Stereotyping is quite common.  If you ask anyone about it they will tell you it comes from somewhere but they don’t know where.  However, yesterday I was watching a show and they referred to a person as a “Harpie.”  When I was young I had no idea about stereotyping, yet the character referred to an individual using a slang for an Irish person.  He was obviously insulting the other character.  Personally I believe that stereotyping comes from bigoted people.  It is generally referenced to minority groups.  Yet that show yesterday that insulted an entire country that is not considered a minority.  In the early 1900’s stereotyping was extremely popular.  As immigrants from Europe and other continents traveled to the United States to seek fame and fortune the previously established residents were not happy.  They didn’t want them taking their jobs, putting their children in school or moving in their neighborhoods. Many business establishments posted signs saying “Irish need not apply.”  When Richard Harris went up to London in 1954 he was looking for a bed sit also known as a room for the evening.  He was furious when he saw a sign that said, “No Irish, No Blacks.”  He took off his shirt, wrapped it around he fist, and punched through the glass.  He still has a piece of glass to this day.  It was a harsh reminder that bigotry existed as did stereotyping.  In the Good Gus series, stereotyping did not exist.  I wrote the stories with the idea that children should be color blind to the shade of a person’s skin, the color of their hair, or even their demeanor.  Finding the books for the long hot summer days is easy.  It’s on Kindle, Waterstones, and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” showed the worst of some characters who developed Alzheimer’s or Dementia.  As they lost their minds their bigotry and stereotyping surfaced.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.


Many articles by therapists suggest that traveling is very relaxing. Often that is true, but when a person decides to plan a trip, there is much to consider.  Once all the arrangements have been made, particularly if you are going by plane or train there are a number of things to consider.  At the start of  your trip, weather plays a role in how successful your arrival at your destination will be.  If you are traveling in the winter and it is cold and there is a chance of snow or sleet, the amount of stress that is placed upon a person could end up destroying their entire holiday.  When my son set a wedding date it was for a destination wedding.  His future wife, who was accompanied by her twin sister,  had to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Europe and stop in Canada.  Then they  flew to Nassau.   Their weather was definitely cold to extremely cold.  My son and I left Tennessee with a temperature of seven  degrees Fahrenheit or  negative thirteen Celsius.   We had to change planes in Georgia.  When we stepped off the plane in Nassau the weather was warm and breezy.  For our family the traveling ended up with a lovely wedding ceremony and a stress free week.  That is not always the case for many individuals.,  They frequently end up with delays, lost luggage, cancelled reservations, etc.  For the most part, as many families and individuals are traveling this summer, I hope they all enjoy their free time and have the best possible weather.  If you are traveling by car, the Good Gus series is a good choice for the children in the back seat.  It is readily available online at Kindle and Waterstones.  In San Diego it is available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  Sales were outstanding today for Miss Patty at Balboa Park.  She should have her credit card machine by next Saturday.  When you reach your destination, remind yourself to relax and have a good read.  You can find “Misplaced Trust” at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Many older individuals are now taking advantage of the offers from their insurance companies to begin working out for free.  It’s a smart move on the part of the insurance companies because a healthy client reduces doctors, hospitals and medication bills.  You might be surprised at the number of individuals who walk into the gym with an oxygen machine, slightly bent over and in six months they have changed their physique.  Of course, there are numerous schools of thoughts about working out.  There are coaches who believe in long exercise routines.  Many others believe at least thirty minutes is best.  Either way, if you are working out every day your body and mind are benefiting.  I learned from the former Mr. and Mrs. Ireland from the Image Gym in Swords.  They suggested at least ten minutes cardio before doing any of the machines.  Of course, they are firm believers in working out every day.  I think it is important not to skip your routines so you develop the habit of regenerating your body.  They also recommended that if you do the same exercises and lift the same weights in a specific order that you need to mix it up.  Change it around, increase the amount of weights, and increase the number of reps.  They definitely said do not target one area of your body.  You are a complete package.  As many people in Ireland walk to the gym they didn’t suggest warming up first but it might be a good idea if you drive to the gym.  Of course, the cooling down occurs when you walk home.  In the Good Gus series working out was their daily life on the farm, ranch, or even for anyone who lived in Pecos.  Available online at Kindle and Waterstones or for hard copies the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Don’t forget Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park, in San Diego tomorrow.  It’s possible that if working out was part of a routine for many of the characters in ‘Misplaced Trust’ they might have lived longer.  It is easily available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Poverty affects everyone. Whether you have a little or a lot of money, poverty can still strike at any time.  There is a chain company in the United States that is closing doors and instantly putting people out of work.  What is worse is that they are not receiving any notice.  Many of the employees live paycheck to paycheck so they see poverty in their immediate future.  Poverty is also a state of mind.  Mother Teresa once said that poverty was a person who had no hope and was lonely.  She had a different perspective.  She dealt with the poor, sick, anyone suffering and having a difficult time in life, especially children. She had a valid point.  