Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys  People continually pass judgment on one another.  You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places.  I have never understood this.  What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable?  In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things.  They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance.  The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food.  I have never been a person to eat take away at the office.  I always brought my lunch.  I really didn’t care what others thought.  While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work.  I saw a cute story about a set of twins.  One twin was quite popular and had her own group.  Her sister was quiet and shy.  The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister.  They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress.  Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom.  He said it was about time they knew the real score.  The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant.  The popular twin was failing.  The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea.  She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well.  The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister.  The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister.  A valuable lesson.  Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone.  You could someday be in their shoes.  In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone.  It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  In many events in life, there are always side effects.  For example, many people have gained considerable weight during COVID.  Now one of the side effects is obesity.  People were no longer going to work, the grocery, exercising at gyms or even walking anywhere.  They had nothing to do but eat so they did. In addition, if a person was already extremely overweight, their chances of surviving COVID were slim to none.  Many people passed once they caught the disease because their bodies could not handle it.  Obviously, there are side effects from many medications. I once took a medication that gave me  very bad side effects.  When I called the doctor for a different product, the nurse said that I could expect that to happen.  I told her absolutely not as this was not a mild reaction.  I literally had to argue with her for a new prescription. There are also side effects in life.  If you are kind then generally people will be nice to you.  If you are rude and nasty, people will dislike you and not want to associate with you.  I love the arrogant people who believe they are always right and argue  with everyone.  Then they wonder why they have no friends. In the Good Gus series there are a variety of side effects.  You can find the books on Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Today is National Chocolate Cake Day. I find that to be delightful.  I love chocolate cake but only if I make it.  There are so many recipes that make it a chore to find one you like.  I used to make the Hershey’s Cocoa recipe on the back of their tin until I made up my own.  I combined a couple of recipes and this cake contains no dairy, but is light and fluffy.  I invented when my daughter, who rarely cooks now, was young and wanted to bake.  I doubt that specialty food shops or even bakeries know that this is National Chocolate Cake Day. A nice gesture would be to make a chocolate cake, if you aren’t working, and pass it out to people who are in service such as the military, police, fire, nurses, doctors and anyone you notice looks hungry.  I often wonder how the media comes up with various types of days.  I can only assume it is to promote chocolate, dessert at restaurants, or bakeries.  I wonder if you were at a restaurant today if you told them it was National Chocolate Cake Day if you would receive a free dessert.  In any event, enjoy this day eating chocolate cake or any other cake you may like.  In the Good Gus series, everything was homemade and they didn’t have various national type food days.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  As the weather continues across the world in cold, rain and snow, “Misplaced Trust” might be an interesting read.  You can eat your cake while reading it.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  There are many people with a broken heart.  I saw a video today that made me cry.  A little boy was in a store trying to buy a doll.  He did not have enough money.  He counted his change three times. The salesgirl began asking him questions.  She wanted to know why he was buying a doll.  He told her it was for his sister.  She said, ” Your thoughtfulness will shine through.  You are so nice she doesn’t need a present.”  He replied that he could not tell her about the gift. The boy started to cry.  She tried to comfort him. The girl asked why and he said she had gone to Heaven.  The girl nearly cried right then.  She asked, “If his sister was in heaven why did he need a doll?” His next response nearly broke her heart.  He told her his mommy was going to heaven soon and he wanted her to bring the doll to his sister so she wouldn’t be lonely.  You know what happened next.  The salesgirl gave him the doll.  She knew he had a broken heart but was being very brave.  There are so many stories with children with terminal illnesses it is difficult.  That is part of the reason I started the non profit  Mae Charles Gift of Reading.  I was thinking today that once you give the gift of reading to a child they can rise out of poverty and change their lives.  The Good Gus series is online at Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have many broken hearts.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


