Many questions can be answered with either a yes or no. When you ask a person a question, the longer they talk the more they avoid the answer.  When you are listening to continual verbiage, you know not only they will not answer what you asked but they will circumvent whatever you asked.  Even if it is through a text, they can speak paragraphs without really saying anything.  The narcissist is really good at not answering and coming up with a variety of lies.  Their only problem is that they cannot always keep their lies straight. It is really true in life about almost anything.  For example, an employee decides to ask for a raise. They are entitled to one as they have worked quite hard and their performance reports state that they are doing an excellent job, always on time and stay late to finish projects.  The boss can easily say yes or not to his question.  Instead, he receives the basic run a round and his question is never answered.  He then walks away wondering what had just happened.  I have seen this in movies, court, the workplace, and even with family members.  You repeatedly ask the same question but never even receive a yes or no answer.  If we start now teaching our children to be truthful the world would be a better place.  In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the boys skip off to see the rodeo and don’t even answer either their mother or father.  The point of that story was they were disobeying their parents and there were consequences.  The series is available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Getting a yes or no answer by the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is close to impossible.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

I introduced Katie, as a new character, in book twenty-two. Dr. Moore met her for the first time and discovered she was in a wheelchair.  When people look at a person in a wheelchair, they see someone who is confined.  However, if you cannot utilize your legs, you are confined to a bed or a chair.  You cannot move to do anything without help.  If you are in a wheelchair you have freedom.  In book twenty-two, “The Field Trip,” Katie and her wheelchair are brought to school in a buckboard.  Her brother, Andy, helps her along with Sheriff Gus, J.C. and Bronco.  When the other children see her, they are anxious to help.  In the beginning a few of the children stare, until Frankie speaks up and asks them why are they all staring at her wheelchair.  He proclaimed it was just another chair but with wheels.  By the time recess occurs, everyone wants to be Katie’s friend.  What they all fail to see is that by having the wheelchair she can attend school, go on school field trips, play, and participate in a variety of activities.  I even have one story where Katie plays games and the children modify them so she can participate.  If only the real world today, could live in the here and now and appreciate each other for who they are.  We all really need to take a step back and appreciate the fact that we can walk, are free to roam about and should be grateful for the positive things in our lives. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  I have only self-published up to book four and the first Christmas book.  I am currently working to start on book five, “Lightning Strikes Pecos.”  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

