Sheep are a fine animal. They are sheared each year to utilize their wool. However, have you ever noticed that people tend to be sheep? They are easily led and will follow almost anyone. If you watch politics you see people jump on the bandwagon and follow many individuals who are unqualified, lying, and making promises they will never keep. Yet, the sheep follow them and vote for them. Once they are in office, they become angry because they discover that everything the politicians said was a lie. It was true years ago and is still true today. Look at Brexit in the UK. If you read any articles within a short period after the vote, you would have seen interviews where the sheep voted not even knowing what it was. When peer pressure raises its ugly head, children, teens and young adults become sheep. They follow a leader hoping they will be popular, well liked and be in with the right group. Often the leaders of such groups are mean and vengeful which is why colleges have out ruled hazing. There were too many disturbing incidents. We need to think for ourselves and make the right choices. It’s not easy as we are continually bombarded by the media. In my personal email, every day I receive about twenty-five emails from political groups. I have no idea how they obtained my name, because until this year it has never happen to me. I can only assume that they are hoping I will be one of the sheep. They are wrong! There are no sheep in the Good Gus series, only cattle, dogs, beavers, raccoons, armadillos, an elephant, horses, various insects and a skunk. I am still working on Kindle and Nook, but you can find the basic books and of course, on Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is ready for printing. I am just waiting for the check for all previously sold books. It is always online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
It’s not my imagination. People just don’t seem to have grace and class any more. When an older man, but younger than me, holds the door, I always say thank you because it’s now quite rare. If you are in a conversation, how frequently do people interrupt and ignore what you may wish to say? I read recently that banks in the UK are going to replace humans with robots. I wonder if they will be polite. It’s quite possible they may be extremely aggravating. When you are stuck with dealing with people on the phone who seem like robots, do you wonder if they ever learned any manners? Grace and class are a learned skill. It applies to both men and women. In an episode of “Designing Women,” Suzanne, a former Miss Georgia beauty queen, was notified after fifteen years, as they were computerizing all their data, that there was a clerical error. They insisted that she meet with pageant staff and give her crown back to the first runner up. She handled the situation with grace and class as she stood waiting to remove her crown on the stage. The woman who was the announcer said she was pleased to include one of the former judges. He was a much older man. When he stood on stage as she began to introduce him, he turned to the runner up and said, “I remember you. You gave me the best night of my life.” Needless to say, the runner up did not act with grace and class. They handed the cape and a bouquet of flowers to Suzanne who graciously smiled, walked down the runway and said, “Thank you.” It was great! In life, if people displayed even a modicum of grace and class, they might be kinder and we would all be happier. In the Good Gus series, style, grace and class are displayed in every story. In book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” Sheriff Gus handles the basic temper tantrum of Bart with grace and class. The townspeople cheered. I am still trying to solve the problems with Kindle and now Nook for online books. Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta. Waterstones, which is in the UK, doesn’t seem to have any problems. “Misplaced Trust” has characters that clearly have no grace or class. It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Family Feud is a long time game show in the United States. It’s also the subject of many hillbilly stories during prohibition and the early 1900’s in the U.S. The family feud between the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s comes to mind from old history books. However, just because it’s 2019 doesn’t mean that it still doesn’t exist. It’s amazing how many families don’t speak to each other. It may be different views on politics, religion, or how they handle their lives. In any event, once they become upset with each other, it tends to drag out for years. Sometimes they never speak again. On an old “Designing Women,” Charlene’s brother came to see her because he was in love with a girl that her parents were against because of a family feud. The girl’s parents were against Charlene’s brother. When the fathers figure out where their children are they walk into the design office carrying guns. The family feud was over the girl’s dad who had put all of his money in a sock and buried it in his back garden. When he couldn’t find it he accused Charlene’s dad and dug up his back garden. Her dad hadn’t taken the money. Eventually, the dads realize this is all ridiculous and they shake hands. When I wrote “Misplaced Trust,” which is available online, one of the first statements I made was as follows. The very first thought that will come to mind when you read this book is, “No! Not in MY family! It would NEVER happen to us! Well, the sad truth is that everything changes when there is money at stake, whether it be a small or a large amount. Families that ate breakfast every day for twenty years, celebrated Christmas and Easter together, went on vacations/holiday every year, and then…suddenly, stop speaking to each other. They begin to accuse one another of all sorts of despicable things. Sounds crazy, right? Well, read on and see what I have seen for the last ten years….see what REALLY happens in REAL life. You can locate the book at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Sales were reasonable today for Miss Patty at Balboa Park. Remember, she will be bring the Christmas book, “The Special Gift” beginning November 1. It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones and for hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.
