Way Too Many

Cross-Country Travel

Four women were driving across the country.

Each one was from a different state: Idaho, Nebraska, Florida and New York.

Shortly after the trip began, the woman from Idaho started pulling potatoes from her bag and throwing them out of the window.

“What the heck are you doing?” demanded the Nebraskan.

“We have so many of these darn things in Idaho, I am just sick of looking at them!”

That made sense to the gal from Nebraska, so she began pulling ears of corn from her bag and tossing them from the window.

“What are you doing that for?” asked the gal from Florida.

“We have so many of these things in Nebraska, I am just sick of looking at them!”

Inspired by watching the entire scene, the gal from Florida opened the car door and pushed the New Yorker out.


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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 



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Remembering Drayton Hall

Many times the moments we remember come upon us before we realize what is happening and are gone in an instant.

 

 

On a journey to Charleston South Carolina, I had no idea it would be a trip back in time. I should have because at that particular period in my life, everything I did was a trip back in time. The trip had been planned at the last minute,the motives were , a weeks vacation with nothing to do, a desire to go somewhere warmer than Indiana would be in April and my longing to travel.

Middleton Place, South Carolina

 

My normal plan in those days was to have no plan. Packing a few clothes, I piled in my van and away I went. Knowing nothing of Charleston and the surrounding area,whatever came about on the trip would be a total surprise.

 

As it turned out , many surprises awaited me while in that beautiful city,  the most significant , at Drayton Hall, an old plantation at the edge of town. It never  occurred to me there would be old plantations in the area and when I found a brochure describing some of them, it seemed like a good idea to check them out.

 

Middleton Place and Drayton Hall seemed to be the closest, so obviously , my van headed in that direction. Middleton Place was beautiful , it was the home of one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and was a showcase of beauty. Many hours could be spent enjoying the flowers and various floral gardens  on the grounds.

 

Leaving Middleton Place , the next stop would be Drayton Hall. Compared to Middleton Place Drayton Hall seemed rather plain and simple. There were no massive gardens or beautiful lawns. Just a big brick house in the middle of a field. It almost seemed like a waste of time to stop, but I’m here so I may as well check it out.

 

Drayton Hall has quite a history, it has survived two wars, the American Revolution and the Civil War. It was burned and the farm destroyed by union troops on Sherman’s march to the sea,  two hurricanes and an earthquake also came it’s way.

 

As I entered the house , the adventure was about to begin. As I entered, everyone else left. I had showered that morning, so that couldn’t have been the reason. All alone in the house , it seemed a little eerie to be in such a historic building all alone, imagine the stories these walls could tell.

 

I was to be alone with my experience.

 

Suddenly I began to hear voices as if there was a huge party in the next room. Looking around, no one was there, still the voices and noise continued. I could “see” many people milling around all wearing colonial garb.

 

I was an observer to something that had transpired many years ago, a function during pre-civil war times, I had been present at the time,in another reality.But as yet , the details have not been revealed to me.

 

Visiting the same site several years later with my wife, the very same scenario played out. I observed it , my wife didn’t. We have also been places where my wife has seen something and I haven’‘t, which just exemplifies that we each live our own reality, separate from others.

Many times we are only given a glimpse into the past, or future and when the time is right , all will be revealed to us, this was such a time to receive a glimpse. All will be revealed in due time.

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.


 

My Medical Check-Up

My Medical Checkup

I recently picked a new primary care physician. After two visits
and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing “fairly well” for my age.

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn’t resist asking him, “Do you think I’ll live to be 90?”

He asked, “Well, do you smoke tobacco or drink beer?”

“Oh no,” I replied, “I’ve never done either.”

Then he asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and bar-b-qued ribs?

I said, “No, I’ve heard that all “red meat” is very unhealthful!”

“Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf?” he asked.

“No, I don’t,” I said.

He said, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or fool around with sexy people?”

 

“No,” I said, “I don’t do any of those things.”

He looked at me and said, “Then why in hell do you want to live to be 90?”

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

 

You can also follow

him on your Kindle.

 

alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

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Stop Thinking

Most of my posts are my own thoughts, but occasionally I find something I like to pass on. This is one of those times.


If you really believe that you are the creator of all of your thoughts and control the entire process, then simply stop. That’s right, just try to stop thinking. You may be able to slow the stream of thoughts down considerably, but to simply stop thinking all day and stay in a thoughtless state is quite impossible.

I’m suggesting you open your thought processes to a new idea that will help you as you begin changing your concept of yourself. You can think of yourself as a Divine limitless being rather than a person who doesn’t have choice when it comes to your thoughts. Think of yourself as an observer, contemplating and selecting thoughts that you choose from that never-ending stream of thoughts on your inner screen, 24/7/365.

