Cumberland Maryland

Cumberland was once known as “The Queen City of the Alleghenies”.
Surrounded by rolling hills, winding waterways and scenic mountains, it was once the second largest city in Maryland.

cumberland md

Cumberland’s economic prosperity has always centered around it  position as a transportation hub linking the east coast and the midwest and beyond. Because of it’s position near a gap in the mountains , it was the starting point for the nations first road, the National Highway, later designated as highway 40 which eventually stretched from sea to shining sea.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal also provide an important link to cities in the east.

Rich in history , the city played a vital role in the early days of our country. Later coal mining played a major role.

Today Cumberland is the commercial and rail road center of western Maryland, along with that the area is beginning to develop as a major tourist and recreation area because of it’s rich history and many natural resources.

Martinsburg roundhouse

 

Rich in heritage, Cumberland is home to many churches

Cumberland church
Centre Street United Methodist Church

Many service-related industries have emerged over the past 20 years,
particularly in the areas of tourism and entertainment, focusing around
Cumberland’s rich history, natural beauty, and cultural resources.

Even with the rapid growth of the service Industry, Cumberland still ranks near the bottom as one of the poorest communities in the nation.

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.


money photography
This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income.

 

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Signs of the Times

In the front yard of a funeral home, “Drive
carefully, we’ll wait.”
*
On an electrician’s truck, “Let us remove your
shorts.”

*
Outside a radiator repair shop, “Best place in town to take a
leak.”
*
In a nonsmoking area, “If we see you smoking, we will assume you
are on fire and take appropriate action.”
*
On a maternity room door, “Push, Push, Push.”
*
On a front door, “Everyone on the premises is a vegetarian except
the dog.”
*
At an optometrist’s office, “If you don’t see what you’re looking
for, you’ve come to the right place.”
*
On a taxidermist’s window, “We really know our
stuff.”
*
On a butcher’s window, “Let me meat your needs.”
*
On a fence, “Salesmen welcome. Dog food is
expensive.”
*
At a car dealership, “The best way to get back on your feet — miss
a car payment.”
*
Outside a muffler shop, “No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you
coming.”
*
In a dry cleaner’s emporium, “Drop your pants
here.”
*
On a desk in a reception room, “We shoot every 3rd salesman, and
the 2nd one just left.”
*
In a veterinarian’s waiting room, “Be back in 5 minutes. Sit!
Stay!”
*
At the electric company, “We would be delighted if you send in your
bill. However, if you don’t, you will be.”
*
In a Beauty Shop, “Dye now!”
*
On the side of a garbage truck, “We’ve got what it takes to take
what you’ve got.” (Burglars please copy.)
*
In a restaurant window, “Don’t stand there and be hungry, come in
and get fed up.”
*
Inside a bowling alley, “Please be quiet. We need to hear a pin
drop.”

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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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?

Coming to the Aid of a Brother

YOUR FAVORITE METAPHYSICAL SUPERSTORE

The evening began as any other. I was at home preparing dinner when the phone ran. It was a friend of mine and he was concerned about
his brother. 
It seems Jim had talked with his brother earlier and he seemed rather disoriented. Some of the things he said were incoherent and didn’t make any sense.  Jim wanted me to go with him to see if we could find his brother and determine what the issues were.

His brother had recently became a member of the masonic lodge and was muttering something about it that didn’t make any sense. Jim thought
since I belonged to the masons I could help.Since there is nothing in the MASONIC RITUALS that should cause anyone alarm, I had no  idea what
this could all be about, confused, I decided to go.


Jim’s brother was thought to be at work , but we weren’t really sure where he was, and we really didn’t want to go wandering around a big factory , we decided to drive past his house first on the slim chance he didn’t go to work. That didn’t work in our favor, he wasn’t home. The next stop was to check out a local bar, he was known to frequent. No luck there either. Driving to the factory where he worked the second shift, we first drove
through the parking lots to see if we could find his truck. Traveling up and down many rows of vehicles, his truck was nowhere to be found.

Deciding to chance it, we walked into the plant, security was never very high at this company and we could wander around anywhere we wanted to go and not be questioned. Of course, his work station had to be near the center of the plant.

I had never met the man so I had no idea who I was looking for. Finally, Jim spotted him near his work station. Approaching him he seemed a
little confused. Jim introduced us and his brother looked to me to say something, having no idea what was going on in his mind, I decided to play it by ear and just say whatever came to mind.

Not knowing where else to go, I said something about him joining the masons. He responded to the affirmative, which lead  nowhere. Reaching
at straws and grasping a subject that had absolutely nothing to do with masonic ritual, I asked him if he believed in reincarnation.

Although there is nothing in the rituals about reincarnation, the subject of raising from the dead is discussed. As I mentioned this, I saw a gleam
in his eye and knew I had hit a home run. 
He responded that he did, but really didn’t know much about it and was afraid to discuss it with anyone for fear of humiliation and condemnation.

I responded that I did believe in it and despite there being nothing in the masonic work that refers to reincarnation, there are references that
could be construed as such.