What is normal? Frequently, you will hear an individual say, “Why can’t you act like a normal person?” There is no longer a real definition of being normal. Many individuals believe if you work five days a week, go out to dinner once a week, do one activity with your children, keep your home and auto clean, etc. that you are living a normal life. If you were from an older generation,which was referred to as a ‘Hippie,’ then normal might be living in a commune, not driving, working with your hands and making salable crafts, farming and selling your produce, begging on street corners or at airports, playing a musical instrument on a sidewalk, and occasional day labor to make purchases. You may not agree with either lifestyle. When my daughter was born, I worked until once I became pregnant, then I worked from home. Not only was it uncommon back then, but when I went to see clients particularly to have agreements signed, they rushed me out as quickly as possible. No one was accustomed to a pregnant woman in an office on an executive level. That was not the normal then but it is now. Parents and older people now work at home in many countries. If you stop and think about it, it makes sense. There are less commuters on the roads, less pollution, lower use of natural resources, etc. The Good Gus series had families working together and frequently their homes were attached to their businesses. Obviously, ranchers were always at home. It was three years ago that the books were posted worldwide on Kindle. They are also available on Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is always online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Have you ever noticed that there are just some people who cannot stop talking? You may ask them a question and they go on and on and half the time they never answer the question. When people are in court, they rarely respond with a yes or no answer and this is true when they are responding verbally during a deposition. That is what always lands them in trouble. I know a man who recently was questioned for a civil law suit. He would have been so much smarter if he just stopped talking. Instead, he said so much and responded to questions improperly. He didn’t have the right data and rather than say, “I don’t know,’ he just continued speaking. He has now made a mess of a situation that probably wasn’t that complicated. There are also people who simply cannot stop talking. They give too much information when only a little was required. Later it is frequently used against them because they revealed information that was better left unsaid. Children tend to be guilty of that which is frequently a good thing. There is an episode in “Last Man Standing” where the parents know that one of their daughters, Mandy, is lying. The mother wants to really quiz her but the dad says no. He just stares at her. Because of her guilt, she can’t stop talking and eventually tells the truth. In the Good Gus series no one ever needs to stop talking. Available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and for hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. Remember yourself for reading online with “Misplaced Trust.” It is at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There is a difference between ignorant and stupid. Many people confuse the words. An ignorant person is lacking in training or knowledge. A stupid person doesn’t have the capability of understanding sometimes even the basics. They have had a poor education or were lazy in school. In any event, when you deal with people on a daily basis do you begin to wonder if they have any brains at all? I have been dealing with an insurance company and am on my fifth person. Do I feel as if they are all stupid? Yes, I do. Let me explain it to you my wonderful readers. I know you will understand. I paid on a monthly basis small payments for my son’s motorcycle. I paid from October of last year to August of this year. A new bill came in for the following year which I paid in full. Every single person I spoke to could not comprehend that I had paid for 2018 to 2019 and that the new amount was for 2019 to 2020. It’s simple isn’t it? One or more of these people were rude. I seriously wanted to tell them to go back to elementary school and learn basic math. It’s a case of simple addition. Ignorant, no! Stupid, yes! I know this sounds insulting but I have spent on each call a minimum of thirty plus minutes. It is a waste of my time. Thank you for reading and letting me vent! The citizens of Pecos were neither ignorant or stupid. One of the stories of the series, not yet published, is entitled, “The New Library.” I wanted the young readers to see how much everyone in Pecos valued education. The series is online at Kindle, Waterstones and Nook. Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” were stupid. For a different read it is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Believe or not catcalls still exist. There are even articles on the internet by men basically saying, “Get over it.” How rude! The U.S. has the ‘#metoo’ and the UK, ‘#It’s Not OK.’ Either way, as a civilization, we should have evolved much further. I recently saw an old show entitled, “Designing Women.” I simply had to write about this as it was the perfect solution. For anyone who doesn’t know, it’s a show about four women who do Interior design of large homes, motels, office space, etc. They also hired a man who is an ex-con, Anthony, who made deliveries and became part of their team. Since they frequently have to walk by construction sites, they became quite annoyed at the catcalls. They ignored the men and told them to stop. It was hopeless. One day, one of the main characters, Julia, invited them to their office. She explained that the catcalls was unnecessary and she and the other women wished they would stop. Basically, they laughed in all their faces and made fun of them as they left their office. As their irritation increased, Anthony happened to walk in during one of their conversations about the catcalls. He remarked that the men would never speak like that in front of their wives, mothers or sweethearts. Julia pounced on the idea. She invited the construction workers back one more time. They gathered in the office and started the catcalls and made unsavory comments. When she asked them a final time if they would all stop, they laughed in her face. Then, she announced, “OK ladies.’ They were on the second floor as they all began walking down the stairs the men stopped speaking. The scene was great! All the women were basically furious with their sons, husbands and boyfriends. The smallest, oldest mother, made them all apologize. It was a great show! Catcalls did not exist in Pecos or the Good Gus series. Available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and hard copies can be purchased at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. Tomorrow is a start of a small sales promotional tour to Lubbock, Texas. “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Frequently I have discussed new finds from scientific studies. Often they are genuine provided they are not being secretly paid by various organizations or businesses. Now there is a new release of data backed by scientific studies claiming red meat doesn’t clog your arteries or cause heart disease. What makes this study so interesting is that the former scientific studies were funded by groups who did not want people to eat red meat. Apparently, even the scholastic professionals are willing to take a kick back and can be bribed. Whenever one of the new scientific studies is released that may have interest to my readers, I pass on the information. I always include my personal thoughts and ideas. That way you, as the reader, has an idea of possible other views. Truthfully, the red meat is a difficult call. For example, high cholesterol runs in my family. We eat well, have avoided red meat, include fresh fruits and vegetables in our daily eating along with lean white meats and fish. However, my late aunt had a heart attack and she rarely if ever ate red meat. In addition, she walked every day and danced a little on Saturday nights. She was ninety-two when she passed. How would she fit into this study? She probably did have clogged arteries and then they finally caught up with her. Once data is released by these so-called scientific studies, we really need to read further to see how much we can discern is the truth, and how much is a lie. In the Good Gus series, the citizens of Pecos ate any and all foods available. Cholesterol was discovered in early 1815. However, the testing and diagnosis came slightly later. The series is available online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. The hard copies are available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” should be considered if you are a property owner and have a family. You can locate it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
As the days go fleeting by, it’s important to value your time. As seasons change for many parts of the world, we tend to go with the flow. We are continually bombarded with media, technology, news, and many issues each day that we forget how quickly time flies. Our days are frequently filled with work obligations that either keep us there too long or we bring it home. Take a manager of a restaurant. At the end of a twelve plus hour day they frequently go home and then spend a few hours on paperwork. It’s not just an office situation anymore. We have become a paper pushing society in every country. What we really need to do is rethink about our priorities. An income is extremely important. It’s how we all exist every day. However, is work overwhelming you both in hours and at home work? Do your employers value your time? Is it possible that they take you and many other workmates for granted and automatically expect you to do more than forty hours per week? Take a moment and evaluate each day of your life. Is everything slowly overwhelming you? Do you tend to go along with everything even though it is not what you want in life? It only takes a few minutes. In free countries, there are TV shows that focus on individuals moving to other countries. In the states it’s ‘House Hunters International’ and in the English speaking countries in Europe it is ‘Location, Location, Location.’ All the people in the shows are choosing to move to another area. They have decided that changes needed to occur. Frequently, when they are making a final selection as to where and which home they wish to live in, they always consider the value of their time. Sales were light today at Balboa Park. Miss Patty doesn’t always score 100%. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. Next week is a short tour to west Texas. You can enjoy “Misplaced Trust” as the weather cools at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Have you ever noticed that people dress as if they are saying, “Please oh please notice me? Recently Kylie Jenner attended a wedding and wore an inappropriate dress.The bride should be the center of attention. Was she so desperate to be noticed that she wore that outfit? Anyone who saw the picture must have thought she was crying out for people to ‘please notice me.’ She is wealthy, always in the media, and never makes a move without being noticed. So why was it so necessary to upstage the bride on her important day? It sounds crazy but even at the gym, which is filled primarily with people trying to reduce their weight, that both women and men wear tight clothing, or skimpy clothing just in the hopes that their inner wishes of please notice me will be fulfilled. Frankly, the gym population is primarily sweaty people in old looking clothes. They never care if anyone pays attention to them because they are there for one reason – to get into shape. When we were young and in high school, we all wore the latest fashions just to be noticed. One time for my daughter’s birthday, we took her to Hollywood. We went to one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants, Spago. We were nicely dressed for the occasion. The waiter who was assigned to us wouldn’t serve us. After fifteen minutes a waitress came to our table and said she would assist us. When we asked why, she replied that the didn’t want to wait on us. I later discovered that we didn’t dress to ‘please notice me’ and not in the most up to the minute fashion. It was too bad because as a family we are good tippers. My late aunt tipped everyone including maintenance people. In the Good Gus series, there were a few cowboys who did dress to give themselves a trademark. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are 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.