There appears to be two types of people one that is nosy and cannot mind their own business and others who can’t be bothered.  During the 1950’s the mantra of any teenager was, “Don’t be so nosy.  Mind your own business.”  There were many people who would sit on their porch and watch through their windows to see what was happening.  Then, if the teens misbehaved their parents were phoned and they were instantly in trouble.  In the 1960’s the attitudes changed and nothing seemed to matter and no one cared except about free love and drugs.  Obviously, there were individuals who were not interested in those things but focused on politics, the environment, and ending discrimination.  It was a time when if you were nosy you were chastised by the parents and the police.  As time went on there were instances where people actually witnessed crimes or heard pleas for help and chose not to get involved.  It has come full circle where everyone seems to be unable to control their acts, thoughts, comments and even calling the police.  There was an article on the internet about a woman   who was struggling with her young son.  Another woman was watching, along with a few other people and felt she was abusive so she called the police.  Rather help the mom who was having such a difficult time trying to get her son into her car, she chose the lazy way out.  Unfortunately, as this poor woman struggled she began to cry and still not one person offered to help her.  When the police arrived, the woman who called them was in for a rude awakening.  The police explained that they knew this woman and that her son was autistic and quite violent.  The mother wasn’t hitting the boy it was the other way around.  The police often lent the mum a hand as the boy was very difficult.  If the woman and the others watching had taken a moment they might have realized what was actually going on and given some assistance.  As it is the holiday season, rather than just be nosy and watch, if you see a person who needs a helping hand, why not offer it?  It might make you feel better and it will certainly help the person in need.  We have become a culture that watches for other’s faults and uses social media and shaming rather than taking the time to be a decent human being.  In the Good Gus series, no characters were nosy.  They helped their neighbors when they were in need.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide and books one and two on line for free at Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  If you have nosy neighbors rather than get upset, approach them and try to brighten their day.  It might make you feel better, too.  Remember, Christmas is rapidly approaching and “Misplaced Trust” is a gift that needs no wrapping or standing in line at the post.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Quick note:  Miss Patty is at the Marine base as I write this blog restocking the shelves with the Good Gus series!

   Canola oil has been touted as healthy to help reduce cholesterol and lower the risk of heart disease. Not only did I dislike the taste, but I never agreed with their assessment. I had seen a study several years ago that believed that use of canola oil led to breast cancer.  Now a new study from Temple University is showing that the vegetable based fat is increasing substances in the brain that may lead to Alzheimer’s.  Most oils are plant based such as olive, grape seed, sunflower, etc.  Why some are better than others mainly involves where they are grown and how they are processed.  Canola oil is less expensive than most vegetable oils.  Until recently, it was considered one of the healthiest oils.  Others would disagree.  The researchers worked with mice that had been engineered to contract Alzheimer’s just as humans develop it.  They had two groups or mice and split them in half.  They were both fed the exact same foods except one group was given two tablespoons of canola oil each every day.  They did this for six months and then retested the mice.  As you know, they use mazes for intelligence testing on rodents.  When they tested each group the results were surprising.  The mice with the canola oil added to their diet showed a decline in their memory capabilities not to mention they gained more weight than the group who didn’t eat canola oil.  The reduction in cognitive functions showed chemical changes in their brains.  They had increases in the plaques which is basically what clogs the brain so it functions at a reduced capacity.  The good news is that olive oil, another favorite of health enthusiasts from a previous study was clearly a winner in reducing the plaques in mice.   While you make choices of what oils you utilize in cooking, consider additional research.  Always avoid the hydrogenated products. In the Good Gus series, the only oils available were olive  from Italy. The series is available on Kindle and books one and two on You tube at Mae’s Story Time.  The Marine base has sold out, but Miss Patty is bringing more books tomorrow.  When you take a break from researching canola oil, I hope you will consider reading “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 The population is always so busy that they frequently talk about being unable to finish things or take a moment for themselves when in reality they don’t make time.  Often it’s an excuse as individuals really don’t want to make time.  They seem to like to whine and complain rather than take a few minutes and organize themselves or their day.  Possibly it is easier than sitting down and making a plan.  So many people today feel that they are owed absolutely everything and are justified to have the most expensive items and are really entitled.  Over worked individuals truly believe that but the regular everyday man or woman understand that work is necessary but that we can’t always get what we want.  They are the people who make time for their families, school events, activities and in general the enjoyable things in life that make us happy.  By giving time to each other, our family and friends and on occasion ourselves, we are less stressed and more relaxed.  