There are so many kind people in the world that are amazing. There was an article today about a teen girl who offered her prom dress to another girl who couldn’t afford a dress to go to the prom. It was a kind thoughtful thing to do. Often individuals are kind people who do good deeds anonymously. It’s not just about the holidays. There are kind people who give of themselves freely. Once one person does something nice it seems to snowball into something wonderful. The pay it forward, which I have written about previously, really works. There are times when we all need help but there individuals who don’t care and make life difficult when people are down. I was watching a Hallmark mystery that stars Jewel. She owns a construction business with her dad. The interesting part is that a bank donated a building for individuals who had fallen on hard times and couldn’t even afford a home. Most of the town became volunteers. Once there was a murder, you begin to see that what appeared to be a positive gesture in reality was the act of a greedy bank president. He had the home appraised and the appraisal was shocking low. He had bribed the appraiser to do the paperwork so that it looked like the home was worth very little. What his real plans were was to have the home almost completely renovated and then foreclose on it when the volunteers couldn’t meet the ninety day contract deadline. Even though he appeared to be doing the right thing, what he was really doing with lining his pockets with money. They also discovered that this was just one of many homes he had foreclosed on and then sold at a much higher price. In the Good Gus series, all the characters are kind people. The series is available online at Kindle worldwide. If you meet kind people along the way in the course of your daily life, let them know how much you appreciate them. Then, when are taking a break, a quick read of “Misplaced Trust” online may prove interesting. It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Sarcasm is not part of a sense of humor. People seem to laugh when people make sarcastic remarks. It should be considered as being rude. It is an easy way to insult people while boosting their own ego. There are different forms of sarcasm that could be considered funny, but not at the expense of others. There are even T-shirts that idealize sarcasm. When people want to insult others, they should think before they speak. Most individuals don’t like being put down or criticized. Yet the sarcastic type of person not only thinks its funny but it almost seems like they enjoy being hurtful. It has to be that they feel so inferior that the only way they feel better about who they are as a person is to insult others particularly with sarcasm. There were comedians who made their living from being sarcastic and insulting such as Don Rickles. Everyone took his remarks with a grain of salt. In today’s society, politically correct individuals would be angry, probably start petitions to boycott Don and in general make sure he didn’t have an income ever. We all make choices when we open our mouths to speak. Those are the choices than can lead to kindness or insults. It is all up to us. No one forces to say the words we say. We do it of our own accord. In the Good Gus series, there were no sarcastic remarks. The series is always available on Kindle worldwide and the first two books on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time. If you associate with sarcastic people or have family members who feel it’s an appropriate way to speak, you may want to remind them that you have feelings and they are hurtful. “Misplaced Trust is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
We all have high hopes in anticipation of a new relationship, a new job, a good doctor, or even a special event. When we meet someone new we have high hopes that they will be a great friend or a new girl or boyfriend. Our expectations unfortunately generally exceed reality. Often when people marry they gradually discover that their life partner is a liar, cheat, gambler, secret alcoholic, dabbles with drugs, is a narcissist, violent, and doesn’t really have the job or money they claimed to have. Once its discovered, everything changes. Suddenly, all of your high hopes are dashed and your heart breaks. The same is true of doctors. Anyone who has a condition or disease always has high hopes that they will be cured. Then when the treatments don’t live up to the promises or expectations, they feel sad and depressed. We all have high hopes for a new job or a promotion. Unfortunately, reality sets in and its never what we anticipated. Work is difficult and no matter what you do there are always negatives associated with it. It can be annoying or lazy co-workers, a demanding boss or supervisor that asks more than anyone can possibly do, or even unrealistic hours at a low pay. In the Good Gus series, many of the characters had high hopes. I didn’t disappoint any of the children by having them dashed. The series is available on Kindle worldwide and books one and two on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time. If your high hopes have been dashed, reading is a good way to make you feel good again. “Misplaced Trust” is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Lately there have been storms blanketing the eastern part of the United States and In Europe, as far south as Rome, Italy. Many individuals are posting on Facebook huge amounts of snow in areas that don’t even see snow. It is certain that the weather patterns are changing. But all storms are not necessarily about weather. How we weather the storms in our lives is an entirely different matter. When we land upon rough times, who helps us to weather the storms? Only a real friend will stay and help. The phony