It seems that people are experiencing more anxiety. The news and media are frightening everyone. The first and foremost thing we should all do is be considerate of each other. It’s not necessary to instill fear. I receive fifteen to twenty emails a day telling me to buy things, and they are using scare tactics trying to convince me that I need all types of unnecessary products. I received one yesterday saying that we all need guns. People are experiencing more anxiety because of being at home all the time. No one can go to a public park and walk, a gym for exercises, an occasional meal at a restaurant or even make a purchase in a shop. Families are becoming annoyed with each other and all the shows on the TV are repeats because no one is in production. Anyone home for the first time has probably learned that there is really nothing on during the day. As I said yesterday, reading is an ideal option. It removes you for a short period from reality and you are focused on the plot. Now might also be a good time to watch old family movies. It’s a positive idea to bring us back to happier times. Today, JC of the Good Gus series, visited a hospital that is trying to reinstate two floors. He tests water and resolves issues with piping and the water so it can be purified and utilized. He should solve the hospital’s issue within a week which would add more space for sick individuals. In the Good Gus series, there were many events, but I never touched on any type of disease or condition. I did introduce Katie in book twenty-two, “The Field Trip,” who is in a wheelchair. I thought it was important that all children understand some of the difficulties other children experience. 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.
The power of stories is what moves us every day. We hear it on the news, read it on the internet or in a book. The power of the stories in the news opens us not only to our locality but to the world. With the virus crisis everyone wants to know what is happening everywhere. Sometimes the articles move us, make us angry, cry, sad, or glad to be alive. It depends upon the writer and if we believe the contents. The same is true of the internet. It’s a different form of news. Even the daily shows offering the latest breaking news are still stories. The best part, I think, about the power of stories is in books. I love writing children’s books because I feel like I present an adventure to the young reader. It gives them a chance to learn about the old west and how people lived. Many of the books actually have historical data. For example, Pecos held the first rodeo on July 4, 1883. It’s the basis of book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.” As we are all quarantined, this is the perfect time to read new books and read to our children and/or grandchildren. It gives us the opportunity to expand our minds and bond with the younger readers. The Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” for the adults is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Birthday to the real Mary from Mary’s Cafe’.
Everyone would like to have the perfect family. However, it doesn’t exist. Many families give the outward appearance of being the perfect family. They keep deep dark secrets and go to great lengths to make sure that they are never revealed. The old classic TV families appeared ideal. Even every fact about their characters off camera were remained hidden. They wanted the individuals to be perfect on the set and in real life. Sadly, that is never the case. We all try to do a good job as parents. Obviously, we make mistakes but we also try to learn from them. Becoming a parent does not come with a manual. We don’t want to do the things our parents did yet we end up doing them anyways. However, when we look back, we forget the negative and focus on the positive. I can still remember huge family picnics and BBQ’s with all my relatives. The cousins and I would play at the playground and when ready, a couple of adults would supervise us at the lake so we could all swim. Family dinners with my grandparents were always a treat. Because we were all Irish, my grandparents had a piano so after any feast everyone would gather around and sing songs. Some of the adults would dance in the living room. All great fun. In the Good Gus series, I made sure that the characters were lively and that the children were indeed not perfect. I wanted the young reader to have a sense of camaraderie and yet not be totally innocent. The series is online only at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Now that we are all home, the unbelievable amount of spam with sales pitches is overwhelming. It is understandable that everyone is trying to make a living during this difficult period. You can always figure out the price of whatever is being sold by how long their sales pitches are. The longer it takes, the higher the price. Do they think because many of us have time on our hands that we are willing to watch a thirty or forty minute video? The worst part is that you cannot speed it up. If they would just cut to the chase, then you would even know if you were slightly interested. What is it that makes these video scriptors believe we are all so stupid that they can convince us by watching a video for forty-five minutes to then purchase their product? Many people end up being caught up with purchasing timeshares because of the long slow sales pitches. There is no doubt they are excellent, but many individuals cannot afford the products or they are never available when they have free time. Being in sales in a noble profession. Without sales, no one makes a purchase for anything. We obviously make purchases at the grocery but what we never notice is that we try new brands because of the packaging which is basically a form of sales. If the product tastes bad, you will choose another or the company will redesign the packaging. In the Good Gus series, there were people who obviously were in sales but without the pitches. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who have used the sales pitches and basically conned people out of their money. The book is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Our grandparents understood how to economise. What has been occuring with this virus is panic and hoarding. During the Great Depression everyone played their parts. They didn’t hoard, bully or be rude. They stood in lines and eventually learned how to economise. My grandmother opened up her home as a boarding house with two meals. In turn, the boarders gave her their food cards and everyone ate quite well. She knew how to cook and economise. Sadly, a large part of the population either eat out or eat prepared and/or frozen meals. When panic ensued, they rushed to the groceries and bought every canned fruit, vegetable, packaged food and all frozen foods. There were still a few frozen foods and fresh goods available. When I went at the end of last week, the shelves were stocked with fresh foods. It was perfect for me. When I went after the initial panic, surprisingly I was still able to buy fresh organic spinach! My son told me that almost all of the organic fresh produce is on sale as the hoarders can’t save it. The point is, though, that people need to learn to economise. Rather than buy frozen dinners, prepacked quick foods including cakes, biscuits, soups and noodles, start by learning how to make some of these foods. For example, making any type of soup is easy. You can use any and all ingredients in your refrigerator. If you have items that may go bad, make a broth. I used to make split pea soup for my late husband and my best friend. I started with the broth by filling up a large pan with filtered water. I then added a few carrots, onion, garlic, any fresh herbs I had available, celery including their leaves and if I had a ham bone I threw it in and cooked it all for about two hours on simmer. I also do the same for a chicken or turkey broth. After the broth was ready, I drained all the cooked vegetables and removed the bone. I then added fresh vegetables along with the slit peas. They loved it plus it made a huge batch for both of them and it could be easily be frozen. In the Good Gus series being able to economise was a way of life. The series is available online only at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Being shallow is a personality trait that many people prefer to ignore. There was once a movie entitled “Shallow Hal” which clearly proved that the man was not real. I never watched it but saw the description and review. It was popular but I didn’t think a story about being shallow should even exist. During these difficult times, I have been watching old shows such as “Doogie Howser, M.D.” I saw an episode last night which displayed a shallow girl. Doogie’s friend Vinnie appeared to rarely have success dating any girls. He suggested that Doogie introduce him to a blind girl as she might like him for who he really is. Doogie was against the idea but Vinnie was available one day when the girl had just finished being checked by Doogie. Of course, he introduced him. The girl like Vinnie immediately. He fell for her. They did things together and he looked after her. Her parents even liked Vinnie. Then the call came for the cornea transplant. Vinnie remained devoted to her. When the day arrived that she could see, it was clear the first time she saw Vinnie she was disappointed. He was heartbroken. However, it proved that if you like a person for themselves, without sight, you are truly shallow if you are no longer interested in him when you can see he is not a handsome guy. It was a great point for the show and the viewers of that period. In the Good Gus series, no one is shallow. I wanted all the characters to be real to give the children a positive example. Also, because the books are all multicultural, the characters are enjoyed for who they are not their ethnicity or the color of their skin. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies are currently only available by mail. “Misplaced Trust” is full of shallow characters. The book is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Hello everyone! Through weeks of effort the website and blog are finally back! As everyone is staying home now, it’s a great time to read a few of my past blogs. It seems that many countries and states within those countries are on lockdown. I hate the term but we really shouldn’t complain. Anne Frank was living in a small confined area for twenty-five months. Her only option was staying at home. It does appear that some of the hoarding in the United States is beginning to slow down. The tissue paper issue was out of control. Over the decades many people were confined due to wars. Rather than whine and act as if everyone is suffering, we should remember the positives in our lives. As parents moan about the fact that their children aren’t in school, they should consider homeschooling. They can not only be taught their lessons, but how to cook, sew, really clean, balance a checkbook and even a bit of family history. A friend of mine in Galway, Ireland, who’s mum’s was visiting and now is staying at home with her and her family indefinitely as she cannot fly home to Poland. Her family is delighted to have the extra time with her. We are all used to our freedom but it’s better to be safe than sick. Staying at home with the TV and reading is at least a plus. If you have neglected your