Many of us lead sheltered lives. We never notice things that appear to be insignificant. Today Walmart is pulling a sweater with a Santa that says, “Let it snow.”  I passed by that sweater recently in Walmart and didn’t think anything of it except I didn’t care for the wording as I don’t like snow.  Apparently it is referencing cocaine.  Who knew?   They are taking it off their racks in all stores.  Sometimes being sheltered is a good thing.  That type of person doesn’t notice or look for hidden meanings.  They take people and items at face value.  For example, I once worked with a man for almost two years before I noticed he was missing two fingers.  He was a nice person and my late husband and I had a real estate rental business.  It wasn’t until we met him at one of his rentals where he was trying to get his eighty-four year old father down from a tree that he was trimming at the time.  When our client reached up I saw his hand.  Even when I was growing up there were lyrics to songs that had a second meaning that I personally never noticed and probably many of my friends.  Of course, once you are out in the world you begin to learn and understand that many things have double meanings.  I think it’s nicer to be somewhat sheltered.  In the Good Gus series, many events occurred.  There were many citizens of Pecos who traveled long distances and endured hardships.  However, in its own way Pecos was sheltered from many of life’s traumatic occurrences.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies ae at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As I was driving home from the gym today, I accidentally had a sports station on the radio. They were discussing all the sports injuries for various sports teams. When you hear it about the number of players who are out for a season  is shocking.  Many years ago my late father-in-law, who loved football and of course, golf, was complaining about the coaches and how they told their players to go after Joe Namath and hit him in the knees as they were his weakest spot.  What happened to good sportsmanship?  I understand that everyone wants to win but at what price?  Ethics and morals disappeared as the purses for winning increased with each game and each season.  How can any of these players look at themselves in the mirror knowing full well they are harming others, reducing their incomes, possibly destroying their futures and the income for their families?  As you read this aren’t you disturbed about how far the sports arena has come because of money?  Sure we all need money but I find even worse  that these players want to be number one so they can merchandise  their names and then have their products sold for huge sums of money while not even paying a decent wage to third world companies and their employees.  The only sports in the Good Gus series were the rodeo and horse competitions.  They were fair and just.  The series is always online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Several shops in Fredericksburg, Texas are still considering carrying the series.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online for any adults on your gift list.  It is at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


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Prediabetes is now reaching epic proportions particularly in western countries.  What is the reason?  There is so much food available that people are continually overeating.  Not to mention the fast food trend is now global.  When I was going to the Image Gym in Swords, Ireland, one of the owners continually complained about the fast food chains opening everywhere.  He felt it was bad for the country and he is right.  No matter where you go you see people overweight.  This is the beginning of Type II Diabetes.   Wherever you go now you see fast food chains.  They are replacing all types of industries.  The worst part, particularly in America, is you often see extremely long lines to purchase the foods.  Even though there are gyms throughout the world, most people don’t utilize them.  If you do not have any type of transportation and walking is your only option, you are automatically in better physical condition.  There are also countries where a bicycle is a main form of transportation.  You can attach a basket to the front of the bike and purchase your groceries in limited quantities.  Prediabetes is an important fact that needs to be recognized.  The clothing industry is also adding to this problem by manufacturing much larger sizes of clothes to accommodate all the overweight people.  If you have a choice of fast food or home food, I hope you will consider home.  It’s lower in fat, calories, preservatives, sugar and may have less chemicals overall.  In the Good Gus series prediabetes was not an option.  The series is available online at Kindle, Waterstones and Nook.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

People tend to postpone rather than live their lives in the present. They procrastinate, think they have all the time in the world, decide to wait too long, etc. Whatever it is, it just doesn’t matter.  Then all of a sudden life passes them by and they become upset.  We all have hopes and dreams.  Rather than think well someday, start doing something about it now.  If you hate your job, find a better one.  The timing will never be right.  If you are overworked and underpaid, start looking.  There will be a better career path for you.  If you have savings and your dream is to start your own business, then do it.  Perform all the necessary research, do a business plan, then move forward.  Don’t accept second best.  If it’s retail find the right location preferably with an anchor store that draws business.  If you want to work from home, find your opportunity.  Companies have numerous websites offering all types of positions.  It’s a great deal for them.  