Be Who You Really Are


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It’s much easier to not know things sometimes.

Things change and friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.

I wanted to laugh. Or maybe get mad. Or maybe shrug at how strange everybody was, especially me.

I think the idea is that every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people.

You can’t just sit there and put everybody’s lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love.

And we could all sit around and wonder and feel bad about each other and blame a lot of people for what they did or didn’t do or what they didn’t know. You just can’t. You have to do things.

I’m going to do what I want to do. I’m going to be who I really am. And I’m going to figure out what that is.

Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there. Because it’s okay to feel things. I was really there.

And that was enough to make me feel infinite. I feel infinite.

 The author 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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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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. 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.

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Should Sea World be Closed?


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Written by; Gary Wonning

The politically correct crowd has targeted another business for extinction. 

This is just one of the many problems we face as I bring out in my book,”The Wisdom of our Ancestors.

Sea World has come under fire for the way it treats their whales and dolphins. The claim has been made the animals are treated unfairly and to keep them in captivity is cruel and unusual punishment. 

To the contrary, no proof of mistreatment has been substantiated. From all indications, the animals are treated humanely,  well fed and protected from their natural predators. They are loved by not only their caretakers but by the general public as well.

Thousands of children come every year to enjoy their antics and to learn more about the world around them, something that is sorely needed in today’s society.  

There has been no proof presented the animals suffer because of their captive environment. In fact the animals would benefit from the attention and care they get from their human counterparts. They receive none of that in the wilds of the deep blue sea where they constantly have to be on guard so they don’t get eaten. 

Many say it is cruel to keep them penned up so they are unable to roam the seas freely, I’m not so sure. 

The same goes for the animals in zoos and the circus. Most of the animals are well maintained and fed properly. The owners have too much money invested in them to do otherwise. There are probably a few instances where this isn’t true. Those cases should be handled on an individual basis, we need to stop punishing everyone for the actions of a few. 

I would ask these same people if they have a pet such as a dog, or cat. 

I would remind them that dogs and cats at one time roamed the outdoors freely and were not domesticated. 

How about goldfish, or parakeets? They are also held in a captive environment. 

Maybe we should turn these animal loose also to roam freely and be subject to the whims of their predators.

I see no difference in domesticating whales and dolphins than I do in domesticating dogs or cats.

In both cases, people and the animals themselves benefit. Humans get much joy from having domesticated animals near them, they have much therapeutic value.  The animals themselves benefit from being cared for, all their nutritional needs are met, they no longer have to defend themselves from other animals that would want to turn them into dinner, and their health needs are also well taken care of. 

It’s time we stand up to these organizations that spread false information about well-meaning companies that provide an enjoyable, educational entertainment venue to us.   

Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity is no different than having a pet dog or cat. 

To think differently is ridiculous and narrow-minded. 

It has been reported that the attendance at the Sea World parks is down by seventy-five percent, to lose Sea World and other such parks would be an injustice not only to the parks, but humanity as well. Let’s stop the madness.

 The author 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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

young living

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. 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 both hard copy and ebook format.

 

Greenpeace, Do Something Productive and Positive


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Recently Greenpeace protested the oil industry by having people hang from a bridge in Portland Oregan to prevent a Shell Oil Company ship from leaving port.

This ship was headed to the arctic to assist in drilling for new oil north of Alaska

The Icebreaker Fennica was carrying a capping stack which would aid in the process in case there was an oil spill.

This is the same Greenpeace that the founder of the organization has resigned because it has gotten too extreme and no longer relies on facts to support their actions.

Wouldn’t it be nice if people would participate in positive actions  and try to improve the situation and look for solutions that would help create a better world instead of trying to take humanity back to the seventeenth century with their outdated and barbaric actions?

News Flash: we are gong to be needing oil for as long as humanity exists on this planet. Alternative sources can and will be found, but fossil fuels will always be in demand. That is a cold hard fact.

Why do you think God gave us fossil fuels? He gave them to us to use. Exploration, production and the use of fossil fuels is becoming more efficient and environmentally safe as we learn new technologies to make them so.

We owe our present living standards to fossil fuels, if it weren’t for oil, we would still be living in the long gone dark ages, so to speak.

The fossil fuels will always have an important use in our world, to try and eliminate them would be not in our best interest, short-sighted and serve no one.

Even if Greenpeace stops the big bad villain America from using oil, they will never stop countries like Russia and China, countries who don’t have the technology and safeguards we do.

It would be far better to channel their energy to finding better more positive ways to harvest the oil. The oil was put there for us to use. We will never run out, new sources of oil are found every day as the technology improves, and the new technology has made it more environmentally friendly.

Ther will always be accidents and environmental mishaps. Just because something doesn’t go as it should, doesn’t mean we stop doing it, we just find a better way fo doing it. That is called progress.

It seems to me that is the better course to follow, sure beats crawling in a hole and transporting back to the middle ages and living in a cave.

 The author 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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

young living

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. 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.

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10 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society


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I found this really great article, I never saw an author’s name so here it is. My thanks to the author, wherever he may be. I tried to bring about some of these same issues in my book, Wisdom of our Ancestors.

10 Quotes From a Sioux Indian Chief That Will Make You Question Everything About Our Society

1) Praise, flattery, exaggerated manners and fine, high-sounding words were no part of Lakota politeness. Excessive manners were put down as insincere, and the constant talker was considered rude and thoughtless. Conversation was never begun at once, or in a hurried manner.

2) Children were taught that true politeness was to be defined in actions rather than in words. They were never allowed to pass between the fire and the older person or a visitor, to speak while others were speaking, or to make fun of a crippled or disfigured person. If a child thoughtlessly tried to do so, a parent, in a quiet voice, immediately set him right. 

3) Silence was meaningful with the Lakota, and his granting a space of silence before talking was done in the practice of true politeness and regardful of the rule that ‘thought comes before speech.’…and in the midst of sorrow, sickness, death or misfortune of any kind, and in the presence of the notable and great, silence was the mark of respect… strict observance of this tenet of good behavior was the reason, no doubt, for his being given the false characterization by the white man of being a stoic. He has been judged to be dumb, stupid, indifferent, and unfeeling.

4) We did not think of the great open plains, the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild’. Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was it ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery.

5) With all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them. And so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue.

6) This concept of life and its relations was humanizing and gave to the Lakota an abiding love. It filled his being with the joy and mystery of living; it gave him reverence for all life; it made a place for all things in the scheme of existence with equal importance to all.

7) It was good for the skin to touch the earth, and the old people liked to remove their moccasins and walk with bare feet on the sacred earth… the old Indian still sits upon the earth instead of propping himself up and away from its life giving forces. For him, to sit or lie upon the ground is to be able to think more deeply and to feel more keenly. He can see more clearly into the mysteries of life and come closer in kinship to other lives about him. 

8) Everything was possessed of personality, only differing from us in form. Knowledge was inherent in all things. The world was a library and its books were the stones, leaves, grass, brooks, and the birds and animals that shared, alike with us, the storms and blessings of earth. We learned to do what only the student of nature learns, and that was to feel beauty. We never railed at the storms, the furious winds, and the biting frosts and snows. To do so intensified human futility, so whatever came we adjusted ourselves, by more effort and energy if necessary, but without complaint.

9) …the old Lakota was wise. He knew that a man’s heart, away from nature, becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to a lack of respect for humans, too. So he kept his children close to nature’s softening influence.

10) Civilization has been thrust upon me… and it has not added one whit to my love for truth, honesty, and generosity.

 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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

young living

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. 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 both hard copy and ebook format.