The power of stories is what moves us every day. We hear it on the news, read it on the internet or in a book. The power of the stories in the news opens us not only to our locality but to the world. With the virus crisis everyone wants to know what is happening everywhere. Sometimes the articles move us, make us angry, cry, sad, or glad to be alive. It depends upon the writer and if we believe the contents. The same is true of the internet. It’s a different form of news. Even the daily shows offering the latest breaking news are still stories. The best part, I think, about the power of stories is in books. I love writing children’s books because I feel like I present an adventure to the young reader. It gives them a chance to learn about the old west and how people lived. Many of the books actually have historical data. For example, Pecos held the first rodeo on July 4, 1883. It’s the basis of book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.” As we are all quarantined, this is the perfect time to read new books and read to our children and/or grandchildren. It gives us the opportunity to expand our minds and bond with the younger readers. The Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” for the adults is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Birthday to the real Mary from Mary’s Cafe’.
Everyone always thinks they have the perfect plan. What is the perfect plan, though? Brides always believe they have the perfect plan for their weddings. When even one thing goes awry, they fall apart or turn into Bridezilla. They think everything should go one hundred percent they way they set it up. However, nothing ever does. How frequently do people or families plan a trip or holiday only to encounter bad weather which might include delaying their flight, missing a connecting flight, etc. Families that decide to take a camping trip can end up with bad weather, excessive moisture leading to a large insect population or too much dry weather so they cannot cook over a campfire. It’s easy to make plans, but it is even more important to follow through and have one or more back ups. For example, there is a new tourist scam in Europe. You may ask a stranger to take your picture in front of an iconic building or a famous exhibit. Then the thief refuses to give you the camera back. If you try to involve the police, they claim you were trying to steal it from them. Their con is obviously money. That is when any perfect plan falls apart. In the Good Gus series, the shopkeepers tried to have the perfect plan for supplies. However, back then and now, it doesn’t always work out the way they hope. In book two, “The Cattle are Restless,” a prairie dog affects a cattle drive. Not even remotely in the plan of Joe Kelly and Cory, Gus’s cousin. The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Sheep are a fine animal. They are sheared each year to utilize their wool. However, have you ever noticed that people tend to be sheep? They are easily led and will follow almost anyone. If you watch politics you see people jump on the bandwagon and follow many individuals who are unqualified, lying, and making promises they will never keep. Yet, the sheep follow them and vote for them. Once they are in office, they become angry because they discover that everything the politicians said was a lie. It was true years ago and is still true today. Look at Brexit in the UK. If you read any articles within a short period after the vote, you would have seen interviews where the sheep voted not even knowing what it was. When peer pressure raises its ugly head, children, teens and young adults become sheep. They follow a leader hoping they will be popular, well liked and be in with the right group. Often the leaders of such groups are mean and vengeful which is why colleges have out ruled hazing. There were too many disturbing incidents. We need to think for ourselves and make the right choices. It’s not easy as we are continually bombarded by the media. In my personal email, every day I receive about twenty-five emails from political groups. I have no idea how they obtained my name, because until this year it has never happen to me. I can only assume that they are hoping I will be one of the sheep. They are wrong! There are no sheep in the Good Gus series, only cattle, dogs, beavers, raccoons, armadillos, an elephant, horses, various insects and a skunk. I am still working on Kindle and Nook, but you can find the basic books and of course, on Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is ready for printing. I am just waiting for the check for all previously sold books. It is always online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Often individuals cannot get past regret and remorse in their lives. They are unable to move forward because they continually live in the past. It’s not easy unless you make a conscious effort. When most of us were growing up our parents insisted on college or at least a trade. Back then student loans were unheard of. You worked, earned the money, obtained scholarships or grants and paid your way through school. Many parents started a savings college fund so that their children could have better advantages than they ever did. They wanted the best for them. Today, the average student has college loans that even if they worked their entire life, unless the struck it rich, would never be able to pay them off. This may be part of the millennials’ problems in life. What is worse is that they frequently can’t obtain employment with their degrees. Now, particularly in the United States, more so than other western countries, almost every job requires a bachelor’s degree. Even if the degree doesn’t relate to the job, the employers still want it. I always felt that it was a way of controlling the job market. People graduate from high school and if they didn’t learn a trade or head off to college, they were only left with menial jobs with low pay. Most jobs today also require experience, but how can you obtain that if you aren’t hired. It’s a double edged sword or a catch 22. Fortunately, in Pecos there was little regret or remorse. There were few colleges in the State of Texas and people learned a trade or taught themselves and ran ranches, raised cattle, opened shops, and basically learned how to earn a living. The Good Gus series is always available on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. We are currently working to expand to more shops within Texas. There is a great deal of remorse and regret in many of the chapters in “Misplaced Trust.” We are also looking to include the hard copy as soon as it is available to sell in both California and Texas. It is currently online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
