Rather than think with their brain logically, most people have an immediate emotional response to any given situation. My late husband referred to it as ‘a knee jerk reaction.’ If you ever watch any of the home shows on HGTV such as “Buying and Selling,” “House Hunters,” plus their international version, it’s amazing how frequently people have an emotional response to a home rather than think about their budgets. Often they go over their budgets without any logical thoughts. The same is true when purchasing a car. If its used you really have to verify that it is in good condition, that the mileage is accurate and that it really is worth the money. At a former gym, I used to watch a small auto lot while I was on the treadmill. They would take in a used car, clean it, steam the engine so it looked brand new, and do a variety of exterior and interior clean up completely skipping the important part which of course is the engine. The cars really did look good and they sold cars every day. I could almost guarantee that the emotional response at how nice the cars looked was the key to all their sales. In the gossip magazines, and celebrity news, I can still remember Hollywood stars divorcing because they had an argument. It was shocking. Life is full of minor arguments. They don’t mean anything unless there is a serious matter attached to it. In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart had an emotional response when Bob at the Sweet Shop was out of chocolate ice cream. He literally had a temper tantrum. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has countless characters all having an emotional response which always had the consequence of spending money to solve the situation. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Toxic people are everywhere. Even your family is not exempt. They are always negative in your life except when they want something. Then they can be extremely manipulative. They always have an ulterior motive. In the beginning you wouldn’t realize what toxic people are really like, but once you see their true side, you will know. It’s important to understand that whatever is happening, it is always about them. They are always takers. Giving just isn’t in their vocabulary. There are individuals willing to cope with that because they are lonely, foolishly believe these toxic people care about them and if they were in trouble they would assist immediately. Of course, the first sign of a problem and they disappear. If they hurt you or make you feel bad, their “I’m sorry,” is fake. They don’t really mean it because it’s always about them. They almost border on narcissism. If it’s your family, what can you do? Most families avoid the toxic members. They may not speak to them, not socialize, and possibly only be polite during the holiday season. There was an old episode on “Frasier,” about a woman who was on the air before Frasier’s show. She clearly hid her checked past. One of the calls that came into her was about a woman having issues with her mother. The woman told her to get her mother out of her life that she was toxic. Fraser eventually discovered his workmate’s past and flew her mother in. Talk about toxic people. The woman that played that scene was outstanding. She was horrible! There were no toxic people in the Good Gus series. The series is an ideal read for these warm summer days. It’s online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters that are toxic people. It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
My favorite part about being the author of the Good Gus series is reading to children. My stories always bring a smile to their faces. Whenever I meet people, I always ask if they have young children and grandchildren and then give them my stickers and cards. Most people are intrigued and love the fact that my stories are not about monsters, fairies, aliens, etc. They love the concept. However, if I have enough time I include a few of my stories about reading to children which is my absolute favorite part. I used to read at the Boys and Girls Club. The children always had wonderful questions such as “Where is your horse?” “Do you have horses on your ranch?” “Can I come home with you?” “Do you ride your horses every day?” Another time, I was scheduled to arrive and when I did, the manager of the Boys and Girls Club had forgotten to put it on their calendar. When I arrive to read anywhere I appear in my white cowgirl hat, a nice cowgirl shirt, jeans, and cowgirl boots. There was a group of children waiting to watch a video when they saw me. One of the staff asked the children if they would like to see the video or listen to me read. Of the approximate thirty children, twenty-eight chose the listen to me read. How wonderful was that? Whenever I tell of few of my stories, people love them. These are only a few of my stories. Remember, the series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is a combination of my stories as a paralegal. It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Apple cider vinegar isn’t just for salads any more. Here are a few uses that members of my family has tried. If you have a foot fungus issue, soak your feet for one hour in apple cider vinegar. Do it every day, and after a few days the fungus will begin to disappear. If you have a cold or the flu and are congested, try a little in a portable steamer. If you can stand the taste, it does help with heartburn. It also works on mold and E.coli when you combine it with salt and hydrogen peroxide. It does seem to keep the bugs away if you spray it inside and outside of your windows. For some reason lately, I keep finding dead moths. It can lower blood sugars. If you hate the taste, take the capsule. They are sold everywhere and only contain apple cider vinegar. Some people use it to detox. It is inexpensive. You can use it to cleanse your skin and hair. It can relieve an itchy scalp. You can also wash your pets with it. They claim it helps ward off fleas. Some people use it as a rinse after shampoo which softens their locks. Natural gardners recommend it for weeds rather than poisons. It’s also easier to just pull them out. I have recommended to another family member it for pet stains on your carpet. I would combine with baking soda to erase the odor. My personal favorite, though, is to use apple cider vinegar to unclog drains. It works better than chemicals and shockingly well. Since it was discovered in 5000 BC, it was used during the Good Gus era. The series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. Today I had a medical appointment and in my style, passed out stickers and cards while social distancing. They all loved not only the cards and stickers, but the story setting and ideas. They all said how important it is to have stories available for children that show good morals and values. “Misplaced Trust” is still available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
