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.

Everywhere you look there are false claims.  Right now anyone in the states has the opportunity to change their insurance for lower rates.  If you look on the internet and even fill out one form that states they will send you a quote, you are in an instant nightmare.  Their false claims literally come in the form that your phone will ring as many as fifty times from people all wanting your business.  You spend a great deal of time blocking them.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough, they have several other numbers and just keep calling you.  They all say they have the  best prices for major medical which are false claims.  Frequently, if you have a pre existing medical condition, they either hang up or quote a ridiculously high amount.  False claims are not just in the insurance business.  In any type of lawsuit or custody battle, false claims are rampart.  It’s very difficult to find the truth.  Even adverts for Christmas have false claims.  They state one price but then when you open the ad the amount of money for the product jumps dramatically.  Just one more the anti aging false claims.  They all state you will immediately look ten years younger.  Seriously, do they think we are all that stupid?  In the Good Gus series false claims existed in that era but not in the stories.  Miss Patty will be at the Catholic Festival again tomorrow in Clairemont Mesa weather permitting.  Today she was rained out as were all the other vendors.  Remember online is easy for the series at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are also at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online for your gift list for adults at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Cardio is necessary in life.  Have you ever noticed, particularly in Europe, and in walking cities in the U.S., that many of the older people are still in good shape?  They walk every day but not as if they were walking in the park.  When I lived in Ireland, I walked to the grocery and carried my parcels back home.  Now that I am in the states, I need to use the treadmill, as walking is not feasible.  In Italy, many of the older adults, cycle wherever they can.  At the gym, many individuals ignore the cardio machines and focus on the weights.  As I was instructed by the former Mr. and Mrs. Ireland, you need cardio before you begin weights or the machines.  It prepares your heart for the activities.  Many weightlifters believe that if they weave about with weights they are fulfilling their cardio.  It’s just not true.  Sure it will strengthen your muscles, but not your heart.  Utilizing cardio actually promotes oxygen and nutrients into your system.  If you balance your workout, you will burn calories and strengthen your overall body.  Anyone hoping to combat aging, cardio is your first step.  Individuals who have stopped exercising, start again but at a slower pace.  Don’t get discouraged because over time you will begin to notice not only a physical change, but your face will reflect the promotion of oxygen and help you look younger.  In the Good Gus series, there was no need for cardio.  Their life was cardio and weight lifting just not in the sense we think of today.  Remember, the series is a great evening relaxer for the young reader.  It is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  Hard copies are available 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.

