Recovering from depression is not easy. If you don’t want to remain on pills, you need to find ways to stay on track for a full recovery. I read today that anxiety and depression are major causes of disability worldwide. That was surprising. When you think about it, there are many reasons people develop depression and anxiety. The obvious are loss of employment, genetics, stress at work, problems in a relationship, family difficulties, poor health, loneliness and a death. If a person grew up with low self esteem, they tend to carry it into adulthood. There have been changes in the medical profession to accommodate the higher volume for psychological needs. The best ways though is to help yourself. Recovering from depression takes effort and hard work. Many people use self help programs or techniques specifically designed to help them move forward. One of the ways I would think that would help is physical activity and exercise. An article I read stated the same thing. It promotes endorphins in your brain. Exercise tends to stop your thinking in a negative way as you are focused on the activity. I find it works great whenever I am writing a new story and it clears my brain and new ideas and thoughts begin to flow. If your health is poor, a simple walk or one of the new exercise machines that will move your feet may help. Most people who are recovering from depression know what they need to do but don’t feel like it or have the motivation. They are just too sad. The easiest way is to take one small step at a time until you want to do things. This includes socializing. In the Good Gus series there were no characters recovering from depression. The series is online at Nook, Kindle, 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.
There are various tell tale signs that signify your personality traits. I haven’t always fully understood all the terms of various personality traits. However, scientific studies and reading has given me a clearer understanding. If a person is charismatic and in need of continual attention, the chances are they are a narcissist. They may also thrive on being the center of attention. There are individuals who grew up as an only child and therefore expect to always be the center of attention. It doesn’t necessarily mean they are a narcissist. It may be that they have a bent towards acting and crave the attention simply because they were an only child. Many people fail to listen and have no concept of boundaries. They also believe that they above everyone else including the law. Some have a criminal personality trait while others who believe that they are above the law and can do whatever they want. That is definitely a narcissist personality trait. They also think nothing of shaming and humiliating others to boost their inadequacies and inferiority complex. They are never the wrong doers and always blame others. There are people who hold grudges but not as deeply or as strongly as a narcissist. They can’t let go. Seeking revenge is their only option. It may be why you see so many families torn apart because of revenge. You can have revenge but your personality craves it and seeks it to satisfy that need. If you ever notice people who are friendless, it’s for a reason. They are dull, boring, talk only about themselves, are narcissists, or have undesirable personality traits. When you think about people having fits of rage, your mind first turns to a person who cannot control themselves or early signs of dementia. It’s also a strong trait of a narcissist. These people also don’t work well with others. There are individuals who were born with a silver spoon and therefore, they believe they are entitled. If they ever lose their money, they will have no idea how to exist in this world. In the Good Gus series the many positive personality traits were exhibited by the characters. It’s ideal reading for the young reader. It is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” has all types of characters with a variety of personality traits. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are new theories about health assessments. However, are they really helpful? Whenever you go to urgent care, they are in rush particularly in the cold weather season. There are so many sick people that the wait is several hours. The medical staff tries to do quick health assessments to take the people with the worst problems first. They also take older people much faster. However, they aren’t always accurate in their health assessments. For example, I waited over three hours the other day for a specific virus that needed to be treated. The first step was obviously my health assessment. Then eventually they moved me to a room. The physician’s assistant tried her best. The first prescription made me violently ill. Worse than the virus I had caught. The urgent care called me and argued with me when I explained how badly I became ill from the first medication. Then we went back and forth for a few days and they gave me a second one. Then, they discovered that I had an infection that needed a third medication. However, they tried to convince me to go back to the first. I refused. So today I went to the pharmacy for a third attempt. I hope they are right this time. There are also articles about changing the health assessments for the possibility of dementia. They are attempting a new process to help determine if a person has dementia or Alzheimer’s sooner. In the Good Gus series, health assessments were taken seriously. The doctor’s office wasn’t full of sick individuals so it was easier to take their time and find out what the real cause was for the illness. They didn’t have the technology, so they basically gave it their best efforts. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. You can also locate “Misplaced Trust” online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are so many germs that it is impossible not to catch illnesses. What makes it impossible is that germs are everywhere. For example, in and around your kitchen sink including the faucets is a major location. You may touch raw meat or fish and then turn the faucet on to wash your hands. The contamination from raw items are left behind on the handles. I always try to use my elbow or a paper towel to turn it on and then use a second paper towel to push the soap onto my hands. Most individuals don’t realize that cross contamination is extremely easy. The same is true if you use a cutting board. I like the plastic type as soap washes on and off easier than wood which can still retain the germs. If you have a hand can opener have you ever noticed that while opening the can the teeth tend to touch the meat or fish? I always wash mine after I open anything. The kitchen sponge can really carry germs. I wash and bleach mine and never use the same sponge more than one day. I also dry them on high in the dryer as it will kill any other germs that may remain. The obvious which we all know, but many ignore, are TV’s, tablets, our phones and the remote. They all need to be wiped down periodically to wipe away all the germs. In the Good Gus series these same germs existed except for the ones pertaining to technology. Miss Patty had a good day at Balboa Park. You would be surprised at how many families love the series. It is still 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.
