Many years ago boycott was a way of life. Today it doesn’t seem to count or matter.  Years ago a boycott movement could change the way many companies did business.  People would protest poor working conditions, low rates of pay, unacceptable working conditions, etc.  There were many boycotts many years ago regrading immigrants and picking grapes particularly in California.  Many churches of various religions lead the way to improve working conditions and higher wages.  My late neighbor, who had fought in World War II, would only buy products made in America.  The war had changed how he felt and he boycott any products not made or gown in the United States.  When my daughter was studying at National University in the early 2000’s, I was helping her with an economics course.  I was shocked to learn in the textbook an entire article about Nike.  Apparently the shoe manufacturer had moved their factories overseas to countries that were in dire straits of jobs.  What was amazing was that at that time the shoes sold for over $100.00 and the athletes who endorsed the shoes were given massive amounts of money just to say how fabulous the shoes were.  They were so popular that teens were stealing from others who purchased the shoes just so they could wear these athletic sneakers.  Here is the worst part of the article.  The daily livable wage for an individual in the country they had chosen for manufacturing was $1.78 and they were paying less.  With all the money flowing, I couldn’t understand why they couldn’t pay a good living wage to their employees.  From that day forward I have never purchased a Nike product and have boycott their entire line as well.  In the Good Gus series there were no boycott issues.  The books are available online at Kindle worldwide and at Mae’s Story Time on YouTube for books one and two.  If you have decided that to boycott is a moral compass for you, go for it.  Then take a quick reading break with “Misplaced Trust” which is available on24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Many people use ibuprofen for pain.  Most individuals believe that if a product is sold over the counter that it is safer than a prescription.  Sadly, they are not always correct.  Ibuprofen is safe provided it is used occasionally.  However, using it on a daily basis is another matter.  In my mind, a drug is a drug.  If you take ibuprofen on a daily basis, for most people, there will be unpleasant side effects.  Have you ever even wondered what is the basic function of ibuprofen as a product?  It is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory (NSAID). The NSAID’s are primarily used for for the treatment of inflammatory and painful conditions such as arthritis, back pain, and other physical injuries.  According to the Center for Intervention Pain Medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, use of ibuprofen should not exceed thirty consecutive days.  The over the counter dosage is 400 mg. but the prescription can go as high as 800 mg. They recommend taking the product four times a day which if you use the prescription is 3200 mg.  That seems really high.  What can happen if you go beyond thirty days?  Any of these conditions and more:  stomach pain; heartburn, pain in chest, upper stomach and throat; indigestion and a few other occurrences that will make life very difficult.   It is never easy to be in pain, but learning how to eat anti-inflammatory foods is a good start plus certain types of exercises for your condition.  Fortunately, in the Good Gus era many conditions didn’t exist and if they did most people just worked through the pain.  Miss Patty has to return to the Marine base this coming week as the books are flying off the shelves.  As a last minute gift, the series is available on Kindle and for the adults “Misplaced Trust” is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Book Recently, I have been researching collagen. It appears to be very popular but I wondered if it was safe to use.  It has been in the past, always associated with the medical profession as a filler utilizing needles.  However, now the supplement industry has caught on and it comes in capsule, powder and creams.  It occurs naturally in our bodies and is essential to our tissue structure and elasticity.  As we age, it decreases.  It is in meats and poultry but it’s the parts we trim off as it is connective tissue.  Not ideal.  Turmeric is a good source to increase your body’s collagen to a degree.  However, the supplements can give you what you need based on scientific studies.  They claim that it will reduce the signs of aging and improve skin elasticity.  It is also supposed to help your bones and joints which is good news for anyone with arthritis or osteoarthritis.  In a study in 2008, using rats, it was concluded that collagen did actually increase bone mass.  If you think about it, that’s the answer for older adults and particularly women as they  struggle with bone density more than men.  As collagen is a protein, by including it in your diet, particularly if you are an older adult you automatically increase your daily consumption.  Athletes use it to enhance their performance and  build muscles which is also applicable to the older adult.   Lastly, though, if you have leaky gut syndrome, digestive problems and other stomach related issues, it appears to help even though there is no scientific research backing it.  In the Good Gus series, collagen wasn’t even a thought in anyone’s mind.  As the holiday season rapidly approaches, remember “The Special Gift” is a wonderful story for the young child on their Kindle. Last Christmas it was sold out at the Marine Base in San Diego, California.  Trying collagen may help you physically, but if your mind needs a change, please try “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals who are raised to be losers. They are told from childhood that they will will fail at anything and everything and therefore, shouldn’t even attempt to try to move out of their comfort zone.  The real loser in this situation is the person making the statements.  They may not want their child to do better than them in life or possibly want them to remain available to support them financially or take care of them.  It sounds ludicrous, but it is true.  There have been hundreds of movies and TV shows about this very topic.  Loretta Lynn, who was a coal miner’s daughter, had a hit song writing about this very subject.  She strove to succeed and is a country music legend.  Just because a person starts out under bad circumstances or poor doesn’t mean that they have to stay that way.  Athletes, celebrities, government programs,  and individual teachers, find the spark in a person and really strive to give  their all to help that individual to become  whomever they want to be in life.  Often people are criticized openly and behind their backs as losers.  It is only one person’s opinion.  Many women who never really wanted to work outside the home but were forced to felt as if they were losers.  Why?  It was their dream to be a stay at home mum rather than be in the workforce.  Yet, due to life’s circumstances, or marrying the wrong person, their options were limited.  There are career women who feel that the stay at home mum is a loser.  They believe that they have failed as women and that a career is the only way to prove themselves as a success as a female.  That is so far from the truth.  Everyone should be allowed to make their choices, life permitting.  Even a stay at home dad should be allowed to have his personal options if it is affordable or feasible.  The U.S. show, “Man with a Plan,” starring Matt Le Blanc, has a stay at home dad.  The wife preferred working and he is happy at home.  No one considers him a loser.  In the Good Gus series, there were working single dads, working married mothers, and stay at home mothers.  I felt children should have the perspective of all types of parents.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are being criticized as a loser in the way you handle the finances, will or trust of a person who entrusted you, ignore those failures and take a brief respite and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