 Botox has become very popular over the past few years. It has also become more accessible to the non-medical personnel.  As many people believe it is the shortcut to looking younger, it’s popularity has grown over the years.  However, it is no longer a product that is sold or utilized by the medical field.  In some countries, beauticians are allowed to administer the toxic shots.  It was brought to market in 1980.  Originally it was only offered through medical doctors.  However, over time it was modified and changed to allow trained people not in the medical industry to administer the shots.  On the net today, there was a picture of a woman in the UK who attended such an event.  The beautician who administered the shot hit an artery.  The end results are not attractive.  Both of her lips are swollen.  I am wondering how difficult it is to even try to eat.  Botox may be a quick fix, but over time maintaining good health will make anyone even more beautiful.  The whole point is to look younger.  However, no one can stop aging so it is better to try to handle it gracefully rather than find methods that may impair your health temporarily or permanently.  Everyone loves the short cut but sometimes it turns into a painful and regrettable choice.  Happily in the Good Gus series, no one even knew about Botox or thought they needed it.  As Christmas is rapidly approaching, I hope you will consider the the series for the young children on your list.  Remember, book lovers in San Diego, the books will be available tomorrow at Balboa Park.  For the adults on your list, make your life easy and choose “Misplaced Trust” as part of their winter reading selection.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever noticed the outrageous claims companies make to sell their products? They seem so unbelievable and their product reviews reflect what they want you to believe. However, if you really research further, you will find that like most things in life, the product reviews are fake and lies.  There are two that are my favorites.  They are miracle weight loss and anti aging.  The miracle weight loss product reviews sound too good to be true and that is because they are.  They promise immediate results without exercise and you are allowed to eat anything.  However, if you take a quick look on the internet you will find that you need to eat right, exercise properly and avoid high fat and high sugar foods.  Of course, you have to do that to lose weight anyways.  It simply doesn’t melt off no matter how many products make that claim.  The same is true of anti aging products.  Just today I saw a picture of a women where the ad claimed she looked fifteen years younger.  If you look at the ad closely, you will see a much younger woman with a gray wig.  Sometimes I wonder just how stupid do they think we are!  The only product reviews in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, were word of mouth.  If a product was good everyone bought it.  In those days, it made or broke a business.  Obviously, there was no internet and the newspapers only carried important articles.  As Christmas is approaching, I hope you will consider the Good Gus series for the young readers on your list.  “Misplaced Trust” had no chapters that included product reviews.  However, the individuals who have read the book have told me that they find it was very interesting.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Lately there have been several articles against exercising.  At first I couldn’t believe my eyes.  They couldn’t be serious.  Our entire lives we have been told that exercising is good for us and healthy.  Yet, suddenly, there are articles claiming that it will make you age faster.  Let’s look at this in a realistic manner.  First of all, any exercising is good for the heart, cholesterol, stress and overall well-being.  Obviously, as a person ages they shouldn’t be running marathons unless they did it their entire lives.  Even then the pressure on the knees eventually catches up with everyone.  There are numerous articles about over doing when exercising.  For example, individuals who run on the treadmill for long periods aren’t doing themselves any favors.  They end up wasting all their efforts.  When  you over exercise you destroy the good you might have done to your body as it readjusts and starts changing because the muscles are being pushed too far.  It reverses all the good.  There are numerous studies stating that exercise in moderation is the key.  If you do the treadmill for a quick twenty minutes and then move on to the weights you have stimulated your body and made it ready for the next step.  This new theory of little or no exercise as we age, in my opinion, is inaccurate.  Look at many of the older adults in their eighties and nineties.  The majority besides eating a reasonable healthy diet, walk every day.  If you live in a country where walking is your primary mode of transportation then even if you are overweight, you are still in better health than the average sedentary person or couch potato.  Many individuals who have exercised and walked their entire lives are on less or no medications as they age and have less aches and pains.  Growing old gracefully is the key and exercising is the answer.  In the Good Gus series there were horses, but almost everyone walked throughout the town.  Remember, you legs are the instrument that carries your body.  The series is always available on Kindle worldwide.  After your exercising or walk, I hope you will consider reading “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet when you look at all the beauty products available today, how do you select the one that is right for you so that you feel beautiful and your skin is healthy? It is not an easy task as so many of the adverts tell you your skin will improve in a few hours or up to seven days. Can you believe them? Trying out different products at any age can still lead to acne or other adverse reactions. Then there are the products that have celebrity claims but the price is not affordable. So where do you start? The first step is to ask other women you know who truly have beautiful skin. Ask what their daily routine is and how they discovered their secret to looking beautiful. Next, buy a small quantity of the product and see how it works for you. A sample would be ideal. It is quite possible this could be a trial and error situation until you find the right one. Most manufacturers produce a line of beauty products that work in conjunction with each other. However there may be, for a person possibly with a tendency toward sensitive skin, a product from  different manufacturers once that when combined that will work well for you. Many women shun the products sold in drug stores and feel that the only good items are sold in department stores. That is not necessarily the case. For example, ‘Boots’ has a beauty product that is sold in Europe and the United States. There have been several articles rating it as one of the best on the market today. The promises that the adverts make on the TV seem genuine. However, if you make the purchase and it doesn’t work for you, take advantage of their money back policy. Also, be careful that you aren’t accidentally signing for repeat shipments every month. One of the problems with being a subscriber is that you may not need each and every product every four weeks. It is a daunting task, but in the end what is important is that you look and feel beautiful.  In the Good Gus series there was beauty in everything and everyone.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are feeling that you are not beautiful, drop those thoughts because everyone is in their own way.  Take a reading break for “Misplaced Trust” which is available on these e-book websites:  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The adverts for anti-aging are overwhelming.  A number of the advertisers use headline grabbers to entice people to open up their ads only to see another new product for anti-aging.  The creams, lotions, powders, nutritional supplements, are just the openers.  There is also Botox, equipment to remove wrinkles without surgery, plus various pieces of equipment that guarantee to smooth out anyone’s face and possibly neck.  Do they all work? Obviously, plastic surgery is successful but at a high price.  You can see the before and after results, which is fairly clear when you see any Hollywood celebrity who has had the procedures.  Some go so far as to have full body lifts.  It has to be quite painful.  However, for the average individual, lotions and potions appear their best possible solutions.  Many people consider nutritional supplements and buy just about everything that is advertised or that they think will help with anti-aging.  HGH is very popular but only the real product which is a prescription is most effective.  There is a product entitled ‘Telomeres’ which is quite costly.  If you look at the ingredients of the products sold as anti-aging Telomeres, you will find vitamins, enzymes and some herbs.  A class action lawsuit was brought against Telomerase Activation Sciences (TA Sciences) in New York in 2012.  The claim was that their anti-aging products didn’t work.  The man filing the initial lawsuit developed cancer and claims that the anti-aging products caused it.  It is doubtful.  The best ways to fight aging are the exact same things our parents, doctors, schools, and just about every article in a book, magazine, or on the internet tells us.  Reduce your caloric intake is a starter particularly if you are overweight.  Eat right and the pounds will drop off.  How often were you told to eat your veggies?  My son knows that you have to eat varies colors of vegetables as well.  He even told a doctor when he was a boy how important it was.  Exercise on a daily basis and work your heart.  If you haven’t exercised in years, try swimming.  It’s low resistance, low impact exercise which is a good way to begin a fitness program.  Walking is good but not at a snail’s pace.  Start off just walking and then gradually increase your speed.  Anyone who lives in a country that walks everywhere, as I have, you learn to speed up your pace as you have somewhere to be or a bus to catch. Stimulate your mind.  Reading is good along with lively conversation.  Even practicing puzzles or mind challenging games can refresh your brain.  The obvious sleep is very important.  Last but not least, consider supplements but not in high doses.  Read about anything before you make a purchase.  The individuals working in shops can advise you but remember they are not professionals nor do they have a degree in nutrition.  A visit to a nutritionist may make a difference with his or her recommendations and advice.  In the Good Gus Series, eating right and exercise were never an anti-aging issue.  The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are hoping to stimulate your mind fighting anti-aging, “Misplaced Trust” is a great way to start.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.  Two days until the big day at the Cotuit Library.  Hope to see you there!

