We have slowly become an automated society.  As children, all the comic books centered around a future of automated homes, cars, factories and utilizing robots to do all the manual labor.  Over time, many of their predictions came true.  Our homes have become more automated than they originally believed.  We have dishwashers, stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, automatic thermostats, and even robotic vacuums.  Our phones are practically mini computers.  Even when computers were developed they took up full size rooms and now they can be held in our hands.  The automation of factories slowly diminished the work force.  Over time, many individuals lost their jobs to machines.  The equipment could do it quicker, more efficiently and had no sick days or holidays.  While becoming automated in business does increase profits, there are still a few businesses that use a staff. Those are the types of businesses that advertise that their products are made by people and they are proud of their work. The fashion industry for designer clothing cannot rely on machines because the human element is what makes their clothes unique.  Once they become popular, the automation takes over.  It’s sad to see a person who has worked for a company for thirty or forty years become suddenly unemployed.  No one will hire them.  The factories continue to thrive, cheapen the ingredients in many foods, and offer products at a reduced price because they can still make a handsome profit.  In the Good Gus series, everything was made by people.  There was very little that was automated.  It’s amazing, that almost everywhere I have been lately, people love the stickers I pass out for their children or their nieces or nephews.  Remember, get a jump on your Christmas list with the series  which is available  on Kindle or at our website.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at these fine websites:  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 With all the movements occurring, no one would expect that  a phony  woman would still exist.  Yet, today there was an article about a woman who asked her mother,  her fiance’s sister,  a good friend and mother-in-law to help her shop for her wedding dress.  Certainly, the bride  was thoughtful and considerate including her future family.  The day went well and everyone had a good time, or so the future bride thought.  Then, later that evening she received a text, which she immediately realized was an accident, from her future mother-in-law.  Basically, the phony woman was criticizing her and condemning her.  She thought about it before she mentioned it to her future husband, and he asked his mother to apologize, but she refused.  She at least knows now how her married life will go with such a fake mother-in-law.  Just when you think that is only one example of a phony woman, let me tell you about a friend of mine.  He is a kind, decent man who married a woman a few years ago who was not of the ethnicity as his family.  His mother and sister immediately disowned him.  Just recently, a family friend whom he grew up with held a party for her parents fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The couple were so close to his family that when his parents moved to Texas within two years they moved as well.  They spent many wonderful years having family events and both families were included.  Yet, when his mother and sister discovered that he would be attending the party, they did not go.  Not only was  it an insult to their friends, but it was extremely cruel to my friend.  As a phony woman, and obviously, now a poor mother, she hurt her son in a sad way.  He did have a good time!  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, there were no phony women.  The characters were all down to earth, kind, thoughtful and considerate.  With Christmas tree lighting’s,  decorations everywhere, and displays in shops, don’t fight the crowds.  A quick click and you can have the series ready for Christmas day for the young readers on your list.  In “Misplaced Trust,” many chapters included a phony woman including the stereo type of marrying an older man or woman for their money.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  This season the must have lists continue to grow.  All the advertisers are making sure that both adults and children have a huge must have list.  It’s not an easy task, but they appear to be succeeding.  Every advert geared towards children have the important data that it be on their list and that it is absolutely essential.  They toy businesses gear up for this season and then they employ advertising agencies to make sure they sell out their inventory.  It’s also true for the adults.  Just today I saw a discount department store advertising pre-black Friday sales and that each and every item was a must have.  Sales must be slow as they seem to be advertising Black Friday deals and specials early. It used to be only in the U.S. but the past few years the U.K. began offering the same types of deals.  It is a great way to kick off holiday shopping.  There are large stores closing in the U.S. due to poor sales performance.  Black Friday probably won’t save them either.  Online sales are the trend and they also have their must have lists for everyone.  I found it amazing today, that the discount department store had a must have list for home goods for the holidays.  The adverting agencies are really doing an excellent job to assist their clients in sales.  Unless a citizen of Pecos went to the big city, with all the large stores and newspapers, no one would know about the Christmas must have lists that probably existed back then.  Available on Kindle, the Good Gus series offers good reading with examples of kindness, consideration and adventure to hold the young reader’s interest.  Every character in “Misplaced Trust” definitely had a must have list.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 It’s that time of year again when holiday weight gain seems inevitable.  Many individuals believe that the holidays are a time to eat anything and everything.  However, if they repeat that pattern year after year, the pounds will remain.  Over time, excessive pounds or kilos will do three things.  