The Fourth of July 1776


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Written By : Gary Wonning

July 4th, 1776 is one of the most important  days in human history. The signing of the American   Declaration of Independence, one of the most precious documents since the beginning of time ushered in a new Era in the history of man.

Never before had a nation been created where mankind could worship, believe, and act as he so desired as long as he didn’t infringe upon the rights of others.

As Americans we sometimes forget how important this is and how much people from across the globe look up to us because of what we have done to preserve freedom over the centuries..

I never thought about it much until  three separate instances almost twenty years apart solidified this in my mind.

The first incident came about several years ago while traveling in the outback of Australia. We had been in the bush for over three weeks. After that amount of time, with little contact to the outside world, we had forgotten what day it was. Time really didn’t matter, one day just became the next.

We drove into the small town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory about two in the afternoon. As we entered the tiny village I noticed an old C-47 aircraft parked on a deserted airstrip. I hardly noticed the aircraft had U.S. markings. Our destination was the tiny pub in the center of town. Daly Waters, with a population of seventeen saw over a hundred percent increase in population when we arrived, our bus carried twenty-four weary travelers.

Entering the pub, it was apparent there was a party going on. This was interesting, I knew it wasn’t the weekend yet, we were to be in Darwin on Saturday and since we weren’t in Darwin, it couldn’t be the weekend.                                                                                                                                                                    

Asking someone why they were partying, they said they were celebrating the 4th of July. We asked why they  were celebrating an American holiday. A loyal world two vet promptly replied.”We just appreciate what the yanks did for us during ww2. We were attacked by the Japanese and if it wasn’t for the Americans, Australia would have fallen”. I never realized.

The second event came about while we were cruising on an Italian cruise ship in November of 2014. The ship had over 2,700 passengers on board and probably less than 20% were Americans. It was unusual  to even hear English spoken. The night before our 2014 election the theater theme was Simply Italian. All the beautiful Italian songs were sung. Near the end of the program the vocalist began singing our national anthem.

People began to stand and sing, placing their hands over their heart.

 I looked around, everyone in the audience were standing. As the anthem came to an end America was giving at least a two minute standing ovation.

The third such instance took place just a few months later. I occasionally  shuttle people to the local airports. During one such ride I received a call asking if I would pick up someone at the Tampa airport that forgot to make a reservation. The car I was driving didn’t have any airport  stickers so it would be risky, the airport police frown upon this sort of activity.

Deciding I didn’t want this family stranded at the airport I decided to take a chance and pick them up.

I would just try and be incognito, stop at the curb, pick them up and be on my way before anyone saw me.

The plan was working  perfectly. They were in the car, luggage in the trunk and we are on the way.

Only problem. The trunk won’t stay latched. My cover is blown the curb side is jammed with people and with each closing more and more people are noticing the commotion.

A rather tall gentleman stepped forward and offered to duct tape my trunk shut. He wants to  tape the trunk of  a Lincoln Towncar shut with duct tape?

Thinking it wouldn’t work I said sure try it. As he began taping my passenger asked him where he was from as he had an accent. He replied Denmark.

Now wait, who flies from Denmark to Tampa with duct tape in their pocket. Is that legal? What does the TSA say about that?

The tape worked and as we started to pull away my passenger asked him what we owed him for helping. His response. Nothing, it’s the least I can do after the United States bailed us out of two world wars.

Never saw that coming!

In spite of what we are often told by the media and those who would want to destroy our country and turn it into a socialist nightmare, the United States is still that new Jerusalem, that shining city on the hill that most look to for guidance and leadership.

We currently see what happens to the world condition when America shirks its duty and let’s evil reign over the land.

We have a responsibility  to the rest of our world citizens, there isn’t any other country that can do it. It is the price we pay for living in the greatest country ever known to mankind. We sometimes overreach, but we are the world’s police force.

The rewards are great, and the consequences are disastrous if we fail in our mission.

 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 hardcover 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, 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 more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

Available in both hard copy and Ebook format.

 

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Men Need to Act Like Men


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Over the last several decades, the feminist movement has done everything  in their power to minimize  men.

