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When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up.  Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart.  Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets.  First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do?  Where can they go?  They are suddenly alone and depressed.  They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react?  I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you.  In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out.  It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better.  Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time.  Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face.  It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward.  In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories.  Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

        Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure 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.

 

Yesterday, I re-watched “Legally Blonde.” It still overwhelms me how cruel people were to Elle Woods just because she was blonde. They considered her to be dumb and stupid.  The writers did an excellent job in portraying her as a smart person.  In one of the scenes she walked into an expensive dress shop. One of the sales clerks said to her colleague, “Watch this.  I will sell this dumb blonde this dress at an inflated price” She proceeded to show Elle the dress and then Elle asked a few questions.  The woman said it was the finest fabric with specialized stitching.  When the clerk was finished, Elle politely told her that the dress was a fake, the stitching didn’t exist, and the fabric was not silk. The clerk’s face dropped and she walked away.  When Elle told here parents she wanted to go to Harvard they thought she was crazy.  Of course, she did get in. Once again, however, people humiliated her because she was a blonde.  I find it amazing as people dye their hair blonde and many are well known, famous and wealthy.  No one would dare criticize them.  Prejudging takes on a new perspective when you are criticizing and making fun of a person because their hair is blonde.  It’s not any better than all the other rude and snide remarks people make about others because of their clothes, lack of money, disabilities, and so much more.  In the Good Gus series it was important to me that no one criticized another character.  The series is online and ideal for this weather.  You can easily find it on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available to pass the time online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Friday is National Employee Appreciation Day. It is significant as so many people are unemployed around the globe due to the pandemic. Employers should appreciate the individuals who work for them.  Of course, many companies are expected to give rewards, bonuses, days off, etc.  That was the past.  Now anyone working is grateful just to have an income. Many countries do supplement and now even the United States is doing stimulus. If a person doesn’t qualify for unemployment benefits, they have no income.  The number of people begging, now homeless and the groups of people asking for help on Go Fund Me has increased dramatically.  I do think that employee appreciation should be every day for good workers.  They are the individuals who do their best and try to succeed.  Of course, there are always the slackers who steal their co-workers’ projects, work, and take credit for it.  Working can be difficult if you are in the wrong job.  I have had employees in the past and always believed in employee appreciation.  These same people still speak to me today and always remark how pleasant the work environment always was for them.  Kindness goes a long way but it should be a daily part of everyone’s lives.  It doesn’t cost anything.  In the Good Gus series there was no employee appreciation as families ran businesses.  The only people who had additional staff of one person were Dr. Moore and Ray.  Fred worked in the afternoons for Ray and Nurse Joyce worked with Dr. Moore.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

 

  You would think that commercials are only on the TV, but you are wrong. You can’t read any articles without commercials. If you try to read the news on your computer you are bombarded with commercials.  There are so many that you cannot even read the articles. I understand that the companies are looking to make sales.  However, it is so overwhelming with all the continual interruptions plus blocking of whatever you wish to read, that you give up.  I don’t know what their thinking is but there is just too much so people can’t be bothered.  I would love to know the statistics  of actual sales for all the interrupting commercials.  Frankly, I tend to avoid the products as they are  annoying.  Yes it is someone’s job but they are going too far.  My other complaint are the articles that say see next page.  They have so many commercials that if I see that I won’t read the article. Do you wonder if these companies realize they are going too far?  Boycotting still exists and possibly they might wake up to the fact that not everyone wants to be bombarded with commercials and continual interruptions. The cost must be outrageous as well.  Only time will tell.  In the Good Gus series commercials did not exist.  They never knew what they weren’t missing. The newspapers had small ads but they weren’t overwhelming.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

  Remote learning is the old home schooling but with a different twist. The problem with remote learning now is that it is not by choice.  The children, according to numerous articles, are falling dreadfully behind.  They are not keeping up and see this as an opportunity to avoid school.  This will lead to new tutoring jobs along with older graduates from school.  My children were in public school and home schooling.  They both have degrees, with my son having two.  However, their home schooling were from two different programs.  For my son’s final year, he went back to high school.  It was a joke for him as he had completed everything and was attending college classes for free as he was in high school.  My daughter’s education really focused on classical literature.  The biggest different from then and now is that they participated in activities.  My son did baseball.  They both had music lessons for various instruments and went on filed trips including digs for fossils.  With COVID children are becoming bored and now having mental issues.  They can’t socialize or play with their friends which is necessary for social development.  Playing is important for all ages but children expect to play.  That is how they learn how to interact with each other. Hopefully, the pandemic will truly end and life can return to normal.  In the Good Gus series the children went to a one room schoolhouse with Miss Patty as their teacher.  The books are 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, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

With COVID, people are now changing careers. Many have been made redundant and numerous businesses have closed. What are individuals supposed to do now?  Individuals are starting over and giving up what careers they did have.  Beginning again is never fun. Where do they start? Many people are moving to other sections of their countries in an effort to find employment.  It’s particularly difficult for people over forty.  Years ago I was a headhunter or as they are called today, a job placement recruiter, I specialized in people over forty. I also only dealt with the managers and was quite successful.  Actually, clients sought me to help them get employment.  It was not often that they were forced into changing careers.  With COVID people are working at home which has changed the course of their lives.  Many cannot figure out what to do as the opportunities are no longer limitless.  Twenty-one years ago I was quite surprised to be changing careers.  Obviously, a person is never too old to make the transition.  I will say I am tired of my current job, but changing careers is out of the question. Nurse Joyce is looking for new employment and has found it extremely difficult.  We all are making changing and new decisions to move forward.  In the Good Gus series no one was changing careers.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” in available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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