Your clothes won’t fit, your health will deteriorate and the possibility of various diseases will result.  Most individuals don’t believe in dieting during this period as they always think their holiday weight gain will fall off in January.  The smart move is to prevent holiday weight gain.  Various studies have proven that if you do a caloric restriction intermittently, you will end up exactly where you started prior to all the holiday food over eating.  It’s easier than you think.  During the holiday season very few people have will power.  The foods they crave are suddenly everywhere and the temptation is too great to resist.  However, by   restricting your calories just two days a week, you can avoid holiday weight gain.   On days where there are no temptations, consider making protein shakes and eating low calorie foods.  That way, when the urge to indulge occurs, your waistline will love you.  It’s also important to include nutritional supplements to make sure you remain healthy.  As they are predicting another horrendous flu season, it’s best to be prepared. Don’t forget to keep up your exercise as much as possible during this season!  In the Good Gus series, indulging during the holidays  did not result in holiday weight gain.  It was an era that required continual work to maintain farms, shops, and their lifestyle.  Available on Kindle, the series is ideal for reminding the young readers in your life the importance of family, good values and ideals.  “Misplaced Trust” has absolutely nothing to do with holiday weight gain.  I have been told it’s a fascinating read.  It is available on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Book  As the holidays approach, so does family conflict. It can start off simply with what foods to serve, whom to invite for any parties, to decorations.  In the U.S. the first holiday is Thanksgiving.  It’s supposed to be a time of reconnecting with family members and being grateful.  Unfortunately, people end up having a family conflict.  Often it can be caused by bringing up old grudges, resentments or too much liquor.  It can start off slowly, but then it builds up during conversations and then boom!  For a day people are supposed to be thankful and grateful, it frequently becomes a sad and unhappy event. What is worse is that the U.S. has black Friday and they force their employees to work on Thanksgiving.  When I was young, all stores were closed but many opened around 5:00 a.m. the next day.  The newspapers and TV were full of ads for specials.  Often people arrived early at the stores and stood in line for the sales.    Christmas is one of the biggest holidays of the year.  Unfortunately, the overwhelming ads make people, and especially children become greedy and want anything and everything that is available.  That is difficult for many families just struggling to make ends meet.  Sadly, the children don’t understand and when they return to school and all the other children are bragging about their gifts they feel ashamed and embarrassed.  If parents over indulge in gifts, the children rip them open and don’t seem to appreciate them. It’s clear from all the movies on TV.  “The Special Gift” is a wonderful book to start a new family tradition at Christmas time.  Available on Kindle, and our website, it is a heartwarming story for your children with no family conflict.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of family conflict.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 We were all taught at an early age to understand right from wrong.  Yet, today it almost seems discernible.  We all know that we should do the right thing but many individuals do not.  The first page in every Good Gus book has this line:  “He is a good sheriff because he always does the right thing.”  An ex-Marine in the U.S. lost it yesterday and ruined many lives.  He may have had mental issues but he learned at a young age the differences between right from wrong.  All the political groups who only believe their thoughts and opinions are the correct ones, have even turned to violence to get attention and be noticed.  People even stage demonstrations in front of political candidates that they dislike.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  However, it isn’t necessary to wreak havoc, cause violence, and try to force their ideas on the rest of the world.  It almost seems like morals and values are slowing disappearing.  If you are exposed at all to celebrity gossip, political gossip, and in general what the internet believes is any type of gossip, you walk away with the impression that hardly anyone knows right from wrong.  It comes down to making choices even if you were taught they were not the right things to do.  In the Good Gus series, right from wrong is an essential part of every story line.  It is important that the children, who are exposed to so much negative media, be reminded about good values.  Available on Kindle, each story is unique and every child I have ever read to has always loved the plots.  I have never read to any group of children who didn’t ask me to read a second and even third book. Clearly in “Misplaced Trust” the characters do know right from wrong.  They just always chose wrong!  The book, ideal for Christmas readers, is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Diagnosis’s of breast cancer are on the rise particularly in the U.S.  There was a recent article about the various states in the U.S. that are the highest in cases of breast cancer.  It affects both men and women.  However, along with exercise and eating right, there are a few other ways to help reduce your chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.  Two foods, green tea and broccoli, can actually reprogram the genes of malignant cancer cells.  That is amazing.  In a recent study, it was discovered in mice that the combination of the green tea and broccoli could reduce hard to treat  breast cancers.  Green tea contains polyphenols which have had favorable effects against tumor cells of all types.  Broccoli contains sulforaphane which has shown to have anti-cancer properties.  It may even help the liver.  