All children in all families believe that their parents have a favorite child. Today I saw a video about a favorite child.  The dad was extremely proud of his son who had just won another game.  Add to the fact that the reports arrived, and he was an honor roll student.  The dad worked with him every night.  When the daughter asked for help he always said he was too busy.  The dad also practised sports with the son every evening but never the daughter. When her report card was revealed, she was failing.  He had planned to go out for ice cream to celebrate, but he told the daughter no ice cream for her and that she had to go to her room.  Once both children were out of the room, the wife explained to her husband that the son was his favorite child.  The dad, of course, denied it.  She went on to say that whenever the girl asked for help with her homework he was always too busy.  However, he was never too busy for the son, his favorite child.  She explained further that possibly if he had helped her all those times she had asked, her grades might be much better.  All of a sudden he realized that he was not doing right by her.  He proclaimed he was a bad father.  The wife said no, but that he needed to stop favoring the boy so much and start helping and spending time with the daughter. When he went up to his daughter’s room she was sitting on her bed crying.  He apologized and asked her to forgive him. He promised to help her with her homework and sports activities.  Then he suggested that the whole family go out for ice cream. Not all parents realize that sometimes they do have a favorite child.  There are two families in Pecos, in the Good Gus series with more than one child.  J.C. and Bronco, who are twins, and Katie, who is in a wheelchair and her brother Andy.  Katie does receive a great deal of attention, but Andy doesn’t mind.  Actually, all the children are eager to be her friend.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who believe someone else was the favorite child and wreak havoc while settling an estate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever noticed that people live on their past glory?  It is particularly prevalent with old movie stars and celebrities.  They may not have had a show or movie for years, yet they tend to discuss, talk and even brag about their past glory.    As we all age, we also talk about our past glory, successes, and even failures.  Yet the people who live in the past, can’t seem to be in the present or look to the future.  I remember an old “Bob Newhart Show,” that had an episode about a woman who lived in her apartment completely in the past.  All of her friends had passed, many of her relatives and even her husband.  Her niece was trying to take her away and put her in a home.  Emily and Howard completely disagreed with the niece and fought to help the neighbor remain in her home.  It’s a good episode that shows sometimes when there is nothing in the present, and you are older, that living in your past glory is exactly right for you.  Of course, now the Hollywood life is competitive and if you are not popular at the moment you are out.  Frankly, the old TV  shows with the former stars are really enjoyable and I prefer to see the older stars many of whom are now gone as well.  They also help pass the time during this period.  In the Good Gus series, all the adventures are fun and positive.  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.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys Everyone deserves a second chance.  We often make mistakes and sometimes they are huge.  Frequently, family and friends cannot forgive us.  It’s best to try to resolve and fix your errors.  The sad part though, if a person makes a mistake that is not disastrous, they deserve a second chance.  When people are released from prison or jail, there are so many groups and governmental agencies willing to give the them a second chance.  They often receive training while in jail and then have a chance to build a new life.  There are, however, people who are given a second chance and go even further.  They assume that they were able to get away with it the first time, so possibly, do more daring things, try riskier stunts, etc.  I think it really comes down to whether a person has a moral compass or learns to change and turn their lives around.  Many of the TV shows, particularly, the older ones, have story lines where a person is given a second chance and then they commit horrific crimes, become sophisticated thieves, and other unsavory wrongdoings.  In the Good Gus series, book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” Jimmy Ray is sure he can sneak off and ride one of the bulls.  He has been taught right from wrong, but this was more of an adventure for him.  He was sure he could do it and his parents would never find out.  He was wrong.  Read the story online to your children at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many unsavory characters.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many people are not open to new ideas. They appear as if they are truly interested but they frequently avoid trying anything new.  Plus, the older the person is the less likely they are willing to change or accept new ideas.  The number of older people, primarily men, who still use a flip phone is astonishing.  If they are forced by their children to own an android or iphone, they won’t be able handle it and make everyone’s life miserable because they are really not willing to learn it.  Over the years, as new ideas have emerged they have either been a huge short term success, a failure or become a permanent item in almost everyone’s home.  When solar was first released, it was slow to take effect.  The industry has had its ups and downs but as the price of oil rose so did the sales of solar.  Even though the price of oil has dropped significantly, the costs of electricity have steadily increased.  In many states in the U.S. along with several countries in Europe, including the not so sunny Ireland, solar is very popular now.  With the virus, many new ideas have arisen giving hope to many companies and people looking for work.  In the Good Gus series, there were new ideas introduced in many of the stories.  In book fourteen, “The Surprize in the Sky,” the citizens of Pecos saw a hot air balloon for the first time.  At first they thought it was a large bird, but then as it drifted closer they realized it was a brand new flying machine that they had never seen or heard of previously.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” doesn’t need new ideas because the old one of greed and stealing is always in play.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

With the virus the fear of consequences is overwhelming to everyone.  Today, Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, told employers that they need to focus on employee relations during this time because if they didn’t be considerate to their employees, it could affect them for the next ten years or more.  He instilled in them the fear of consequences.  However, he failed to point out that many companies are barely  holding on and may not even have a future.  The owners have to make a choice if they are failing to pay the employees or leave other companies with their debt.  The fear of consequences frequently prevents people from committing crimes.  Often, a well thought out robbery, can fail because of last minute fear.  The same is true of a murder.  Although, in the all the movies, the culprit carefully plans their every move, including their alibi and making someone else appear to be guilty.  Even cheaters in school for exams, go through a great deal of effort to protect themselves because of fear of consequences.  That also includes partners who step outside of their relationship.  They always think that the other person will never know, but they eventually find out the truth.  The married person has the most to lose which makes them be extremely careful.  In the Good Gus series, the children rarely had fear of consequences as is evidenced in Book Four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.” Jimmy Ray takes the chance of riding a bull because he is unafraid.  He did end up with consequences.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust”  had numerous characters who had absolutely no fear of consequences.  The book is available for all the cool rainy days online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


