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Happy Easter everyone! This is the last world holiday for many months. Easter comes in two forms.  One is for the Christians who consider it the end of Lent and a holy day.  The other is simply a family holiday where everyone gets together and feast.  Although this year it is still difficult due to the pandemic.  However you do celebrate it, it should be an enjoyable day.  I saw on Matt Fraser on Facebook, his family making lasagna for the family get together.  If we can be together without becoming sick, it is a good day.  We all need to be reminded that holidays are to share and enjoy.  I did my baking today so I will be ready for tomorrow.  Easter is great for children.  The story of the Easter bunny is fun.  Hiding the eggs, little gifts, etc. are a nice treat for children.  I always gave my children small presents in an Easter basket with candy hid in obvious places.  They would joke about it when they were seven and eight.  It is a day to enjoy each other’s company and friendship.  If you are alone, watch movies that will cheer you tomorrow.  Whatever you do have a wonderful day.  In the Good Gus series I never added the Easter holiday.  The books are still a great gift online or through the website for tomorrow, the end of the school year or just for fun reading.  You can find them at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  I tried to return to the video readings with my former radio company, but COVID ended the business.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


  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.

  Sodium nitrate is a carcinogen. It can be found in deli meats and bacon. Most people don’t check for it.  It is surprising the number of products it is in.  If you read the labels you will be shocked.  Check out  premade salads that contain chicken.  Sometimes if you are on your way home from work, you may not feel like cooking so you will stop in at the grocery for something quick.  The premade salads  look really appealing.  However, if you are looking for something healthy, look again.  You will be surprised at the label.  No one would even think of salad being a processed food.  A few of the foods that contain sodium nitrate are cured meats, bacon, ham, salami, corned beef and hot dogs, pate, pickled pig’s feet, canned meat (Vienna sausages, deviled ham), smoked salmon , dried fish, jerky and salted or cured meats.  If you love these foods you will need to go to the health food section of the grocery or a health food store in order to enjoy them without the risk of cancer.  I remember reading about the old ‘Bonanza’ TV series and the death of Michael Landon.  He carried a big roll of deli meat with him all the time that he snacked on.  It may have been a contributing factor in his death. In the Good Gus series, now that I think about it, I may have subconsciously remembered all the positive things the family did which inspired me to write my books in the same way.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be located online at 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.

Have you noticed when you try to scroll the news, there is continual arguing. It’s non stop.  Everyday there is a new article about someone disagreeing with the Prince Harry and Meghan interview. Many people, particularly in the UK, are quite upset.  Piers Morgan lost his job over his opinions. Today there is more fodder.  The continual arguing whether it is true or not is ridiculous. We have real life crisis on this planet and whether they were telling the truth or not, people should be focusing on the serious issues in life.  Now there is continual arguing regarding cooking.  Should a person follow a recipe, ignore it and use part of it or make up your own.  In order to start cooking you need to learn how to cook.  The freezer to table concept still requires a person to follow directions.  It’s food.  If you try a recipe and it’s awful you have two options:  modify it or never make it again.  Today on the internet there was continual arguing about this very topic.  I understand people are bored because of COVID, but the continual arguing just needs to stop.Since there are so many people complaining about weight gain during this pandemic, rather than continuous arguing, start exercising.  It will at least take your mind off things. In the Good Gus series, the only person who liked to argue was Bad Bart. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a book full of people arguing. The can easily be found at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster 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.

