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  We have all had creepy experiences. I saw a video that reminded me that the exact same thing had happened to me years ago. A young woman’s parents had passed so she was raised by her grandmother.  Once she grew up she planned to move out when her grandmother decided to buy her a new home.  Of course, the girl was thrilled as it was an amazing gift.  The grandmother was able to buy the house at a huge discount as the owners just wanted to move out quickly.  It was a large house which easily accommodated any of her girlfriends when they wanted to stay over.  The grandmother helped her set everything up but she kept looking over her shoulder.  The girl asked her if everything was okay.  The grandmother said it felt like someone was watching them although she never saw anyone.  Within a few days, things began being moved, food disappeared from her refrigerator and bath towels disappeared. It became so prevalent that she called the police and they couldn’t find anything.  Then, things disappeared even more.  After a few years, she began hearing sounds on the second floor but could never see anything or anyone.  She asked her friend, a male, to stay for a few weeks.  One night they were watching a video when her friend heard a sound.  He rushed upstairs and there was an older man trying to sneak up to the attic. Her friend tackled him and she called the police. The man was the previous owner and he was obsessed with her house. Not only that, when she called her grandmother and she rushed over she recognized the man.  He had been her boyfriend when she was young and when she broke up with him, he kept stalking her until she obtained a restraining order against him.  He had been spying on them and following them for a few years. Needless to say he was arrested and put in jail.  What happened to me was similar.  I had rented an apartment as a sublet.  I began to think a few things were odd such as my items being moved, food missing, etc.  Finally, one day I came home from work because I was sick and there he was the former tenant sound asleep in my bedroom.  I moved within a few days.  In the Good Gus series, the only creepy experiences were for Halloween.  I never wrote about Halloween as it does bother some children.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Our self image is extremely important. If we think negatively about ourselves, our self image will be very poor.  It really doesn’t matter if you are tall or short, overweight or thin, bald or have lots of hair, or anything else.  However, over time we see the movies, TV shows and magazines where people are a specific way and they are considered the beautiful people.  What is really important is what is inside a person.  How they treat you is what really counts.  I recently saw an old episode of ‘Doogie Houser’ in which Doogie’s girlfriend’s cousin was in town so they went on a double date with his friend Vinnie.  At first Vinnie was worried about the cousin’s appearance but then since his friend’s girl was pretty, he was sure he had no worries.  When they meet up, the girl is overweight.  Rather than be a jerk, he decided to just go along with the evening plans.  They went to a place that had  pool tables.  Vinnie and the cousin played each other. After the first hour, the cousin asked if he was   ready to quit. He asked her why and she said usually after one hour boys would make an excuse to leave. She clearly had a poor self image.  She frequently made remarks about her weight until Vinnie told her to stop.  His response was perfect.  He told her he was having a good time.  Eventually, a tall good looking boy came over to the cousin and started calling her names.  Vinnie, who is very short and thin, stood up to him.  He told him to stop.  The tall boy took a swing at him as Vinnie ducked and rolled under a pool table.  He quickly noticed a certain type of pool stick and used it on the boy in an area that caused him great pain.  Obviously, they left after that.  The point is that if you have a poor self image, you need to decide how to change it and stop beating yourself up.  In the end, the girl went to Doogie and told him she had no idea how to stop overeating.  He recommended a few places.  Everyone in the Good Gus series had a good self image.  It would be a terrible example for young children.  It’s really important to note that I started writing in 2008.  The characters in my books are people I have known in my life and they are all types and ethnicities.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, I am working towards my next book by using crowdfunding.  The site is A few people I know have already shared it with their friends.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

It’s fascinating to watch how the media portrays people just to cause trouble. Every  day they claim various celebrities have marriage issues, dating issues, money issues and more.  For example, I have seen headlines for George Clooney and how his marriage is having problems, etc.  In reality, in interviews he has clearly stated that they are happy.  If you look at the pictures they look happy together.  The constant rumor mongering is overwhelming.  We are in difficult times, yet between fake news, false accusations and just people wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, it’s beginning to become depressing.  The divorce rate has increased due to couples not really being compatible and being in lock down.  All it did was save them from the virus, but cause trouble that has now ended up changing their lives permanently.  It’s difficult for working parents who have been home full time with their children trying to amuse them.  