reading, now is the time to start again. Of course, the libraries are closed, but you can order online and choose to read my books for yourself and/or children. With everything happening, I have not finished the “Christmas Pageant” featuring the new characters Fiona, Helen and Sean Dunne. I had many plans with various schools to read to the children with an event at the end of the school year. Unfortunately, the virus made other plans for me. Remember, while you are staying at home, the Good Gus series is available online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. “”Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Why do employers never notice that their staff aren’t doing their jobs or at least a good job? There are so many large companies mired in paperwork that I am beginning to think it’s impossible to catch. The human resources departments haven’t changed in years. Many years ago I would do direct placement. I specialized in the over forty individuals. I rewrote their resume/CV and almost one hundred percent of the time they were hired. Here is the best part. Most of these people had applied through human resources. The personnel didn’t take the time to read their experience and coordinate with the managers for the experienced people they were looking for. In today’s market it isn’t any different. They don’t do their jobs and make life difficult for the employees. They employers never even notice unless someone brings it to their attention. However, trying to reach them is impossible because they are insulated from the outside world. The show in the United States entitled, “Undercover Boss” was excellent particularly for the larger companies. However, they didn’t work in offices. They worked mainly in restaurants and fast food where it is easily traceable if a person is doing their job. It’s the paper pushers that can hide everything. One time I was working at a company and the owner died and the company was run for a while by his daughter. She didn’t really know or understand anything about business. When my late husband and I were hired to revamp the business, it was shocking to see the results. The staff really wasn’t working and when they were let go their desks were full of restaurant menus and their computers of items not relating to work. In the Good Gus series life depended upon survival so there was very little paperwork and most of the shopkeepers were self employed. The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The media is continually reversing themselves regarding vitamin deficiencies. Today they are citing that vitamin deficiencies can be harmful to your health. Many companies guarantee instant results which they shouldn’t. They all believe their products are the best but they are not a cure all. There are recommendations now that even medical doctors are suggesting for adding vitamins and nutritional supplements. I believe that they do tend to recommend higher doses than a person really needs. Moderation is the key. They will also tell you that a healthy diet will take care of everything. However, our foods are laced with pesticides, often picked too early and sit on grocery shelves a long time thereby losing their values. The farm to market theory is good and is practised in Europe and somewhat in the United States. Some stores include the date of harvest on fresh fruits. Vitamin deficiencies can give a person mental health issues. It occurs on a sliding scale. A lack of certain vitamins, according to research, can lead to anxiety and depression. The vitamins and supplements do help people with mental disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder. As your body deteriorates from the deficiencies, it can increase your stress. You might be surprised at how much it helps. Vitamins weren’t invented until the early 1900’s by researchers at Yale University. In the Good Gus series farm to market food really helped curb vitamin deficiencies. Available online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones, with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California, the series is an ideal gift for upcoming birthdays. We are finally ordering book three, “cory Returns,” as we have been sold out. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
If a person has celebrity status, it doesn’t mean that they can be rude, nasty, inconsiderate and make insulting remarks. There are continual articles on the internet about famous people using their celebrity status and ignoring good manners. Just because a person is well known it doesn’t entitle them to act without consideration and in an unfavorable manner. Many of them use their celebrity status to promote products. They also believe that if they instantly become vegetarians or vegans that everyone should emulate them. They tend to put down the people who don’t follow them. They also use their status to receive preferential treatment on airplanes, in shops and restaurants, and anywhere else they can show their celebrity status. They are people the same as us. If they are on the TV, radio or do movies, that is their career. It doesn’t make them any better than the person delivering your mail, the janitor in a school, or a president of a major corporation. We should all be treated decently and with respect. I saw a video about a little girl that was begging. A wealthy man stopped and helped her and twenty years later, when he passed, she was the wealthy person. He indeed paid it forward. In the Good Gus series, no one is a celebrity. The stories center around good manners and respect. As the books are multicultural, it is a valuable lesson for the young reader. The series in online at Nook, Kindle, Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.