What Would the Founding Fathers Do?


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I have often heard it said by  various individuals they hoped if there was such a  thing as reincarnation, that the founding fathers would come back and save us from ourselves.

They did such a good job forming our country many think they should come back and straighten out the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into. .

What would you do if you were a founding father?

Would you come back to do it all again? Would you suffer through the hardships of Valley Forge, or endure the long hours spent hammering out a constitution and Bill of Rights that no one seems to care about anymore?

Would you  spend your fortunes, risk losing everything you have, subject your families to certain death and poverty as they once did?

Not me, if I had gone through what they did and sacrificed what they did, I would say, “no way Jose”.

I did it once, now it is your turn. I did my part, if you want freedom, it is your turn to step up to the plate and fight for it like we did. I would tell them what my parents told me when I messed up. “You were smart enough to get into this mess, I’m sure you are smart enough to get yourself out of it”

I’ll be on the beach in Bimini, send me an email, I’ll be willing to give advice if you want it. But you have to do it yourself.

 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.

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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.

 

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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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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

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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.

Available in both hard copy and ebook format.

 

America: an Exceptional Nation


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Written By: Gary Wonning

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Australia and spend several weeks in the outback.

While visiting Alice Springs, the occasion arose to visit Ayres Rock or Uluru, a sacred aboriginal monolith located near the center of the country, about a five-hour drive from Alice.

Riding on a bus with other tourists from various countries around the world, I found myself seated next to a young lady from Switzerland. 

As is always the case, the conversation always begins  by asking each other where they are from.

When she discovered I was from the states, she asked me what I was doing in Australia.  She said it in such a way it almost sounded rude, we had only just met, so I asked her why she would ask me such a question. 

She replied that she didn’t understand why anyone would ever want to leave the United States, we had everything a person could ask for. Beautiful scenery, varied climates, freedom, there was something in America for everyone, regardless of their wants or desires. 

She was engaged to an Air Force Cadet and couldn’t wait to come to the United states to visit him in Colorado and eventually move here. 

Obviously, this got me to thinking, I had never thought of my country like that before. With all the anti-American rhetoric out there, it was refreshing to find someone that had something good to say about our country. 

Since then I have had several opportunities to find people that feel the same way. Not everyone one hates Americans like the left wing politicians and mainstream media would like you to believe. In fact, most people know and respect who we are and how over the years America has done much for the rest of the world.

As a country, we don’t always do the right thing, we aren’t perfect. No one is, but we do things right more often than anyone else does. If we do mess up, sooner or later we will make it right and correct our errors. 

We are an exceptional country and an exceptional people, not because we are better or more evolved than anyone else, but we are exceptional because our country provides opportunities and advantages for people found nowhere else in the world. 

Our Constitution and Bill of Rights provide for that. All we need do is follow the directions laid out before us by our founding fathers.

 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, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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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 needed more than ever.

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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?

 

How Many More Miracles Do You Need.


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From time to time I post interesting articles I find from other bloggers.

Interesting perspective. 

For the past few days, it seems like I have done nothing but struggle to keep myself moving forward and live day to day. It has seemed like no matter what I had done or where I went there was a battle of some sort that I had to fight. Like all hell was coming against me. I cried out to God, but it seemed pointless. Useless.

As I was driving down the road one day a profound question was suddenly stirred into my spirit; “How many more miracles do you need?” At the surface of it, it seems irrelevant and unhelpful but when I realized the purpose of the question I could not help but repent of how distrusting I was of God.

As Christians, prayer is the means of talking to our Heavenly Father about the problems that we face. About the hurt. About our loved ones who are not saved. About the fighting going on across this land. About life. Sometimes it seems like God doesn’t hear us or He isn’t answering our prayers. However, what we must understand is that God is not audible in how He speaks to us therefore we can easily miss what He’s saying. I believe the main problem is that we look for Him to speak in one way when we miss Him speaking in another way. Don’t limit God as to how He can speak to you or else you’ll miss it.

After going so long with us missing what God is saying to us it may feel like God has not heard you.

Like your prayers have bounced off the ceiling and back down.

Like God does not care.

Like God is ignoring you.

Like God is taking too long to respond.

Like God is too busy for you.

Like God isn’t even real.

It can easily become depressing when we have not heard from God or we don’t see Him moving in our situation. It can even cause us to lose our faith in Him. But, in truth, God has heard your cries and He is working on our behalf even if we can’t quite see it just yet.

I can personally attest to this through an issue that I am currently fighting, it has taken me a month to realize that it is actually an answered prayer. You see, about two months ago great things began happening in my church and we were anticipating a great future. In response, I began praying that God would remove anyone who would get in our way of moving forward in the Kingdom of God. In the last month, my church has faced a great trial over a very petty issue yet people who had caused issues through that trial are no longer attending my church. As a part of the leadership of my church I have felt the pain and sleepless nights as we fight through this problem. Sometimes it’s hard to understand why God would have allowed something like this to happen right when we were looking for great things to begin to happen. What I just realized, though, is that this was all just an answer to my prayers. God was removing the people who would just get in our way and would ultimately hold us back but I couldn’t see this because I was so wrapped up in the hurt.

In these times where it seems like God is silent, we seem to abandon the memories of how many times God has come through for us.

How many times He has healed us.

How many times He has saved us from trouble.

How many times He has come right on time.

How many times He has answered prayers.

How many times He has performed miracles.

How many times He has given us strength.

Just ponder for a moment of how many times He has come through for you when it seemed like there was no way out. Ponder on how even many more times we have not thanked Him or trusted Him to see us through. To quote an unknown author, “Until God opens the next door, praise Him in the hallway.” I believe this quote is just a cliche and honestly doesn’t mean much of anything to anyone until they find themselves in a hallway and see how difficult it is the praise God in the times of waiting. When you have found that place is when your faith is truly put to the test.

So, how many more miracles do you need? How much more do you need God to show up and bring you out of your mess before you fully trust Him and stop wandering where He’s at next time you’re in a pit? When will you learn to praise Him in the hallway until He opens the door for you?

How many more miracles do you need?

Zachary L. Prewitt is an author, minister, and blogger from Somerset, Kentucky. Check out more blogs like this at http://www.zacharyprewitt.com

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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 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.