  Holding on to hope is difficult in these times. Yet, many people believe in holding on to hope. I actually heard that on a video the other day.  With the election in the states and all the fighting, it would almost easier to walk away.  The looming Covid rise in cases around the world makes holding on to hope almost impossible.  However, there are still people around the world reminding us not to give up and that hope and kindness still exist.  I have seen videos of people rescuing animals including a man who dove into a freezing lake to save a dog.  Then there are the family members who give up everything to care for an older relative.  It might seem small, but it’s not.  It renews our faith in mankind.  With lockdowns just around the corner, and the time changing so it’s dark longer, holding on to hope is all we have.  In Ireland, the change is already in effect.  That means most days there is no sun or even reasonably cloudy skies until around ten and by four it’s dark again.  It is almost depressing now with Covid.  The news continually changes about the virus so you really don’t know what to do.  If that isn’t bad enough, flu season is upon us.  I read that the flu shots in China made people ill and some even passed away.   What do you do?  Who do you trust?  It’s best to be careful, continue holding on to hope, and do your best.  In the Good Gus series I didn’t have any diseases, sickness or pandemics.  There is too much negativity in real life.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  The only people holding on to hope in “Misplaced Trust” are the beneficiaries of the estate plan.  Please read this self help book online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Lately, it seems that people I know are being misdiagnosed. I know a man who went to the doctor’s as he injured his back.  After numerous surgeries and being misdiagnosed on several occasions he finally recovered. He was so badly treated that he ended up with air in his brain.  They also injured his legs.  He finally recovered after a year.  He started a job and after about three months he scraped his leg on company property.  After a few days it really seemed infected and hurt.  He went to urgent care.  They completely misdiagnosed him with gout. Gout is on your feet, not your leg.  They told him to wrap his leg and ice it.  Four days later he saw his regular physician who immediately placed him in the hospital. He was extremely ill with an infection and ended up with sepsis.  He is on the mend but only with antibiotic shots three times a day.  It will be another month before he is well. The only plus side of this, he told me, is he has lost weight.  I know another person who was in an auto accident.  She was in excellent health, always working out, exercising, and eating right.  One year later, after being misdiagnosed, plus injured by a doctor, she is not the person she once was.  She has pain and is slowly beginning to heal.  She has even returned to physical therapy.  One more person.  He was injured and misdiagnosed so that now he walks with a limp and is in continual pain.  What has happened to health care? Problems may continue to escalate with virtual visits.  In the Good Gus series if you had a problem you saw Dr. Moore and Nurse Joyce.  There was no insurance, paperwork, or fooling around.  You were treated with the medical information available at that time.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  As you approach the worries of estate planning, please consider reading “Misplaced Trust” first.  It will give you the facts you need to make the right choice.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Nothing but despondency awaits people in a nursing home. Some doctors call it a disease.  In a way it is because once an older person is left in a nursing home they slowly and steadily become depressed.  Frequently, the despondency makes them pass away.  Families believe that their parent is getting the best possible care.  Good nursing is no substitute for family love and care. When I was young I had to visit my grandmother who was in a home.  She could never stand me as she knew I was adopted.  I generally played outside while her son visited her.  I hated the nursing home as it smelled and was depressing.  Hardly any of the residents had visitors.  If you think about it, I wonder if the people dying in rest homes from Covid may actually be dying from despondency and the medical staff labeled it that way. There are children who later regret abandoning their parent.  I have seen countless videos of this type of situation.  One that remains in my mind is about a son who left his mum in the park with a note saying that she was insane and take her to the nearest nursing home.  On that same day a policeman observed him leaving his mother and telling her he would be back.  Later in the day he saw the woman still sitting on the park bench.  He began speaking to her and she told him she was waiting for her son.  She didn’t know where he lived or worked.  Then she remembered the note her son gave her. The policeman took the woman with him and quickly tracked down her son.  As her son left his work, he was waiting with his mum.  Of course, the son realized he had committed a terrible act.  My point is why do this?  We all make mistakes as parents but do we really want to left alone and abandoned?  Think about it particularly when it comes to your parents or your time. In the Good Gus series, everyone treated each other with respect and kindness regardless of age.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

