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Sometimes there is a moment in time that defines one’s thoughts for the rest of your life. These moments come suddenly and often pass before we realize what just happened.

One such event occurred the evening of November 3rd 2014 the night before the 2014 elections.

We were cruising on the MSC Divina, an Italian cruise ship, along with approximately 3700 other passengers.

An international cruise ,Americans were definitely in the minority.  It was rare to even hear anyone speaking english. I would guess there were only about 30% of the passengers who were Americans.

The entertainment for the evening in the theater was to be Simply Italian. A program featuring all the popular songs of italy.

To say the Italians are proud of their culture and country would be an understatement.

Near the end of the program the vocalist suddenly began singing “The Star Spangled Banner.”

I looked around and most people seemed to be puzzled.

Suddenly one person stood up and placed her hand over her heart. Then another, and another. I turned and looked around the auditorium.

There were probably close to 1,500 people in the theater, all were standing . Everyone had their hand over their heart and singing our national anthem. Italians, South Americans, people from India, the middle east, and Europe all joined the singing.

As the song drew to a close, the standing ovation must have gone on for over two minutes.

Among the Americans, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

For the next few days every American on board I talked with was appreciative of what had happened. Most had a small tear in their eye while discussing it.

This event refreshed my memory to a similar instance several years ago.

I was traveling in the outback of Australia, and since I had been mostly isolated from society for almost a month, I had forgotten what day it was.

Traveling with a group of tourists in a small bus of twenty-five, including the fair skinned, freckle faced, redheaded , Irish, Aborigine, driver , we entered the small town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory. We more than doubled to population since the official population of the small village was only seventeen. I just did some research on the village, it now boasts a population of 18, so they gained one!

As we entered the town , we passed a small abandoned airfield with a C-47 parked at the end of the runway. I thought it interesting that the aircraft had U.S. marking s on it.

As we entered the pub, it was full of people celebrating , far more people than the seventeen that lived there.

It was the middle of the week and the middle of the day, so we inquired as to what the celebration was all about.

One older bloke replies,”It’s the fourth of July , and we are celebrating and appreciate what the United States did for us during WW2.”

I hadn’t known this, but Japan actually attacked Australia, Darwin in particular. The air base in Daly waters defended the area and help prevent more attacks from the enemy.

In spite of the fact that the Aussie’s are always looking for a reason to party and have a good time, there was real appreciation in their eyes. There was more to it than just looking for a reason to party, and as was always the case in the land down under, once they found we were Americans, they always were appreciative and wanted to learn more about our country. I found they were very politically informed, often knowing more about our country than we did.It was always hard to leave such an atmosphere.

That evening ,our bus driver bought fireworks somewhere, and set them off in the parking lot.

We have real friends “Down Under.”

Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve found most people have nothing but admiration and respect for the United States.Most look up to us for guidance and support. Many countries want to do it on their own, but lack the knowledge and wherewithal  to go it alone.

They don’t all hate us like the media and the left try to tell us.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. 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.

 

Ten Thoughts to help you Avoid Disappointment.


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Ten Thoughts to Help You Avoid Discouragement by Donna Fargo

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 1.  Look at life as a journey and enjoy the ride.  Get the most out of the detours and realize they’re sometimes necessary.2.  Do your best, but if what you’re doing has caused you discouragement, try a different approach.  Be passionate about the process, but don’t be so attached to the outcome.

3.  Wish the best for everyone, with no personal strings attached.  Applaud someone else’s win as much as you would your own.

4.  Trust that there’s a divine plan, that we don’t always know what’s best for us.  A disappointment now could mean a victory later, so don’t be disappointed.  There is usually a reason.

5.  Ask no more of yourself than the best that you can do, and be satisfied with that.  Be compassionate towards yourself as well as others.  Know your calling, your gift, and do it well.

6.  Don’t worry about something after it’s done; it’s out of your hands then, too late, over!  Learn the lesson and move on.

7.  Have the attitude that no one, except you, owes you anything.  Give without expecting a thank-you in return.  But when someone does something for you, be appreciative of even the smallest gesture.

8.  Choose your thoughts or your thoughts will choose you; they will free you or keep you bound.  Educate your spirit and give it authority over your feelings.

