Whenever something is popular, the people who want to be part of something jump on the bandwagon. Is it a lack of confidence, or do they just want to be a part of the crowd? In any event, once it starts it’s almost like an avalanche. It can’t be stopped.  When someone falls out of favor with the media, anywhere in any country, everyone jumps on the bandwagon to criticize, condemn, etc. If a person makes a mistake, that is one thing.  However, lately, individuals are being attacked if they don’t say the correct word about almost anything.  Then everyone is on board to prove they are part of the “in crowd” in whatever action they take.  Do you remember the old saying your parents probably said to you when trying to set you straight?  “If your friend jumped off a bridge, would you?”  They were trying to make a point in that just because one person does something doesn’t mean that you should.  Maybe that’s the point.  The people who jump on the bandwagon are followers, not leaders. All the people who left President Trump’s business councils were supposedly business industry  leaders. Yet, the second there was a crisis, they all jumped ship.  I’m not saying I agree or disagree, I am simply giving an example of human behavior.  Take a look at fashions.  Is it possible to imagine that people pay exorbitant amounts of money for ripped jeans? Seriously, in earlier times if you had ripped jeans they were patched and worn until they looked like the designer jeans. However, because it is in, everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and the jean manufacturers are wealthy.  In the Good Gus series, the only bandwagon was a buckboard with musicians!  The series is available on Kindle elusively worldwide.  If you are not willing to be on or off the bandwagon, find a cozy spot in the cool shade and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

When you think of studies the first thing that probably comes to mind is school and how grateful you are not to be doing that anymore. As we all progressed in life when we were finished with all schooling including college we were thrilled to leave the studies behind.  As you peruse the internet, the number of articles regarding studies for products are infinite.  There seems to be a new study issued almost every day.  In viewing this data, what is interesting is that often the studies contradict each other.  For example, many articles cite various studies on the benefits of drinking red wine everyday. They include important facts such as it will unclog your arteries, it is good for the heart, and in some ways it is an anti-aging product.  However, now there are new studies saying that women who drink any type of alcohol, including wine, have a higher risk of breast cancer.  My first question is who paid for all these studies?  Were the results slanted for the wine industry?  Why does alcohol only affect the women and specifically for breast cancer and not the men for any cancer? The one obvious factor in alcohol is that most people gain weight.   The next controversial research, in my opinion, is high fructose corn syrup.  It is derived from corn starch.  There is so much research on the syrup that it would take days of reading to find the truth.  The bottom line, in my opinion, is this.  In order to make high fructose corn syrup the companies need to modify it before they sell it to other food manufacturers.  The important factor in all this is that it is cheaper than sugar.  At least one study claims that the more you eat of this syrup or artificial sweeteners, the more you want.  That is probably true.  Other factors include that it can raise your cholesterol, cause hypertension, obesity (hidden calories as it is in almost every food in the U.S. but not in Europe), liver damage and high exposure to mercury.  All that would be enough to find any product not containing it. The point of all this is simple.  Check your facts and find out who paid for the studies and then you will know how accurate they really are.  In the Good Gus series the only studies were in school!  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If the studies have boggled your mind, find your tablet and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever been asked what you aspire as in achievements, career goals, etc.? As children we make statements because a fireman or woman is nice to us, or a nurse, or even a teacher.  As we grow and face the real world many of our aspirations disappear or change.  There are individuals who know from an early age exactly what they want as a career, where they wish to live, and other personal achievements.  Often, these types of people have goals that are in chronological order.  For example, in many movies, mostly romantic comedies, the writers have characters who have defined goals.  When they become serious about a person, they let them know what their plan is.  It is not always the plan for the other individual. To continue, a man may have a five year plan.  He may want to achieve a partnership, purchase a home, decide after knowing a woman that they can move in together after three years and then if all goes well get married during year five.  Then, they can have the obligatory child that attends all the right schools and, of course, they are already living in that upscale neighborhood.  They may aspire all these things, but in all the movies, the other person is on the opposite side of their goals.  Recently, I watched a movie about a woman who really wanted to attend and receive a fellowship at a medical facility in Chicago.  The boyfriend was a died in the wool Bostonian.  When he realized that she really did aspire to improve her career and medical training, he offered to marry her if she would stay in Boston.  Not only did she turn him down, but she received the fellowship and moved to Chicago.  In the Good Gus series, Sheriff Gus aspired to make Pecos a great town that had a community spirit and was safe.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If you aspire to change your life, find a quiet place and sort it out.  Then take a quick reading break for “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Many people agree just to disagree. When you put a few people together, particularly family, the don’t seem to be able to agree on anything.  It is almost as if they want to disagree.  When I wrote “Misplaced Trust” many of the chapters dealt with people who say yes to your face and then do the opposite.  If anyone has ever been on a condominium board you would understand this clearly.  There are individuals that no matter how logical a decision may be, there is always one or two people who will completely disagree.  Often, their reasoning is illogical.  