Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


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.


People never pay attention to red flags. For example, there are couples who approach the alter and one acts strangely.  Rather than call it off, they go through with the wedding and end up divorced less than a year later.  We see red flags all the time but we frequently choose to ignore them. If you plan to make a sizeable purchase from a firm or even a home, people miss the important signs. They should check out the company’s reputation.  Look at reviews on Yelp and even utilize the Better Business Bureau.  People are writing more reviews now to show the illegal ways people are conning others during this pandemic.  The rate has jumped dramatically.  For example, if you put a deposit on a home and then the inspection report is horrible, you should receive your money back immediately.  There are companies that try bait and switch, lie and go out of their way not to give you the money back. Sometimes the court system helps, other times you pay an attorney to write a letter to resolve it, or on occasion the Better Business Bureau will assist.  The point of all this is to do research during these difficult times as you never know how you may be cheated.  In the Good Gus series, the red flags were different.  In my book, “Grasshoppers Go Home,” Heather sees a black cloud off in the distance.  Rather than ignore it, she tells Sheriff Gus.  This was a huge red flag for the town.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of red flags that people ignore and attorneys prosper from.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Are you tired of the get rich quick ads that bombard us on our phones, YouTube, Facebook, and others? I decided to do a bit of research on several of these get rich quick ads.  This is what I found and my opinions.  The first get rich quick was for a company out of California.  They assured you, although did not promise, that you could change your life with their program.  It sounded interesting and it was.  They had the long video which I like to refer to as the ‘reel in’ to get and hold your attention.  It took me over the course of a few days to listen to the entire video.  The one thing they have learned is you cannot fast forward.  The owner of the firm discussed his great success.  He said he was only allowing one hundred individuals into the program.  He said he had so much money that he had to allow more people to join.  Towards the end he listed out the cost of everything in his program.  At the very beginning it was stated that there were no start up costs.  Not true.  The amount of money for his course was well in excess of the twelve hundred mark. However, because he had so much money, he was willing to offer his course for only $37.00 as it is in the states.  So, here is my question.  If you have so much money, and want more, why aren’t you hiring and training people on a commission basis, giving them leads, and assisting them to make money for you and them?  Answer, he needs the $37.00. Let me give you one more.  This is an ad that starts out advertising that you can make money doing voice overs for other people’s’ work.  However, the reality is you need to write a book, then publish it, then put it on Amazon, and then maybe you can hire someone to read it and offer it online.  Seriously, there are no words for this.  Yet, I think people are falling every day for the get rich quick schemes.  In the Good Gus series, there were no get rich quick schemes.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” would be an ideal audio book if I could just figure out how to promote it.  My comments along the way about wills and estate plans would add to the listeners’ interest.  You can easily find it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Time is more valuable than money. Most people don’t think that way but it’s true.  There are people in the world who value time.  For example, I saw a video that explains just how valuable time really is.  Let’s take two young men who meet by chance.  One has a wealthy mother and the other young man is still delivering pizzas from when they were in school.  The man with the wealthy mother shops at the finest stores and buys the most expensive bands.   At this quick meet, they each are carrying parcels, one with a plain brown bag and the other with an exclusive band name.  The young man with the wealthy mother at first is polite and happy to see his basically poor friend.  When he discovers he is still delivering pizzas and so is his mom, he begins to insult him and put him down.  The poor man said he had something more valuable than money, time with his mother.  As they continued to talk, they each realized they were both waiting for a ride from their mothers.  The poor boy’s mother pulled up first and said she finished her last delivery so they can spend the week-end eating pizza, making popcorn and having a really good time.  He asked her to pull over and said he would be there in a minute.  The rich boy continued to insult the poor boy, his mother’s income and her car.  The poor boy told him that he spent a great deal of time with his mother in that beat up car and they had wonderful memories. Just about that time the rich boy’s mother called to tell him their trip was off and that she had to fly out for work.  The rich boy complained and told her how much he had been looking forward to the trip.  She told him to be grateful that she gave him everything he wanted and she would see him in a couple of weeks.  In that instant he suddenly realized that the poor boy’s mother did have time for him and his mother never did and never would.  In the Good Gus series, everyone had about the same amount of money, but time together was far more important. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Many people struggle through life and particularly now.  I heard a saying today.  It was, “If someone isn’t there for you during your struggle, then they can’t be there for your success.”  It is thought provoking.  There are many couples that struggle together and sometimes when it gets to be too much, one person leaves.  Frequently, it is the man.  They often don’t assist with the raising of any children they might have or even pay child support.  I saw a video today of a couple who were struggling.  They had opened a business and the wife became pregnant.  The husband was furious and took her to the clinic the next day.  He wanted this to end.  The wife was dutiful up to the point where she finally realized that she had been working with him on his dreams and her dream was always to have a child.  He walked out on her that very day.  She did struggle as a single mom and had a boy.  When he was old enough they started the Mom and Son Cafe.  It was extremely successful and they had ten stores.  They were in a car park when they met a man one day.  He was admiring what he didn’t know was his son’s car.  It was a luxury vehicle.  When his ex-wife stepped out from the passenger side he recognized her instantly.  She explained that she and their son had started the business.  The man asked if he could be a part of it.  The son refused. I think the man had a lot of nerve to even ask just because they were wealthy.  He wasn’t there when he should have been and just because they made it through the struggle he didn’t deserve to reap the rewards.  There are families who do struggle in the Good Gus series.  However, everyone works together to help each other.  Don’t forget my crowdfund site:  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.