9.  Judge no one, and disappointment and forgiveness won’t be an issue.  No one can let you down if you’re not leaning on them.  People can’t hurt you unless you allow them to.

10.  Love anyway. . . for no reason. . . and give. . . just because. Tumblr_m1n0lgOFVm1qdtsvdo1_500

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

reality

I have found over the years that there is no such thing as reality, it is only how we perceive it. Each of us may have a different view of it because of our different beliefs and experiences. Two individuals can be sitting side by side, looking at the same event and “see” two entirely different outcomes based on their individual perceptions

Using God’s Name in Vain


Why do so many people today, especially the young use God’s name in vain?

In today’s world the more profanity one uses the more hip or cool they are, it has become acceptable and part of many people’s normal dialogue.

There is nothing off limits anymore. In today’s “live and let live” society profanity has become an acceptable form of speech. I’ve even heard members of the clergy use profanity from the pulpit.  Anyone who is offended or voices an objection is labeled an old fogie or right wing nut job. If anything is said we are labeled as a hypocrite.

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It is obvious they never had a mother like I did, or if they did , they never paid attention. To be fair , most of us use profanity at one time or another, even if it is in our most private, or what we assume our most private moments. That doesn’t excuse it, but we are all human and we all do things it would be better if we didn’t do.

I have news for you, just because one is a christian or believes in moral values and ethics doesn’t mean they are perfect and they never do anything wrong. If one is perfect, they have no need to be crawling around on this crazy planet. We all should strive to become more perfect, it is a life long journey, but it comes in stages ,not all at once. If ever.

I remember when I was young , I challenged my mother as to why I shouldn’t use profanity. She explained to me that to use profanity was using God’s name in vain, and we should worship God, not profane him.

Calling someone a son of a bit&& was not only calling Jesus’s mother a nasty word but was also giving Jesus an unkind title as he was Mary’s son.

She also believed that to call another individual a “dirty” name was to insult God, since we are all children of God, his creation.

Like everyone else, my mother probably wasn’t perfect, but she was doing her best.The rest of us should be doing the same.

Calling someone a hypocrite only justifies it in your own mind that if someone else does it, it’s ok for you to do it. Does that make any sense? If someone else jumps off a cliff, are you going to jump off a cliff?

I’m sorry, but me or anyone else is not responsible for your actions. It often comes down to “Do as I say, not as I do.”

The excessive use of profanity in today’s society is just another indication of how far we have sunk morally  as a society. We have no one to blame, not the politicians, not big business, not our parents, the only one to blame is ourselves.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

church and state

 

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

Agenda 21:The Path to Destruction


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Written by :Gary Wonning

I remember being about five years old and looking out over the distant cornfields of Indiana and thinking how the early twenty-first century was going to be a tough period of time.

This was in the 1950s and at that point in time and only being a small child, the 21st century seemed  far off and  something that would never happen.

As life went on, the thought occasionally entered my mind but I largely ignored it. Then once again I was reminded of the warning by a psychic I had become acquainted with. She told me of the dangers that were coming and blamed most of the approaching trouble because Americans had fallen way from their beliefs and also how the young were being raised and taught.

I could see trouble with our society, but in reality , I had no idea what was coming or what it all meant.She told me it was going to turn out alright, but I should stay out of the big cities, there was going to be much violence and rioting.After  reminding me  I should never forget where I came from, I never saw her again.

The problems our country and world face didn’t come about over night. Even though with our present administration has taken them to a new level and the car is now in overdrive, the problems began many years ago in the 1960s. The civil unrest and radical movement took on a whole new dimension and several of the radicals of that era are now in high levels of government dictating what course we should all take in our daily lives.

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Never before has our government been so dictatorial in its operation, add to that the actions of the UN and we have a recipe for disaster.

The rapid growth of the federal government and their quenching thrust for power has placed all our freedoms in jeopardy. It isn’t just one political party that is guilty,  though obviously the liberals are more at fault than anyone. They are promoting the agenda and the GOP is mindlessly following  their lead. The Pied Piper is leading us all over the cliff.

