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.


children's books, Good Gus Books Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions.  If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong.  It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed.  For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone.  She finds a picture of him with another woman.  She instantly begins jumping to conclusions.  She believes he is cheating on her.  She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens.  She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him.  Then, one day he comes home with the woman.  She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he  tries to explain.  He finally forces her to calm down.  He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red.  She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her.  Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed.  This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant.  Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart.  He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

My daughter posted a sign  on Facebook that said: “Accusations from a narcissist are actually confessions.”  There were comments of people agreeing with this statement one hundred percent.  All narcissists use the same vocabulary and say the same words.  The fact that the sign said that their accusations were confessions is amazing.  If you have ever dealt with a narcissist you would understand. In the media, accusations are an everyday occurance.  They throw them out there and then wait to see what happens.  Sometimes they are denied,  proven to be just false or a new form of accusatory lies appear and the dust settles on the original victim.  This is a staple in politics.  As the politicians compete with one another, they start with all types of accusations.  Often when they are proven false they simply move on to new ones.  If a person doesn’t have proof, they should not say things that are untrue just to hurt another person.  That is really all it amounts to.  The majority of the time it is nothing more than lies.  It even happens in elementary all the way up to high school.  Once the words are spoken, the gossip spreads and before long a student is hurt.  It doesn’t achieve anything.  For the person dealing with a narcissist, it gives them an opportunity to confront them and solve your issues.  In the Good Gus series Bad Bart was accusatory towards Bob.  However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem and proved that Bad Bart was wrong and that there was a different approach that could solve the problem.  You can easily access the books online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who think nothing of making accusations.  The book would be great for holiday reading.  It’s 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.

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.

Do you hate the phrase, “I don’t know?” How often do you hear it?  It frequently means I will not answer you or tell you anything so the “I don’t know” phrase is easier.  Sometimes people genuinely don’t know.  They may not have the data, unsure of their answer, or they are struggling whether to tell you the truth.  The person who says that phrase frequently needs a better way to respond.  If you ask a teenager where they are going you will hear those words.  However, they always know where they are going so you know they are lying.  When I was a teen, I was always discovered as to where I was going.  I would start out with the truth, but then a few boys would come along.  If one had a car, the girls I was with would jump in and take off.  Of course, at that time, we weren’t allowed to ride with boys.  I had a guardian who didn’t trust anyone and used to drive around until he located me.  Plus, he knew all the neighbors and they were spies as well. If I told him I didn’t know I would see those boys, he would call me a liar.  He was partly correct in that my girlfriend and I tended to walk past their homes in the hopes they would pop out and visit with us.  In the Good Gus series, “I don’t know” was not a common phrase.  I clearly showed in the stories that the boys, primarily, would head off knowing full well they had every intention of not listening.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available for your reading pleasure.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Petty revenge occurs all the time. It’s amazing. I saw an article today on the net about petty revenge.  Normally, I wouldn’t go through an article because of the incessant adverts.  However, this peaked my curiosity.  A man was waiting for a space as a car was leaving.  Before he could enter the space a group of girls slid into it right in front of him.  He couldn’t believe it.  He rolled down his window and said he had been waiting for it.  One of the girls rudely replied, “I didn’t see your name on the space.” He told them they were rude.  They really didn’t care as they went to the bar of the restaurant.  This annoyed the man, so much so, that at the end of the dinner with his family he had made of plan of petty revenge.  He tipped the waiter a twenty and asked him to tell the girls after he was gone about ten minutes, that their car had been keyed. They were furious and raced out of the restaurant and called the police.  Of course, their car had not been keyed.  They police arrived and assessed the situation. They realized that there was more to this than the girls was stating.  They knew the girls had been drinking.  They waited in the car park until they came out and started their car.  Then, the blue lights flashed and arrests were made.  It was petty revenge but in the long run it kept drunks off the road. I doubt that they will learn their lesson and will continue to be rude.  In the Good Gus series, the only restaurant was Mary’s Cafe’.  She only sold good homemade food.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters seeking petty revenge. The book can be located at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everybody’s talking today about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I find it amazing that Harry , as part of the royal family, spoke out.  Previously, the servants, assistants and maids while they lived in England, complained bitterly about Meghan.  Many people have a variety of thoughts and the comments are non stop.  It does make me wonder as you listen  that there is a possibility that she was not treated kindly, but when you listen to the snippets of the interview it truly sounds she was picked on and a victim of the royal family.  It’s difficult to understand why they gave this interview.  They have plenty of money.  There are many individuals who will not take this well.  The continual banter on the internet shows everybody’s talking about the royal family and of course, politics. Including Kate Middleton and giving her a name of ‘waity Katie’ was at the very least demeaning.  Most countries who are free have groups who do not agree.  You will find rumors, innuendos, and lies about each side. Now that Trump has left office, the media can’t let go of him.  There are articles every day about him.  He is out of office, move on.  Do you ever wonder that they just don’t have enough to write about so they go to the old reliables?  I dislike gossip, revealing family secrets even if you are famous, the tabloids, continual data on anyone famous, etc.  We all have problems, secrets, and difficulties.  To spread it out into the world for money is wrong in my mind.  In the Good Gus series, there were problems but no secrets or gossip.  It sets a bad example for the young reader.  The series is available on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of all the above.  Many individuals find it an interesting read.  It can be found on these websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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