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.

Many people are unable to forgive another person when they do something wrong.  It’s sad because holding a grudge is not good.  It affects you physically, and emotionally.   It is understandable, thought, when something devastating occurs.  For example, if someone out of the blue attempts to harm you or your child, I can see why they may be unable to forgive the individual.  Families tend to hold grudges and frequently are unable to forgive.  It usually revolves around money.  One of the reasons I wrote “Misplaced Trust” is to show how siblings who enjoyed holidays, trips, parties and events turned against each other once a person had passed.  It might have been that they were not receiving the amount of money they wanted.  Recently, I have noticed that parents are disinheriting certain children.  They are angry and feel that they can’t be bothered with them now that they are aging.  Plus, if they have slowly used their money to survive and don’t have the same funds, their child or children may decide that it’s unnecessary to pay attention to them.  Then, the parents are unable to forgive.  I try to convince them to at least leave their child or children something, but frequently they are adamant that they deserve nothing.  They may be right, but they should at least be able to let go before it’s too late.  In the Good Gus series everyone has the gift of forgiving.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can be found at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Cacao also known as cocoa is a delight to most people. Miss Patty, however, doesn’t like chocolate!  There are numerous benefits of eating cacao.  First of all it contains anadamide which can make you feel happier.  It actually helps create a feeling of euphoria.  No wonder we all love it.  It also contains theobromine which helps halt coughs better than cough syrup which is perfect for this winter season. Don’t take my word for it.  This is directly from the British Lung Foundation.  Because of the ingredients, it helps to curb mood swings.  It tends to boost levels of serotonin which helps boost your brain to give a calming effect and a feeling of wellbeing.  I have seen numerous testimonies about the positive effects of cacao on older individuals.  It really does help with inflammation.  It also helps with osteoporosis and lower blood pressure.  Cacao contains sulphur and magnesium.  Both are important nutrients for our bodies.  As the ladies would appreciate, they help rebuild collagen within your system and help our hair and nails.  That’s a great reason right there to eat it every day.  According to Tulane University, cacao helps fight tooth decay although I think regular brushing is just as helpful.  The University of California at Davis, Department of Nutrition, believes that it also thins blood and works better than the daily dose of aspirin.  Frankly, the scientists have changed their minds recently on taking aspirin.  I prefer the chocolate!  Book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” contains chocolate with Bad Bart having a temper tantrum.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and on Saturdays at Balboa Park, San Diego with Miss Patty.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As we age, many of us worry about losing our memory.  There are so many brain boosters out there in the form of nutritional supplements that’s it’s difficult to choose.  However, you should start with eating the right foods.  The first and foremost is leafy green vegetables.  It can be any type but most people often think of spinach.  There are numerous ways to cook spinach.  I like to make spinach pies.  If you don’t like a dough version you can always use the premade puff pastry.  Either way, they can be a great appetizer if you make the small ones.  Of course salmon is always a good choice.  We all need omega three fatty acids and what better way than a delicious piece of fresh salmon.  I take turmeric which not only helps your brain but is great for inflammation.  As we age, arthritis tends to creep into our hands and other locations.  I find it works quite well.  Fresh mussels are excellent brain boosters.  Even the now forbidden potato from all the diets are good for you.  Asparagus, which I love, is also powerful.  Of course, my personal favorite, dark chocolate will enhance your thinking power.  Many of the health food stores sell it but you can also buy the sixty or seventy percent Ghirardelli baking chocolate which is lower in fat and sugar than candy or many of the bars. These are only some of the food brain boosters, but it’s a good start.  Remember, that eating should be enjoyable and not a chore or be rushed. In the Good Gus series, many of these foods were grown in Pecos or nearby.  In the new second Christmas book, the first grocery comes to Pecos.  It was too hot today for sales at Balboa Park.  Miss Patty will be back next week.  Remember hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and for online they can be found on Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The long age age question is when should we stop drinking milk?  Everyone has always assumed that because you are weaned as a baby that therefore you really don’t need milk.  As a child you need it for strong bones.  A few articles I have read in the past said if you were a milk drinker as a child you will have strong bones particularly as you age.  New research from St. Andrews University in Scotland suggests that exchanging one or two glasses of water for a richer beverage such as milk which may quench your thirst particularly if you perspire at the gym on a regular basis.  They posted their results in the ‘American Journal of Critical Nutrition.’  They did agree that both types of water, flat and sparkling, will hydrate you.  However, certain beverages such as milk will hydrate you occasionally better than water.  There are also other drinks that contain a very small amount of sugar, fat or protein that may assist your body in remaining hydrated for a longer period of time.  Their study also said that because milk and similar beverages contain electrolytes also contributes to longer hydration.  However, if you drink an energy drink, soda, coffee or tea you are completely defeating the purpose of hydration.  Water is extremely important and you should never give it up.  But an occasional glass of milk won’t hurt!  The citizens of Pecos relied on coffee, tea, water and milk.  The Good Gus series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is a unique reading experience and could be considered as a gift for a reader.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

