ” The easiest task in the world is to spend other peoples money.”

The school system is proving that, there is no accountability, all they need to do is complain to the taxpayers, and the money flows in and surprisingly, the money winds up in the school administrations pockets instead of where it actually needs to go, big surprise.

Meanwhile the students and teachers are once again left holding an empty bag.

When someone works for the government, they are supposed to be a public servant. While I don’t advocate someone working for peanuts, they should not be getting rich off the taxpayers.

Our present school board consists of five members,  the president makes almost $200,000 dollars a year, with the other four making around $40,000. Being a school board member should be voluntary, or at least their salaries should be cut in half, with the president being reduced by at least $150,000. How many school supplies would this one reduction pay for?

I’m not even getting into how much the rest of the administration receives, plus the perks.

By creating this environment, not only are we driving up the costs to the taxpayers, but we are teaching our kids the wrong values.

Kids aren’t learning  to be independent and to make it on their own, the cornerstone of the American way of life. By receiving this presumed “free stuff” , they are being taught to depend on government and others for their daily needs, instead of learning to rely on themselves and finding ways to improvise to make life work, and then and only then to look to others for help through the rough times in life.

If kids learn coping skills, they are then better able to function in the real world, and not become unglued when faced with the first crisis of their adult life.This problem, as well as many others will never be solved by throwing more money at a bad idea. It isn’t a problem of not having enough money, the problem is the priorities are no longer what they should be. 

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.

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The life of the Australian Aborigine

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Fear leads Us To Socialism

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

Written by Gary Wonning

In the United States, our country was founded on the idea of personal freedom and a rugged individualism. Many brave souls have fought and died so that we might enjoy the many freedoms we have.

Unfortunately,  over the years, many of those freedoms have evaporated right before our eyes.

There are many reasons for this but the most obvious to those who are paying attention is our natural desire to be taken care of and have someone else become responsible for our lives.  It seems much easier than being responsible for our lives, this and an underlying fear that we don’t have the knowledge to survive on our own.

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This fear is often brought on by parents not teaching their kids survival and coping skills. When children are raised with someone providing every basic need, being protected from every conceivable danger,  with no fear of consequences if they fail or do something wrong, how do you think they are going to act when they grow up?

It is a natural response after a few generations of improving our lifestyle. People become lax and in a sense lazy, they seem to think that it is easier to let the government provide for their every want and need, by giving others responsibility for their health and welfare, the individual is freed up to enjoy more pleasurable pursuits, such as watching mindless TV, video games or enjoying their favorite beverage at the local pub.

Soon people lose all sense of responsibility and personal welfare, thinking government will have their personal interests in mind as they listen to and believe every politician promise to look after them and give them everything free they could possibly ever want or need.

The general populace soon forgets that politicians only have one thing in mind, the only thing they are really good at, getting reelected, and forgetting they will say or do anything they need to accomplish that end and continue to live on the gravy train they have provided for themselves.

Soon citizens have become slaves to the government, depending on it for their very livelihood.  They have lost all desire to be free and independent, and don’t even realize what has happened.

It happened so slowly, it was like putting a frog in a pan of warm water and slowly turning up the heat. The frog will soon die, not realizing that the temperature of the water was increased until the frog could no longer survive.

During this process, many have lost sight of the idea of being independent,  constantly being fed by twenty-four-hour news all the horrors of living, the constant commercials describing every disease one could possibly conceive, slowly people become fearful of everything that could possibly harm them, they soon lose faith  in their own abilities to ward off danger and disease.

As the fear increases, so does their dependence on government and the medical field to protect them from all the dangers of life.

Thye have forgotten every value, moral and ethical principle their country was founded on. The foundation of a once great nation is gone.

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They become totally paranoid, thinking they could die from something terrible at any minute, losing all sense of reason and common sense in the process, then it is just a short small step to becoming totally dependent on government and allowing socialism to totally take over civilization, they have become slaves to the very government that originally set them free.

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.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in 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.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Phillippi Creek Estates Park, Sarasota Florida

 

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The Edson Keith estate on the south bank of Phillippi Creek, typical of the grand estate houses erected by the extensive Chicago coterie of friends in Sarasota, reflects much of Sarasota’s most venerable history. The estate lies near the “rancho”, or seasonal fishing camp, on the creek named for Felipe Bermudez.

 

Part of public lands ceded to the state by the federal government upon admission to the Union, the Philippi parcel was a tiny portion of the 4,000,000 acres purchased by Hamilton Disston of Philadelphia in 1881 for $1,000,000. This purchase helped rescue Florida from bankruptcy after the Civil War.

In 1883, farmer and bee-keeper W.J. Drumwright purchased 40 acres of the parcel from Disston for $50, selling that and additional land in 1910 to George H. and C. Woodburn Matheny, who subdivided it as “Phillippi Park.” In 1911, Chicago socialite Mabel Linn purchased the estate property from the Mathenys and began development of a homesite.

Miss Linn sold the undeveloped property in 1915 for $7,000 to Edson Keith, Jr., president of a large millinery business and a member of Sarasota’s “Chicago Colony” which included the Field, Palmer, and other prominent families. In the summer of 1916, the Keiths began construction of their “Italian Renaissance” home on Phillippi Creek. The architects were William A. Otis and Edwin H. Clark of Chicago. Original out-buildings still standing include a two-story servants’ home, garden shed, and garage. Other buildings on the estate included a water tower, a chauffeur’s house, and various sheds for farm and citrus grove activities.

Keith died in the home in 1939 and his widow sold the property to Chicago doll clothing designer Mae Hansen Prodie, whose husband operated the home as a luxury inn in the 1950s. Mrs. Prodie retired to the home in the 1960s and upon her death in 1986, Sarasota County acquired the property as a park site through a bond referendum.

Phillippi Estate Park located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a scenic, 60-acre natural area park south of downtown Sarasota and east of Siesta Key.

A beautiful Garden adorns the area.

Cupolas, popular in a time gone by, adorn the grounds.

A quaint walking path leads to Phillippi Creek

 

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.