During studies using tamoxifen, the combination of the tea and broccoli helped to reprogram the genes which enabled them to begin generating the missing estrogen receptors.  Basically, they killed the cancerous cells.  These studies are still in the initial phases but show promising results.  They may even help with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.  There is also the possibly it will help with inflammation diseases or conditions.  So, the next time you see broccoli at the grocery, remember those words of your mother and now this blog and buy it.  You will not regret it.  In the Good Gus series, breast cancer was not part of their lives.  Their diets consisted of fresh foods which helped the disease rate to remain low.  The series is available on Kindle and at our website.  If you are trying to find that present for the adults on your Christmas list, I hope you will consider “Misplaced Trust.”  It is affordable and available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 A young man passed away today because of a dare when he was nineteen.  He ate  a garden slug while drinking wine with his friends.  He was on his way to becoming a soccer star.  After he ate the slug he became paralyzed within a few days.  It was a ridiculous dare that cost him his life.  As children we dare other children to see if they will do something that we may be afraid of and see if that child will take a chance.  There is even a children’s TV show entitled, “Double Dare.”  It think it involves silly stunts and a lot of fake slime.  Daring a person to jump out of a plane, jump off a bridge with a bungee cord, or race at extremely high speeds on freeways or back roads, also fall into that category.  A person can feel so inferior that they believe they must prove themselves by doing the dare.  Unfortunately, the can have a heart attack from fear or worse become seriously injured or killed.  Anyone who believes they are a superior driver and then races on freeways or back roads, may secretly be hoping to die.  Unless a person is professionally trained, it is too dangerous.  The inexperienced drive will not understand the terrain or a way to handle  the car if it spins out of control.  In the Good Gus series, I never included any type of dare.  It’s not only a bad example for the young reader, but it’s sending out a negative message which is not what the series is about.  Available on Kindle, I hope you consider the series for the children on your Christmas gift list.  If the characters in “Misplaced Trust” could dare their counterparts, they surely would have given it a try.  The book is ideal for the difficult adult in your life for Christmas.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 In a number of songs the lyrics contain references often to real love.  The Beatles sang a song entitled, “All you Need is Love.”  Tina Turner’s song said it was a second hand emotion and that real love didn’t really exist.  Which is it?  Many people believe in soulmates, true love or just real love.  Often in marriages, the partners believe they have found real love only to be divorced a few years later.  Sometimes they just get tired of each other or their differences are so great that they can’t cope with the situation any more.  Parents have a real love for their children.  Unfortunately, not all parents feel that way.  Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many articles about the harm or worse they do to their children.  It’s sad because children have an unconditional love for their parents and over time it can be destroyed.  The same is true of parents loving their children and if their treatment if poor, they still care about their children and possibly love them, but their desire to associate with them is extremely limited.  It all comes down to truly being kind and appreciating one another.  Respect is important as well, as the late great Aretha Franklin sang.  There are continual postings on Facebook about being kind, loving one another, showing respect, etc. because you never know when your last day might be.  Not bad advice.  It is clear in all the stories in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, that real love existed between families and the citizens of Pecos.  As the Christmas decorations appear, I hope you will consider “The Special Gift” and make it your new family reading tradition on Christmas eve.  The sad part about many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust,” is that several of the individuals didn’t have real love for their families or siblings.  The book, also a nice choice for Christmas, is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 For two days I have seen on the internet a six year old girl lying in a hospital bed because of not one tormentor but several children at her school.  She vomits twenty times a day and is currently attached to an IV.  What is wrong with the parents and children today?  I have written about entire classes of children not showing up for a birthday party, but this harm to a little girl is overwhelming.  What goes on in the mind of other six year old  children that they become a tormentor to a little girl?  When we were six we were happy to be able to play with other children and were taught to respect everyone and treat them well.  Is it social media?  Can it be all the violence on TV and video games?  It is impossible to understand.  The children I meet and know are kind and considerate.  Everyone I am sure will blame the parents.  Obviously, to some degree it is their fault. It is learned behavior and if a child is bullied at home they will become the tormentor of other children.  As we are constantly barraged with negativity and  violence, plus the rise of domestic abuse, particularly in the U.S. and within certain cultures, it gives a  horrible example of how children think they should be behave.  In the Good Gus series, the only tormentor and bully was Bad Bart in book one.  Available on Kindle, the series offers hope to parents seeking books with strong moral examples with stories their children will enjoy.  In “Misplaced Trust” many of the characters clearly had the tormentor mentality.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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