Many people people believe that they can keep a wild animal as a pet. A woman in Indonesia discovered that keeping a pet crocodile was not the best idea.  The woman  was working at a pearl farm in Indonesia and  keeping an illegal wild animal, namely, a crocodile.  It ate her which is horrible.  Many individuals fail to see the danger of keeping a wild animal as a pet.  They are wild for a reason.  It takes many generations of breeding and training to make a wild animal a pet and even then it still may not work.  An author from the 1950’s, Jack Douglas, kept wolves in his home.  He claims to have never had an incident, but it was not the best idea considering he had a family.  Many celebrities have kept a variety of wild animals including wolves, tigers, wild dogs, lemurs, and crocodiles.  The dangers of a wild animal seem to bypass their brains when they considered these animals as pets.  A friend of mine once had a wild dog that ended up attacking a child.  Needless to say, the dog had to be put down.  If anyone wants a pet, the first thought should be the care and feeding of such an animal.  Animals are rescued everyday because people think they are cute as little pets, but once they grow they don’t want them anymore.  Years ago baby alligators and crocodiles were sold to tourists in Florida.   Families brought them home primarily to New York City. When the wild animals became too big they were flushed down the toilet.  This led to the dangerous underground sewers in the City of New York.  It is still a problem today as they have a long life span.  The citizens of Pecos, from the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, clearly understood that  wild animals were  definitely not pets.  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” could easily be referred to as a wild animal.  Great for the upcoming cold weather, it is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 When you think of holiday trends what comes to mind? Is it a cruise to a warmer climate, a tour of historical sites in Europe, or could it be glamping and now the newest trend sea glamping.  Several years ago glamping was a holiday trend .  Until you see pictures of luxurious tents with all the conveniences of home, yet you are technically in a tent, you will never believe it or even understand it.  It is basically fake roughing it.  Don’t misunderstand me, the glamping tents look gorgeous.  I don’t fully understand it, but it is popular.  There are two holiday trends for 2019.  If you are wondering what sea glamping is it is similiar to glamping except it is on a boat.  One of the larger cruise lines is actually offering this new trend.  Basically, you sleep under the stars in a cabana that is really a comfortable double bed.  You drift off to sleep under the stars and awake to a glorious sunrise.  The last holiday trend is for sports lovers.  It’s a Norwegian word, skijoring. Translated into English it means ‘ski driving.’  A person is on snow skis and is pulled behind a horse or a dog.  This has actually evolved into an equestrian sport.  If you love the snow, you will probably love skijoring.  They generally do it along flat land.  It almost seems like a cross between water and snow skiing.  The only holiday trends in the Good Gus series were in the Christmas book, “The Special Gift.”  I have also written a Thanksgiving story for the United States.  Whether glamping or sea glamping, “Misplaced Trust” might be an ideal read on your holiday.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