Of course, even without a lockdown, children fight and argue with each other.  There is also the sibling rivalry.  The Smothers brothers became wealthy with the phrase, “Mom likes you best.”  We all love our children equally, yet they each have different needs.  If you help one child one way and another child a different way, they each believe you are favoring their sibling and will cause trouble.  In the Good Gus series, Bart Bart did cause trouble.  Not only did Sheriff Gus reverse the situation, but he did it in a positive, non-violent way.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who did nothing but cause trouble.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Book The old saying, “charity begins at home,” is still applicable today.  The thoughts only occur to most people during the holiday season, but why not now?  So many people are struggling financially, that everyone needs help.  In an old Andy Griffith show , Andy was upset and embarrassed that Opie had only give three cents to the school’s charity drive.  He kept repeating that it looked so bad since he was the Sheriff that his own son was so inconsiderate of the needs of others.  Aunt Bea was furious with Andy for treating Opie that way and pointed out that if Opie was saving to buy his little girlfriend a present, Andy shouldn’t interfere.  She went on to say that it was him that was ashamed and embarrassed because of his status in the community.  Eventually, Andy half apologized and told Opie that if he wanted to buy his little girlfriend a toy or take her to the movies he was fine with it.  Then, Opie told him he was saving to buy her a coat for the winter because her parents couldn’t afford one.  In effect, charity really did begin at home.  Of course, Andy was even more embarrassed which I think he deserved. There are many people around the globe who volunteer their time, money and efforts to help the less fortunate. It’s not known on social media, or publicly in any way. In the Good Gus series,  charity was easy and clearly visible in “The Special Gift.” The series awaits your child’s reading online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” characters had no inkling of charity.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many people prejudge others the moment they first meet them. When you are applying for a job, your appearance is everything along with your demeanor. The moment the potential employer or the human resources person sees you when you walk in your fate is sealed based on how you look, if they like your smile, if they feel your clothing is satisfactory, and your overall demeanor.  You can be well qualified, but if you appear wearing slacks and a blouse, or khaki pants with a flannel shirt, your chances of being hired are close to zero.  It is rare that people are hired for their qualifications.  When I had a contract engineering firm, I never saw anyone.  I judged them solely on the CV/Resume.  This led to a ninety-eight percent success rate for each candidate.  This is also applicable if you walk into a bank hoping for a loan or to solve an issue.  How many times have you seen a TV show where a person tries to obtain a loan but is turned down even though they have good credit, a decent job and have the ability to repay the financial institution?  This often leads to harm in murder mysteries.  In this world, we are multicultural.  The Good Gus series has characters from all walks of life and all ethnicities.  It is a valuable series for the young reader.  It gives them the opportunity to see that people can get along and that it is not necessary to prejudge anyone for any reason.  The series is online at Nook, Waterstones, and Kindle,  Hard copies are available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and tomorrow at Balboa Park, San Diego.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Here they go again! Now they are talking about red meat. Is it true?  You be the judge.  In 1977 George McGovern declared that red meat was a villain.  It is also claimed to be  connected to climate change.  Over four million participants in a study now are claiming, by the scientists,  that eating red meat or even reducing consumption had little to do with heart attacks, strokes or cancer.  How can there  be so many studies that contradict each other?  Part of the problem has to be that people do not tell the truth about what they really eat.  Of course there are studies that state eating plant based fake beef is better for you.  There is a fair amount of processing that occurs with fake meat.  They may be lying about the actual value to your body, cholesterol, health, etc. Here’s the thing.  Whether you eat red meat, limit it or never eat it you can still develop cancer, have high cholesterol, have a heart attack or stroke and be diagnosed with any number of life threatening diseases.  It still all boils down to eating and sleeping right along with exercise.  Eating any type of fast foods for a length of time can cause a multitude of health issues.  The smart move is to eat as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible along with lean meats and fish.  If you hate the gym, walk every day and build up the distance you walk.  You can also buy some weights and do them at home.  As long as you put forth the effort, you can achieve good health.  In the Good Gus series, eating right was a way of life.  Available online along with “Misplaced Trust” at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino. It is also on kindle, Waterstones, and Nook.  Hard copies are still at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.