Men have come under attack from every corner, and as a result many believe men are no longer necessary.

As a result men have been hesitant to act like men. Many no longer want to get married or be committed to a long term relationship. Why should they?

Many women only want a child so they can have something to replace their dolls they have outgrown, and many don’t want anyone to have control over their child but themselves. They pass out sex like candy at an easter parade, so what incentive is there for a man to want to get married?

Many women have become so independent  they deem men an inconvenience. Many no longer value a man’s influence and guidance.

Men have been encouraged to act more like women and abandon their masculine  qualities.

Then when they do  women complain there are no real men around for them to marry so they can be taken care of, while all the time boasting they are independent  and don’t need anyone to take care of them.

News flash you can’t have it both ways.

Which way do you want it?

The sad part is most women never wanted equality where they were forced to help make a family living. But for many years being a stay at home mother was looked down upon and to be a stay at home mom brought scorn from the media, politicians, and others.

Like many other groups in our society no one spoke up and now many women and men are leading a life they didn’t want.

Many desire the traditional life but for some, that possibility has all but evaporated. Our standard of living has been raised so much that many now find it necessary to work to make ends meet.

For this to change men and women need to act like men and women. If you want to have a career fine, but don’t forget being a woman, wife, and mother  is one of the most important jobs in the world. Don’t get hung up on an illustrious career when that isn’t what you want just because someone thinks that is what you should do.

Don’t be swayed by those in our society who only want to destroy our way of life and what is important. Many times there are things much more important than a career.

 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 hardcover 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, 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 more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

You Can’t Legislate Morality


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Written By : Gary Wonning

It’s been tried many times and it never works.

There are  always those who think they can control people’s behavior by passing laws against such things as alcohol,drugs,and even abortion.

Prohibition in the 1920s should have taught us something,but seemingly it didn’t. Laws were passed banning the production and sale of alcohol. What happened? People began making it themselves,sometimes with disastrous results.

Many people died from alcohol that was produced in a way that it became poisonous, making people sick and even killing some.

When are we going to learn that more government interference and excessive laws help no one.

The path to a better life is not following the laws of man,but the laws of God. His laws are the only laws that make a difference.

Only when an individual has a strong moral and spiritual base do they have a moral compass that will guide them and keep them out of harm’s way regardless of the path and the difficulties they may encounter on life’s journey.

Morality is entirely an individual choice, government can’t and shouldn’t try to legislate it.

Government needs to stay out of the morality business and begin only doing what it was designed to do,protect us from invasion, provide a monetary system and only make laws that guarantee our right to life,liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

We can get along just fine without their help.

 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 hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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masonic

Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

The Greatest Threat to America


Written by: Gary Wonning

The biggest concern among thinking Americans today is the threat of terrorism, more  especially home grown terrorism.

While terrorism  is a major threat to our safety and wellbeing there is another threat even more dangerous.

We have become our own worst enemy. Our freedom and prosperity has created an environment  that promotes our own demise.

In our rush to create a society with many luxuries of life we have forgotten what is important .

While our technical  advances are unequaled in history, we have neglected our spiritual  foundation.

We are our own homegrown terrorists. We resort to drugs and alcohol so we don’t have to face up to who we are or the truth of our existence. Some statistics state 75% of the American population is on painkillers, and

People over 75 average being on at least 5 prescription drugs. This is alarming! Instead of relying on our inner guidance and natural healing when  did we begin to want quick cures that many times create more illnesses than they could ever cure?

Often times a little exercise and proper diet would alleviate an health issues we may have.

Instead of working on core issues and getting to the heart of the issue, we often pop a pill or illegal drug and think that will solve our problems . This only makes the problem worse, now, not only did we not solve the initial issue, we have become addicted to drugs and or alcohol.

Somewhere and somehow we have forgotten what is important in life.

I remember growing up, God and church was the foundation of our life. Everything centered around our religious values. People then, like now weren’t perfect, but they tried to live by a code of ethics instilled by their ancestors. Even the most ruthless individuals had a line they wouldn’t cross, even to them some behavior just wasn’t acceptable.