Watch thoughts stream by from wherever they originate, and observe them rapidly transitioning and combining and appearing and disappearing. Snatch a thought from the running ribbon of thoughts and contemplate it. As you toss it around notice how you feel—sad, depressed, happy, frightened, and so on. Every thought going by has an imprint on your concept of yourself. First be the observer, and then the contemplator. Now become the choice maker who can consciously decide to put that thought back into the running stream and pick a different one, a thought that perhaps allows you to feel better.

I am okay, I look fine, I will lose a few pounds, I am loved, I am Divine. . . these and millions more like them are thoughts that you can opt for rather than the ones you’ve become accustomed to choosing in the past. This is how you begin a new process to change your concept of yourself. You accept as irrevocable that it is not you setting the stream of thoughts into motion, and that stopping thinking isn’t possible at this stage of your evolution. At this stage the essence of your being is to observe, contemplate, and then choose. This can all be done in a fraction of a nanosecond. The thoughts will keep appearing on your mental TV screen just like the stock quotations. But you’ll now be choosing the ones you want to focus on, gather, retain, or let go.

I’m encouraging you to initiate a habit of choosing thoughts and ideas that support feeling good and powerful, and that elevate you to a higher level of consciousness where your self-concept welcomes your higher self.


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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

You can also follow him

on your Kindle.


4 Blonde Quickies

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4 Blonde
Quickies

What do you call four blondes in a
Volkswagen?
Far-from-thinkin.
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Did you hear about when the blonde that stayed up all night to see where
the sun went?
It finally dawned on her.
*
What does a smart blonde and UFO’s have in common?
You always hear about them but never see them.
*
These two blondes walk into a building. You’d think one of them would
have seen it.

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

 

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

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

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alcohol

In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

 



Metamora:The Whitewater Valley Railroad

Step back in history and ride the Whitewater Railroad in Metamora Indiana. The train still operates from Connersville  to Metamora  offering passenger service between the two towns.

Life existed in this scenic valley for thousands of years. To the Native American Indians, the Whitewater Valley formed a natural trade route. Early settlers also found the area abundant in wildlife as well as plentiful fishing in the river.

Travel was hazardous in the early days , the only form of transportation was by dirt or mud roads along winding hilly terrain. That all changed in 1836 when the state of Indiana approved funds to build the Whitewater Canal from Lawrenceburg to Hagerstown.

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Whitewater Valley Railroad

While improving the trade in the area, the canal was plagued from the beginning
by alternate years of flood and drought. Finally in the 1850s the canal was so damaged by a flood, the local residents petitioned the government to sell the right of way to the railroad.

The railroad continued to operate until the decline of the railways began in the mid 20th century.

Finally the Whitewater Valley Railroad was formed as a non profit in 1972 and for historical reasons began passenger service operations between Connersville and Brookville.

After a major washout in 1974 closed the tracks between Brookville and Metamora all that remains today is service between Connersville and Metamora.

Today the railroad operates passenger sightseeing service using diesel locomotives and open window coaches, and often a caboose, between Connersville and Metamora .

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All Aboard!

While another train operates as the
Metamora Local, carrying passengers south on a 2-mile (3.2 km) excursion
along the restored canal, past the canal boat dock, a working aqueduct,
and a restored lock.

Video of Historic Metamora

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

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

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

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

 

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wisdom

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.

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The Best Pub in the World

The Best Pub in the World

A Scotsman, an Englishman and a Newfoundlander were sitting in a
bar in Toronto. The view was fantastic, the beer excellent, the food
exceptional.

“As good as this is,” said the Scotsman, “I still prefer the pubs
back home. In Glasgow, there’s a wee place called McTavish’s. The
landlord goes out of his way for the locals. When you buy four drinks,
he will buy the fifth drink for you.”

“Well, Angus,” said the Englishman, “At my local in London, the Red
Lion, the barman will buy you your third drink after you buy the first
two.”

“Ahhh, that’s nothin’,” said the Newfie. “Back home in Sin Jahn’s
there’s the Codfish Bar. The moment you set foot in the place, they’ll
buy you a drink, then another, all the drinks you like, actually. Then,
when you’ve had enough drinks, they’ll take you upstairs and see that
you get laid. All on the house!”

The Englishman and Scotsman immediately shout down the Newfie’s claims, but he swears every word is true.

“Well,” said the Englishman, still suspicious. “Did this actually happen to you?”

“Not me myself, personally, no,” admitted the Newf. “But it did happen to me sister quite a few times.”

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, and studied Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different cultures!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has studied and applied what he has learned to solving the many issues facing not only the United States, but the world as well.

Common Sense solutions to complex problems.

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

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.


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