If you have no hope, your life is empty, full of pain and possibly meaningless to you.  Therefore, the human riches of enjoying life and being happy along with looking forward to the future do not exist.  Therefore, you are living in poverty.  The person who does have hope, clings to life no matter how difficult, has friends who care about them are truly rich.  Maybe not in the monetary sense, but as a human being they are wealthy.  There are people you meet in life who appear to have it all together, but in reality their brains are in agony because they are miserable.  In the Good Gus series, poverty was not an issue.  There were citizens living in Pecos who had more money than others, but it was not part of the story line.  The series can be found on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  There were people who were on the brink of poverty in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Having knee pain isn’t for older people anymore. It seems that younger adults are quite unhappy to have knee pain as well.  It prevents many individuals from enjoying a variety of activities.  The knee is a hinge joint and one of the largest that we have on our body.  Many people by the time they reach forty can no longer run because of overuse and wearing down of the cartilage.  That is what protects our bones wherever they meet.  If you have knee pain you really need to listen to your body because it is obviously telling you something.  The reason that the cartilage wears down is from repetitive steps.  So if you hit the treadmill for thirty minutes running, at some point your knee is going to let you know that you did it too much.  There are obviously other reasons such as an injury, loose cartilage, twisting and sudden stops and starts.  Athletes are particularly prone to knee injuries and pain.  If you are thinking pain medication is the answer, reconsider.  Without realizing it you can become addicted to pain medications or opioids.  One of the newer treatments for this is platelet-rich-plasma.  It is very effective and helps regenerate tissues from within.  If your insurance doesn’t cover it, the pool is an ideal choice.  There are many clubs that offer exercises and therapy for joint and knee pain.  In the Good Gus series, knee pain may have been an issue but since the citizens in Pecos workloads varied, it was highly unlikely.  Now that school is out and you are hearing those infamous words, “I’m bored,” grab your tablet and choose a few books from the series to keep the kids occupied.  It’s on Kindle, Waterstones and if you are passing through San Diego, at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Knee pain was the least of anyone’s trouble in “Misplaced Trust.”  If you are bored as well, try it as a different read.  You can locate it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Every day there are new scams trying to steal from us. It’s not exclusive to any country or people. Age doesn’t matter.  In the United States there are groups who have manipulated the  phone system to make their numbers appear to be government phone numbers.  It’s a great skill.  They then call people of all ages telling them that their social security is at risk.  Older people believe them, give them all their personal data, and then their money disappears. What type of people think up these new scams particularly to cheat older individuals, who have worked their entire lives, out of their hard earned money?  The best part is that they call from a variety of phone numbers and if you try to call back it looks like you are reaching an official governmental office.  Today, I read about a woman who was posing as a social worker to try to kidnap a newborn baby.  That is one of the new scams that has truly hit an all time low.  Lately, it seems that stealing is a way of life.  Another article today discussed a man who claimed he was drowning financially with his school loans.  He took out the loans knowing full well he had to pay them back.  He utilized them to obtain an education.  Then, because things were difficult he decided his best out was to use his degree to move to another country, namely China, and say goodbye to all of his student loans. He literally stole from the company who gave him the loans to now earn money without the burden of repayment.  Not only was he cheating but he scammed the company out of a large sum of money.  Luckily, in the Good Gus series, new scams didn’t exist.  Not to mention that the books are for children, but it would have been wrong to include that type of story line.  Check the series out on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  If you thought about possible new scams, “Misplaced Trust” could easily show you a few new ones.  It’s not your average book, but many individuals have really enjoyed it.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

In today’s society, a number of families do not eat dinner together. However, gathering at the table as a family should be a priority as frequently as possible.  The conversation during dinner should really be an important part of the day for  every family.  It’s imperative to talk about each person’s day and how it went.  What should also be considered is topics about world events.  Everyone has a point of view, but as a family, at home, the discussions should not be limited to sporting events, grades in school, projects due, but an open forum to allow the participants to learn about political points of view, human rights, current events and any other topic where they can voice their opinions without being censored.  It is important for children to learn logic and understand as much as they can about the world.  As politically correct is “in” at the moment, they don’t have the opportunity to view both sides of a situation.  It appears to be decided by the media and the internet.  Trying to understand all points of view is almost impossible due to fake news and the twisting of events.  At the dinner table, everyone should express their thoughts and then as parents we can guide them and give them the opportunity to decide for themselves.  In the Good Gus series, eating together at dinner time was a way of life.  As of today, we are now accepting credit cards both online and on Saturdays at Balboa Park.  Remember, the series is available on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  We are really close to the published hard copy of “Misplaced Trust.”  While waiting, you can read it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.


