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  There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is 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.

  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.

Most of us have too much drama in our lives.  A day can’t go by without someone being upset or negative about something.  The worst part is that it may not be any particular event in a person’s life.  It could be about politics, the weather, a person at work or now working at home.  It seems that the rise in divorce filings has occurred because of the virus.  Couples that were never ‘stuck’ at home with each other all day, can no longer cope.  Drams has permeated their lives.  Families always have drama.  There are families that are secretly getting together but not telling all members.  They feel that is important but they need to consider both the very young and the old while doing this.  Once other family members discover what has been happening, drama ensues.  Now that the weather is improving in many parts of the world, sitting on patios, balconies, and porches are a good way to ease the tensions in many homes.  You can also begin gardening even if you live in an apartment.  There is curbside pick-up available for flowers, plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables in containers, potting soil and seeds can be purchased online.  It’s a great way to end the drama at home and focus on growing and being outdoors.  There is always a way to make things better if people would look beyond their noses.  In the Good Gus series, there wasn’t really any family drama.  There are exciting adventures awaiting the young reader.  The books are also ideal for bedtime reading.  The series is available online at Waterstones, Nook and Kindle.  Misplaced Trust is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever noticed that people live on their past glory?  It is particularly prevalent with old movie stars and celebrities.  They may not have had a show or movie for years, yet they tend to discuss, talk and even brag about their past glory.    As we all age, we also talk about our past glory, successes, and even failures.  Yet the people who live in the past, can’t seem to be in the present or look to the future.  I remember an old “Bob Newhart Show,” that had an episode about a woman who lived in her apartment completely in the past.  All of her friends had passed, many of her relatives and even her husband.  Her niece was trying to take her away and put her in a home.  Emily and Howard completely disagreed with the niece and fought to help the neighbor remain in her home.  It’s a good episode that shows sometimes when there is nothing in the present, and you are older, that living in your past glory is exactly right for you.  Of course, now the Hollywood life is competitive and if you are not popular at the moment you are out.  Frankly, the old TV  shows with the former stars are really enjoyable and I prefer to see the older stars many of whom are now gone as well.  They also help pass the time during this period.  In the Good Gus series, all the adventures are fun and positive.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.   “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever noticed that people can’t seem to stop asking questions that are really none of their business? If you are single, people ask if you have a boyfriend or girlfriend.  If you become engaged they want to know when you are getting married, at what location, if you are registered anywhere, etc. That is followed by are you going to live in an apartment or buy a home. Once you get married, they continue asking more questions such as when are you going to start a family?  If they don’t care for your answer they criticize, and ask why you are waiting.  Once you have a child, the asking continues with will you have more.  If you have a few more children, it moves on to why do you have so many. If you still haven’t bought a home, the asking continues with why not and when.  If you are in a relationship and it ends, once you start dating, guess what?  Why did you move on so quickly.  If you are older, when are you going to retire?  If they don’t like your answer, they decide you need advice whether you want it or not.  If you do retire, they ask how you fill your days?  It’s endless all along the way giving their advice that you really don’t want.  It is your life.  Be proud of yourself and your decisions.  You are the person that matters not the people asking continual questions.  In the Good Gus series that facet of asking was left out of every story.  It was a great day at Balboa Park, in San Diego, California.  There was also a March of Dimes walk so the park was overflowing with adults and children, many who were interested in the series.  Available on Kindle and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California, it’s a great way to kick off the summer reading for the children in your life.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters asking questions.  You can relax this week-end reading it by clicking on these locations: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Why are so many people dishonest today? Is it because they feel they can get away with it? Do they find it easier than the truth? Do they get a thrill? The reason  is difficult to ascertain.  Yet, in our everyday lives so many people are dishonest along with businesses, you wonder what is the truth?  The fake news certainly rivals our faith in the press.  They were the one group we thought were trustworthy.  There are so many laws in every country trying to legislate honesty, yet they are failing miserably.  In many countries it is tax season.  There are businesses that will do your taxes for a fee but you may not receive all of your hard earned money as a refund.  They tend to tread lightly so as not to be investigated by the government.  In relationships, being faithful takes work.  So many of the movies, TV shows and even co-workers and friends think its funny when people cheat.  It may be a joke to them but when it occurs in their lives, their attitudes change dramatically.  Even when buying a car, renting an apartment, purchasing household items on credit all have hidden agendas that once they hook you, you are in for a long ride.  The fine print which no one ever reads or for that matter can read shows how dishonest the sales person or the companies are.  In the Good Gus series the children were dishonest with their parents from time to time.  However, the stories clearly show that it is wrong and there are consequences.  Books one and two are available on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time and the series on Kindle worldwide.  After a long day at work, if you find it difficult coping with dishonest workmates, a quick reading break will cheer you.  “Misplaced Trust” is always available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.