We went on to discuss the subject for a while and with that he seemed satisfied and more relaxed. We bid our farewells and left the building.


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.www.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

young living

Enlightenment

At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception. It has been an exciting search, at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling. My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source.

Available in both PAPERBACK  and EBOOK format.

My Spell Checker

Anyone Else have this problem?

Eye halve a spelling checker
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marcs four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.

As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.

Eye have run this poem threw it
Eye am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My checker tolled me sew.

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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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?

The Middle East Conflict

Conflict in the middle east


For many years, the United States has played a major role in maintaining peace in the world. During that time, contrary to what many may think, the United States accomplished much and contributed greatly to world peace.Today, many people  enjoy freedom because of our actions.

 

If not for the United states, many  would now be speaking German and under the thumb of Nazism and or Communism. However, the times are changing.

We are now living in a different world. In times past, our adversaries had some of the same values we had, they valued human life.  Most were freedom loving people who for one reason or another, found themselves under the thumb of a cruel and violent dictator. Once freedom was again regained, they went on to create a productive and positive society.

In today’s world, many of  our adversaries in the middle east have no comprehension of what freedom is , nor do they desire it. They are still living in the middle ages and have no desire to change.

baking bread Habou (1)

Egyptian Village

It’s a totally different mindset than in the past. Although, in most cases, our intentions are noble, we cannot do it for them. We can provide aid, weapons and such, but if they have no desire, there is nothing we can do. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

For generations, the United States has supported the world, both militarily and financially. As a result , many countries have better educational and medical facilities than we do. Because they did not have to worry about providing a strong military for their defense, they could provide many more domestic benefits for their citizens.

We have now reached a point in time when it is necessary for them to support themselves. No longer should we be the sole provider for their security, why do we still have troops in South Korea? Their GNP  is something like 37 times as great as North Korea, shouldn’t they be protecting themselves?

The Ancient Egyptian Texts

The middle east is and always has been a tinderbox. This has been going on for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the Knights Templars and before.  Our first war as a country was against the Barbary Pirates off the coast of Africa, who were pirating our ships and blackmailing our young country almost to the point of bankruptcy. The Marine song was derived from this time, “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli.”

Today we no longer know who the good guys are in that region, if there are any. Our country wants to support the Syrian rebels who are our fiercest enemies, the Muslim Brotherhood. We have seen how that turned out in Egypt. For too long we have supplied arms to these groups, only to turn around and have those same guns pointed at us during the next conflict. How stupid is that?

It is a mess we want to stay out of , in spite of all the atrocities being committed, they are being committed on both sides. It’s a lose lose situation. The only option we have is to stay out of it, it’s not our fight.  Let them fight it out and we will talk to the survivors.

So it is with the rest of the world, we do need to maintain some sort of a presence worldwide, we need to maintain our superiority in the world environment, for not only our interests but the rest of the free world as well. There are countries out there that would destroy freedom in  a heartbeat if it  wasn’t for the United States, we must never forget that.

However, we do not need to play mommy and daddy to them any longer, it’s time they grew up and charted their own destiny, most can do a lot more than they have to protect their own interests. It’s not only for our own good, but theirs as well.

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.

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.

egypt journey

 

Egypt:A New Adventure.

The Reason for Cinco De Mayo

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Too Funny

There are many stories related to the sinking
of the “Titanic.”
Some have just come to light due to the success of the recent
movie. For example, most people don’t know that back in 1912
Hellman’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. The
“Titanic” was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled
for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico which was to be the next port
of call for the great ship after New York City.

The Mexican people were eagerly awaiting delivery and were
disconsolate at the loss. So much so that they declared a
national day of mourning which they still observe today.

It is known, of course,
as…

[ This is pretty bad ]

[ I don’t make these up…I’m just the messenger
]

[ Are you sure you’re ready?
]

Sinko de Mayo

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.commonsensejourneys.com

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

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?

Martinsburg West Virginia

Martinsburg West Virginia is home to the oldest working train station in the United States. Built in 1847 it is one of the few structures in Martinsburg to survive the Civil war. It is now a designated National Historic Landmark.

Martinsburg roundhouse
Old Round House Martinsburg West Virginia

The old roundhouse , significant because of it’s architecture,the role it played in the 1877 Great Rail Road strike,  and because it was the site where confederate troops actually stole a train loaded with supplies and munitions during the Civil war,  is also a National Historic Landmark.

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Great Rail Road Strike 1877

Because of it’s location, the town and railroad subsequently changed hands many times.Through these gently rolling hills and peaceful meadows  both the union and confederate troops jockeyed for position to and from such battles as Gettysburg, Antietam, and Monocacy.

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.

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.

 

 

Art Prints

money photography
This informative Ebook describes alternative methods of making money ,often a full time income in photography even if you have no desire to shoot wedding photography. this book gives examples and websites where you can use your photos to supply you with an income, not only to enable you to buy new equipment, but a living income as well