Almost everyone loves shoes.  Many individuals have larger closets to accommodate their shoes including men and women.  I love shoes and certainly have more than I need.  However, many of us fail to be instructed at an early age the value of good shoes.  When I was young I was as a dietary aide in a hospital.  You were required to wear a uniform and white shoes.  I chose good shoes so my feet never hurt.  Many people buy shoes because they are pretty and look good.  However, the first time they wear them their feet hurt and frequently they end up with blisters.  It’s important to recognize the value of good quality shoes.  After all, your feet carry you all day long.  If you stand on your feet, the quality of your shoes need to be excellent so at the end of the day you are moaning over your aching feet.  I always insisted on good shoes for my children.  My son’s first shoes were all leather Florsheims.  They are barely in business now.  Twenty years ago when I first became a paralegal I worked for a company that was run by a woman.  She was very generous and she gave me a large bonus.  That combined with a coupon, I bought my son his first pair of Sergio Ferragamo leather shoes at Nordstrom’s which he still owns today.  The point is, though, he has worn those shoes to all day events, functions, weddings, etc. and at the end of the day his feet felt just as good as when he started at the beginning of the day.  The Good Gus series shoes consisted of whatever was available at the time.  There were no flip flops, plastic shoes, fake leather, or even cloth shoes.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

School today has many different types of classes. When I was young it was entirely different. Boys had machine shop and girls had home economics for starters.  We also had typing class and business courses.  There are still a few courses left but back then the schools really prepared us for the real world.  Take home economics, for example.  We learned how to cook and sew.  Many of us cooked at home but this broadened our perspective.  In addition, if you had parents that didn’t cook very well or sew, you developed life skills.  Machine shop students often went straight to  a job upon graduation.  We didn’t have student loans and many parents couldn’t afford to send their children to a trade school or college.  Even junior or as it is named now, community college was out of the financial reach of many students. I earned the money and went to night school at a business school.  Most students worked to help their families and save for an education.  There were no student loans which may have been a good thing.  Both of my children are college graduates without student loans.  Now, of course, there are computer courses which do help students prepare for the real world.  Chances are, though, they don’t need  but a few of those classes as they learn at an early age and are self taught.  The business courses gave us an everyday practicality of life in the business world.  In the Good Gus series, Miss Patty is the school teacher.  There is a college but it is in Austin, Texas.  One of the character’s son is a graduate.  He is in book twelve, “No Monkeys Allowed,” featuring Adamo who is from Italy. Miss Patty had a great day selling at the Festival, “The Special Gift,” for families as Christmas gifts.  If you missed her there are copies still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California or online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a no waiting in line gift for the adults on your list.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There was a period of time when the clothing manufacturers were thrilled with oversized clothes because they could easily make one size fits all clothing.  All the companies needed was a laser cutter with a simple pattern.  They made millions.  The individuals wearing those clothes didn’t look so great though. At least now, fashion has turned around and clothes that fit are more appropriate and for sale in all the stores.   In life, no matter what industry, a one size fits all attitude seems to prevail.  If you work at a business, there appears to be the same standards for everyone even if a person has been employed at a business for a long time.  This is a circumstance I have noticed regarding rates of pay.  There are businesses which have paid a lesser wage to older employees and upon hiring new, younger employees, their wages are automatically hirer.  I find that to be unreasonable and unfair.  The one size fits all attitude should not exist in the workplace.  I know of an individual while manager of a business, discovered that all the older employees were at minimum wage, but the new hires were above that pay grade.  He immediately remedied  the situation for the older employees.  One size fits all did not exist in Pecos.  There were even different sized saddles for the adults and the children.  Sales were good yesterday at Balboa Park with Miss Patty.  The books are online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  I have contacted Waterstones to include additional books.  I will be calling Nook tomorrow as they don’t have my name as the author, and they have labeled book two, “The Cattle are Restless” as an adult book.  I am still working with Kindle for “The Special Gift.”  Hard copies are available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  I did pass out numerous stickers and cards yesterday in Fredericksburg, Texas.  “Misplaced Trust” is a good start for your Christmas list for adults.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Nepotism is quite popular everywhere in the world.  For many of today’s  celebrities it is a way of life.  If you do a little research you will find that the famous personalities of today had movie stars as parents.  They also may have had a parent that worked behind the scenes in the business.  Ron Howard’s  father worked behind the scenes in Hollywood.  Jennifer Anniston’s father was in show business which helped  her get a start.  Lori Loughlin’s daughter developed a brand based on her parents success.  There isn’t anything wrong with it but people need to recognize that hoping for that big break in the movies or TV may not be easy.  Nepotism occurs in business every day.  My children have worked for me in the past along with people I was friendly with or were former associates.   If you can give a person a chance, possibly at their dream job, or even have the opportunity to work because they have been unemployed, I think it’s worth it.  My late husband and I had a temporary contract engineering firm.  You would be surprised at the people who later became our friends because we helped them get hired when they couldn’t get a job.  Many of them were on the brink of bankruptcy, about to lose their homes, automobiles, etc.  These people are still friendly with me today and have been very kind when I have needed assistance.  In the Good Gus series, nepotism was a way of life.  It was necessary to run ranches and farms.  As the temperatures rise and it’s too hot for the kids to be outside, remember their reading list and try the series on Kindle or Waterstones.  If you are in San Diego, the UPS Store in Tierrasanta has the hard copies.  If nepotism could have been cloned, many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” would have loved it.  You can easily find it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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