When we are at the gym working out, there are a surprising number of annoyances of gym habits that people need to eliminate. First off the people who tend to grunt and groan when they lift weights that are clearly too heavy for them. Then they let them smash to the floor. I was once told that this type of gym habit emanates from individuals who have previous been in prison. Many people find it annoying that the other participants receive phone calls and then carry on lengthy conversations. The polite and considerate thing to do would be to remove yourself from the exercise and weight areas. Next would be the individuals who sweat all over the equipment and then don’t wipe it down. All gyms have either wipes or a spray with paper towels. It is revolting when you decide to move to another machine and you see a person finishing, dripping sweat, and then walk away. It requires extra cleaning. Leaving the weights off the rack and scattered about the floor seems almost lazy. No one’s mother is there to pick up after them. Lastly, going to the gym while sick. Not only is it bad for you but you then pass your germs to everyone who is there trying to become healthy. In the Good Gus series, there were no bad gym habits because there were no gyms. The citizens of Pecos had their own personal workouts farming, black smiting, tending to cattle, etc. Available on Kindle, it is an ideal choice for a positive influence on young readers. It is also available at the UPS store in Tierrasanta, California. If the characters in “Misplaced Trust” had spent more time at the gym, they might have lived longer. If you are the administrator for a trust, the book is an ideal read. You can find it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Any type of movement helps your health. You don’t have to do high impact aerobics to be healthy. Many individuals cannot handle the stremous movement. For example, women who perform light movement everyday have a 42% lower risk of a heart attack and a 22% lower rate of cardiovascular disease. This does not apply to the older ladies either. How many women in their twenties, thirties and even forties do nothing but sit on the couch or a chair playing with their phones? When you think about it, light activity occurs throughout our daily lives. Anyone who has a family, does laundry, cleans, cooks, and does housework are performing the light activities to remain in better health. People rarely see this type of activity as exercise. So, all those times your mum made you do the dishes, she was doing you a favor. The U.S. Federal government guidelines indicate that older adults should move a minimum of three hundred minutes a week. That breaks down to one hundred twelve minutes a day. That sounds much less daunting. Many of the health plans in the U.S. offer free gym memberships to older adults. You would be surprised how many olders adults appear at the gym and within six months they are greatly improved. Many to the point that they are no longer carrying their portable oxygen packs. All the movement is important to maintain good health. In the daily life of everyone in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, movement was a way of life. From growing crops to feeding cattle and everything in between, the citizens of Pecos were extremely active. The only movement that occurs in “Misplaced Trust” is any unsavory characters trying to transfer money to themselves illegally. You can easily find the book at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
It seems that in the world today people have a difficult time coping. They find it laborious to face work, traffic, problems with family members, paying bills, etc. There are individuals who find it problematic to get up in the morning and face their day. For others, they seem to bounce out of bed and are full of energy for the day. Everyday life can be challenging. There are some families who feel as if they are cursed. No matter what goes on in their lives, the negative seems to be always right there. They do have difficulty coping as they anticipate a negative outcome and sure enough it occurs. It’s almost as if they curse themselves. The positive thinkers have better luck and less misfortune. They think positively and therefore, good things happen to them. They have higher coping skills as they are not drowning in sadness, negativity, or even depression. Many families have difficulty coping with young children particularly if they are not the textbook child they were hoping for. Often people forget how fortunate they really are. There are people in the world who have nowhere to live, no food on their tables and rags for clothes. When they awake they hope for food and good weather. Anyone reading this blog is in the fortunate category. In the Good Gus series coping with everyday life was easy most of the time. However, weather events could occur, or possible cattle stampedes, or even an infestation of locusts could change everything in a matter of minutes. Available on Kindle, the Good Gus series, offers excitement and adventure including the books that are not published yet. Frequently, I have read to children the books that are unpublished and they absolutely loved the stories. It’s not always necessary to have pictures and their imaginations are readily available. As there is still continued rain and snow in areas that never receive snow, stay indoors and use your tablet to find “Misplaced Trust.” It is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