There was honor among thieves, now there is honor among no one, the only thing that matters is instant gratification and a feel good result.

Growing up there were very few people who didn’t go to church at least occasionally, now most don’t go and in many areas churches are closing.

Most no longer have anything to believe in, they have placed their trust in an unstable foundation, either fame, fortune, or drugs. When that foundation finally collapses and it will, there is no rock for them to lean on.

People are floundering aimlessly in life, worshiping one false prophet after another. Instead of going within for answers, they are seeking something outside themselves for gratification.

In this environment, can we wonder why our society has tumbled in decay like it has? Can we wonder why the Islamic faith is growing? For right or wrong,they haven’t abandoned their God, we have abandoned ours.

If and when we once again discover our true values and spiritual foundation, the threat of terrorism will be no more.

 

 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 hardcover 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.

 

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Why Do People Fear Sarah Palin?


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Written by : Gary Wonning

When people discuss Sarah Palin why do some on the left describe her as scary?

Recently while discussing politics with someone I had known for years made the statement that Sarah Palin scared him. I was dumbfounded,I suddenly realized what he was saying. I asked him why she scared him so. I might add he is part of the younger generation.

He didn’t have an answer.

Sarah Palin is part of the tea party, the tea party only wants the country to follow the constitution, protect our borders, stop terrorism and believe in God. What is so scary about that?

She believes in the second amendment and hunts. Is that what scares people,hunting and carrying a gun?

Has the younger generation been so overprotected they are insecure about their ability to protect themselves and been taught to believe the government is the only one who has the ability and right to protect them?

Many in my generation grew up with guns. Ours were stacked in the corner of the kitchen and the ammunition was in the kitchen drawer. No one touched either,we knew better.

Many kids today have never seen a gun up close and personal much less fired one.

Today kids are supposedly protected from every hazard imaginable. In many cases they aren’t even allowed to climb a tree or bounce on a trampoline. Has this made them so paranoid that when someone like Palin starts talking about self responsibility and defending oneself does it make them uncomfortable because it seems unnatural to not have someone else protecting them and looking out after their welfare?

They have been conditioned to believe someone else, in particular the government has their best interests at heart, nothing could be farther from the truth. There isn’t anyone who will look after your interests like you will.

Bureaucrats have no ones interests in mind but their own. Sitting at a desk in Washington they have no idea what goes on in the hinterlands or how anyone feels and could care less.

When did we come to a point in time when the common sense of yesteryear would strike fear into the hearts of men of today?

 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 hardcover 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,not only today, but looking back in history, 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 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, when a easy and simple solution should be obvious.
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 more often.
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.
Their teachings have become convoluted and are no longer sensible. Because so many have lost sight of the basic universal truths ,they think these truths no longer apply. Mention age old values and many people would have no idea what you were talking about.

Available in both hard copy and Ebook format

 

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An interesting thought


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Here’s an interesting thought:

You never find leopards or lions saying to themselves,  “Well, I don’t think I’ll put myself out on this hunt.  Why strain myself?  What’s the point?  I nearly always make the kill and then what happens?  Everyone tucks in and I don’t even get a thank you.  This time, I’ll just coast.  Someone else can do the work for a change. . . .”

A tree never says, “What’s the point of putting out all that effort–growing up as tall as I can to the light?  Sooner or later, someone else is just going to grow that little bit taller, and I’ll be in the shade anyway.  So why bother?”

You never see a cobra that’s too lazy to strike, a mother wolf who is only half-hearted about looking after her cubs, or migrating birds who simply decide not to, or just fly at half pace.

Nature has a habit of always doing its very best.  Animals and plants never do things by halves.  They always do everything that they are capable of doing.  They always do their best.

So why are we humans so different?  Why do we consistently fall behind our own standards for ourselves, let alone anyone else’s?

Let’s take a leaf out of Nature’s book and strive to be the best person we can possibly be in every area.

Let’s resolve to expand ourselves–to fully utilize our God-given talent–to the best of our ability.  Whether at work or at home, realize that failing to do our very best only hurts us–nobody else.

So, let’s strive to be the best we can possibly be.  Starting today!