Without realizing it, many people are the cause of their own self destruction.  There are individuals who are so unhappy  and depressed that they hurt themselves as self destruction is a comfort zone for them.  After it is over, they have no idea how to get back to being comfortable with themselves.  It doesn’t just occur in self harm, we often do it unconsciously in a variety of ways.  In the workplace, without a clear understanding we can easily set in motion actions that will lead to our self destruction.  You may say the wrong thing, be politically incorrect, use foul language, or just ignore  basic work etiquette.  Taking someone else’s food, not finishing your assigned projects, arriving late, leaving early, taking long lunches are just a few examples of how these acts can lead to self destruction and possibly even losing your job.  It sounds simple, but many adults feel that they are entitled and can do whatever they want.  They even believe they can say anything they want even if it hurts another person’s feelings.  All this type of behavior leads to individuals being lonely and having few or no friends.  Their social lives are sitting in front of a computer screen.  They are the people you see sitting alone in restaurants, at the mvoies,  or at a work social event.  In the Good Gus series there was no self destruction.  It would have been a terrible example for the young reader.  Remember Kindle, Waterstones and the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California are a few of the choices to find the series.  Many of the characters in the chapters of “Misplaced Trust” were clearly on the path to self destruction.  Their only goal was to obtain the money and rush down that path.  The book is readily available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Most people fail to appreciate the good people and things in their lives.  There are many individuals who are homeless, rent a room because they can’t afford an apartment, or people who rent their entire lives because they don’t make enough money to purchase a home.  There are individuals who buy a trailer so that at least they can live in a home that they can call their own.  They appreciate the fact that they are able to go to their own home every day after work even if it isn’t on their own land.  Sadly, they criticized for living in a trailer as many people have called them low class.  They are the people who do live in a home that they purchased yet the criticizers don’t appreciate the fact that not everyone can afford to own a home but are doing the best that they can.  In the old ‘Andy Griffith Show,’ Barney never lived in a home or even an apartment.  Yet he appeared on the show to be grateful to have a place to live.  People in western countries fail to appreciate their lifestyles as they live in nice areas, can easily buy food at the grocery, have transportation, nice clothing, technology and don’t live in war torn areas.  The citizens of Pecos appreciated the weather in West Texas and  were fortunate because  everyone had a garden. Miss Patty had several new sales of the series today at Balboa Park, San Diego.  Remember it’s easy to locate on Kindle and Waterstones (which has just purchased Barnes & Noble) and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  In many of the chapters in “Misplaced Trust” the characters rarely appreciated anything.  Their only interest was money.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

It appears that we live our lives by an invisible time clock.  It starts first thing in the morning.  We need to set an alarm so we can arise on time to start our day.  We may need the time clock set to get ready for work, feed the family or wake the children for school.  Even on the weekends people live by the time clock.  They have to set up everything that they couldn’t do during the week because of work, school schedules, possible sports events, etc.  Even when we arrive home at the end of the day, dinner needs to be prepared and we literally judge everything by the time clock.  In the workplace, many companies actually have a time clock that people punch in and out of during the course of the day. They work their shifts, take their breaks and then quit always punching in and out.  If you work in an office you are expected to arrive on time and complete your work within a prescribed duration.  As we approach the end of the day, once again we are set to go to sleep at a certain time.  Did you ever think if you don’t wear a watch how much your life revolves around the clock?  In the Good Gus series, the timepiece was part of their lives as well.  Remember, Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park tomorrow in San Diego.  If you aren’t headed in that direction, you can always buy the books at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  Before you head off to the beach, remember to add onto your child’s tablet the series from Kindle or Waterstones.  Don’t forget your reading while relaxing this week-end.  “Misplaced Trust” is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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