A recent study that was discussed in the ‘Irish Post’ on Friday referred to our brains and religion. The are claiming that new research found a correlation between religion and spiritual beliefs and a reduction in the risks of depression. According to the researchers, the “changes in white matter microstructure plays a crucial role in developing the communion pathways to the brain.” It was a study of ninety-nine willing participants, which is small. They used MRI based neuroimaging technology to examine the brain structure of the group. Apparently, part of their study was the visualization of white matter tracts within the brain. The individuals who said they were of a specific religion or were spiritual people, even though they were at a greater risk for depression, showed a lower risk for depression within their brains. This included people who believed that their faith or spirituality were an important part of their lives. It is an amazing fact that is scientifically represented in pictures of brains. A scientist at Columbia University did stress that people’s religions or their beliefs often change over time. However, as long as religion or spirituality is an integral part of their lives, their brains will react as they have in this small study. Obviously, there will be additional studies and they will need to replicate this one to see if the results match. Frankly, this was the type of study that one would find unusual. It is definitely interesting, though. In the Good Gus series, everyone used their brains to the best of their ability, even the animals. Available on Kindle, it’s a great choice for the children in your life. In the U.S. tomorrow is a holiday. A great reading day for the kids. Keep in mind when the children are finally asleep, “Misplaced Trust” is always available for you. You can find at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
We all experience daily burnout. Anyone who works in an intensive industry can have it everyday. There are individuals who wonder what daily burnout actually is. It’s the depletion of emotional, physical and cognitive energies. The end result is physical exhaustion. Often people feel they are failures and doing a poor job. None of that is true though as they are the result of being completely worn down from your job. The exhaustion, combined with work related stress can be overwhelming. A better work life balance is what is needed. Often it comes on gradually and by the time a person figures it out, they are are so immersed in their feelings of failure and inadequacy, it takes a neutral person or a therapist to make them realize exactly what has happened. The most difficult part is taking the necessary steps to lift yourself out of the exhaustion and inadequacy you are feeling. The obvious first choice is to make a career change. If that is impossible, try spending time with individuals that will help you recharge and feel better about yourself. It’s also important to stop at a set time, shut off your phone and not check your emails. There are individuals who are on call such as doctors but there are also industries where customers feel they can contact their sales rep for almost anything even if it is close to a person’s bedtime. The really important advice for anyone in this situation is to definitely make time for yourself. You come first. My late aunt always said, “Take care of yourself first. Only then will you be able to help yourself and others.” In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, all the citizens looked out for each other. There may have been daily burnout such as on a cattle drive, or fighting the elements to save a ranch. In the end, though, everyone worked together. Anyone who has had to deal with a trust administration or handling an estate after a person has passed can easily experience daily burnout. As the stories will attest in “Misplaced Trust,” it can be quite trying and difficult. The book is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
E-Commerce is very popular. It’s easy price shopping and convenient. However, when looking for the best possible price, how can you tell which e-commerce site is legitimate? One way is a reverse Google image search. Your next thought is what is a reverse Google image search? Rather than use the traditional way of looking for words, Google hunts for images. It looks for the images everywhere it appears online. You can even do it to ensure the e-commerce site you chose is safe and not just another phony site stealing your information and credit card data. The best way to check the bargain site is to open it, then right click on the image. Next choose ‘search Google for image.’ It tells you instantly the information you are seeking. It shows you exactly where the image appears online. If you see the image appearing on multiple sites, including international, beware. Why? There is an excellent chance they don’t even have the exact product you are seeking. Save yourself aggravation and try this simple little reversal. It may be the quickest way to check out those e-commerce websites. Since cheating is so prevalent on the internet, any methods that assist you that only usually take a moment but keep you out of harm’s way financially is worth it. E-commerce didn’t even exist in Pecos in the Good Gus series. They produced their wares and sold them to their friends and neighbors or to the military at Ft. Stockton. In some instances, such as the ranchers, their cattle was driven from Pecos to Ft. Worth. “The Cattle are Restless” is a great example of a cattle drive for the young reader. It’s possible that e-commerce sites may have been used by a few of the characters in “Misplaced Trust.” The book, for these cold damp days and nights, is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.