people will claim they care and then disappear. They will also have more excuses than you could possibly image as to why they can’t help you. How many times have you asked someone for help when you simply had no other option and just needed a hand up? I don’t like asking anyone for anything as their answers are generally disappointing. When you are at your worst, a real friend will recognize your situation and automatically lend you the help you need. They will easily see and possibly provide the assistance you require anonymously. In any event, if you have a friend that needs assistance, try to give it without them even asking. It can be embarrassing to request a favor or assistance for almost anyone. In the Good Gus series, everyone pitched in and helped whatever the situations were. In many of the stories, weather is involved which requires everyone banding together to see it through. The series is available on Kindle worldwide. It’s a great gift for children for Easter. If there are storms in your life, you will quickly realize who your real friends are. You can also see how people face difficulties and succeed in “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Why are so many people dishonest today? Is it because they feel they can get away with it? Do they find it easier than the truth? Do they get a thrill? The reason is difficult to ascertain. Yet, in our everyday lives so many people are dishonest along with businesses, you wonder what is the truth? The fake news certainly rivals our faith in the press. They were the one group we thought were trustworthy. There are so many laws in every country trying to legislate honesty, yet they are failing miserably. In many countries it is tax season. There are businesses that will do your taxes for a fee but you may not receive all of your hard earned money as a refund. They tend to tread lightly so as not to be investigated by the government. In relationships, being faithful takes work. So many of the movies, TV shows and even co-workers and friends think its funny when people cheat. It may be a joke to them but when it occurs in their lives, their attitudes change dramatically. Even when buying a car, renting an apartment, purchasing household items on credit all have hidden agendas that once they hook you, you are in for a long ride. The fine print which no one ever reads or for that matter can read shows how dishonest the sales person or the companies are. In the Good Gus series the children were dishonest with their parents from time to time. However, the stories clearly show that it is wrong and there are consequences. Books one and two are available on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time and the series on Kindle worldwide. After a long day at work, if you find it difficult coping with dishonest workmates, a quick reading break will cheer you. “Misplaced Trust” is always available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Nelson Mandella said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Becoming educated is the basis and foundation of life. We learn everything over time. Education, although, helps us to grow as individual people and eventually support and takes care of ourselves. Long ago, education wasn’t considered quite as important. Many teens quit high school and even sooner than that as they thought it was a waste of time. They took menial jobs so they could have money, not thinking far enough into the future to realize that they would never own a home, drive a beautiful car, take fabulous holidays and in general have an easier life. In a few of the old TV shows, particularly, on “Happy Days”, the Fonz, (Henry Winkler) felt it was so important that they did a few episodes about him dropping out of school and eventually receiving his high school diploma. He also stressed the importance of reading and the library. Within the airing of those episodes, just the attendance at libraries increased 300%. If we want the world to be a better place, Nelson Mandella is correct. It all starts with a solid education. If you try to understand the world, politics in general, economics, and include history you begin to see where we need help. For example, Sweden has put into place a strong recycling program. As a result, they have literally run out of garbage! It started small but look at it now. In the Good Gus series, Miss Patty is the school teacher and she made the town aware of the value of a good education. Sheriff Gus, along with the town folks started a library. All the children in Pecos attended school and helped each other. The series is available on Kindle worldwide. If you are handling finances, a will or an estate, “Misplaced Trust” can provide an informal education in those areas. It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Heroes come in all different sizes, shapes, ethnicity, and ages. You never know who will become a hero. Recently, a young man was attending the school in Florida where a teenager began killing everyone. There were many heroes, but this one boy saved several lives by blocking the shooter. He is still in the hospital hoping for a full recovery. If you would like to send him a card you can mail it to him at this address: Anthony Borges, c/o Broward Health Medical Center, 1600 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA. Everyone considers firemen and women to be heroes and indeed they are. They rush into burning buildings to save people every day. I think the most difficult parts of their jobs are when it is in a climate that is really cold or exceedingly hot. Many writers have said that parents are everyday heroes. Do you believe that? I think we try to do our best and sometimes under difficult circumstances. However, we chose to have children so, therefore, it is our responsibility to raise them properly and give them all the tools they need to face the world. Although, hard as we try, we do make mistakes and often give them the wrong advice and send them in the wrong direction. In the Good Gus series, Sheriff Gus was a hero almost everyday. There are stories with heroes such as book two, “The Cattle are Restless.” His cousin Cory saves Pecos. The series is available on Kindle worldwide and the first two books on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time. We all thank the military for their service and good deeds as they are indeed heroes. If you know someone who is a hero to you, please let them know. Remember, reading is always relaxing with a good book and “Misplaced Trust” is available on24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
