When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up. Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart. Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets. First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do? Where can they go? They are suddenly alone and depressed. They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react? I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you. In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out. It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better. Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time. Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face. It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward. In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories. Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monopoly companies exist everywhere in the world. They limit what we can do. I dislike them intensely. For example, if you live in an area that has only one internet service that actually can service you, particularly if you work at home, it is frustrating. They play with the pricing, disconnect you in a heartbeat, and make life difficult. When I was young, the primary phone company was AT&T. They truly had a monopoly. They were eventually broken up by the government. However, if you wished to have phone service, they were the only game in town. Eventually, when the companies decided to compete, everything changed. The long distance rates even when I was a young adult were astronomical. Of course, once the competition began it all changed. My son, when he was around twelve, actually sold long distance services. It was profitable for him. It was a great way to earn money at his age. Even in Ireland my phone company choices were limited. I did end up with a good service that was close to being a monopoly but their benefits were excellent. Even the utility companies are a monopoly. There are frequently no other options. When you play the game Monopoly you learn how it works. In the Good Gus era there were many small businesses but there were still companies that had a monopoly for a variety of goods. There series can be found on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is easily locatable on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Lately, there have been a large number of bully videos on Facebook. The characters in the bully videos are quite cruel. I feel like there are enough negative things in the world without adding additional bully videos. In many of the short skits, the victims don’t win in the end. They seem to be defeated showing that it’s okay to be bullied as they won’t stand up for themselves. There is enough violence in the world without adding to it. In the bully videos the bullies just start in on unsuspecting individuals. They start out with nasty words, calling them names, cowards, losers, etc. Their victims try to walk away but they won’t allow it. The bullies push them and frequently, as it happens in school, their push their trays of food onto the floor or dump it on them. The other students just stand and sit around not helping or assisting the victim. I could understand if they were afraid, but rather than remain stationary, they should go for help. It’s not just in schools. They had a western with terrible violence. I couldn’t even watch it because it was so bad. There was one video where a poor boy was being shamed and bullied because he didn’t have a special sign on top of his car. It was somewhere in England. The dad witnessed it and that night he and the boy’s mum (his wife), built a wooden sign on his beat up station wagon. It said, “My child gives good hugs.” The next day when he drove up to pick up his son, the usual bullying was occuring to his son. The other cars had signs about the wonderful marks, skills, etc. that their child had. As the boy walked to his dad’s car all of a sudden it all stopped as he ran up and hugged his dad. Everyone stopped speaking. It was great! There were no bully videos during the Good Gus era as there was no technology. Bad Bart was a bully in the series but Sheriff Gus put a stop to him. The books can be found 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.
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.