bike with training wheelsTry harder baseball “Don’t knock it until you try it,” is an old but true saying.  Often individuals don’t have the courage to try something new.  It takes effort and personal strength to try new things.  For some people, it is impossible.  They like to stay in the same place, never travel or go outside their immediate area, taste new foods, or even strike up conversations with new people.  The word knock is used a variety of ways.  For example, in sports, athletes and spokespersons use it to knock other teams.  Today, on the internet there was an article about a team that said they had no one to blame for their woes.  Seriously, why would they blame anyone else.  They are a sports team.  They do their best and if they win, great, if not don’t knock it just try again.  People knock each other in subtle ways to make it appear as if they are thoughtful and considerate of you and your feelings when in reality they are just insulting you.  How often have you heard on a TV show or a movie, a parent speaking to a daughter saying, “That dress is very pretty but don’t you think it makes you look a little heavy?” It starts out as a compliment, but the reality of the words is a backhanded insult.  Many comedy shows knock their characters in a variety of ways.  People do it everyday in the workplace and after a while no one even notices.  It turns into a habit and becomes accepted.  Everyday conversations even in families can become a forum to knock one another.  To a visitor, it is obvious, but unless it is pointed out to the family they will never recognize it.  Certain behavior has become so commonplace that it is amazing.  The lacking of manners for many people, swearing in their daily conversations, and the very obvious  road rage just to name a few. There are even individuals who will knock another person about.  Certainly not the best choice in life, but it does happen. If the beneficiaries continue to knock on your door demanding their share of the will or trust, install another lock and visit and read “Misplaced Trust.”  In the Good Gus Series, no one had the time or inclination to knock their neighbors or friends.  The books give the type of life lessons in behavior that you hope to instill in your children. (books available on Kindle)

self disciplineself discipline 2Not everyone has self-discipline. Its not always easy to achieve. If it was people would be able to quite smoking, lose weight, not be obsessed with electronics or the latest and greatest. In the military, the men and women are taught self-discipline even if they already had it. It gives them the ability to handle the situations they are faced without falling apart. Teaching children self discipline is difficult. They are children and they don’t want to do homework, clean their room, make their bed or help at meal times. Sometimes I think structure is a form of self-discipline. It teaches children that life goes a certain way and that if they practice self-discipline their life will move along much smoother. There is a show on the television in the United States entitled “Hoarders.” I have seen the commercials but never really watched it. The people they film have absolutely no self-discipline. If they did their homes and properties wouldn’t be filled with all types of items. I saw a commercial once where it was so bad that there were dead animals in the piles of rubbish inside the person’s home. People who have a difficult time achieving self-discipline sometimes make lists and keep notes around their home so they can teach themselves how to reach their desired goals.  People who work at home have great self-discipline as there can be so many distractions. Athletes have excellent self-discipline.   Not everyone in the Good Gus Series has self-discipline. The men who participated in the first rodeo in Pecos, Texas learned self-discipline. Particularly, the young children who feel they can do things even though they are supposed to be finishing their chores or doing homework.  I hope as you consider different styles of books for the child or children in your life, you will consider a book from the Good Gus Series.

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