Once you have lost trust from a person, it is almost impossible to get it back.  There are numerous people who betray  people who really care about them, then they have lost something precious. Couples do it all the time to each other. On Facebook videos the characters think nothing of cheating, lying, and betraying their partners.  Once they blow it, then can’t fix it.  The old saying, “You can’t change the past,” is quite true.  You can make amends, but it still doesn’t change anything.  People who are too trusting end up with problems.  They believe  in people and they are always let down.  They could be, for example, the contractor who is making repairs in your home.  He may say things that lead you to believe things are much worse.  However, if you get another opinion, you may realize the first person is wrong.  For example, my family has used the same heating and air conditioning company for years.  We never lost trust in them as we were sure they were doing a good job.  The reality is that they were mistreating us.   Their original installation was put in backwards.  The ducting is falling apart and they put a hole in the roof.  All these years of believing them has now shown my family they were untruthful. I have totally lost trust in their firm. Now I need to find a company that is truthful and guarantees everything and replaces the entire unit.  In the Good Gus series, I never allowed the parents to lose trust in their children.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has everyone who has lost trust in each other. It is online at 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.


  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.

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.

Life is like a boomerang. Sometimes what you do comes back to you. There is an old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” For the most part it is true.  There are people in life that appear as if everything is perfect.  They seem to be able to do anything to anyone and there is never any recourse to them.  However, things return in a negative way like a boomerang.  For example, if a person cheats another person, they may think they are getting away with it.  However, once they think they are clear, they become cocky.  Then they continue cheating others until one person finally stands up to them and puts a stop to it. They may file a lawsuit, call the police or a government agency. Then the boomerang comes to them. For some individuals it comes in a big way. There are people who wish to get revenge but it’s never worth it.  The same is true if you do things.  They will come back to you.  Sometimes it returns quickly and other times it can takes years. The point of all this is that it is better to do the right thing.  That has always been the theme in all of the Good Gus series which is available on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who end up receiving the boomerang effect.  It can be read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

My late husband always said that in the matter of trust  it depends upon the circumstances. He was right.  People frequently put their trust in people only to find that they have lied, cheated and stolen from you.  One time my daughter had help moving and her late father was assisting.  He was dying of cancer so they hired two people to help.  He trusted them which was a big mistake as they stole two of her televisions and more.  The circumstances were ideal for these two thieves.  The matter of trust because he was sick proved to be wrong. Then, when my daughter gave to the police,  the thieves names, and pictures but nothing happened. When couples get married they believe in each other.  However, in the matter of trust, it can all change if there are money issues, or if they are wealthy, an individual decides that the marriage should end because they want the money.  The men and women who seek money and have affairs to destroy marriages is obviously high.  There are many videos where people are tested to see if they are trustworthy.  Again, it’s all a matter of circumstances.  If a person is asked to hold one thousand Euros or dollars, if they are doing well, the money is safe. However, if they are in financial straits, that money could disappear instantly.  In the Good Gus series, everyone counted on each other so the matter of trust was always one hundred percent. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. In “Misplaced Trust” no one trusted anyone.  Now that the weather is improving, it might be a nice read lounging on your front porch.  The books can be easily located at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster 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.



 The first time I heard of dine and dash was on a “That’s 70’s Show.” I was shocked that people actually did that. Apparently, it is quite popular today. It’s now gone high tech.  Small restaurants that have remained open with take away are failing due to this high tech dine and dash.  The cheaters are placing orders and then disputing the charges.  They are lying about their orders and not doing it immediately but waiting until the card has cleared for the restaurant.  Then, they go back and dispute it and the shop owner is out of luck. They are also using stolen credit cards to steal as well.  I think that the banks need to watch for this.  I recently had a charge for a TV service on my Mae Charles.  I knew exactly where I was the day they did this charge and I was no where near my home.  Of course, I had to dispute it. What makes people believe that cheating and stealing is acceptable?  Is it a joke to them?  How would they feel if the situation was reversed?  Would they do it to their own families?  No one can really understand the criminal mind.  I only know that the dine and dash affects businesses because they have lost the cost of the food, the time and electricity or gas cooking it, the packaging, the staff, the cost of the credit card fees and more.  The perpetrators may think this is a joke, but it’s really not funny.  In the Good Gus series it was impossible for dine and dash.  Plus, the citizens would never do that to their neighbors.  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, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  It’s amazing that TV shows reflect real life actions. When you read an action in the news you realize that you may have already viewed it on TV shows.  Take mysteries, for example.  Frequently, they are a reflection of real life. There was an article today about a woman who crashed into another car and then calmly called an Uber and left the scene.  I saw an old “Leverage” where a now famous individual, on the show,  did almost the exact same thing.  When he was in high school and drinking he crashed into another car and killed the other driver. He was with a few other teenagers at the time.  He left the scene and miraculously there was a picture of another teen in the driver’s seat.  This boy was convicted and served fourteen years for manslaughter.  Of course, the ‘Leverage’ team solved the problem and did to the famous man what he did to the innocent teen.  Once he was caught he was furious.  They set it up beautifully with a fake accident and then  one of their staff recreating a different scene showing him walking away from the accident where it appeared a person had died.  They also redid the school incident with him in the driving seat.  Sweet revenge for the innocent man.  In the Good Gus series, there were no TV shows as it wasn’t invented yet. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” could be a number of TV shows.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Wherever you go in life you will always encounter schemes.  As a paralegal I encounter them frequently.  There is one I will discuss today.  It took a long time for Miss Patty and me to figure out this scheme.  We had worked with a client for many years.  He was a little gruff particularly after his wife passed. He sold his home and moved into a manufactured home community.  When his health began to fail, he decided to make changes to his estate plan or as many people refer to it as a living trust.  He had become friends with two neighbors, both married, in their sixties.  Last year he decided that he would appoint one of the neighbors a co-trustee of his trust and give him an immediate power of attorney. If you aren’t familiar with this terminology, it basically means he gave the neighbor free reign. It was decided that the client needed a caretaker to make sure he took his medications, didn’t miss doctors’ appointments, and keep the home reasonably clean.  As the client did have a person clean once a month, it was settled the the move in ‘caretaker’ would be able to maintain the home the balance of the month.  This all sounded plausible to us and the other neighbor.  The woman moved in and within weeks the client was placed in a care facility.  Then the neighbor called our office the following month asking for the money back as they didn’t need the documents.  We refused.  We still hadn’t figured out his schemes but we knew something was definitely going on. A few months later, the neighbor called desperate for the documents that he formerly claimed he didn’t need.  His necessity was that if the documents weren’t signed the caretaker would have to leave.  We had numerous calls and at one point Miss Patty heard the neighbor’s wife in the background.  Then she knew! The neighbor’s plan was to move his girlfriend into the unsuspecting client’s home, and then remove him.  It gave him and the so called caretaker freedom to carry on their affair.  Talk about schemes. Not only that she lives in the client’s home rent free. It sounds like a plot for a TV show.  In the Good Gus series there were no schemes.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has numerous characters who work their schemes.  It can be an interesting read during all this cold weather.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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