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Thursday, November 12, 2020

At The Local Mall 4/5



Looking through the Food Court at the closed J. C. Penny store; last of the anchor stores At The Local Mall...


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

At The Local Mall 3/5



Let It Snow... 

While the Mall is not getting the business it once had, there are some vendors who still show up, even with the pandemic getting worse.

They have to keep trying... what else can they do?


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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

At The Local Mall 2/5



The friendly Mall Cop enjoys interacting with the shoppers and most people like him. He has always been friendly with me. 

One customer, with his mask down presumably taking a drink, did slip passed him...
 

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Monday, November 9, 2020

At The Local Mall 1/5



Waiting at the Bath & Body Works...

Went walking around the local Mall recently and it was interesting; not crowded, only allowing so many customers into a store at one time and empty anchor stores. 


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Friday, November 6, 2020

Last Views Of Autumn 5/5



Autumn's colors begin to fade and soon we will see the whites and grays and colors of Winter. It is only fitting that the last of my Autumn photos is taken just at the end of day.

As the darkness grows with only the illumination of an outdoor light shining on a Rose of Sharon bush and the hint of color from fake Autumn flowers, the click of a shutter captures the end of Autumn to await the arrival of Winter's delight... 


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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Last Views Of Autumn 4/5




An old tree stump out in the back of our yard. I love how wild vines grow up around it every year. The colors are just as wonderful as the florals elsewhere...


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Last Views Of Autumn 3/5



Garden rocker still hanging in there but it's days are numbered. However, it does seem to fit into the Autumn scene...



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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Last Views Of Autumn 1/5





One week only. These are my last five views of Autumn as seen from my house...


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Friday, October 9, 2020

She’s Gone




On Wednesday, October 7th, Molly's life ended. After 15 years she came down with cancer. The Vet gave her just a few months to live. We made sure they were the best ever.

As God loves His own we loved Molly in the same manor, as God does, we loved her to the end.

Molly was an indoor cat and she loved lying in the sunshine as it came in through the windows.

On the last day we kept her in the sun as much as she wanted and as the sun started going down so did Molly. We sat on the floor with her and talked to her as we petted her. 

The tears from my wife and I came easy, and as the sun set so did the life of Molly.

When her heart stopped and her breathing ended so, as it seemed, did ours. Molly's life was gone.

We sat with her about another ten minutes crying and petting her until she started feeling less warm.

We wrapped Molly in a favorite blanket and placed her in a container we had for her along with a favorite toy and, with the help of our Son who came over to join me in digging a burial space, we buried Molly out in a special area of our backyard.

Molly may be gone but the joy and love she gave back to us will never be forgotten. 

This is one of the last photos I took of her. Goodbye Molly we will always love you... ❤️


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Autumn Getting Closer



When you get closer the colors become apparent. Autumn is here and the colors are "Falling" into place...


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Monday, October 5, 2020

First View of Autumn Colors




Here and there the colors come through. Autumn is here and the colors are, too.

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Autumn Begins



What better way of bringing in the colors of Autumn than a Scarecrow, a pumpkin (sort've) and the warm color of late afternoon Sun...


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Signing Off Facebook



Yeah, this ruggedly rustic relic of a rebel is leaving Facebook...


Goodbye wacky Facebook

I'm off to join the real world.

I'm going to be - sane once again.

Because this Facebook journey, has tried to turn my whole world upside down...


Twelve years ago I began this journey in October 2008.  It is only fitting that I end it on the last day of September, twelve years later.


Not just deactivating but deleting my account completely. Facebook is no longer fun, it is time to go.


I feel good about this decision and am firmly convinced that  this is God's will for me in going forward.


I am still on Twitter at @GCRiffey and at Riff's Christian Journal - a monthly article/essay I write with a layman's view on Christian Themes focusing on Reformed Theology, which I started in 2009.


I still have Riff's Photography Journal, presently with 1413 posts and photos since 2008...


I will sign off for the last time this evening.




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Monday, September 28, 2020

Eerie Night View




An eerie night view of the house across the street. Glad this view did not happen on Halloween... 🙀

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Friday, September 25, 2020

A Summer Song




Trees swayin' in the summer breeze
Showin' off their silver leaves
As we walked by
Soft kisses on a summer's day
Laughing all our cares away
Just you and I
Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nights
Gazing at the distant lights
In the starry sky
They say that all good things must end some day
Autumn leaves must fall
But don't you know that it hurts me so
To say goodbye to you
Wish you didn't have to go
No, no, no, no
And when the rain
Beats against my windowpane
I'll think of summer days again
And dream of you...

