It turns out my photo adding problem here on Gather is somehow associated with Firefox. I just installed Interet Explorer. Then I went to Gather, clicked on add a photo and then it asked me if I wanted to add Gather's add on software, I said yes and in a matter of seconds I was able to add a photo. I know some others said they are having problems too, you might want to switch your browsers as well.
I was also able to go on the one web site I mentioned in my last post that I was unable to access through Firefox, so I guess I will have to use two different browsers at least for now. I can already hear my husband yelling at me. LOL