There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everyone who is older wants to look younger. The number of products available is astronomical.  It is a wonder that they all stay in business.  There are lotions and potions, supplements, exercises and various products that only a licensed physician can provide. Those include Botox, face lifts, light therapy and more. The number of ads for this is staggering.  If it wasn’t for the older generation, many of these companies would be out of business.  People who abuse themselves their entire lives with drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, eating fast food, high caloric intakes on a daily basis, are the ones who once they discover they are going to die if they don’t change their ways, are their best customers.  Too little too late is usually the case.  However, while they are trying to hold onto life, they will spend any amount of money, do anything and try anything to make themselves well again and look younger.  The hair loss industry loves this as well.  Everyday I see adverts for thinning hair, going bald, losing hair, etc.  The amount of money spent to save a person’s hair is enough to feed a family of three for a week.  Sure we all want to look younger as we age but if you abused yourself your entire life, unless you have large sums of money for plastic surgery and are willing to give up your old ways, it is never going to happen.  Not that this has anything to do with the Good Gus series, it’s just that once again today older women are showing off  on internet their bikinis just to prove they do look younger.  The series can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters, particularly females,  who wish to look younger, but the younger men come along to steal all their money and for a brief period they do believe the are younger and beautiful. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses  no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores.  The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open.  Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away.  It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores.  Businesses are dying because of COVID.  It is not the best situation.  I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season.  I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other.  I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination.  I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty.  Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy.  The number of closed stores was shocking.  Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way.  In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores.  As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Sodium nitrate is a carcinogen. It can be found in deli meats and bacon. Most people don’t check for it.  It is surprising the number of products it is in.  If you read the labels you will be shocked.  Check out  premade salads that contain chicken.  Sometimes if you are on your way home from work, you may not feel like cooking so you will stop in at the grocery for something quick.  The premade salads  look really appealing.  However, if you are looking for something healthy, look again.  You will be surprised at the label.  No one would even think of salad being a processed food.  A few of the foods that contain sodium nitrate are cured meats, bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and hot dogs, pate, pickled pig’s feet, canned meat (Vienna sausages, deviled ham), smoked salmon , dried fish, jerky and salted or cured meats.  If you love these foods you will need to go to the health food section of the grocery or a health food store in order to enjoy them without the risk of cancer.  I remember reading about the old ‘Bonanza’ TV series and the death of Michael Landon.  He carried a big roll of deli meat with him all the time that he snacked on.  It may have been a contributing factor in his death. In the Good Gus series, now that I think about it, I may have subconsciously remembered all the positive things the family did which inspired me to write my books in the same way.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be located online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

 

  Last year and again this year, particularly in the United States, the blame game is out in full force. It is highly visible in politics.  It teaches the young that they don’t need to take responsibility for their actions as the blame game can be utilized to change the blame from you to someone or something else.  It starts in school.  The children who are doing really well are bullied by the less intelligent.  They take their family and home problems out on the children who mind their own business.  Then they begin picking on those students and when they are caught they start with the blame game.  The other students are either scared, have been told by their parents not to get involved, or they just don’t care.  Over time they seem to accept the harm to others without thinking twice.  In marriages, when a partner is caught cheating their first reaction is to blame the other person.  It was their fault because they didn’t pay enough attention to them, they made all the wrong foods, the house isn’t clean, the children are doing poorly in school or any other reason or excuse they can think of.  There are many articles now discussing the current generation and their lack of taking responsibility for their actions. When the older generation was young, it was mandatory that we accept responsibility for our actions.  That may be a factor in the increase in crime.  They all believe they can get away with it.  They are foolish if they think they will as there are video cameras everywhere.  In the Good Gus series when anyone did something wrong, I was sure that they accepted responsibility for their actions.  No blame game. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thrived using the blame game.  It’s a good spring read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  The pandemic has caused many issues including individuals who have lost confidence in themselves and their abilities.  There are still many people out of work worldwide.  They almost seem as if they have also lost hope as well.  I know individuals attempting to obtain employment, but it’s now difficult for them.  They once felt self assured and now they are unconfident, anxious, and in some cases scared they will not find work or be employed in the near future.  The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us.  It is often difficult dealing with the people who never lost their job during these times.  They are frequently rude and extremely inconsiderate.  I am particularly referring to any service industry.  What also upsets me is that these people almost gloat over the fact that they are employed and the only thing that changed is they don’t drive to work any more.  Times have certainly changed.  People who have continued to work may have lost confidence in their ability to interface with clients again as well.  It seems so easy doing meetings via the phone or the internet.  People still do argue and disagree but it is just not the same. In the Good Gus series, there was no one who had lost confidence.  I felt it was important that all characters were positive in every way.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who did their best to make sure other beneficiaries lost confidence so they could overpower them.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Monopoly  companies exist everywhere in the world. They limit what we can do.  I dislike them intensely.  For example, if you live in an area that has only one internet service that actually can service you, particularly if you work at home,  it is frustrating.  They play with the pricing, disconnect you in a heartbeat, and make life difficult.  When I was young, the primary phone company was AT&T.  They truly had a monopoly.  They were eventually broken up by the government.  However, if you wished to have phone service, they were the only game in town.  Eventually, when the companies decided to compete, everything changed.  The long distance rates even when I was a young adult were astronomical.  Of course, once the competition began it all changed.  My son, when he was around twelve, actually sold long distance services.  It was profitable for him.  It was a great way to earn money at his age. Even in Ireland my phone company choices were limited.  I did end up with a good service that was close to being a monopoly but their benefits were excellent.  Even the utility companies are a monopoly.  There are frequently no other options.  When you play the game Monopoly you learn how it works. In the Good Gus era there were many small businesses but there were still companies that had a monopoly for a variety of goods.  There series can be found on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily locatable on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