It’s almost as if they want to be the sole decision makers and let the rest of the community accept their word.  The community members should have a say.  It is their money that is being paid each month in fees.  Plus, the point of elected individuals to a board shows that the community puts their trust in whom they have chosen.  Unfortunately, and you can ask almost anyone who has or is currently on a board, that the continuous emails and infighting is literally exhausting.  No matter what the decision is one or two of the individuals will disagree.  It’s easy to see in almost any government, in any country, that the elected officials prefer to disagree rather than unite as one.  If they think it will help them get re-elected, they are wrong.  They are elected as the people want results.  They do not want the constant fighting, arguing, finger pointing, name calling, and now, lately, false news and publicity.   In the Good Gus series, there were people who did disagree in many of the stories.  Yet, they came together as a community.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are handling a will or trust and too many people seem to disagree with you, take a break and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It may give you the solutions you are seeking.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Every once in a while we all reach the breaking point.  It usually arrives when there has been too much stress.  If a person is unemployed, and they have applied for what they feel is the perfect job, only to have it pass to someone else can turn into the breaking point.  Families can often cause anyone to reach the breaking point.  They can be too demanding, argue too much, criticize or just be obnoxious.  All that can affect you until one day, it becomes so difficult that you reach the breaking point.  Even when you tell them to stop, somehow they just don’t listen.  It’s as if they are always right and you are always wrong.  Even when you do your best to solve an issue, break up an argument, explain you are too old to be told what to do, or to just end the criticism, they never seem to listen.  There are people who believe that if you are related that you never do enough for them.  Even when you do your best, it is never enough.  A couple of friends of mine who have adult children have expressed that if you only have two, each one believes that you, as the parent, are doing everything for their sibling and nothing for them.  Then, there appears to be a jealousy factor.  Each child, no matter how much you do for them, somehow they are jealous of the other child.  Clearly, as parents, even though the children were raised the same and treated equally, somewhere along the line we failed.  Is a millennium thing?  Who knows?  It does, however, cause us to reach the breaking point and  some individuals completely lose it.  In the Good Gus series, Sheriff Gus does not reach the breaking point.  When there is chaos, he is cool, calm and collected.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you have reached your breaking point, find a quiet relaxing spot, grab your tablet and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everyone wants true love and often they assume they have found it when they meet someone whom they feel is the ‘one’. Unfortunately, as the divorce rate will attest, they were wrong.  Look at celebrity news.  It seems almost everyday couples are breaking up.  What has to be embarrassing for them as many of these individuals expressed publicly that they had true love.  Many of them even had special tattoos signifying their true love.  Then, when one of them falls for another person on a movie set, everything falls apart.  Their true love becomes a joke.  It is also costly to either modify or remove those no longer wanted tattoos.  What is worse is that neither person recognizes that it was never true love.  If it was, no amount of temptation would have made them stray.  What is refreshing is when you see older couples truly happy and still in love.  I have mentioned my friend Eric Keyes, who is a musician in Texas.  His parents are in their late eighties and continue to hold hands and do the best they can to take care of each other.  That is true love.  Someone you can always count on and lean on throughout your lives.  It seems that people are hasty to get married and even quicker to divorce.  I remember reading once about an old child star who had been married and divorced several times.  His last wife had told him that just because we have a fight doesn’t mean we are getting a divorce.  She taught him to settle their differences without resorting to divorce.  That was true love. In the Good Gus series, Mary and Fred Band and Joe and Anna Kelly were the only married couples until book twenty when the Anderson’s moved to Pecos.  It is easy to see from the stories that the couples are happy and even though unspoken, they have true love.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If your true love has let you down, don’t be discouraged, relax with a good book on your tablet such as “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

 

 What is a worthy cause? Many individuals’ answers will vary depending upon what they consider is important.  A long time ago, the environmentalists were very vocal about saving the planet.  For some reason it appears to be on a be on a back burner lately.  Back in the day when it was popular, people would chain themselves to a tree to make a point.  There were also rallies and protests.  Now, it seems the only protests, at least in the U.S. are against President Trump.  In other countries, there are protests against immigrants, illegals, the governments, and other political issues.  In a few countries, the protesters spray paint their objections.  In the U.S., spray paint is used to mark territories for gangs.  I heard an advert on the radio today asking people to donate water for the needy and the poor.  In the hot weather, that is definitely a worthy cause.  Fighting injustice is a worthy cause in the entire world.  For many parts of the world, life is reasonable.  People have jobs, can support themselves or their families, live in a decent home and have plenty of food to eat.  The fast food restaurants, of which there are many, worldwide, even donate to homeless, shelters and organizations to help starving people.  Many businesses donate to a worthy cause because it is good for publicity and their customer base.  It shows that they are companies with a heart.  In the Good Gus series, in book seven, “The New Library,” Charlie, the stage coach driver, decided that donating books to the new Pecos library was a very worthy cause.  