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It is important in life to be grateful.  We should all appreciate the positive in our lives such as food, clothing, shelter and an income.  Frequently, on Facebook the coaches tell people that they need to be grateful or nothing positive will happen to them. In many religions they say grace before eating to show their appreciation for the food they are about to eat.  It is a good idea even if you are not religious. Most people take everything for granted until something negative happens. Then their outlook changes completely. For example, a person may lose their job and be unable to be hired quickly.  Slowly their debt mounts and eating out is no longer possible.  They may need to redefine their grocery list and buy less expensive foods and products that will stretch further such as pasta, rice, less expensive cuts of meat, small portions of fish, etc. They may no longer be able to afford fine clothes or department stores and find the need to shop at discount stores.  I frankly love the outlets.  They are the same clothes at a lower price.  Many individuals complain about everything including the weather, their jobs, inflation, their families, friends, and more.  If you wake up and the sun is shining that is a good day. If you feel pricing is too high, do what my hair cutter does, he watches for sales and then stocks up and puts the items in his freezer such as meats, poultry, breads, frozen vegetables and non perishables.  My late husband I used to do that as we lived in a cold climate. Once COVID arrived I began stocking up on non perishables and loading my freezer.  In the Good Gus series canning was extremely popular and preserving meats in a different manner. The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Coming soon audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now!  “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at


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