Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Happy Valentine’s to everyone around the globe! It is a great day for individuals to remember people they love. It doesn’t have to be about couples.  Many individuals believe that if they are alone on Valentine’s Day that their life is ruined or hopeless.  It’s just a day that has been commercialized for florists, confectioners, stuffed animal manufactures, and lingerie companies to really cash in and make huge profits.  It is also a big day for restaurants everywhere!  Even the ones that have been booked, couples who really forgot or want to go out end up at non romantic places just to celebrate.   Esther Howland, of Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1847,  became one of the first U.S. manufacturer of valentines. In 1868, Richard Cadbury invented the first candy box.  Obviously, they knew a good thing because today it is a multi-million dollar business for both candy and cards.  It also helps the Post as well.  The National Retail Federation estimates that U.S. consumers will spend $18.2 billion for the holiday.  That is a huge number.  Children, of course, love Valentine’s day as there are parties at school with candy, cards and a variety of treats.  The movie channels advertise heavily for Valentine’s Day movies.  All in all, profits all around.  Many of the readers of this blog  probably have wonderful memories of Valentine’s Day as children.  I always liked to give my children gifts with limited sweets.  Even for my granddaughter, she received coloring books, a reading book and a ballerina t-shirt.  She was elated!  The real Mary from the Good Gus series, was married on Valentine’s Day many years ago! Las Vegas is a premier destination for engaged couples on Valentine’s Day.  Many couples plan their wedding, including bachelor and bachelorette parties around this holiday.  The was no Valentine’s Day in the Good Gus Series.  The published books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are having a rough day today, ignore it and read “Misplaced Trust” which is also available on Kindle, Nook, Apple and several popular e-book websites.  I hope everyone had a good day!

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