The royal family has no privacy. Every move they make there is media speculating what is going on and then writing about it. Right now their lives and what is happening within their family is becoming public knowledge. Just because you are from the royal family doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have privacy. What makes all news and media groups feel that whatever happens needs to be public? I don’t think they would appreciate it much if their privacy was invaded and all their thoughts, arguments, troubles, etc. became public. Not only is it embarrassing but the world should mind their own business. Gossip is fodder for many people. They ignore the rules of etiquette and probe, spy, and possibly harass to gain information. Celebrities have the problem. If they run to the store and aren’t wearing fancy clothes or make-up it is posted all over the internet with foolish reasons as to why they look that way. Did it ever occur to these gossip mongers that they were in the middle of cooking a meal and needed an item? The news used to be about real events. Now there is fake news. There are also people wanting their fifteen minutes of fame and lie to gain attention. When does it end? Maybe average people should investigate the media mongers and see how they like their privacy being invaded and going viral on the net. In the Good Gus series there was no need for privacy. There were no gossip mongers, media, or anyone looking to harm others. The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, and at Balboa Park tomorrow with Miss Patty. “Misplaced Trust” does have characters who utilize lack of privacy. It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are many edibles that are cancer foods. A high sugar diet is at the top of the list. The worst part about sugar is that it is in almost everything. When I came to the states from Ireland, I was really shocked at how much sugar was in food products. There are products you don’t think have sugar yet they do. It is so easy to overload on sugar because it is readily available. Super hot drinks can lead to esophagus cancer. I love them! I have written before about microwave popcorn. They put in ingredients to help you enjoy their product but that are not good for you in any way. It may be convenient but either buy previous cooked or do it the old fashioned way on the stove. Oils particularly heated are cancer foods. Most breakdown with the heat. For years I have known that Canola Oil is bad for you and causes inflammation. They linked it to breast cancer and now other cancers. If diet sodas can clean out your plumbing just imagine what it will do to your stomach. In South Korea and Japan the cancer stomach rate is quite high. Studies have linked this type of cancer to pickles. I don’t think it is the pickles but rather how they ferment them. The last one I will list today is processed meats. They contain sodium nitrate which is in many foods and does cause cancer. In the Good Gus series, there may have been cancer foods but since there was no refrigeration, there was little to process with cancer causing preservatives. The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” did have characters die from cancer. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The networks everywhere are bringing back old TV shows. Why? Possibly because society has been dumbed down so much that there is little imagination left in the younger writers. Although we all love technology, the younger generation is so engrossed that they aren’t reading and expanding their minds. It’s amazing if you are anywhere in public, everyone is on their phones. They are scanning, texting, talking, looking at pictures, etc. The old TV show had imaginative writings that often kept you guessing especially the mystery shows. Frequently, with mystery shows today, you know the plot long before the ending. The point of mystery shows is to always keep you guessing. It may be why the old TV shows such as Alfred Hitchcock, The Twilight Zone, Columbo, and a few others are still popular today. I am not insulting the writers of today as many are excellent. It’s just if they keep bringing back the old TV shows so it has to be because they don’t have any new fresh ideas. Many of the shows today revolve around crime and solving crime. There should be more comedies and fun shows to relieve our stresses from our daily grind. I truly appreciate any mystery that keeps me guessing. I love to figure out the plot as I am sure many of you do as well. In the Good Gus series the plots are obvious as the books are for children. I do mention some of the old TV show characters such as Davy Crockett and the ‘Lone Ranger.’ The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. It is still selling 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.
I saw a commercial yesterday that said the average family spends thirty-seven minutes together each day. That seems incredibly low. However, if you think about it, the number seems almost true. Parents work, children go to school, sometimes they are in daycare or after school programs or go home to a babysitter. Since many families don’t cook, they don’t spend that time together either. They may await home delivery, buy take away, or heat up premade food. In any case, there is no time except at dinner to talk about anyone’s day. The worst part about today’s society is that the phone has become a necessity and therefore people are on it at the dinner table. There should be a rule of no electronic devices at dinner. As I have worked at home the bulk of my life as a mother, I always collected my children at school and they played until I prepared dinner. At that time they did homework and we talked about their day. Often they cooked with me. When they were younger, I had a babysitter to assist me while I worked. Then I spent time with them while I cooked and they helped. It was certainly more than thirty-seven minutes. Not everyone was as fortunate as me. However, with today’s necessity for two incomes just to survive, parents need to set aside time to spend with their children without devices and check to see if they can go beyond the thirty-seven minutes. In the Good Gus series, families ate together. Sometimes, if there was a town meeting, everyone ate at Mary’s Cafe’. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. A few shops in Fredericksburg, Texas are still considering carrying the series. “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
One of the Good Gus stories is about a baby elephant entitled, “Toby Saves the Day.” It’s book twenty-seven. Toby became separated from his family and met Judge Ross. The judge quickly realized that the baby was hungry and thirsty. He gave him what little water he had in his canteen and then began to head towards Pecos. Toby followed him into town. The children were excited as soon as they saw him. All the children, of course, loved him. At first everyone, particularly the parents, were afraid, but they quickly realized that elephants are a kind breed. As they are playing one day a rabid coyote approached them. Now you know the plot and how the story ends. It is sad that they are killed for their tusks. However, once in a while there is a positive story about elephants. Today I saw a short video about a baby elephant that somehow was flipped on its back. The mama tried and tried to free him and kept failing. The herd began to move on as they were thirsty and seeking water. There was a pride of lions lying in wait. The mama wouldn’t give up. Finally, a second herd appeared and one of the elephants could see the mama was distraught. He began trying everything he could but continued to fail. Finally, he took his trunk and grabbed the baby’s leg and began to pull. Then, he pulled enough so that the baby turned over and then he pushed him up. Great success! Apparently elephants have empathy too. The Good Gus series is online at Kindle, Waterstones and Nook. It continues to sell at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.