negotiating cat and dog Negotiating is something that is learned. You can be taught, but until you are actually in that situation, you may not know exactly how to achieve what you are seeking.  Today on CNBC, the hosts were discussing Putin and his negotiating tactics.  They said he was a strong negotiator.  He generally asks for everything and holds a hard line and negotiates eventually to what he really wants.  Many individuals feel that they have strong negotiating skills.  However, any good car salesman, promoter of goods can outdo them any time.  For example, if you have ever walked through any mall in any country, there are kiosks with people selling a variety of products.  The beautification sales people are the best.  They have really expensive products and they to test them on your face.  Then when you look much younger, more attractive, they give you the price.  They generally start at a very high price because most people, and particularly women are willing to pay it.  I saw this one time in the United States.  The man was offering her a product that really did make her wrinkles disappear, at least for the moment.  She willingly paid $175 USD or 197.75 Euros based on today’s rate.  That is quite a sum.  It could cover a week’s plus groceries, petrol in a vehicle, and possibly one or two small bills.  Yet, she paid happily thinking that she looked younger and very attractive.  Many car dealerships in the U.S. have no negotiating prices on their vehicles.  The prices are reasonable, but then when they start with the additional items, before you know it, you are paying much more than you ever anticipated.  It somehow came about as many people didn’t like negotiating.  It may have even been that they couldn’t hire individuals with good negotiating skills.  Another reason may have been that the prices were too high for even customers to consider looking at the cars on their lots.  In most relationships, negotiating is a key to its success.  For couples with children, they truly negotiate who will do what, attend which child’s events, and even right down to cooking dinner and chores.  If they do it in a fair way, everyone is happy.  In the Good Gus Series, negotiating was part of Sheriff Gus’s job.  He often asked for assistance from various citizens in the town when he had to travel as part of his duties.  He would negotiate with each individual and basically set a schedule.  As you administer a trust or living will, if the heirs are trying to use negotiating tactics to get more than their share, resist them.  Visit and read “Misplaced Trust.”  You will learn many tips on how to handle the beneficiaries.  (books available on Kindle)

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Have you ever noticed in either your email, promotional ads on your home page or on Facebook the amount of adverts containing hype? If you open the page to what you think is an article, it turns out that it’s not. Many of the adverts are hype about looking younger, reversing aging, and more. Of course, if you read the ad, anyone who has plenty of extra cash can easily make the purchase of whatever product they are selling. The products, for example, that are anti-aging that are available online, in the drug store, large department stores or groceries are still offering the same hype but at a more affordable price. Recently an email came across my inbox. The teaser was, “The truth about your multi-vitamin.” Out of curiosity, I opened it to see just what the hype was all about. Anyone who takes nutritional supplements knows that logic dictates a multi-vitamin cannot contain every vitamin a person may need. There is no consideration that the manufacturers include when producing their product that can include every size and weight of individuals.  The pills are made for the average person.  Unfortunately, many people are simply not average.  They are too tall, too short, overweight, underweight or somewhere in the middle.  The article pointed out that according to government statistics and their own studies that the average person needed a certain amount of various vitamins.  Of course they do but the whole point of the hype was to buy their pamphlets with their recommendations for the amounts of vitamins the average person required.  However, there is so much hype in the nutritional supplement world that if a person followed everything they said, they would probably be really sick from the high quantities of the supplements they recommend.  Moderation is always the best approach rather than follow the hype.  The gossip magazines sell based on hype.  The teaser ads as you stand in line at the grocery are there solely to incite your curiosity and buy their product. The Hollywood hype exists everywhere.  When a couple marry, go out without their husband or wife, instantly the gossip starts and the hype is put in place for profits.  There are so many products on the market worldwide designed to solve every physical, emotional and/or beauty problem that it’s impossible to believe any of it.  Look what happens with the hype when the movie studios go overboard for a new release of a film  Half the time the movie bombs and then the hype disappears and the movie is pulled.  Hype is nonexistent in the Good Gus Series.  The stories are for the young reader to enjoy and along the way learn a few good moral lessons.  There is no hype if you are the executor or Trustee of a will or a trust.  If the process is getting to you, visit and consider “Misplaced Trust.” It will certainly show you what you can expect.

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