Regardless of political party, the “Establishment” politicians are all following into lock step behind this agenda. Most no longer believe the American citizen no longer has the right or intelligence to chart their own course in life. This has filtered up to the United Nations and there is a full scale attempt by that organization to run our lives and dictate what we can and can’t do, what we can eat, and control every other aspect of our lives.

I’m sure you have noticed how cozy our last four presidents have become with each other, that is no accident. They were basically all educated in the same universities under the same liberal agenda. They all think the same, and their way of thinking isn’t in our best interest.

Politics has taken on a whole new agenda, just this week and operative of the present administration proudly stated how during the 2008 campaign the democrats were horrified of Sarah Palin because of the speech she gave.  They knew if they didn’t do something her message would resonate with millions , so they sought to destroy her and her family by spreading falsehoods and deceit. It worked, most people believed the lies and even though she has much influence today, the mainstream media is so anti Palin they actually rejoice when members of her family are put into danger.

What happened to equality? It seems like the war on women is coming from the liberal side of the isle.

The the top of this list is AGENDA 21.

you owe it to yourself to listen to this video, it will become the most important twenty minutes of your life. Our freedoms are slipping away, in fact they aren’t slipping away, they are leaving at supersonic speed.

 If you value freedom and our way of life, now is the time to become active, every effort, large or small is important and can change the direction we are headed. The future looks bleak, but it can be changed and it ain’t over till its over.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it.

Available in Hard Copy and Ebook format.

 

 

 

A Complete and Balanced LIfe


 Found this somewhere

“I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible; to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.  I choose to risk my significance, to live so that which came to me as seed goes to the next as blossom, and that which came to me as blossom goes on as fruit.”

Dawna Markova

 Re-read the above quote, then close your eyes for a moment and imagine this it’s you speaking the words.  Imagine it’s the kind of life YOU chose. What comes up for you?  Do you feel inspired?  Do you feel like it could never happen?

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 In the years I’ve been coaching I’ve found there to be some essential qualities of people who live a complete and balanced life:

 They firmly believe their success is more about who they are, rather than just what they have or what they do.

  1. They’re clear about their values and what’s most important to them.
  2. They have a vision for their life.
  3. They’re willing to take clear and focused action to fulfill that vision.
  4. They hold themselves responsible for the quality of their life.

Living a full and balanced life starts with knowing what a full and balanced life means to you.  Each day, we are bombarded with images from the media that tell us who to be, what to do and how to act.  We are saturated with “shoulds,” past experiences, family edicts and endlessly disempowering messages.

 So the first step in claiming a complete life is to embrace the distinction that Oprah makes quite succinctly,  “Don’t worry about living THE best life, just live YOUR best life.”

 Here are some suggestions I give my clients to help them begin the journey toward living their best life.

 1. Start a journal.  One of the best ways I know to quiet the mind and access your deeper thoughts is to write.  Let yourself write in an uncensored way.  Let your thoughts flow without concern for grammar or impressing a reader.  Be curious about what your inner self wants to tell you.

Here’s a series of provocative questions to help start the journey:

What will my life feel/be like when I’m living fully and in balance?  Here’s where you imagine in detail the life you want.  Let yourself dream about how you’ll feel.  Will you feel peaceful?  Energized?  Both?  Will you be fulfilling a dream or simply living fully in each moment?  Paint a picture for yourself.

What’s most important to me?  Begin to make a list of your values.  Your values are your personal inventory of what you consider most important.  We all have values, but unless you take the time to clarify them for yourself, you can inadvertently be living someone else’s values.  Your values inform the choices you make.

2. Get to know yourself.  Walk, meditate, exercise, or take yourself on a date.  Getting to know yourself and what you like is an important piece of the puzzle.  What movie would YOU chose?  Is nature most enlivening or would you prefer a cultural romp in the city?  Do something you’ve always wanted to try.  Take a risk.  To live a complete life you have to be in touch with what makes you happy.

3. Find support.  It can be difficult to explore or make life changes without the benefit of a support system.  Often, when people start to grow, others around them – friends and relatives – may feel threatened.  They may not want you to “rock the boat.” Seek out at least one person you feel safe sharing your desires with.  This will help you to stay motivated and provide some accountability.