 Why is almost every article on the internet involve people who are always angry?  There are continuous rants on Twitter and other social media from individuals who seem to be always angry.  It appears that social media is the new place for people to complain, criticize, vent their frustrations and take all their anger out on anyone they can or who is available.  When we were young if you had something negative to say or wanted to vent any frustrations or anger, you didn’t go publicly.  You talked to a family member, a close friend, or a religious person.  It was never displayed for publicity or to be noticed.  Now it seems, no matter what anyone says, does, wears and even eats is open for discussion and insults.  Class has disappeared as no one feels they need to act appropriately, speak with an excellent vocabulary, use foul language at will, dress slovenly, and eat like slobs.  All of the Miss Manners and Tiffany etiquette have disappeared.  If children aren’t taught at home, in the schools, on the playing field or by religious leaders, then there is no hope for a decent society.  Fair treatment with kindness and respect has all but disappeared.  How often do people let doors slam in your face, complain if there is a line or a long wait, cut you off while driving, yell scream and give insulting gestures?  Too often if you ever stopped to count.  In the Good Gus series, there was no social media so the always angry people didn’t exist.  I just met one of my fans!  She is four and loves the series.  Remember it’s never too early to start ordering the books either at our website or on Kindle for Christmas.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of always angry people.  If you decide to read the book you will know why.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 As the saga continues from the former co-worker, he is still attempting to seek revenge.  He seriously needs to move on from his revenge project.  Unfortunately, there are people literally around the globe who seek revenge.  Wars have been started.  Families have broken up over it.  The workplace has become difficult for many individuals.  Often it can be something as simple as jealousy.  However, if a person’s ego is wounded, they seem to go to great lengths to extract revenge.  Life is too short for this yet people can’t seem to stop it.  I know of a custody case where the motive of the father is pure and simple.  He doesn’t want to pay and wants to hurt his ex and child as much as possible.  Sadly, this is common and not unique to anyone.  Look at the workplace.  Individuals will sabotage their workmates.  They may tamper with their projects, sneakily put in place items that may not be noticeable but will ruin someone else’s work or idea.  How many movies have you seen where jealousy takes over and a workmate will steal a co-worker’s idea and present it as their own?  It’s a theme in many movies.  The point is that egos will always be bruised, pride will be more important, and jealousy will rear its ugly head often in the name of revenge.  In the Good Gus series there were no acts of revenge.  It is important for children to read positive stories without monsters, violence, political agendas, etc.  Always available on Kindle, the series is a good start for summer reading once school is out.  If you are wondering if “Misplaced Trust” has chapters about revenge, you are correct.  You would be amazed what individuals will do.  The book, ideal for early evening reading, is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

What do people define as good deeds? The Scouts have the motto to do a good turn every day which freely translated means good deeds.  Lately, which is one of the reasons I wrote about nurses is that they are the epitome of good deeds.  There have been a few articles recently about nurses helping relatives of terminally ill patients say good-bye to their pets.  One granddaughter smuggled  her grandma’s dog into the hospital pretending it was a small baby.  The nurses in another hospital helped the wife of a man dying of cancer smuggle in his small dog so he could say good-bye.  People often do good deeds that go unnoticed every day.  It doesn’t take much to show courtesy and be kind.  During the holiday season people tend to show thoughtfulness towards others unless they are in a fight at a store for a specialty item.  Then all bets are off.  Items just aren’t worth fighting over.  If you think about it, when a younger person gives up their seat to an older person on the bus, trolley or train, they are showing that they are kind and thoughtful.  It may be considered a good deed but it is also good manners.  How often does the person in front of you when you are leaving a store or shop let the door slam in your face?  It’s only a few seconds yet they can’t be bothered.  The recipient of this kindness should always say thank you.  I often say”Your mum taught you well.  You have excellent manners.”  Do you have any idea how many of these people break out into a big grin?  It makes their day and yours as well.  In the Good Gus series there were often good deeds that went unnoticed but they are in the stories to give the children good examples.  It is always available on Kindle and at Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  After you have done your good deed for the day reward yourself with a quick read of “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, CowboysEverywhere you look there are enticing adverts.  They are continually advertising for cures for everything.  They claim that it is a simple trick that they figured out at home.  Then after a long video or several pages of text trying to reel you in, they have a product to sell.  It is usually a book or another video.  We all know nothing is for free.  Yet, they make the adverts appear as if they are willing to share their new found secret with you for absolutely no cost.   Then, there are the adverts that tell you the product is free.  However, the shipping and handling is more than the product and the shipping.  Shipping and handling is just another way to add to the bottom line.  Rather than claim they are doing you a favor by shipping the product you just purchased, the companies should admit that they are not satisfied with their profits for the product, but want more.  When I sell a Good Gus book, the shipping is as close to the exact rate as possible.  There is no handling as it is my responsibility to provide the envelope and go to the post to send the books.  The adverts for purchasing furniture or large home products at least will tell you that if you purchase a certain amount you will receive free delivery.  There are areas in the world, though, that no matter how much you spend, there is still no free delivery or even set-up.  Since there was only one small newspaper in Pecos, there were no adverts until an event came to town such as the Rodeo.  In book four, Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull, the rodeo does indeed come to town with lots of excitement.  The series is always available on Kindle worldwide and if you are tired check out Mae’s Story Time on You tube.  If you are fed up with all the crazy adverts, take a quick reading break for “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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