During this time of stress, quarantine, isolation, etc. there are people around the world who are displaying selfish behavior.  They are demanding to be released from their homes, eat in restaurants, go to clothing stores, etc.  These people have no consideration for others, or anyone in the medical profession.  The instant they become sick they want immediate treatment.  How would they feel if it was their parent, child, friend, or even spouse who contracted the virus over the selfish behavior of another person?  Anger would surely top the list.  In Spain, the children were only recently let outdoors to play but not with other children.  In my neighborhood, there are kids riding bikes but keeping their distance.  Their parents are with them to make sure they don’t display any selfish behavior.  We all need fresh air and more people are walking in the mornings now but keeping their distances. I made Irish bread for three neighbors, one of whom is James McGee, the Davis cup winner, who is here in the states to make a video and do tennis coaching.  When I came out of my door to give the bread, the neighbor who agreed to give James his loaf,  it was a difficult handoff as she didn’t want to get too close to me.  There was no selfish behavior in the Good Gus series.  I never wanted to set a bad example.  Although, Bad Bart was somewhat selfish but Sheriff Gus straightened him out.  It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Workplace revenge can be extremely difficult. It may even make you so uncomfortable that you choose to find another job.  There are people who play games and are hurtful.  They may consider it as  practical jokes but frequently they are pranks to hurt a specific person.  In an episode of “Dougie Howser, M.D.,” Dougie was dating a coworker.  They had been dating about a month and so the other older doctors were sure that he had moved forward in the relationship.  When they asked him he dodged the question but  made it sound as if he was successful.  The nurse heard the entire conversation and was furious.  She decided to get her own workplace revenge.  She began spreading rumors about his male prowess and his failure as a man.  She made sure to tell everyone that they worked with.  The other doctors felt sorry for him. They said comforting words to help him get past his issues.  The nurses snubbed him and treated him badly.  In the end, Dougie apologized to the nurse telling her that because he was so young, that the other doctors tended to make fun of him.  She accepted the apology and stopped seeking workplace revenge.  It’s difficult for the recipient of workplace revenge.  They may try to reasonable with their workmates but if a person is mean, they will not stop.  Over the years, many women have filed lawsuits in an effort to seek workplace revenge.  In the Good Gus series, there was no workplace revenge.  I tried the recording yesterday, twice, and failed.  I will continue to work on it.  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.

During this crisis, many people are beginning to question their eating habits. Because they cannot buy all their favorite foods and eat at restaurants they are now discovering eating at home again after many years.  Although yesterday as I went to the health grocery store when I drove home I was shocked and amazed that the line at the window of Chick-fil-a was around the corner.  Apparently take away in the U.S. continues.  I have not heard of this in Europe.  A chef commented today on the internet about people changing their lifestyles in terms of the foods that they eat.  He believes that people will realize that eating healthy might prevent catching the virus in the future.  Other articles remind people to grow and or eat fresh herbs.  Whenever a new cook starts out, they generally begin with a semi-homemade recipe.  Then, because they feel that they are on the path to better health they experiment with fresh herbs.  For example, a simple tea sandwich you could make easily is this.  Soften and mix cream cheese and add a dash of lemon juice.  Cut up fresh dill, parsley or the fresh herb of your choice and blend well.  Trim the crust of two pieces of bread and spread with the cream cheese mix.  Peel and slice some cucumber, tomato,  or any other type of vegetable you might like and place on the cream cheese mix.  It’s a quick easy sandwich that you can completely enjoy.  It’s a small step towards better health.  Just an update regarding dog number three at my daughter’s.  A neighbor, who is a nurse, was grateful that her dog was found.  Now if she could find a home for Duke who is still a puppy, everyone would be happy.  By the way, my daughter’s original rescue dog, Bonnie, refused to eat in the beginning.  So I did what I used to do with my two Dobermans; I made their food.  If there is no dog food and your dog has no allergies, you can make your own easy inexpensive meals.  Find cheap meats at the grocery such as chicken livers, beef, even turkey and brown it in some oil.  Cook a large pana fair amount of  rice and add some carrots or any type of vegetable your dog will eat.  Use a bouillon cube for the broth.  Then, when the rice is done, add the meat and cook a few minutes longer.  It’s inexpensive and healthy for your dog.   In the Good Gus series everyone did have better health because they ate farm to table food.  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.

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