 Until today, I had never heard of dry brush. Apparently it is an important part of a healthy routine for both men and women.  It sounds unusual and strange.  However, there are health benefits.  It is just a wooden brush that can be found almost anywhere.  According to a few sources, it is an excellent assistant for a detox.  Using it once or twice a day particularly during a detox is quite effective.  Many customers of a London based apothecary like it so much they have started using the dry brush technique everyday.  It’s ability to remove dead cells and improve the appearance of your skin is a real bonus.  In addition, it stimulates the lymphatic  system.  If you are unsure, the lymphatic system is responsible for collecting and transporting waste to your blood.  Not only does it stimulate your skin, but the dry brush method also helps your lymphatic system as well.  Many companies offer a variety of styles of brushes.  The long ones can reach your back and the smaller ones are great for your arms and legs.  The professionals recommend that you start with your feet and work your way to your heart.  If you think about it, it is an exfoliation system.  Think about how a brush feels and test them out before buying.  It may be that the softer dry brush will work just as easily as a coarse one.  Checking with the store’s personnel may be your best choice.  The Good Gus series, available on Kindle, offers a unique opportunity to read to your children and talk about the old west.  When the young readers are fast asleep, break out “Misplaced Trust.”  You can find it at these fine websites:  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Almost everyone needs a debt cleanse.  Since it is the new year we all should consider taking a look at our credit card debt and finding ways to reduce it.  If you think you owe a credit card company  a certain amount, then when you actually look at the bill and realize the interest they are charging, you may begin to rethink about doing a debt cleanse.  The first thing you really need to do is make a list of all your debts.  It will probably be quite stressful but you will know exactly what you owe which is more important.  Next take a look at the interest that each card charges.  Many are quite excessive.  If you have good credit, see how much money you can switch to a new card with no interest for a year or so.  This gives you the chance to pay down the bill without accumulating extra debt because you are reducing the principal amount that you owe.  Many financial advisers suggest that you only focus on one bill and pay the minimum on the others.  All that does is increase the actual money you owe as you are never reducing the principal.  With the high interest rates, getting out of debt is almost impossible when you are trying to make ends meet.  Often people use their cards for necessities when times are difficult and they don’t earn enough to make essential purchases.  My philosophy has always been pay off the highest interest charging companies and NEVER use them again.  If you have too much medical debt, which is quite possible in the United States, the best approach is to make small payments every month until you can afford to increase them.  In any event, the best debt cleanse is to destroy the high interest cards, pay them down, and try to keep your credit card spending at the bare minimum.  None of this existed during the Good Gus series.  The series was written to allow children to follow a story line that introduced new characters along with new adventures.  It is available on Kindle.  “Misplaced Trust” is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Germs are everywhere. There is no escaping them.  It is particularly worse in the winter.  In areas where the weather is chilly or freezing, everyone is indoors so much that without airing out the home, the germs fester.  In order to avoid sickness from anyone carrying germs, here are a few tips.  If affordable, try to squeeze your own orange or grapefruit juice.  It is full of Vitamin C and minus the extra sugar that many store bought juices include.  If you like a little zing, add a small amount of  beetroot and carrots.  This will also help if you have inflammation.  Another tip that cold expert Alanna Levine, M.D. recommends is designating areas that are “sick zones.”  By limiting the areas that coughing and sneezing individuals can spread their germs and infect you, it will reduce illness in your home.  My late father-in-law believed in airing out the house everyday.  He was rarely sick.  If you have young children, teach them how to contain their germs when they sneeze.  They generally cannot reach a tissue fast enough.  Sleep is also very important.  Not only does it heal the body, but it keeps you from being run down and available for sickness.  Lastly, eucalyptus has real germ fighting benefits.  You can hang a bundle from your local flower shop in your shower to help ward off illness and stress.  Germs followed by sickness was not part of the Good Gus series.  Available on Kindle, there was a doctor in Pecos, Dr. Moore.  He treated everyone in town and at Ft. Stockton.  If you are tired of the same old books and are looking for a change pace, please consider “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

 

 

 