They don’t have to pay you as you if were a regular employee going into work every day and there are no benefits.  You pay all of your taxes.  For tax purposes,  many individuals can write off home office expenses.  There is no commuting, no public transportation and dealing with inclement weather.  The characters in the Good Gus series owned shops, ranches, farms, or worked for the community.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everywhere you look there are false claims.  Right now anyone in the states has the opportunity to change their insurance for lower rates.  If you look on the internet and even fill out one form that states they will send you a quote, you are in an instant nightmare.  Their false claims literally come in the form that your phone will ring as many as fifty times from people all wanting your business.  You spend a great deal of time blocking them.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough, they have several other numbers and just keep calling you.  They all say they have the  best prices for major medical which are false claims.  Frequently, if you have a pre existing medical condition, they either hang up or quote a ridiculously high amount.  False claims are not just in the insurance business.  In any type of lawsuit or custody battle, false claims are rampart.  It’s very difficult to find the truth.  Even adverts for Christmas have false claims.  They state one price but then when you open the ad the amount of money for the product jumps dramatically.  Just one more the anti aging false claims.  They all state you will immediately look ten years younger.  Seriously, do they think we are all that stupid?  In the Good Gus series false claims existed in that era but not in the stories.  Miss Patty will be at the Catholic Festival again tomorrow in Clairemont Mesa weather permitting.  Today she was rained out as were all the other vendors.  Remember online is easy for the series at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are also at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online for your gift list for adults at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Dolly Parton wrote a song entitled “9 to 5” for the movie of the same name. It was about three women who had office jobs who worked together.  It was a good movie and an even greater song with a good beat.  When I was young most women strived for an office job.  It was almost a status symbol.  However, back then we worked forty hours a week and didn’t have all the breaks that exist today.  In addition, holiday or vacation pay was quite limited.  The trouble is that sitting for such extended periods in any office jobs can lead to heart and back issues along with blots clots, heart disease, cancer and even memory issues.  It can also lead to obesity.  Many individuals eat at their desks, stay late, and order take away which is not the greatest on a daily basis.  When I was younger, doughnuts were a popular item that workmates brought into work.  We also had coffee and vending machines which didn’t add to our good health.  Many people ate at home and brought their lunch.  It was not only more economical but healthier as well.  Taking your lunch break with a brisk walk it is a good way to avoid poor health from sitting at office jobs.  It breaks up your day and refreshes your mind.  It might be one of the reasons working at home has become so popular.  A study in the UK in London showed that people working at office jobs reduced their daily steps from ten thousand to fifteen hundred per day.  I also think sitting at a desk all day focused on computer tasks can lead to anxiety and depression.  You are only interfacing with a machine for the majority of your day.  The more you go about your day with frequent movement the happier you are.  In the Good Gus series, movement was the only option.  Sheriff Gus did have to be in the office but in many of the stories he walked up and down Main Street and traveled to neighboring farms and ranches to check on the citizens.  Available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones it’s a great add on for Christmas gifts for the young children on your list.  Remember, Miss Patty will be at the Catholic Festival in Claire Montmesa, California tomorrow.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Don’t forget “Misplaced Trust” for the adults.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everyone wants to fit in. It’s not easy because somehow there is always someone in control who determines who can fit in.  The problem with fitting in is that it usually revolves around money and/or status and sometimes both.  People with money are portrayed in TV shows and movies as being snobs and look down on anyone that doesn’t have as much money as they do.  They treat them in an inferior way.  There was a man I knew who was quite wealthy.  He drove an expensive car, the Delorean.  One day when the weather was terrible, my late husband was with him, when the windshield wipers stopped working on his vehicle.  It was snowing and he needed to keep his windshield clean.  My late husband recommended a petrol/gas station that did minor repairs.  He knew the owner and explained the situation.  The owner sold the wealthy man new wipers and then his employee put the wipers on the car.  There was no fee for the courtesy of installing the wipers.  My late husband suggested the wealthy man tip the young installer.  He declined and said he had an hourly wage.  Needless to say, my late husband tipped the boy.  When people believe they are superior to others they look down on them.  Even if that boy won the lottery the next day, the wealthy man would still have treated him exactly the same.  There are situations that no matter what anyone does, they simply cannot fit in.  In the Good Gus series everyone fit in.  There are no stories judging anyone.  It is available online at Kindle, Waterstones and once again after it is fixed, Nook.