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.

 Lately walking has become popular again.  There are many articles about losing weight, getting healthy, strengthening your legs and more.  First of all, there are many countries, including mine, Ireland, where the majority of people walk every day.  Children walk to school, people walk to work and to the grocery.  Other countries in Europe also have many individuals walking.  In Italy, many people cycle, both young and old. It’s good  for your health and your heart.  The articles on the internet discuss walking so much  per day to lose weight. It’s easy, and you don’t have to go to the gym and possibly catch COVID. Not to mention it is FREE!  They claim that if you also walk at least ten thousand steps a day that your health will improve and it will help with your weight. When I lived in Ireland, I walked every day, but on Sundays I liked to walk wherever the flowers were in bloom.  If you find walking boring, bring along your earbuds and listen to your phone.  I like to listen to various YouTube videos as it makes the time go by faster.  Some days if you aren’t in the mood to walk, the videos will make it easier as you are focusing on something else rather than time. In the Good Gus series, walking, horses and a buckboard were the only means of transportation in Pecos.  Ft. Worth had the train.  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.

What are superfoods? The scientific community claims you will be healthier and live longer if you eat superfoods. I have been reading for years that pomegranates’ are fabulous for your health.  I dislike the taste but in juice it’s not too bad. Kale is another one.  I frankly hate it and even if it does have antioxidants it is not a food most people enjoy.  Now garlic is powerful not only in taste but in its healing qualities.  Salmon is outstanding primarily because of the Omega 3. The best part about salmon is that it can be cooked a variety of ways and taste absolutely delicious. In many parts of Ireland, smoked salmon is served for breakfast. There are two theories on red wine.  Many say its great, others are not one hundred percent in agreement.  It’s a matter of taste plus how it was processed and what it contains with regard to the grapes and pesticides. There is a great deal of talk abut turmeric but they never give all the facts.  It does keep your heart from enlarging, but it is wonderful for inflammation.  It is also excellent for diabetics and it works to keep their blood sugar lower and at a more consistent level.  Oranges are good for fiber, potassium and I think help you to remain healthy and loose weight. I am thrilled with their theories on dark chocolate as I love it.  They claim is it is a high level antioxidant. I think it tastes good. One last item, blueberries which are my favorite.  They are available now all year round and taste fabulous.  There are more superfoods, but this is just a sampling of choices. In the Good Gus series, fruits were home grown and there were no pesticides.  It made them all superfoods.  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.

Now that we are in the New Year, the adverts for losing weight have returned. Many people are back to dieting again. The Keto is out but the Mediterranean is now on top.  As the new year always starts off,  people are dieting again, trying to exercise more, giving up junk food and in general improve their lives.  Sadly, most people fail.  However, the Mediterranean diet has been ranked by those in the know to be the best one again this year.  What makes it so popular?  To begin with, it restricts calories.  Anyone trying to lose weight knows you have to lower your caloric intake to lower your weight.  The claims you can eat what you want and still lose weight on other diets are bogus.  It also requires planning.  Most people don’t plan their meals and do whatever works at the time.  I like to plan my meals ahead of time to purchase the right groceries and be prepared which is exactly what the Mediterranean diet calls for. Part of this diet which should also be part of anyone’s lifestyle is moderation.  Obviously, including more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and fish are part of the program.  However, if you are dieting again, you really need to utilize your blood type to eat properly.  If a diet says whole grains but you are an A or B blood type, then it’s not for you.  I have written about blood types before and what a person should eat.  Before you make your plans for losing weight, begin with your blood type and then utilize it in the Mediterranean diet.  It should work for you.  In the Good Gus series, dieting was not an option.  All foods were local and home grown.  They ate according to the growing season.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. As the days become even colder and the rain and snow falls around the world increase, “Misplaced Trust” may be an interesting read for you.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  If you are thinking about losing weight, on a Keto diet, or are a Diabetic,  then counting carbohydrates is a way of life. There are apps that can give you a quick response if you are at a restaurant and considering your meal.  In the beginning, if you need to learn about carbohydrates, particularly if you are a Type 1 Diabetic, it seems complicated.  When my son was diagnosed twenty-four years ago when he was a child, my first visit to the grocery took two and one half hours.  Eventually you learn though.  For example, did you know the amount of carbohydrates in peas or corn?   Lovely vegetables that they are, they are high in basic sugar even though none is added.  The only plus about peas is that they are also a probiotic.  If you decide to indulge, remember rice and pasta are sugar to your bloodstream.  You will need to consider an exercise plan otherwise your sugar will hit the roof!  If you pay attention, you can enjoy lovely meals without overindulging in carbohydrates.  The one thing most people don’t understand is that whatever you eat if its on the high side, the carbohydrates will give you more sugar than a candy bar.  Fruits are on the list but also fast food should go off your radar.  There are many apps and plenty of books but common sense works best.  I never wrote a story about a Type 1 Diabetic in any of my stories.  I guess it is something to consider.  The good Gus series is available on Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. As we round the corner to the end of the year people begin thinking about estate plans and wills.  Read “Misplaced Trust” before making a choice.  It will open your eyes.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  The lack of manners in the world seems to be even more prevalent. I saw a true story video that I had seen before that clearly demonstrates a lack of manners,  Let me tell it to you. An elderly man was flying for the first time to visit his son in London.  He was very excited but nervous.  He accidentally read the seating incorrectly and was sitting in the wrong seat when a young woman appeared. Instead speaking in a polite tone, she told the man he was in her seat and to move.  He said sorry, that it was his first time flying, and he couldn’t read well without his glasses.  He asked her to read his boarding pass to see where he should be seated.  When she read it, she became even more angry.  She ordered him to move over one seat. He did and said he was sorry.  Once he was settled he thought he might engage in polite conversation.  He began to tell her that his son was a taxi driver in London. She instantly cut him off and told him no one was interested or cared.  Just as the flight was about to take off, the man had a coughing fit.  That was the last straw for her.  She signaled a flight attendant.  A woman responded and the young woman promptly told her she did not want to sit next to “a worthless bum.” She demanded to be moved.  The flight attendant told her that coach was full but there were spaces in first class.  She said then move me there.  The flight attendant said she had to speak to the captain.  She moved to the front of the plane and explained everything to the captain inside of the cockpit.  He listened patiently and then told her his plan.  The flight attendant went promptly back to the older man and young woman.  She said that the captain was sorry that they were seated next to such a rude person with a complete lack of manners.  As the young lady began to rise from her seat, the flight attendant extended her hand to the elderly man. The young woman’s face dropped and as the flight attendant and the man walked up to first class the entire coach section stood up and applauded. It just goes to show you that a lack of manners can take to backwards and not forward. In the Good Gus series I stressed kindness and being polite.  Obviously, Bad Bart had a lack of manners. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters with a complete lack of manners. lt is online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many people cannot confront problems and they end up stress eating.  It’s easy and gives comfort.  However, what stress eating doesn’t give is good health and friends.  Many overweight people are criticized and made fun of which is hurtful.  I have known people make remarks when they see someone who is heavy say unsavory words and have even said them to the individuals.  I was extremely embarrassed.  I saw a video about a girl who grew up unhappy.  Her parents always made fun of her, called her names, and were basically unkind.  She ended up with no friends except food.  She was very heavy.  She did land a job at a flower shop.  One day a customer walked in and she didn’t hear her.  She was dancing.  The customer said hello and immediately she felt uncomfortable.  However, the woman said that she was a beautiful dancer and would she like to take lessons.  She was overwhelmed and so happy.  It was the first time anyone had ever complimented her. She immediately began taking dance classes, went on a diet, began exercising and started jogging.  Before she realized it, she was losing weight and eating healthy.  One day a handsome man walked into the flower shop and ordered a dozen roses. Once he paid, he handed them to her.  They, of course, began dating, married and had a child. All through this she kept dancing as she was finally proud of herself and appreciated.  In the Good Gus series stress eating was not an option.  Occasionally, food was scarce so people ate normally.  Also, there were no unkind remarks about anyone or their appearance.  Important lessons for the young reader.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  thank you for viewing my crowdfunding site at:

Rather than jump on the medication bandwagon, how about eating foods that are dissolving artery plaque instead? What are the dissolving artery plaque foods you may ask.  Here is a list that should help you.  Start with oranges.  They are available everywhere and most of the year.  Kale is also available year round.  I personally don’t care for it but many people utilize it in salads, smoothies, and stir fry.  Garlic is great.  You can use it in pasta sauce, mashed potatoes, and in healthy smoothies.  For the wine drinkers, red is ideal for dissolving artery plaque.  It also is available to everyone all seasons.  Dark chocolate, which is my personal favorite, is also in all groceries.  You can buy in it in bars that are used for baking.  They have percentages that have a little sugar which make them enjoyable.  It is also full of flavonoids.  Even Harvard University agrees.  Sardines also help and are easy to buy canned.  Lentils not only work but they also help reduce your cholesterol.  Almonds are an ideal snack and are perfect toasted and added to fruit salads.  Pomegranates are a good choice.  Ireland even has pomegranate juice.  Blueberries are continually referred to as a health food.  I love them.  Fresh beets can be easily purchased when in season or utilized in salads when they are canned.  Salmon is perfect and available year round.  Turmeric is not only perfect for dissolving artery plaque but it is great for inflammation.  If you don’t like it in food, buy the supplements.  Apples are also available year round as they keep them in freezers.  Avocados are perfect for salads and fajitas!  Broccoli is good cooked or raw with dip. These are only a few choices.  In the Good Gus series many of these foods were available which could explain the good health of its citizens.  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.

Karma has a way of always coming back to a person.  The same is true with the truth.  People can hide facts, lie, be dishonest, and then all of a sudden karma strikes.  There is a woman I work with who is now understanding karma.  She has always been unfair and frequently cheated Miss Patty and me financially.  Now, she has had a serious operation, is on a multitude of medications, and is agony.  There are other people who believe they can do no wrong.  Yet once they are caught, karma takes over and reminds them of who they are and what they did.  It’s possible that many of the businesses that overcharged for their products or services, underpaid their employees, and have not been considerate of them during this pandemic, will be filing for bankruptcy in the near future.  There are small businesses that are surviving by not price gouging, and trying to offer as much service as possible to help during this crisis.  I knew a man who was always selfish and one way.  Over time he accumulated a great deal of money.  Yet in the end, all the money in the world couldn’t save him and he died alone.  Karma certainly visited him during those last days.  In the Good Gus series, I didn’t think writing about karma was necessary for young children.  I think what I love most about writing is that when I read to the children and they then ask me to read another book. It is the best feeling in the world.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle,  and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” was full of bad karma to the people who deserved it.  It’s available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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