 In our everyday lives, many individuals defend their actions, decisions and their behavior. Frequently,  it is an excuse for poor behavior.  For women, it is extremely important that they learn how to defend themselves.  There are many businesses that offer self defense classes.  You never know when you might need them.  There have been numerous articles on the internet about women using the techniques they learned to defend themselves.  What is important is that it is women around the globe protecting themselves.  My late aunt lived in New York City.  As she aged, after she retired, two men thought she might be easy prey.  As she was walking up a set of stairs they suddenly came upon her and tried to steal her purse.  Fortunately, at that time she walked with a cane.  She turned with that cane and hit them.  They both fell down the stairs and quickly left.  When the manager of the apartment saw what had occurred he called the police.  The two men were never caught but I suspect that they thought twice about attacking or stealing from an older person particularly one with a cane.  When my son was young.  a family martial arts company offered an after school defense program. I signed him up immediately.  Unfortunately, my daughter refused.  The course taught you to settle peacefully and to only use your training if a person attacked you.  It gave the children valuable advice and helped them to understand that losing your temper over something foolish could lead to violence but if you remained calm, the situation might be resolved.  In the Good Gus series, the towns people did defend themselves from Bad Bart, but in words not physical actions.  The series is available on Kindle and the first two books on Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  Books are an ideal Christmas gift.  In “Misplaced Trust”  the need to defend was strictly legal.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

courage-catcourage-signcourage-sunsetcourage-yellow-signThere are many individuals in life that have more courage than you think possible.  It takes a great deal of courage just to stand up to bullies.  Many children and teenagers have been bullied and have not had the courage to stop it.  It is a formidable task.  Sometimes all it takes is standing up to them because they are weak and will back down.  However, lately on the news there have been hate crimes that were broadcast.  Three individuals bullied one person and he didn’t stand a chance against them.  His family was devastated, but somehow through all of it he managed to hold on.  Facing a bully at any age takes a great deal of courage.  It isn’t always easy.  The person could be larger than you, hold a position of power,  or as a child or teen feel so overwhelmed that whatever courage they may have dissipates once the attacks begin.  There have been countless TV shows, movies, and documentaries covering this matter not to mention numerous articles on the internet.  The schools in many countries actually teach children to stand up for themselves and not allow a bully to harm them.  What is sad is that teenagers are often bullied so much that they believe the only way to stop it is to end their lives.  Have you ever wondered about the bullies that go so far that this happens?  How can they justify their actions?  Recently there was a news article about a woman who was brutalized by several men.  They broke into her apartment and truly harmed her.  She did have the courage to report it to the police.  They didn’t really believe her even though the hospital could attest to her injuries.  However, when it happened a second time to a second woman, they took notice.  She had the courage to report the crime in the hopes that the men would be caught and it wouldn’t happen to anyone else.  Where is the courage of the police to stand up and accept an innocent person’s word and investigate the crime?  Naturally, anyone in war who is battling an injustice or an enemy has to have courage.    That is why many countries have special medals of courage for soldiers and the volunteers who help the injured.  It’s an outward sign that lets the world know that these people were strong and brave.  In several of the Good Gus Series books, the characters showed courage in their actions.  The books, which are available on Kindle exclusively worldwide, give the young reader a positive example of doing the right thing and caring about others.  If you find you do not have the courage to battle family infighting after a person has passed, read “Misplaced Trust” which is also available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, and several popular e-book websites.