  Bone broth is the new popular product. People pay a fortune for a simple product they could make at home.  There is a definite value to bone broth.  I make it frequently.  If it’s chicken, I add purified water, the bones of chicken, carrots, garlic, onions, and any herbs sitting in my fridge.  If you cook it for a few hours, then toss the ingredients, you will  have a great broth to drink, or use for various foods.  I use it for soup and pilaf.  It gives a fabulous flavor.  Beef is exactly the same.  The important facts about bone broth are that it decreases inflammation, promotes the production of collagen, helps heal your digestive tract, improves sleep and more.  Of course, the media claims it is great for losing weight.  All they ever think about is weight loss.  Any type of product seems to always have attached to it the benefits of taking off the fat. I have a lovely idea.  Why not drive by the fast food shops and eat at home?  In Ireland, at the Image Gym, Enda, was furious that fast food had come to Ireland.  He felt it was destroying the health of the country.  You can’t stop progress, but you can pay attention to what you eat and be healthy.  In the Good Gus series during that era bone broth was a staple of life.  The books can be found on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can help pass the time while you wait for the weather to improve.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Over the years hoarding has become well known. If you watch any of the home shows of the couples who flip homes, your mind will be shocked at the messes people leave and the amount of items they are hoarding. I think the worst part is that it is all junk.  It is shocking how filthy the homes are including the bugs and specifically the amount of roaches that are having a party there.  I often wonder if there is a stove or refrigerator that works if they donate to charity.  Whomever cleans these messes should be given a great rate of pay.  I know people were hoarding bath tissue and cleaning supplies last year.  However, this year the companies have increased their stock and there are no shortages.  I, of course, stocked up over the summer.  I saw a Facebook video about an older woman who lived alone in an apartment for over twenty years.  Over time her life deteriorated as well as her apartment.  There was a neighbor who tried to make friends with her but she was unfriendly.  One day as the woman was walking back from the grocery, she slipped and fell.  The neighbor was outside and saw her.  She helped her into her apartment which was filthy.  There was dirt everywhere. She helped the woman onto a disgusting chair and began talking to her.  The woman explained that over time she couldn’t meet her bills.  There was even expired food in the refrigerator.  The neighbor asked if she could help.  The woman agreed.  She cleaned up the entire apartment, bought food and posted on social media.  The response was overwhelming financially so she helped the woman pay her bills up to date and bought new furniture.  She was hoarding but only because she was unwell and was ashamed.  In the Good Gus series there was not enough of anything for a person to be hoarding as they ate all food and there were no refrigerators. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has one or two chapters with older hoarding individuals.  It was a nightmare for the successor trustee to clean up. The book can help pass through this terrible weather.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 What is for dinner is everyone’s question almost every day. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I like home cooked food all the time.  Yet, there are many families who order take away as a way of life.  What I don’t understand is how they can afford it.  It’s quite expensive.  There was a show on the Food Network entitled, “Semi Homemade with Sandra Lee.”  She showed families and the person doing the cooking how to make meals that were affordable, tasted good, and didn’t take much prep time.  If you were not a cook, her lessons were so simple that you could be. For example, rather than place an order for food, why not try looking in the frozen food section of the grocery. There are meals that can be prepared by baking a protein or possibly even microwaving it.  There is also ‘Near East Pilaf” which comes with all the ingredients and is easy to prepare.  Frozen vegetables can now be steamed so you could have a delightful meal with a little effort but not a great deal of expense.  There are even a variety of desserts you can make, particularly brownies, that only require a few ingredients, mixing by hand and then placing in a pan to bake in the oven. There are a few brands that actually taste good without a chemical aftertaste.  Trying to conserve during these difficult times should be a priority for many families.  In the Good Gus series all dinners were homemade.  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.

We are all  do food shopping.  Many of the people around the globe, due to COVID, are extremely careful with each purchase they make.  They buy the basics for food shopping and pass by all of the expensive items.  I saw a story on the internet I couldn’t resist writing about.  It involved a military man, still on active duty, who was  food shopping at a large discount chain store in the United States.  He had a list and carefully chose his items so he could remain on budget.  He has two children and a wife so he was food shopping for a family of four.  When he approached the register line to pay, the person ahead of him was purchasing shrimp, lobster and other expensive delicacies.  You can check it out on the internet. Food shopping is now a chore for many people. The choices are endless but not their budgets.  I have been in groceries in Europe and the United States.  There are entire rows for pet foods and sundry products.  We should all appreciate the wide selections of food available to us.  There are many countries who are not that fortunate.  In the Good Gus series food shopping consisted of going to your garden or trading with other families.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has various characters who tend to stay on a budget  even after they received their inheritance.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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