 Have you ever met anyone who claims that whatever you say, you are incorrect and they are always right?  No matter what you say, they correct you because they are always right.  It’s annoying and insulting.  I recently saw an old episode of “Cheers,” the TV show set in Boston.  Diane Chambers continually corrected a man and in the process insulted him.  He was just having a little fun pretending to be an international spy.  Maybe that is what lonely people do.  She kept correcting him so much that after a while no one believed him, but it didn’t matter because he was a nice person.  Plus, it was the holiday season.  The person who is always right is impossible to live with.  It makes anyone that knows them literally say nothing because they know whatever words they say they will be corrected.  It’s almost like a second character in the show.  Cliff seems to be a know it all and in reality his facts are always off.  He thinks he is always right and the regular customers and staff basically ignore him.  He too is a lonely man and is seeking attention.  In real life, though, the person who continually corrects everything you say, and even if they are wrong, have to prove they are right, is too difficult to live with for any length of time.  In the Good Gus series, no one was always right.  That type of character would have been a negative influence on the young reader.  You can easily find the series online at Amazon.  If being always right came with a reward, then most of the many characters in “Misplaced Trust” would need to inherit anything.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Just when you thought you were escaping technology in your life, along comes sleep texting.  Today almost everyone’s life revolves around technology.  Most people don’t even use an alarm clock any more to awaken each day.  Instead, because their lives revolve around their phones, they set an alarm using it.  However, there is a new phenomenon entitled sleep texting.  People spend all their time looking at their phone, checking their email, messages, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  that their brains feel when they sleep that they needs to continue.  Since most people sleep with their phones either in their beds or on a nightstand, sleep texting is easier than you think.  For example, according to statistics, college students send between sixty and one hundred text messages a day.  According to a study that followed 372 college students, at least twenty-five percent did sleep testing after falling asleep.  What is worse is that seventy percent didn’t even know they did it or have any memory of sleep texting. Talk about old people and Alzheimer’s.  The messages are generally silly.  If you thought about it, people talk and walk in their sleep.  The new phenomenon of sleep texting doesn’t sound that unusual.  It’s entirely possible that the typing people do all day on their phones and computers have a natural progression into their dreams.  There was very little technology in the era of the Good Gus series.  Those were the days when playing meant outside with a stick or a ball and not a video game!  Available on Kindle, the series offers an alternate choice from all the technology even children are bombarded with on a daily basis.  “Misplaced Trust” might provide sleep texting for your dreams but only because of the behavior of the characters.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Pro-dependence is a new term which was coined by Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW.  He has written a book entitled ‘Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency.’  Many individuals are in co-dependent relationships.  It is unhealthy. They depend too much on another person for everything including their mental well being.  Dr. Weiss believes along with many other prominent mental health professionals that having a relationship with another person who helps fulfill each other’s needs but on an independent basis is more healthy.  We all depend upon each other to a certain degree.  However, the person who cannot make a move without the person they are co-dependent upon is very unhealthy.  We all need to be able to think for ourselves and make good choices and decisions.  However, a loving supportive relationship without co-dependence is probably what we are all seeking.  Sometimes connecting with a person can give you confidence and strength.  Look at children.  As parents we give them love and support.  When they are young they are dependent upon us, but as we allow them to grow they learn to become independent.  Over time we help to build their confidence and give them the tools to become strong, productive, happy, confident adults.  Probably the most import part of Dr. Weiss’s theory, is that you live your life to the best of your ability; don’t be co-dependent on anyone; and finally, whomever you are in a relationship with make sure that it is  of a pro-dependence nature,  positive,  and enjoy your time together.  In the Good Gus series, the entire town was in a pro-dependence relationship.  That was a good thing.  In many of the stories, available on Kindle, it is clear that the town cared about all its citizens.  The stories are always enjoyed by children.  Once at a Boys and Girls Club, most of the children chose me over a movie!  Also, for your adult reading pleasure is “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Most people hate bugs.  Book eleven of the Good Gus Series is entitled, “Bugs, Bugs, Bugs.” I wrote it mainly to make everyone aware that without your knowledge you can have an allergy from a bug bite.  Even though it isn’t published, many of the children I have read to loved the story.  Today, though, I am writing about bugs in spices.  It’s something that most people don’t even look for or even thought might have existed.  Before you season when cooking tonight, you actually need to check for bugs.  The spices in the pepper variety seem to contain the most bugs, specifically beetles.  The bugs are particularly fond of dried sweet peppers,chiles,red pepper products including red pepper flakes, paprika, chili powder, and cayenne.  Many of these spices are popular which makes these findings even worse.  This is research by entomologists in Nebraska. The type of beetles that likes the spices are called cigarette and drug store beetles.  They are a reddish type bug and they also love tobacco and pharmaceuticals.  Since they fly, if you open a bottle of spices that are contaminated, they may fly out or hit the glass bottles. If you find something that looks like a worm, it’s still a beetle.  They metamorphosis into the beetle.  They have three sets of legs and have an orange head with dense hair.  Truthfully, all this is creepy.  However, it is better to know and check your spices.  In the Good Gus series, insects were a problem.  Available on Kindle, the series is a great way to start the new year for the young reader.  The week-end was great in San Diego, California for the book promotion.  One little girl who was wearing cowgirl boots, told me she was a cowgirl.  It was so much fun.  “Misplaced Trust” is also a good read for the new year.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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