People who are on diets occasionally try fasting as a way to speed up weight loss.  Often it doesn’t work because then they binge eating which defeats the purpose.  There are controlled methods of fasting which do benefit weight loss.  For example, one time on “Frasier” the radio station was in a contest with another station to see whose staff could lose the most weight.  Right before the weigh in, they all binged on fatty foods such as doughnuts, french fries, pastries and high calorie delights.  When the final weigh in arrived, they all stayed at Frasier’s apartment and were fasting to drop the pounds.  In the end, they did win once Roz chopped off some of her hair.  Many people believe fasting is good before a workout.  I agree.  I like to exercise in the morning on an empty stomach or later in the day before dinner.  You should, however, after you workout, eat a high carbohydrate, high protein meal. Since you are basically ripping your muscles, you need to wait thirty minutes and then replenish your body.  There are dietitians who disagree but it really boils down to how you really feel.  If you see benefits, workout whatever is best for you.  Your body will thank you as you age.  I knew a man who barely exercised until his son, a doctor, forced him at sixty-five to start swimming.  His health improved dramatically.  He died when he was 95 1/2 years of age stepping out of the pool.  In the Good Gus series, fasting would be a bad idea.  The characters, including the children, worked and played hard every day.  As you hope for a cool down, pass your tablet to your child so they can read the series on Kindle and Waterstones.  For the San Diego fans, stop by the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  Once they are fast asleep, grab that tablet and read “Misplaced Trust.” It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Having knee pain isn’t for older people anymore. It seems that younger adults are quite unhappy to have knee pain as well.  It prevents many individuals from enjoying a variety of activities.  The knee is a hinge joint and one of the largest that we have on our body.  Many people by the time they reach forty can no longer run because of overuse and wearing down of the cartilage.  That is what protects our bones wherever they meet.  If you have knee pain you really need to listen to your body because it is obviously telling you something.  The reason that the cartilage wears down is from repetitive steps.  So if you hit the treadmill for thirty minutes running, at some point your knee is going to let you know that you did it too much.  There are obviously other reasons such as an injury, loose cartilage, twisting and sudden stops and starts.  Athletes are particularly prone to knee injuries and pain.  If you are thinking pain medication is the answer, reconsider.  Without realizing it you can become addicted to pain medications or opioids.  One of the newer treatments for this is platelet-rich-plasma.  It is very effective and helps regenerate tissues from within.  If your insurance doesn’t cover it, the pool is an ideal choice.  There are many clubs that offer exercises and therapy for joint and knee pain.  In the Good Gus series, knee pain may have been an issue but since the citizens in Pecos workloads varied, it was highly unlikely.  Now that school is out and you are hearing those infamous words, “I’m bored,” grab your tablet and choose a few books from the series to keep the kids occupied.  It’s on Kindle, Waterstones and if you are passing through San Diego, at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Knee pain was the least of anyone’s trouble in “Misplaced Trust.”  If you are bored as well, try it as a different read.  You can locate it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 For the first time in my life, I heard someone say that their pride was more important than anything else.  It was a shock to say the least.  It was a workmate who decided that he would throw everything away because his pride was wounded.  The fact that not only was it his income that was being tossed, but the good will of the company was suddenly insignificant.  If you stop and think about it, he obviously has no regard for anyone, including his family.  It’s almost impossible to imagine how one’s pride is more important than an income, taking care of your family, and the harm it causes others who also depend on that income. There are times in our lives when whatever self-respect we may have disappears.  It could be we became redundant, can’t find new work, or take a low paying job beneath our capabilities simply because we need an he money.  Your ego may be temporarily wounded but at least you are working and doing what you can to support your family.  The whole event started because this man would not listen when another co-worker said she had to leave.  Her son was unwell and she needed to go to him.  Surely, he could understand that, but he didn’t.  It was all about him, what he wanted and as we now know, his ego.  He is not an easy person to work with and anything simple becomes complicated.  Plus as he has aged, his abilities have deteriorated.  Will he wake up to his fake ego?  I doubt it.  In the Good Gus series, pride only came in the form of proud parents with their children’s achievements.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If you are ever confronted with a person whose pride is more important than anything else, steer clear of that individual.  Then take a quick break and read a chapter of “Misplaced Trust” on your tablet.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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