If you even glance slightly at the articles on the internet, almost everything you read is negative news. It’s practically never ending. What is really sad is that some of our favorite stores are closed now for good. Today, two of my favorites, Tuesday Morning and Bed, Bath and Beyond will never open again. Many companies are filing bankruptcy and there will be a new all time low in commercial real estate. Not to mention that the larger conglomerates have reduced their office space for the new work at home policy. If that isn’t enough negative news, USA Today stated that one in five teachers are not returning to work. They feel that they are not doing a good job. There is also the possibility that they are afraid of catching the virus. As countries begin to open, only time will tell. The Eurozone expects to have travel within thirty-one countries on or before June 15, 2020. The two countries that have been hit the hardest, Spain and Italy, are very popular for holiday travel during the summer. The negative news is also showing an increase in crime. Even Japan is thinking of passing a new law about cyber bullying. With all the hustle and bustle at a halt, maybe people should look back into what is laughingly referred to as the ‘good old days’ when there were no TV’s, internet, streaming videos, etc. People learned to get along, read more, cooked at home, and thought about new ways to entertain themselves that didn’t involve technology. In the Good Gus series there was little if any negative news. The series is always available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The old saying, “charity begins at home,” is still applicable today. The thoughts only occur to most people during the holiday season, but why not now? So many people are struggling financially, that everyone needs help. In an old Andy Griffith show , Andy was upset and embarrassed that Opie had only give three cents to the school’s charity drive. He kept repeating that it looked so bad since he was the Sheriff that his own son was so inconsiderate of the needs of others. Aunt Bea was furious with Andy for treating Opie that way and pointed out that if Opie was saving to buy his little girlfriend a present, Andy shouldn’t interfere. She went on to say that it was him that was ashamed and embarrassed because of his status in the community. Eventually, Andy half apologized and told Opie that if he wanted to buy his little girlfriend a toy or take her to the movies he was fine with it. Then, Opie told him he was saving to buy her a coat for the winter because her parents couldn’t afford one. In effect, charity really did begin at home. Of course, Andy was even more embarrassed which I think he deserved. There are many people around the globe who volunteer their time, money and efforts to help the less fortunate. It’s not known on social media, or publicly in any way. In the Good Gus series, charity was easy and clearly visible in “The Special Gift.” The series awaits your child’s reading online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” characters had no inkling of charity. It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States. It’s the beginning of summer and a BBQ day. It’s significance is to honor the soldiers who died in battle. It’s also a day that many people remember their relatives and family members who have passed. They go to their grave sites, clean them up and leave a plant or a flower. These former military were all heroes. There are always heroes who aren’t necessarily in the military. Today there were two articles of different heroes. Neither had anything to do with Memorial Day. The first one was a young manager at a Chick-Fil-A. He was working in the kitchen when a worker at the drive-thru window told him a child looked like they were having a problem in the backseat of a car. He went to the window and immediately assessed the situation. He knew there was no time to waste so he pushed himself out the window and ran to the car. The mother was frantic as the boy was tangled in his car seat and was beginning to choke and turn blue. He quickly reached into his pocket and grabbed his pocket knife. It was difficult to cut but once the boy was free, he started crying. Then everyone knew he was fine. The second hero was a Marine just getting off work in Alabama. He was eating at a Taco Bell when two boys, probably teenagers walked in. It had been raining and the boys were cold and wet. They began approaching people and the people were saying no. Even the cashier looked nervous. Finally, they approached the Marine. They asked him if he would like to buy candy. He replied that he didn’t have any cash. As he began speaking to them they explained that they had been out selling candy for their church for the less fortunate people in their congregation. They said they were unable to eat. His next question was, “Do you think you can eat ten tacos between you? They both smiled and said yes. He pulled out his card, went to the counter and fed them. He thought that they were decent boys trying to earn money to help the needy in their church. So, on occasion, Memorial Day weekend isn’t all about going to the beach, family BBQ’s, and swimming at nearby lakes. In the Good Gus series Memorial Day did not exist. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Most of us have too much drama in our lives. A day can’t go by without someone being upset or negative about something. The worst part is that it may not be any particular event in a person’s life. It could be about politics, the weather, a person at work or now working at home. It seems that the rise in divorce filings has occurred because of the virus. Couples that were never ‘stuck’ at home with each other all day, can no longer cope. Drams has permeated their lives. Families always have drama. There are families that are secretly getting together but not telling all members. They feel that is important but they need to consider both the very young and the old while doing this. Once other family members discover what has been happening, drama ensues. Now that the weather is improving in many parts of the world, sitting on patios, balconies, and porches are a good way to ease the tensions in many homes. You can also begin gardening even if you live in an apartment. There is curbside pick-up available for flowers, plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables in containers, potting soil and seeds can be purchased online. It’s a great way to end the drama at home and focus on growing and being outdoors. There is always a way to make things better if people would look beyond their noses. In the Good Gus series, there wasn’t really any family drama. There are exciting adventures awaiting the young reader. The books are also ideal for bedtime reading. The series is available online at Waterstones, Nook and Kindle. Misplaced Trust is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Rather than jump on the medication bandwagon, how about eating foods that are dissolving artery plaque instead? What are the dissolving artery plaque foods you may ask. Here is a list that should help you. Start with oranges. They are available everywhere and most of the year. Kale is also available year round. I personally don’t care for it but many people utilize it in salads, smoothies, and stir fry. Garlic is great. You can use it in pasta sauce, mashed potatoes, and in healthy smoothies. For the wine drinkers, red is ideal for dissolving artery plaque. It also is available to everyone all seasons. Dark chocolate, which is my personal favorite, is also in all groceries. You can buy in it in bars that are used for baking. They have percentages that have a little sugar which make them enjoyable. It is also full of flavonoids. Even Harvard University agrees. Sardines also help and are easy to buy canned. Lentils not only work but they also help reduce your cholesterol. Almonds are an ideal snack and are perfect toasted and added to fruit salads. Pomegranates are a good choice. Ireland even has pomegranate juice. Blueberries are continually referred to as a health food. I love them. Fresh beets can be easily purchased when in season or utilized in salads when they are canned. Salmon is perfect and available year round. Turmeric is not only perfect for dissolving artery plaque but it is great for inflammation. If you don’t like it in food, buy the supplements. Apples are also available year round as they keep them in freezers. Avocados are perfect for salads and fajitas! Broccoli is good cooked or raw with dip. These are only a few choices. In the Good Gus series many of these foods were available which could explain the good health of its citizens. The series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.