Chad & Jeremy
A Summer Song Lyrics


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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Windows and Condensation



When warm most indoor air meets cold dry windows the results look like it is foggy outside.

However, the fog is on the inside of your own window. Most fascinating, I do believe...


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Monday, September 21, 2020

Fog Rising



Fog from the valley, through which runs the Potomac River, at times gathers so thickly that the mountains on the far side becomes obscured to the point that one would say, "There are no mountains there."

I love living in a mountainous region...


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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Sit Back and Relax



The weekend is here and it is time to sit back and relax...

Aaahhhh!


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Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Under The Trestle




A view from under a railroad Trestle as it crosses the C&O Canal just a few miles East of Cumberland, MD...


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Monday, September 14, 2020

Heading East Out Of Town



East bound out of town on the tracks to a beginning of a new adventure...


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Heading West To The Narrows




Mountain Thunder heading West to Frostburg, but first it must pass through the Narrows...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Coming From The Barn



Mountain Thunder coming from the Barn heading for the Station to load up.

That is how it used to be. For the past several years she has been undergoing a much needed overhaul. Hopefully she will be back some time soon.

Sure hope so...


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Monday, September 7, 2020

Cumberland Station



Built in 1913, in Cumberland, MD, for the Western MD Railroad, and it still stands today...


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Friday, September 4, 2020

Sail Away



With Summer coming to an end, and with C-19, violence and political unrest, my wife an I would love to climb aboard and just, "Sail Away."

Alas, this ol' Salt is just to old and with no money to spare all we can do is just dream about it...


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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

What Makes A Home




They say that, "Love makes the world go round." That May be but where love abounds from a house a home love makes...


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Monday, August 31, 2020

No Longer Needed




Ever notice that when something is no longer needed it is set aside, thinking it might be of some use later?

Ever feel that way about yourself? Just a thought to ponder... 🤔


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Friday, August 28, 2020

Dreamy Days On The Canal




At the western end of the C&O Canal, you have a more rustic view walking the Towpath than you have at the more up to date eastern end...


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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Lock and Lock House 75



Taking a walk to the Lock House at Lock 75 on the C and O Canal...


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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

PawPaw Tunnel



Boring through three thousand feet of rock at the base of a mountain, created this tunnel on the C&O Canal.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lock’s Open Gates



One's view through the open gates of a lock on the C&O Canal East of Cumberland ...

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Walking The Towpath



Walking along the C&O Canal Towpath just East of Cumberland, MD...

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Friday, August 21, 2020

Embassy Theater



Since 1931 the Embassy has been a premiere place for theatrical events. Located on Baltimore Street in Cumberland...


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Thursday, August 20, 2020

Silos At Concrete Plant



Still sitting next to the railroad tracks in Cumberland, are the Silos of a former concrete plant.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Overhead Bridge



The overhead crosstown bridge of I68. The bridge, in Cumberland, crosses Wills Creek at its juncture of the Potomac River..,


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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Emmanuel Church




The Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Cumberland sits on the site where Fort Cumberland, a pre-Revolutionary fort, once stood.
 
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Monday, August 17, 2020

Cumberland, MD



As seen from the overlook at Constitution Park, Cumberland, MD nestles beautifully in the valley below...


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Friday, August 14, 2020

Salon Receptionist




This is the way to greet the public, and the place I go to get a trim does it right...


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Four Leafs & A Screw



Found on a deck out back of the house.

Minimalist photography...


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Monday, August 10, 2020

Discharged




When the patient is finally discharged this all that is left.

Glad she is home...


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Friday, August 7, 2020

Worry




Waiting at home, until visitors time, only serves to increase ones worry...


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Waiting For Patient




Standing in the hospital room waiting for patient to arrive from surgery...


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Patient Transportation



Sometimes the least of us need help the most. A little help can go a long way...


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Doorway #14 BW


Doorway entrance to a former Senior Citizen Center on Liberty Street...


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Monday, July 27, 2020

Doorway #12




Front Doorway of a little log church in the country. Located in Western MD.


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Friday, July 24, 2020

Doorway #11




Doorway to elevator at the old Lonaconing Silk Mill...


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Doorway #10



Doorway leading to the office of the closed Lonaconing Silk Mill.

One day back in the 50's the owners came in, sent all the employees home, and closed the mill's doors never to reopen.

It still stands today just as it was left, with personal belongings remaining. The equipment is still there and still operable. It would make a great historical sight but no one, not even the county, is willing to invest in it.

More's the pity...


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Monday, July 20, 2020