The art of Lying

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A minister told his congregation, “Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark Chapter 17.”

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17.

Every hand went up. The minister smiled and said, “Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my sermon on the sin of lying.”

 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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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.

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The best vitamin for a Christian is B1.

Under same management for over 2,000 years.

Soul food served here.

Tithe if you love Jesus! Anyone can honk.

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.

Beat the Christmas rush, come to church this Sunday!

Don’t wait for the hearse to take you to church.

We should be more concerned with the Rock Of Ages, instead
of the age of rock.

Don’t give up. Moses was once a basket case!

Come early for a good seat in the back.

Life has many choices, Eternity has two. What’s yours?

Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.

A man’s character is like a fence. It cannot be strengthened
by whitewash.

K-mart isn’t the only saving place!

 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 hard cover 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.


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Preach the gospel at all times … Use words only if
necessary.

Delay is preferable to error.

It’s hard to stumble when you’re on your knees.

What part of “THOU SHALT NOT” don’t you understand?

A clear conscience makes a soft pillow.

The wages of sin is death. Repent before payday!

Never give the devil a ride. He will always want to drive.

Can’t sleep? Try counting your blessings.

Forbidden fruit creates many jams.

May is God’s apology for February.

To belittle is to be little.

Don’t let the littleness in others bring out the littleness
in you. God answers knee mail.

Try Jesus. If you don’t like Him, the devil will always
take you back.

 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 hard cover 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.

 

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Painting the Church

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There was a tradesman, a painter called Jock, who was very interested
in making a penny where he could, so he often would thin down paint
to make it go a wee bit further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the
Baptist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the painting of
one of their biggest buildings. Jock put in a bid, and because his price
was so low, he got the job.

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And so he set to erecting the trestles and setting up the planks, and
buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with
turpentine.

Well, Jock was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly
completed when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder,
and the sky opened, the rain poured down,washing the thinned paint
from all over the church and knocking Jock clear off the scaffold to
land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles
of the thinned and useless paint.

Jock was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty,
so he got on his knees and cried: “Oh, God! Forgive me! What should
I do?”

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke, “Repaint! Repaint!
and thin no more!”

 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Make money doing what you love

Make money doing what you love

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.

The New Organist

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The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to,
after the worship service, ask the congregation to come up with more
money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building.
Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick
and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute.

The substitute wanted to know what to play. “Here’s a copy of the
service,” he said impatiently. “But you’ll have to think of something to
play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

At the end of the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and
Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much
as we expected, and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge
$100 or more, please stand up.” At that moment, the substitute organist
played “The Star-Spangled Banner.” And that is how the substitute
became the regular organist!

 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 hard cover 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.

The Hobo

The Hobo

It was a cold winter’s day that Sunday. The
parking lot to the church
was filling up quickly. I noticed as got out of my car fellow church
members were whispering among themselves as they walked in
the church.

As I got closer I saw a man leaned up against the wall outside the
church. He was almost laying down as if he was asleep. He had
on a long trench coat that was almost in shreds and a hat topped
his head, pulled down so you could not see his face. He wore shoes
that looked 30 years old, too small for his feet, with holes all over
them, his toes stuck out. I assumed this man was homeless,
and asleep, so I walked on by through the doors of the
church.

We all fellowshipped for a few minutes, and someone brought up
the man laying outside. People snickered and gossiped but no one
bothered to ask him to come in, including me.

A few moments later church began. We all waited for the Preacher
to take his place and to give us the Word, when the doors to the
church opened.

In came the homeless man walking down the aisle with his head
down. People gasped and whispered and made faces.

He made his way down the aisle and up onto the pulpit where he
took off his hat and coat. My heart sank. There stood our preacher
…he was the “homeless man”.

No one said a word. The preacher took his Bible and laid it on his
stand. “Folks, I don’t think I have to tell you what I am preaching
about today.”

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The Flat Tire

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The Flat Tire

On my way to visit a sick person in the parish,
a little red car sped
around my pickup. The driver pointed to my back
left wheel. Just at that moment, I realized the tire was going
flat.

I pulled into a driveway and got out of the truck to look at the
tire.
All of a sudden, the red car zipped into the driveway. A young
man got out. “Sister,” he said, “get back in the truck. I’ll fix the
tire.”

As he changed the tire, I talked with him. “You remember me,” he
said.
“Mike Sinn. You visited me in the hospital.”

It occurred to me that this was probably the first time that Grace
was
saved by Sinn.

Knock,Knock Jokes

 

(By Sister Carol Ann Grace, in
Catholic Digest)

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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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

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.

 

Our Father Who Art in Heaven

Our Father who art in
Heaven…”Our Father who art in
Heaven…”
“Don’t interrupt me. I’m praying…

“BUT YOU CALLED ME.”

“Called you? I didn’t call you. I’m praying. Our Father who art in
Heaven…”

“THERE YOU DID IT AGAIN.”

“Did What?”

“CALLED ME. YOU SAID, “OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN…”.
HERE
AM I. WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?”