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  As the weather deteriorates, remember “Misplaced Trust” may be an ideal choice on your gift list for the adults.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals who have empathy but frequently let embarrassment or pride get in the way.  I saw a short video about a small family.  It was a mother, father and a child about two years old.  They were eating at a restaurant and across from them near the door was a homeless man sitting at a table.  Their little boy developed an instant rapport with the man.  He began waving and the homeless man waved back.  The parents were embarrassed.  Their lack of empathy was appalling.  The man continued to smile at the little boy sitting in his high chair.  The baby laughed and waved.  Finally, after they had finished eating, the dad said he would pay and that they should leave.  They were embarrassed about their child and the man and tried to make light of it.  The homeless man started playing peek-a-boo and the baby was laughing and cooing.  The dad just wanted to leave.  He decided it was time to leave and he would pay the bill.  The baby and the homeless man were enjoying each other from a distance.  The mum lifted the baby out of the high chair and held him in such a way as to walk past the homeless man with her back to him.  As she approached him, the baby held out his hands to the man.  He wanted him to pick him up and hold him.  The baby wriggled and the homeless man took him.  He hugged him and patted his back softly.  The baby was thrilled.  The mum took the baby back and left.  When she met her husband at the car she was crying.  She realized that she had been reacting to a man who had nothing but a good heart.  She was ashamed that she had been embarrassed and tried to avoid him. A little empathy goes a long way.  You never know where life will take you but if you end up homeless depending upon the kindness of others goes a long way.  In the Good Gus series everyone had empathy.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Bookchildren's book, children book, christmas book, christmas story Many women realize that they have a cheating husband but don’t know how to go about solving their problem.  I saw a short video about a woman who realized her marriage was falling apart.  Her husband continually argued with her and their lives were miserable.  Then one day she decided to follow him discreetly and find out if her suspicions were accurate.  She saw him with a younger woman in an expensive restaurant and he was kissing her.  Then, they left.  The next day she went to an attorney to find out how she could win a divorce.  She explained she had seen him with another woman.  The attorney said that was not enough.  She needed real proof.  She knew she couldn’t afford a private detective so she came up with a plan.  She knew as a cheating husband that he would be susceptible to flirting on the internet.  She developed an online profile and started emailing him.  He wondered how she discovered him but when she never really answered him he continued forward.  This was a new opportunity for him.    She continued chatting with him.  He freely admitted he had cheated on her before and he never really loved her.  It was all she needed.  She ended up with the home and all their possessions.  He received nothing.  It was a good lesson.  Cheaters never prosper was never a truer phrase.  In the Good Gus series, there are children who have two parents or one.  It doesn’t matter because they are well loved.  I think I solved “The Special Gift” problem today.  It had two blank pages at the end.  It was nothing serious.  Now to move onto Nook.  I am still waiting for Waterstones.  The UPS store continues to sell hard copies of the series. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Dolly Parton has a new series on Netflix entitled “Heartstrings.” The first episode is entitled ‘Jolene.’ The title is appropriate as it does pull at your heartstrings.   The song is about a wife begging Jolene not to take her man just because she can.  Basically in this first episode Jolene is a singer at a club Dolly owns.  She is alone in the world except for Dolly.  She is an excellent singer.  She does, however, fool around with married men.  She doesn’t want a commitment or any type of attachment.  Besides Dolly Parton, Kimberly Williams Paisley also stars in the show.  Kimberly is saved by Jolene when she is at the club and was being accosted a man who had bad intentions towards her.  They became instant friends.  Kimberly invited her to her home and then Jolene began giving her son guitar lessons.  Eventually, Kimberly began to notice that her husband who barely paid any attention to her seems to come alive around Jolene.  She helps Jolene obtain an audition for the ladies group that sponsors an event.  Shortly after that Kimberly discovers that Jolene was having an affair with one of the women she was friends with.  Kimberly then begins to worry about her own husband.  Jolene ends the affair and let’s Kimberly know in no uncertain terms that she wasn’t interested in her husband and would never do that to her as a friend.  One of the best lines in this episode was by Jolene, “I am not the one cheating.  Her husband is.”  That is extremely important.  There are many young women who do fool around with married men but there are others who are deceived and lied to and often never find out.  It’s cheating but at a new perspective.  I finally heard from Nook and I have to start all over with them for the Good Gus series.  I am still working on Amazon, Kindle.  I should hear from Waterstones soon.   Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  As it’s Cyber Monday, a click for the reader on your Christmas gift list is only a second away for “Misplaced Trust.”  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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