Lately, there have been a large number of bully videos on Facebook.  The characters in the bully videos are quite cruel.  I feel like there are enough negative things in the world without adding additional bully videos.  In many of the short skits, the victims don’t win in the end.  They seem to be defeated showing that it’s okay to be bullied as they won’t stand up for themselves.  There is enough violence in the world without adding to it.  In the bully videos the bullies just start in on unsuspecting individuals.  They start out with nasty words, calling them names, cowards, losers, etc.  Their victims try to walk away but they won’t allow it.  The bullies push them and frequently, as it happens in school, their push their trays of food onto the floor or dump it on them.  The other students just stand and sit around not helping or assisting the victim. I could understand if they were afraid, but rather than remain stationary, they should go for help.  It’s not just in schools.  They had a western with terrible violence.  I couldn’t even watch it because it was so bad.  There was one video where a poor boy was being shamed and bullied because he didn’t have a special sign on top of his car.  It was somewhere in England. The dad witnessed it and that night he and the boy’s mum (his wife), built a wooden sign on his beat up station wagon.  It said, “My child gives good hugs.” The next day when he drove up to pick up his son, the usual bullying was occuring to his son. The other cars had signs about the wonderful marks, skills, etc. that their child had.  As the boy walked to his dad’s car all of a sudden it all stopped as he ran up and hugged his dad.  Everyone stopped speaking.  It was great!  There were no bully videos during the Good Gus era as there was no technology.  Bad Bart was a bully in the series but Sheriff Gus put a stop to him.  The books can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are people who have extreme jealousy.  Their actions, often negative, are usually triggered by their extreme jealousy. They frequently end up destroying their lives as they cannot control their extreme jealousy.  Boyfriends and girlfriends act crazy if they suspect their partner is cheating on them.  I knew a man who killed a person and ended up in jail for life over his extreme jealousy.  There are people who just can’t control themselves or their minds. This behavior is how people win in disputes in court with divorces, contract arguments, and anything that involves someone doing better than another person.  I have even seen in divorce that that one parent is so envious of the other that they will stoop so low as to buy identical gifts that the other parent purchased even though the child doesn’t need one. How many times have you seen people argue and fight with other individuals who have money and are wealthy? They use the old saying such as, “They don’t deserve to be rich,” They should give me their money as I don’t have any,” or “My life is empty and I should have their money to make it better.”  None of this matters as the people with money, the majority worked hard and sacrificed to become successful.  Have you ever noticed people who were poor, that had sudden extreme success and went crazy buying expensive large homes, cars, etc. ending up broke within a few years? They had extreme jealousy of the rich and famous so they tried to copy them,  In the end, they had nothing.  In the Good Gus series, I did not include extreme jealousy. I didn’t feel that it was beneficial to the young reader. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters with extreme jealousy primarily because of their greed.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

We all have many talents. It’s how we use them that counts. For example, I saw a video on Facebook about a boy and his brother.  The older brother was a jock while the younger one was referred to as a Nerd.  He was shy.   He kept to himself and played video games.  His brother berated him as he wasn’t on YouTube and was a failure.  He said he would never get any girl to date him. One day the nerd teen met one of his video game heroes. The hero pointed out to him that he was once shy as well.  However, he learned how to overcome it and utilized his talents for his success.  The nerd boy decided to follow his advice.  Several months later, the jock sees his brother in a Porsche.  He asked him what he was doing with the car.  The nerd said, “It’s mine.” His brother and his friends were flabbergasted.  He said  to him this can’t be true nd the brother said, “No, I am known on the internet as (he gave a name).” The brother looked it up and couldn’t believe it.  He then asked him for a ride. The now former nerd said, “Sorry, I am going on a date.” Of course, a gorgeous girl waked in at that point.  We all have talents but using them to our best advantage should always be our goal.  If we recognize we have particular skills, rather than work at a daily grind type of job, go after a job that will utilize your talents.  In the Good Gus series, without the young reader realizing it, everyone in the stories had special talents. I love subtlety in stories.  The children learn without realizing it.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” had characters with special talents that involved cheating and stealing.  You can read this as a new spring book online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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