Copyright Asoka Selvarajah. All Rights Reserved.

 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 hardcover 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, 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 more often. It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

A Culture in Decline


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If you’re over sixty you can remember the day Nikita Kruschev stood behind the podium at the United Nations and pounded his shoe on the desk and proclaimed that our children would live under communism.

We all shuddered in disbelief and vowed to never let that happen. We went on about our daily lives and mostly forgot about that day, never again giving his absurd statement a second thought.

We built up a strong military, the strongest the world had ever known, the Berlin Wall fell, we out spent the Russians militarily and communism seemed to be on the run.

For most of us, life was good. We were living in the best of times, most of us had good jobs and were able to care for our families and raise our kids in a fashion that was the envy of the world.

Even though life always gives us setbacks and creates challenges to overcome,  we had the financial resources to overcome our hardships. We were certainly much better off than any of our ancestors had ever been.

However, unnoticed, trouble was looming over the horizon. In the process of building a better world, we had developed technology that far surpassed anything anyone thought possible even a few years previous. By most standards, we were living a life of luxury and ease. Technology had given us the tools to perform most daily tasks in just minutes instead of hours, leaving many with more free time and money to pursue endeavors that would give them more enjoyment and freedom.

While enjoying the good life, and working hard to finance it, we forgot about our spiritual foundation. We no longer prayed or went to church, we neglected our civic and fraternal organizations that had given us much to be thankful for.

We no longer remembered the universal truths that never change, and if ignored will most certainly lead to not only personal disaster, but national decline as well. We assumed, that since we knew right from wrong, our descendants did as well.

Most of us swore to never sound like  our parents and quit giving the age old advice that was drilled into us daily.

Beginning in the sixties, drugs began filtering into our country from southeast Asia, slowly people began to experiment with them. As a result, more and more hard drugs entered the scene, affecting the behavior and work ethics of many.

At one time, most members of congress, as well as most government employees were military veterans. Their pay was minimal, they performed their duties because they were patriotic, not because they were receiving a big paycheck. They believed in America, and they had a more conservative outlook.

Public education began a slow decline, at one time the schools taught patriotism, and prayers were allowed in school, it wasn’t a crime to mention God and most teachers were of a conservative nature.

Slowly, all that changed. A perfect storm was brewing. Slowly, and unnoticed, what was right became wrong, and what was wrong became right. The world slowly was turned upside down.

This change largely remained unnoticed until we were into the twenty-first century. By that time , many people had become indoctrinated into believing things that weren’t and couldn’t be true. They had grown up believing these untruths and to them it made perfect sense because that is what they had been taught and it became truth.

You tell a lie long enough and it becomes the truth.

In creating a better life for our descendents, we unintentionally created an entitlement society. Not only because of government interference, but because of union contracts as well. Many began to think they were entitled to whatever they wanted without paying their dues and working for it. It just seemed natural that we could have whatever we wanted and there were no dues to pay.

We developed this instant gratification mentality. Because of the internet and cell phones everyone began to expect to have whatever they wanted in a matter of seconds or days. The ease of obtaining credit made it possible to buy whatever we needed on impulse, no longer having to wait until we had the money in hand.

Many young people had acquired as much in ten years or less what it had taken their parents all their lives to accumulate.

The politicians soon learned to feed off this, they began making promises none of them could keep, voters believed it, and soon forgot when the elected politicians didn’t deliver on their promises.

Most times, the poor, the ones whom the political elites promised to help were the ones who were hurt the most. The end result is many people have become slaves to the government, voting for the one who promises the most and all the while giving up more and more freedom.

As a result of losing their spiritual base, more and more people were turning to drugs and alcohol, making the problem worse.

How can this all be changed?

I think the answer is pretty obvious. If we don’t all work to make the necessary changes, Nikita Kruschev will be correct.

 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 hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

baby boomers

Each generation from the beginning of our country has contributed to what our country has become. By the same token, no one is perfect. Consequently, each generation has done and will continue to perform acts that it would have been better if some other course of action was taken.
The baby boomers have contributed much and have been blamed for the decline of America. What is the true story?