All along his route from Pecos to Ft. Worth, he knew people.  Each time he returned to Pecos, his buckboard was full of used books.  Book five, “Lightning Strikes Pecos,” will begin illustrations very soon.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are handling an estate or a will, remember donating goods that no one wants is a worthy cause.  “Misplaced Trust is available on line at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There is an old saying, “Life is what is happening while you are making other plans.” It’s true. We cannot predict what is going to happen. We can make plans, set goals, and still life will through us a curve ball.  It’s never easy.  However, when people bring a new life into the world, they have wonderful hopes, plans and dreams for the child.  Then life happens and it all changes.  For example, you can start a family and be financially set.  Then, if you were heavily invested in a business or a stock market, and suddenly it all crashed, you would have to start over.  During the depression in the world, many families gave up their homes and traveled to new areas in the hopes of gaining employment and starting over.  I remember reading a book to my children entitled, “Blue Willow.”  It was about a family who had to leave Texas during the drought  in the southwest which coincided with The Great Depression.  This family who had a good life lost everything.  They headed west to California and the dad landed a job as a ranch hand and they were allowed to live in a small shack.  The foreman extorted money from the family.  He even took their only prized possession, a blue willow plate.  When they decided they had enough, and planned to leave, the little girl in the story, walked to the owner of the ranch home and asked for her plate back.  The owner had no clue what she was talking about.  When he listened to her story, he suddenly realized that his foreman had been cheating his employees.  The owner insisted the little girl wait while he went to retrieve her plate.  In the end, the owner kept the family on with the dad as the new foreman and placed them in a nice home as part of his pay.  That was one of the few times where life became much better for families instead of worse.  In the Good Gus Series, although set in Texas, did not experience any droughts.  Life was very good in Pecos.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide. If you life is getting you down, grab your table and find “Misplaced Trust” on one of these fine e-book websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

What is behind the reasoning for children that bully? Today, my sweet granddaughter was at a birthday party. She was having a wonderful time playing in the bouncy house and then water was added which made it even more fun.  At first it was only the two birthday girls who are sisters.  They have always been very nice to her and played with her even though she is only three and one half.  As other children began to arrive, they all joined in the fun.  All of a sudden the older girl became upset that my granddaughter was speaking to her friend.  She immediately pushed her away which obviously made her cry.  Why did this happen?  Apparently she is one of the types of children that bully.  I suspect she was jealous, but parents really need to teach their children about having friends and sharing.  It was very upsetting as my granddaughter likes everyone.  Just recently, a timid woman posted on the interest about her experience with a few children that bully.  She was in line at a department store check out section.  About three or four children, probably around twelve were behind her in line.  It was clear that the clerk ringing up the products had been in a terrible accident.  His head was misshaped and he had staples on his skull.  The kids were laughing and taking pictures of the man and snickering to each other.  The mother was so upset that she waited until they left the store and then approached them. She asked where their mother or ride was and they began to panic.  She bravely told them they were bullies and demanded they delete the pictures of the unfortunate man.  She waited until their ride arrived and then explained it to the mum.  No one was happy.  The mother was very upset that her child was one of the children that bully.  I suspect that video games and phones were taken away that day.  In the Good Gus Series, Bad Bart was the only bully, but he learned quickly that it was unacceptable behavior.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you have children that bully in your neighborhood, let their parents know.  Susan Boyle had to call the police for her tormentors.  When you find time, I hope you will consider reading “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The truth matters although you would never know it by the news headlines. Lately, all you see, particularly in the United States, are topics about fake news.  When did it become fashionable to lie and make up news stories.  The individuals writing the fake news are supposed to be investigative reporters yet they are being cited for their lies.  Even CNN seems to be caught up in the web.  CNN always maintained that they were the best source for the news and that the truth mattered to them.  Apparently, not any more.  If you glance at any headline, you will find individuals beings released from jail because they were wrongly convicted.  The truth matters to many organizations trying to prove their innocence.  Unfortunately, at the time of conviction, being honest was indeed not important.  Take a look at the legal system in many countries.  Judges are bribed, clearly make irrational decisions and other judgments that damage lives.  The truth matters but only if they have extra cash, a promotion, or phony recognition by the press at how wonderful they are.  It is difficult to understand how the world has become so corrupt.  The very fact that there has to be protests and marches because black lives matter shouldn’t even exist.  All lives matter and it shouldn’t be based on ethnicity or the color of a person’s skin.  We are all humans although the evil people can’t exactly fall into that class.  However, the people in our everyday lives are the ones who do count and it should be looked at in that manner.  The truth always mattered in the Good Gus series.  The stories were based on honesty.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you want to see a sampling visit Mae’s Story Time on YouTube.  If you are wondering about “Misplaced Trust,” it is a book in which the truth matters.  See for yourself at these fine e-book websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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