Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful
we must carry it with us or we find it not. ”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
My friends call me Ramona or Mona, or just Mo. And Ramona Mona. Sometimes nicknames go long instead of short. I don't know why. I have one friend who calls me MoJo Potato Head, though I was never really sure where potato head came from.
For most of my adult life, I made my living in Southern California as a printer, technical writer and programmer. Recently, I've been enjoying a more mobile lifestyle, traveling and living in different places.
The Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, home of the Blue Angels
I first visited Pensacola in 2011, touring on my BMW 1200RT.
In 2014 I rented an apartment near the Navy Base, and lived in Pensacola for a little over a year.
I have many interests and curiosities, and dabble in many types of activities and study topics. A friend of mine calls me a Modern Renaissance Woman.
I like that. I'm not the sharply-focused specialist who can only do one thing. I like to see lots of things. Do lots of things.
And like a true renaissance woman, I love the fine arts! Whether it's poetry, literature, film, theater, music, photography, painting or sculpture, I have been reading, writing, watching, listening, singing, playing and photographing since early childhood. And I have been so blessed to be able to visit art museums and exhibits all over the world.
“ Then let yourself love all that you take delight in. ”
– John Ashbery
Big cats. Small cats. House cats. Wild cats.
Lions. Tigers. Bob cats.
I LOVE CATS
Smilodons, or saber-toothed cats,
are very impressive, and I do love them, too, at a distance.
I am truly glad I don't have to worry about meeting one
on my way to the mailbox.
Tiger Kingdom in Phuket, Thailand
One of the most awesome experiences of my life!
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The ocean is another passion of mine! I love the ocean. I cruise the oceans, photograph the ocean and swim in the ocean. Well, maybe not real swimming. Mostly I float and flounder and goof around.
The first time I crossed the Atlantic, the rough seas were absolutely amazing to watch. I must have spent three or four days, mostly sitting in my favorite chair on deck eight, watching the water move up and down.
I don't dive. And I'm pretty bad at snorkeling, but I do give it a try when I can. My first time was at the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns, Australia. What a disaster! After a few tries I got the hang of it enough to enjoy myself, and got around to taking some decent underwater shots.
Snorkeling in Bora Bora, French Polynesia
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When I was in middle school, it was extrememly popular for girls my age to want to be marine biologists. I didn't want to be any kind of biologist, so I pretty much ignored that whole category of desire.
I don't know if it would have mattered to me then, knowing that oceanography was actually about the ocean. Geology, not biology. Now I'm becoming more and more interested in pursuing a deeper knowledge of oceanography. And other areas of geology. I find oceans, earthquakes and volcanos particularly fascinating.
And glaciers and fjords. Glaciers and fjords are just about my favorite things on earth. I need to find more time to study these things.
We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world,
and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. ”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
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I have always been a dreamer, but only recently did my dream of traveling the world start bearing so much fruit!
In 2011, I sold my belongings, left my home, and adopted a mobile lifestyle, traveling the world. Now I've sailed to all 5 oceans, all 7 continents, visited all 50 U.S. states and traveled to over 100 countries.
RamonaMona.com is my travel and mobile living blog.
It chronicles my journey as I have motorcycled across America, cruised around the world and settled temporarily in new places.
Lots of pictures. Lots of fun.
My most popular posts are wildlife photo albums from Thailand and Africa:
See more at RamonaMona.com
“ Surely joy is the condition of life. ”
– Henry David Thoreau
Warning: I am a born again Christian! And, I am about to say some stuff about Jesus.
We live in a time when more and more people are becoming offended by Jesus, and by those who profess faith in Him.
If at any time, my words make you uncomfortable or offended, please just click on one of the handy red ESCAPE buttons I have placed throughout the religious section for your convenience.
There is no pressure here to conform to any religous doctrine, or to agree with me, with Jesus, or with anybody else. So, feel free to skip the parts about Jesus, Christianity, peace with God, prayer, heaven, hell, sin, salvation, eternal damnation and anything that makes you uncomfortable.
Just click ESCAPE!
My journey of faith in Jesus Christ began after a summer of carpooling for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.