“But I didn’t mean anything by it. I was, you know, just saying my
prayers
for the day. I always say the Lord’s Prayer. makes me
feel good,
kind of like getting
my duty done. “

“ALL RIGHT. GO ON.”

“Hallowed by thy name.”

“HOLD IT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THAT?”

“By what?”

“BY “HALLOWED BE THY NAME.”

“It means…it means…good grief, I don’t know what it means. How
should
I know? Its just part of the prayer. By the way, what does it
mean?”

“IT MEANS “HONORED,” “HOLY”, “WONDERFUL”.”

“Hey, that makes sense. I never thought about what Hallowed meant
before.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in
Heaven.”

“DO YOU REALLY MEAN THAT?”

“Sure, why not?”

“WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?”

“Doing? Nothing, I guess. I just think it would be neat if you
got control of everything down here like you have up
there.”

“HAVE I GOT CONTROL OF YOU?”

“Well, I go to church.”

“THAT ISN’T WHAT I ASKED YOU. WHAT ABOUT THAT HABIT
OF LUST YOU HAVE? AND YOUR BAD TEMPER? YOU’VE REALLY
GOT A PROBLEM THERE, YOU KNOW. AND THEN THERE’S THE
WAY YOU SPEND YOUR MONEY…ALL ON YOURSELF. AND WHAT
ABOUT THE KINDS OF BOOKS YOU READ?”

“Stop picking on me! I’m just as good as some of the rest of those
phonies at the church.”

“EXCUSE ME…I THOUGHT YOU WERE PRAYING FOR MY
WILL TO BE DONE. IF THAT IS TO HAPPEN, IT WILL HAVE TO
START WITH THE ONES WHO ARE PRAYING FOR IT. LIKE YOU,
FOR EXAMPLE.”

“Oh, all right! I guess I do have some hang-ups. Now
that you mention it, I could probably name some others.”

“SO COULD I.”

“I haven’t thought about it until now, but I really would like to
cut
out some of those things. I’d like to, you know, be really
free.”

“GOOD, NOW WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE. WE’LL WORK
TOGETHER…YOU AND ME. NOW, SOME VICTORIES CAN TRULY
BE WON. I’M PROUD OF YOU.”

“Look Lord, I need to finish up here. This is taking a lot longer
than it
usually does…Give us this day our daily bread.”

“YOU NEED TO CUT DOWN ON THE BREAD TOO…YOU’RE
OVERWEIGHT
AS IT IS.”

“Hey, wait a minute! What is this, “Criticize Me Day?” Here I was
doing my
religious duty, and all of a sudden you break in and remind me of all my
hang-ups.”

“PRAYING IS A DANGEROUS THING. YOU COULD WIND UP CHANGED
YOU KNOW. THAT’S WHAT I’M TRYING TO GET ACROSS TO YOU. YOU
CALLED ME, AND HERE I AM. IT’S TOO LATE TO STOP NOW. KEEP ON
PRAYING. I’M INTERESTED IN THE NEXT PART OF YOUR PRAYER.
WELL, GO ON.”

“I’m scared to.”

“SCARED? OF WHAT? I KNOW WHAT YOU’LL SAY. TRY ME AND
SEE.”

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against
us.”

“WHAT ABOUT JOE?”

“See, I knew it? I knew you would bring him up! Why he’s told lies
about
me, cheated me out of money… He never paid back that debt
he owes
me. I’ve sworn to
get even.”

“BUT YOUR PRAYER…WHAT ABOUT YOUR PRAYER?”

“I didn’t mean it.”

“WELL, AT LEAST YOU’RE HONEST. BUT IT’S NOT MUCH FUN CARRYING
THE LOAD OF BITTERNESS AROUND INSIDE, IS IT?”

“No, but I’ll feel better as soon as I get even. Boy, have I made
some plans for
ol’ Joe. He’ll wish he never did me any harm.”

“YOU WON’T FEEL ANY BETTER. YOU’LL FEEL WORSE. REVENGE ISN’T
SWEET. THINK OF HOW UNHAPPY YOU ARE ALREADY. BUT I CAN
CHANGE
ALL THAT.”

“You can? How?”

“FORGIVE JOE. THEN I’LL FORGIVE YOU. THEN THE HATE AND SIN WILL
BE JOE’S PROBLEM AND NOT YOURS…YOU MAY LOSE THE MONEY,
BUT
YOU WILL SETTLE YOUR HEART.”

“But Lord, I can’t forgive Joe.”

“THEN I CAN’T FORGIVE YOU.”

“Oh, you’re right! You always are. And more than I want revenge on
Joe, I
want to be right with you… All right! I forgive him. Help him to find the
right
road in life, Lord. He’s bound to be awfully miserable, now that I think
about
it. Some way,
somehow, show him the right way.”

“THERE NOW! HOW DO YOU FEEL?”

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“Hmmm….not bad. Not bad at all, In fact I feel pretty great. You
know, I
don’t think I’ll have to go to bed uptight tonight for the first
time since I
can’t
remember.
Maybe
I won’t be so tired from now on because
I’m not
getting enough
rest.”

“YOU’RE NOT THROUGH WITH YOUR PRAYER…GO ON.”