In life, we often have high expectations. Then, when our hopes are dashed, we become upset, sad and even depressed. When we apply for a position, possibly one that is our dream job, only to have our expectations crushed when we are not chosen. However, if we are actually hired, the position really cannot meet our expectations because we anticipated everything to be perfect and it never is. When couples get married, they have high expectations that everything will be ideal and they will never have problems. When couples feel that way, their disappointment is so dramatic that many just give up and call it quits. They have unreal expectations from movies and TV shows that lead them down a negative path. In anything we do in life, communication is the key to everything. We can’t be obsessed with what fantasy or other people think of us. There are countless articles about the obsession everyone has with their phones and now children with their i-pads. The constant gratification that appears to come from phones with social media is amazing. However, the flip side is that people become instantly hurt, intimated or unhappy if a person posts something negative about them. The old days of saying things to a person’s face is still the best. Hiding behind fake names, the internet, and getting groups of individuals to bully is wrong and extremely hurtful. In the Good Gus series, there are various stories where there are positive and negative expectations. The series is available on Kindle worldwide and for free viewing the first two books on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time. If you have high expectations over something in life, just remember nothing is ever what we perceive or anticipate. It could be better or worse. If it is not what you are hoping, a reading break with “Misplaced Trust” will take your mind off of it. It is available on24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
There are often people in life who pretend to be your friend but in reality they are nothing more than a phony. As children we learn early on who a phony is and we avoid them. However, even as children adults who are a phony can trick us. That is one of the reasons there is high abuse among children as they cannot tell the difference. If they are tricked it will cloud their judgement as they mature. They will find it difficult to distinguish the difference. On “American Housewife” obviously a TV show in the U.S., her son has a friend who is rich but tends to be a phony. In the most recent episode, the mother (Katy Nixon) was teaching him how to become a down to earth person and stop flaunting his parents money. It is very disappointing as adults to realize a person you may really like is a phony. If it is a best friend or a family member it is extremely difficult to handle. Over time, though we all learn. If it is a person you are in a relationship with, it can hurt almost as much. When you learn he or she is not real, it can take time to adjust to the situation. We all know one or two people who are phonies but they never existed in the Good Gus series. Remember it is an ideal Easter gift and is available on Kindle worldwide. If you are tired of anyone in your life who is a phony, it is better to face who they are and then move on. As you recover, reading is always an ideal escape. “Misplaced Trust” is a good start and is always available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
There is an old song “When you are smiling the whole world smiles with you.” It’s true. In our everyday life we cross paths with a variety of individuals. How we treat them depends upon how you we are treated in return. No matter where you go such as the bank, grocery, department store, post, or even on a trip, if you greet everyone with a smiling face the chances are that they will be much more helpful and kinder towards you. Even if you are presented with irritable person, a few gentle smiles and looking them in the eye tends to soften them if only for a moment. If you are an actor or an actress, it is your job to always have a smiling face. Unfortunately, the media is always lurking to see if they can snap a photo when you are in a bad mood, having a bad day or just plain irritable. Their popularity depends upon their appearances, attitudes, social media presence and in general the possible facade of a sunny disposition. Everyone knows that the press and social media will take one minor look, glance or sigh and turn it into a publicity nightmare. We also teach our children that a happy face is a happy person. Many try to follow our advice even when it is difficult. In the Good Gus series, many of the characters had smiling faces. I mixed it up as not everyone is happy or pleasant all the time. The series makes an excellent Easter gift and is available on Kindle worldwide or at the website. If your day was full of irritable grumpy people without smiling faces, relax and take a reading break with “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.