4. Take action.  Inspiration without action is like being dressed up and having nowhere to go.  Take some baby steps.  Ask yourself:  “what’s one thing I can do this week to feel great about my life?”  Then do it.

What does a complete and balanced life mean to you?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and what you discover.  It’s truly possible.  You can love your lifeand watch the seeds turn to blossoms and the blossoms turn to fruit.

It’s YOUR life. . . live it completely!

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist.

There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God!

This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception.

It has been an exciting search,at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling.

My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source.

I began taking notes for this book over thirty years ago, at the time, writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. My only thought was to have a journal to read over when I got older.

As a result, I didn’t record some of my references, many of the references were from Aboriginal and Mayan elders themselves, many of which has been the victim of the ravages of time. Hence my book is short on references, but long on experience, I hope you understand.

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Why do People Think Like They Do?


For a long time I have tried to understand why people think the way they do.

To me, some people’s line of reasoning is so far out of line , it is incomprehensible how they can believe what they do and think it makes sense.

I understand that not everyone thinks the same,no one thinks they should, but for some, their line of reasoning is so far out of line , there is no way what they believe can work or be useful in the real world.

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I happened to be watching a movie tonight and a statement was made that made it all make sense.

The movie was called “Premonition” and Sandra Bullock was asking a priest for advice about a premonition she had.

During the conversation the priest remarked,” People who have lost their spiritual beliefs are taken over by a force greater than themselves.” I’m paraphrasing , but that was the meat of the statement. The priest went on to say that they then begin to belief absurd things.

When people fall away from their spiritual foundation, they begin to believe anything. Thier reality changes.

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Nature abhors a vacuum, when a person loses their individual beliefs, a vacuum is created and something is going to rush in and fill that vacuum. This is a natural event and happens to many people. Most of us at some point in our lives question what we believe and many times we change our perspective completely.

As this is happening in our lives it is important to remember to keep one foot planted firmly on the ground as we are reaching for the stars. What is real must always be kept in mind.

If one foot isn’t grounded in reality, we tend to create an unrealistic reality, and begin believing everything and anything. That is what is happening to many souls, they actually begin to believe their absurdity, they no longer think objectively and they don’t even realize it.

We are living in a changing society and nothing can be done to stop many of the adjustments that are being made to our lives. Having said that , we need to hold onto the basic truths and knowledge that has guided society from the beginning of time, those unchanging truths that are called the Laws of Nature, Nature’s Laws, or the Laws of God, or Nature’s God.

Many are living in an entirely different universe, they have replaced God with government , and mistakenly believe all solutions come from elected officials.

They have lost their birthright, God provides the answers, the God within, not government.

Even the founding documents of our country state this.

You have to believe in something bigger than yourself.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to over complicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. 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.

Available in Hard Copy and Ebook format.

 

The Separation of Church and State


People are continuously saying that in the United States, we need to keep church and state separate.

In many instances this is true, we certainly don’t need a country where everything is decided by a church or our whole government is run by a religious figure. The founding fathers took many measures to insure that  wouldn’t happen. They saw what had come about in Europe because of those issue,and were determined to not let that happen here.

However, that doesn’t mean we should shut God or religion completely out of government. We are seeing first hand what becoming a secular government has done for our country. In the last several years, we have abandoned the basic principles of decency and common sense that made our country great.

We no longer adhere to the universal laws that our founders based our constitution and bill of rights on. Our founders were deeply concerned this could happen.

Our constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence rank right up there with the Holy Bible and the Magna Carta as sacred documents. If followed, they guarantee rights and freedoms unparalleled in human history.

Although we don’t need or want a country governed by a religious zealot, we do need a president who believes in a supreme being, or God.It is essential, If one doesn’t believe in God, they naturally believe in government. 

Our rights as humans come from God, no government should have authority over us. We have power over government , we are the ones telling them what to do not the opposite as is happening in today’s world.

It is important we get back on the right track.

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

church and state

There has been much debate over the years about what the founding fathers meant about the separation of church and state. In recent times there has been much disinformation about how they actually believed, especially George Washington. In this short Ebook the author tries to explain how they actually felt.

 

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