I was drawn to Jesus through the friendship of a co-worker in my carpool. I attended her Bible Study, where somebody was teaching on Psalm 32.
Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
– Psalm 32:1-2
I left that Bible Study a new creation in Christ!
I remember a discussion during that Friday night Bible study, when one of the people there was speaking about faith. He quoted this verse:
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
– Hebrews 11:6
When I heard those words, I believed them.
For the first time in my life, I believed that God was real and that He mattered. It wasn't just something my parents told me, or something I took for granted as common knowledge that didn't affect me personally.
I knew it for myself. God Himself turned the key in the lock guarding my heart. And it opened. And I saw the truth. A truth more amazing than I had ever imagined.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
– John 3:16
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
– Romans 5:6
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
– Romans 5:1
Jesus died so I could have peace with God.
After that night, I started feeling a genuine sense of peace for the first time I could remember. I felt like I had finally come up for a deep breath of fresh, clean air.
Thou hast made us, O Lord, for Thyself
And our heart shall find no rest
Till it rest in thee. ”
– St. Augustine
Not too long ago, I heard an amazing story from a trustworthy source. Not a first-hand witness, but somebody who should know.
It was the story of a young woman who overheard an evangelist in her village say that Jesus answers prayer.
When she got home that afternoon, she found her mother dead on the sofa. This was after a long struggle with cancer.
She looked up and said, "Jesus, that man in the village said you answer prayer. Can you help me?"
A few moments later, her mother gasped in a deep breath, and started breathing again. She got up and soon discovered she was completely healed from the late-stage cancer that had stolen the life out of her.
You could say that the mother wasn't really dead. That's one possibility. I wouldn't blame you for not believing this story. It sounds made up. Preposterous. You don't know who told me this story, and I'm not going to tell you who it is. So, that also sounds suspect.
Or you could believe that Jesus is who He says He is: the Son of God. God in human flesh. And that He raised this woman from the dead!
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?
Do you believe that He can raise the dead?
Do you believe He answers prayer?
I believe that He heals the sick and raises the dead. Yes, even today, He raises the dead. No matter what Snopes says!
——— END OF RELIGIOUS SECTION ———
PLEASE TAKE A DEEP BREATH
The important thing is this:
To be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are
for what we could become. ”
– Charles DuBois
ALWAYS ON MY HEART
This topic is very close to my heart, as I have two family members whose death was complicated, if not directly caused, by obesity and T2D (Type 2 Diabetes).
That is why I started Fast LCHF.
FastLCHF.com is a blog dedicated to pursuing a healthy Lisfetsyle that includes a combination of Low-Carb High-Fat Nutrition (LCHF), a ketogenic diet, (intermittant) fasting, exercise, sleep hygiene, stress management and more.
Fast LCHF strategies are primarily intended to reduce insulin resistance and eliminate the dangerous side effects of excess sugar and insulin.
The HEAL Protocol uses Lifestyle Medicine to reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes without drugs. Real help from real doctors can help you reduce or eliminate your meds and relieve your symptoms.
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If you want to lose weight: Don't eat.
If you have to eat, don't eat carbs.
If you have to eat carbs, eat low-glycemic index carbs. ”
– Richard David Feinman
The World Turned Upside Down: The Second Low-Carbohydrate Revolution.
NMS Press-Duck-in-a-Boat LLC. Kindle Edition.
(Kindle Locations 392-393)
Canadian Nephrologist, Dr. Jason Fung, is successfully reversing T2D using dietary strategies like fasting and a carbohydrate-restricted diet.
If you suffer from Obesity or Type 2 Diabetes, or if you are interested on another's behalf, consider watching this 36-minute video about the true cause of obesity and T2D, and how to reverse it. You can watch it right here in your browser or use the link above the video to watch it on YouTube.
“ Periodic fasting can help clear up the mind and strengthen the body and the spirit. ”
– Ezra Taft Benson
I am currently taking freelance jobs! If you would like to work together with me on a project, I would love to hear from you.
My areas of expertise:
If you can't be a good example,
you'll just have to be a horrible warning. ”
– Catherine Aird
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ”
– Anais Nin
Swimming with Dolphins in Mexico!
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