“Oh, All right…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from
evil.”

“GOOD…GOOD. I’LL DO THAT. JUST DON’T PUT YOURSELF IN A
PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE TEMPTED.”

“What do you mean by that?”

“QUIT HANGING AROUND THE WRONG PLACES, WATCHING
INAPPROPRIATE MOVIES AND TELEVISION, LISTENING TO SINFUL
CONVERSATIONS; HANGING AROUND THE PLACES WHERE PLAYBOY
AND PLAYGIRL ARE SOLD. CHANGE SOME OF YOUR FRIENDSHIPS.
SOME OF YOUR SO-CALLED FRIENDS ARE BEGINNING TO GET TO
YOU. THEY’LL HAVE YOU COMPLETELY INVOLVED IN WRONG
THINGS BEFORE LONG. DON’T BE FOOLED. THEY ADVERTISE THEY’RE
HAVING FUN, BUT FOR YOU IT WOULD BE RUIN. DON’T USE ME FOR
AN ESCAPE HATCH.”

“I don’t understand.”

“SURE, YOU DO, YOU’VE DONE IT…LOTS OF TIMES. YOU GET CAUGHT
IN A BAD SITUATION, YOU GET INTO TROUBLE AND THEN YOU
COME RUNNING TO ME. LORD, HELP ME OUT OF THIS MESS, AND I
PROMISE YOU I’LL NEVER DO IT AGAIN. YOU REMEMBER SOME OF
THOSE BARGAINS YOU TRIED TO MAKE WITH ME?”

“Yes, and I’m ashamed Lord. I really am.”

“WHICH BARGAINS ARE YOU REMEMBERING?”

“Well, when the guy next door saw me backing away from the
neighborhood
bar… I told my wife I was going to the store… I remember telling you,
“Lord,
don’t let him tell her where I’ve been. I promise I’ll be in church every
Sunday.”

“HE DIDN’T TELL YOUR WIFE, BUT YOU DIDN’T KEEP YOUR
PROMISE, DID YOU?”

“I’m sorry Lord, I really am. Up until now I thought if I just prayed
the Lord’s
prayer everyday, then I could do what I liked. I didn’t expect anything to
happen like it did.”

“GO AHEAD, FINISH YOUR PRAYER.”

“Oh yes…For Thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory forever
and ever. Amen.”

“DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY? WHAT WOULD
MAKE ME REALLY HAPPY?”

“No, but I’d like to know. I want to please you. I can see what a
mess
I’ve made out of my life, and I can see how great it would be to
 really be one of your
followers.”

“YOU JUST ANSWERED THE QUESTION.”

“I did?”

“YES, THE ONE THING THAT WOULD BRING ME GLORY IS TO HAVE
PEOPLE LIKE YOU TRULY LOVE ME. AND I CAN SEE THAT HAPPENING
BETWEEN US. NOW THAT SOME OF THESE OLD SINS ARE EXPOSED
OUT OF THE WAY…WELL, THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT WE CAN DO
AND
TOGETHER.”

“Lord, let’s see what we can make of me.”

“OK? YES, LET’S SEE.”

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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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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masonic

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.

 

Three Religious Truths

 

Three Religious Truths

I was reminded of this joke when a friend in Oklahoma, where I
was visiting last week, told me about a liquor store there which, in the
old days, had a “Baptist Window”. That, he explained, was a
pass-through from the store into the back alley, where Baptists would
come to get their liquor — and not be seen by neighbors.

 

 

Three Religious Truths

1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.

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and…

3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at strip clubs.

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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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

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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Becoming a Monk

A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery.. He goes to the
monastery, knocks on the door, and says, “My car broke down. Do you
think I could stay the night?”

The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound; a sound like no other that he has ever heard. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, “We can’t tell you because you’re not a monk.”

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry
way. Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery.
The monks again accept him, feed him, and even fix his car..

That night, he hears the same strange mesmerizing sound that he had heard years earlier.
The next morning, he asks what the sound was, but the monks reply,

“We can’t tell you because you’re not a monk.”

The man says, “All right, all right. I’m dying to know.
If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?”

The monks reply, “You must travel the Earth and tell us how many blades of
grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find
these numbers, you will become a monk.”

The man sets about his task. Some forty-five years later, he returns and
knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, “I have traveled the
Earth and devoted my life to the task demanded and have found what you
had asked for. There are 371,145,236,284,232 blades of grass and
231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth.

The monks reply, “Congratulations, you are correct, and you are now considered a monk.
We shall now show you the way to the sound.”

The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, the sound is behind that door.
The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He asks, “May I have the key?”

The monks give him the key, and he opens the door.

Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone… The man requests the key to the stone door.
The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of
ruby.. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it. Behind
that door is another door, this one made of sapphire
. And so it went on until the man had gone through doors of emerald,….
….silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, “This is the key to the last door.”

The man is relieved to be at the end. He unlocks the door, turns the knob,
and behind that door he is astonished to find the source of that strange
sound. It is truly an amazing and unbelievable sight ….

.… But I can’t tell you what it is because you’re not a monk.

The Book of Awakening.

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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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

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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.