actsacts-hippiesacts-family-tv-showlet-santaHow a person acts depends upon the type of person they truly are. For example, the Hippie generation spent a great deal of time talking about love and peace.  Now these very individuals are in positions of power and yet their words of peace and love seemed to have vanished.  The old TV series, “Family Affair” had an episode about actions and words.  Sissy, the oldest girl, went on a date with a very wholesome clean cut looking boy.  He told her uncle that they were going to a local movie and she would be home by a certain time.  Once outside of the Davis apartment, the boy told Sissy that he wanted to stop by briefly to see a few friends.  Then when the reached the apartment, which was on the east side, he told her it was a party.  She said to him, “You lied to my Uncle Bill.”  He admitted it but said he wanted her to meet a few people.  At first she was stunned as she wasn’t expecting a Hippie ‘pad.’ She was pleasant to all the girls and her date left her alone for a few minutes while he quickly changed into bright printed clothing and a long haired wig.  His vocabulary changed and he began speaking of love, peace, and being free.  His acts from the beginning were deceiving.  The girls suggested that she try out being a Hippie for a week-end and then if she wanted she could move in with them.  When she arrived home she immediately told her uncle the truth.  He was not happy as the boy had lied to his face.  His acts did not speak well for him.  He told her she could make the decision to try it for a week-end.  When Friday rolled around, she was all set in Hippie style clothing. The friends arrived and met her brother and sister.  Of course, the young children asked them to play with them, so they did.  When it was bedtime, Sissy decided to put the children to bed.  The Hippies thought it was unfair that the children had to go to bed and continued playing the game.  When Sissy tucked in her little sister she said a few things that amazed her.  The little girl said that her friends were okay but that all their talk about love, freedom and peace was just talk.  It was the acts of their Uncle who gave up everything to give them a home was real love and that was what was truly important.  The writers left you in suspense until the man servant, Mr. French, inquired of the Uncle as to when Sissy would return.  At that moment she appeared in her nightgown, kissed them both on the cheek, said thank you and returned to bed.  The story moved me as it is really true that actions and behavior do speak louder than words.  The actions of the citizens of Pecos are kind, considerate and favorable towards each other.  It’s important in the Good Gus Series  that the young readers experience positive acts with fun stories.  The four published books of the series along with “The Special Gift” are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If the acts of people around you are disturbing, take a few moments and read “Misplaced Trust.” It is available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, and several popular e-book websites.

questions-happy-facequestions Have you ever noticed that people ask questions when an event occurs before you even have time to collect your thoughts?  Something will happen and right away people begin asking questions such as, “What are you going to do?”  How can you answer when you have just received the information?  In an episode of the “Big Bang Theory,” Leonard tells Howard that his future wife is seeking a prenuptial agreement.  Before Howard has time to think, Leonard asks him what is he going to do.  When a person passes and leaves a family, the first thing anyone asks is how are they going to get by without him or her.  There is no consideration for the individual.  Everyone needs time when events occur that they weren’t expecting.  A friend of mine’s daughter was just confronted with something earth shattering to her.  She and her husband were moving to a new home.  Right before they were about to move in, the husband tossed the wife and child out.  They had to move in with her mother and he basically stripped her of everything she owned including cleaning out their bank account.  Anyone who knew her at least had the decency not to ask her questions about how she was going to fare.  Situations of surprise that are negative take time to think through, come to the correct decision by weighing all the facts, possibilities and in this woman’s case start over.  It is not an easy task.  Look at what happened to families during any of the wars.  In World War One and World War Two, many men did not return home.  Ladies had to seek employment and find other women willing to watch their child or children.  There were no day care, child care facilities or even government assistance to help them through very difficult times.  I doubt that anyone asked these women questions as to their circumstances.  Many women banded together to help each other through their dire situations.  Even neighbors helped by listening to children at night, while a parent worked.  Back then they simply left their apartment door open so that a neighbor could hear if the child or children needed anything.  It was a tough way to grow up.  Many children never went to school and instead worked wherever they could.  In the Good Gus Series, the children never questioned their parents or their authority.  They contributed in their own ways to help their families in the businesses and farms.  If you are full of questions regarding wills, trust, and greedy relatives, take a few minutes and read “Misplaced Trust”.  (available on all popular e-book websites)

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