Of course, during the holiday season people seem to be agitated if they can’t find the perfect gift, whine while they are waiting in lines, or complain because a shop has temporarily run out of an item.  I find if I say “Merry Christmas” or Happy Christmas” people stop and smile and appreciate it.  A lovely smile automatically appears on their faces.  The old make time for yourself is important.  Some people go to the gym, others watch a movie and some read a book.  In the Good Gus series there were events where the citizens made time for each other and it was a more relaxed era.  The series is always available on Kindle, and is continuing to sell out at the San Diego Marine Base.  When you decide to make time for yourself, a good book is an excellent choice.  “Misplaced Trust” can be found on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 When it comes to discussions about nuts, rarely do you see the benefits of pecans. They happen to be a really delicious nut.  I have always enjoyed them and have used them in a variety of recipes.  They are also a great snack.  If you are wondering what makes them so special, the next time you grab a handful you are also eating three grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein and twenty grams of mostly unsaturated fats.  It fills your stomach and is much better than an empty carbohydrate bag assorted snacks.  Not only do they fill you up they have significant antioxidant benefits.  They are a great source of zinc, which is important for the immune systems.  As you stand in the grocery line, there are cold and flu products containing high amounts of zinc to help cure you.  Diets that contain high levels of zinc are also linked with a lower risk of many diseases such as Type II Diabetes which for many individuals is age and lifestyle related.  There are also indications that pecans help reduce the risk of certain cancers.  Of all the tree nuts, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pecans have more flavonoids than most fruits and vegetables.  Flavonoids, according to a study last year, help people reduce their risks of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, various cancers and cognitive decline.  Another study from 2016 concluded that there is a possible connection between maintaining your weight and flavonoids.  It’s all fairly interesting but important for a healthy lifestyle. If you are wondering where you can find flavonoids easily,  besides pecans, apples, blueberries, grapes, strawberries, peppers and everyone’s favorite prunes are a small sample.  In the Good Gus series, as they grew their own food and had no clue about flavonoids they were healthy and yes pecans are grown in Texas!  The series is on Kindle, first two books at Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  When you are taking a reading break for “Misplaced Trust” remember to grab a handful of those delicious pecans. It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 In a country that is reasonably wealthy, it is shocking that the homeless population continues to rise in the United States.  Recently, in California the number of homeless in the Los Angeles area and other west coast cities has increased.  It is a sad commentary for a country when there are so many homeless, over 554,000 across the country.  In addition, a large portion of the homeless, about thirty-four percent, had no access to a shelter,  tent,  vehicle or anywhere reasonable habitable to sleep.  It is particularly difficult as winter is upon us the temperatures drop significantly.  For the money that the government spends, plus donations why is there still an issue?  Many years ago in order to reduce government spending, the mentally ill were released from hospitals and expected to take care of themselves.  Obviously, it was impossible.  Many of them perished during bad weather.  For  people living in the larger cities, their wages are low and the rents are high.  It makes it impossible to succeed.  It’s great to live in urban areas, but if they are beyond a person’s means, they really need to consider more affordable areas.  During the Great Depression, people packed up what they could and moved to areas where there were jobs and affordable  housing that could help them live decently on their paychecks.  Often circumstances deteriorate and as it occurs people who had wonderful jobs, beautiful homes, and a good life end up homeless.  It is very sad particularly during this holiday season.  Anyone who can remember, whatever country you live in, to take a few minutes to volunteer or donate items to help those less fortunate would be part of the holiday spirit.  In the Good Gus series everyone worked together to help each other other.  That is how it should be today.  (available on Kindle and on You Tube at Mae’s Story Time) As you wear down from holiday shopping, grab your tablet for a break with “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Everyone talks about enjoying nature yet most individuals in the world drive or take public transportation. Anyone who lives in the city has to be under a great deal of stress as they are never exposed to nature.  When you spend time outdoors where it is quiet and peaceful your sense of well being seems to return.  It gives you that mental break of continual noise,  air pollution and the general lack of sunshine with the tall buildings.  Being outdoors, according to a study in 2015 which was conducted by Stanford University showed that a simple walk in the woods can lower your risk of depression.  Other research studies have discovered that individuals who live in the country have a twenty percent lower risk of anxiety and forty percent lower risk of mood disorders as opposed to the city inhabitants. Walking in a park is a great way to help reduce brain fatigue according to a British study also in 2015.  It might be a good idea during a lunch break to take a brisk walk in the park.  It will refresh you for the afternoon.  As you stroll through the park, focus on the beauty of of the tress and bushes.  It will change your mood and make you feel more relaxed.  If there isn’t a park near your work or even your home, looking at beautiful landscapes will benefit you.  If you are looking for beautiful landscapes, please check out DianeDube Linblade on Facebook.  