  It seems that people are experiencing more anxiety.  The news and media are frightening everyone.  The first and foremost thing we should all do is be considerate of each other.  It’s not necessary to instill fear.  I receive fifteen to twenty emails a day telling me to buy things, and they are using scare tactics trying to convince me that I need all types of unnecessary products.  I received one yesterday saying that we all need guns.  People are experiencing more anxiety because of being at home all the time. No one can go to a public park and walk, a gym for exercises, an occasional meal at a restaurant or even make a purchase in a shop.  Families are becoming annoyed with each other and all the shows on the TV are repeats because no one is in production.  Anyone home for the first time has probably learned that there is really nothing on during the day.  As I said yesterday, reading is an ideal option.  It removes you for a short period from reality and you are focused on the plot.  Now might also be a good time to watch old family movies.  It’s a positive idea to bring us back to happier times.  Today, JC of the Good Gus series, visited a hospital that is trying to reinstate two floors.  He tests water and resolves issues with piping and the water so it can be purified and utilized.  He should solve the hospital’s issue within a week which would add more space for sick individuals.  In the Good Gus series, there were many events, but I never touched on any type of disease or condition. I did introduce Katie in book twenty-two, “The Field Trip,”  who is in a wheelchair.  I thought it was important that all children understand some of the difficulties other children experience.  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.

Everywhere you look there are false claims.  Right now anyone in the states has the opportunity to change their insurance for lower rates.  If you look on the internet and even fill out one form that states they will send you a quote, you are in an instant nightmare.  Their false claims literally come in the form that your phone will ring as many as fifty times from people all wanting your business.  You spend a great deal of time blocking them.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough, they have several other numbers and just keep calling you.  They all say they have the  best prices for major medical which are false claims.  Frequently, if you have a pre existing medical condition, they either hang up or quote a ridiculously high amount.  False claims are not just in the insurance business.  In any type of lawsuit or custody battle, false claims are rampart.  It’s very difficult to find the truth.  Even adverts for Christmas have false claims.  They state one price but then when you open the ad the amount of money for the product jumps dramatically.  Just one more the anti aging false claims.  They all state you will immediately look ten years younger.  Seriously, do they think we are all that stupid?  In the Good Gus series false claims existed in that era but not in the stories.  Miss Patty will be at the Catholic Festival again tomorrow in Clairemont Mesa weather permitting.  Today she was rained out as were all the other vendors.  Remember online is easy for the series at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are also at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online for your gift list for adults at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

If you watch any of the home shows whether in the U.S. or the Eurozone, everyone always says the same thing. They want a big kitchen.  Have you ever wondered why.  How many people actually cook every day?  If everyone cooked at home as much as these shows claimed, there wouldn’t be nearly as many fast food restaurants, home delivery of food, regular restaurants, etc.  If you pass by most regular restaurants, there are always cars in the car park and not one or two.  Home delivery of pre-made food has become extremely popular in the United States.  It is a huge industry.  It adds an additional income to many families.  I have asked a few people what they think the reason is that people want a big kitchen.  The majority have said for ‘show.’  I think a big kitchen may come in handy if you have family buffets, a business function, or are just entertaining a group in your home.  The big kitchen affords room to place various foods, chafing dishes, salads, etc. with ease if you have the big kitchen.  As everyone knows who reads my blog, I cook all the time and everyday.  Even my neighbors know as they enjoy my baking.  (Yes I do make Irish bread!) My kitchen is adequate for one or two people, but if my son is cooking at the same time it becomes crowded not to mention really messy.  I hope anyone who participated in Black Friday both in America and Europe found good bargains today.  Remember, as the crowds begin to increase, and the lines become really long, the Good Gus series is only a click away.  It’s online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are still at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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