In another study, researchers discovered that patients recovering in hospitals healed faster if their view from their room overlooked greenery and trees.  Many people love to watch the ocean either in person or on their computers.  There really is something truly relaxing about the sound of the waves pounding against the sand.  If you are wondering why nature helps it signals your brain as it is soft fascination which is engaging in any enjoyable activity that allows your brain to wander.  The Good Gus series (available on Kindle worldwide) was engrossed in nature.  There was no stress and the children were outside everyday the weather was good.  Try Mae’s Story Time as a quick way to give yourself a break and let your mind wander.  Keep that Christmas list easy for the adults and give “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 We all makes mistakes or errors almost every day.  When we miscalculate and make mistakes we feel guilty and tend to be hard on ourselves.  We  feel like failures when we really shouldn’t.  We were taught at an early age that errors and mistakes were unacceptable.  We unconsciously learned that any errors were bad and as we matured it was a natural mental progression to continue feeling that way.  The funny thing is if you don’t make errors how will you learn?  Our parents thought they were doing the right thing and yet they left us with guilt and self deprecation.  How we mature and grow is from our errors.  It gives us the opportunity to figure out things we previously didn’t understand.  For example, a person is working at a position and doing their best but they keep making mistakes.  Eventually they are either made redundant or fired.  If they embraced their change in life, they might see that they were really not qualified and should look at positions better suited to their talents and abilities.  As children, we only learned how to crawl and walk through trial and error.  Then we progressed to  speaking, and learning how to dress ourselves and tie our shoes.  If we stopped at crawling we would all probably be on all fours and society wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today.  Rather than be upset about your errors or mistakes appreciate them and you will definitely be happier.  The children in the Good Gus series made errors and mistakes all the time but it was always a learning experience.  Keep the series in mind for long distance children on your list so you don’t have to stand in line at the Post.  It is easily accessible on Kindle.  “Misplaced Trust”   is full of individuals who really overcame errors.  The series is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 If you are asking for a favor, often the response you will hear is, “It’s not the right time.”  It’s really just an excuse as they have no desire to help you with whatever you might need.  When we were young our parents continually told us when we asked for almost anything it wasn’t the right time.  Whatever it may have been such as a ride somewhere, take an after school program such as dance or a sports activity, new shoes and even new clothes, the answer was always the same.  Did you ever feel like they just couldn’t be bothered or they were really short of cash and didn’t want to tell you the truth?  Today, so many parents are attached to their phones that it really is an excuse.  Everywhere you go people are continuously on their phones.  They have shows on the TV with people walking into each other, walls, and even falling off a curb.  Many of the movies include that scenario in their themes as well.  My question always was, “When is the right time?”  Then there are even more excuses.  Many people use that because they are afraid to leave a job they hate.  Brave individuals press on and seek new employment so it will be the right time.  There are also the individuals who are treated so poorly at their jobs that they have no options but to leave.  Money is important but so is your self respect.  In the Good Gus series all times were the right times.  If you are wrapping gifts for the children in your life remember Mae’s Story Time on You Tube is a great distraction plus a wonderful chance to see if the young readers like the series (always available on Kindle).  Don’t forget the quick gift for the adults who are difficult on your Christmas list of “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Amid the exciting news that Prince Harry is engaged, the biggest topic seems to be the color of Meghan Markle’s skin.  She is a beautiful woman who has many wonderful traits yet all that the media can focus on is her ethnicity.  Rather than the color of her skin, why not praise her for her wonderful qualities?  She is kind, considerate, helps others, donates her time and efforts to charity and has managed to build a solid career as an actress.  Why is it that people look at the outside when it is what inside that really matters?   What the media fails to elaborate on is that she has already been exposed to the paparazzi so she clearly understood when she said yes that her life would change even more significantly.  It is understandable that the media mentions her parents and her background but focusing on her ethnicity is ridiculous.  Her parents were brave thirty-six plus years ago.  An interracial marriage had its challenges in the 1980’s.  The hippies may have thought there was free love but the in the real world couples were discriminated against.  We all or at least most of us raise our children to look at who a person is and not the color of their skin.  It would be  better if all children were raised color blind as to the shades of skin.  That way it wouldn’t matter as it’s the person that counts.  If you go to the park or a playground, you will see all the children playing together and having fun.  They don’t see anything except someone willing to play with them and enjoy their surroundings.  It is sad that the world can’t remain that way.  Holiday shopping and long lists can be shortened with the Good Gus series on Kindle or “Misplaced Trust” on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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