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.

Monopoly  companies exist everywhere in the world. They limit what we can do.  I dislike them intensely.  For example, if you live in an area that has only one internet service that actually can service you, particularly if you work at home,  it is frustrating.  They play with the pricing, disconnect you in a heartbeat, and make life difficult.  When I was young, the primary phone company was AT&T.  They truly had a monopoly.  They were eventually broken up by the government.  However, if you wished to have phone service, they were the only game in town.  Eventually, when the companies decided to compete, everything changed.  The long distance rates even when I was a young adult were astronomical.  Of course, once the competition began it all changed.  My son, when he was around twelve, actually sold long distance services.  It was profitable for him.  It was a great way to earn money at his age. Even in Ireland my phone company choices were limited.  I did end up with a good service that was close to being a monopoly but their benefits were excellent.  Even the utility companies are a monopoly.  There are frequently no other options.  When you play the game Monopoly you learn how it works. In the Good Gus era there were many small businesses but there were still companies that had a monopoly for a variety of goods.  There series can be found on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily locatable on these fine websites: 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.

  Many of the larger department stores, specialty stores and even some fast food stores are closing because of our changing times. COVID will not last forever but many business have lost so much money from walk-in traffic that they cannot continue.  These changing times do call for many adjustments.  Many stores are also closing and keeping an online presence only.  The stimulus in the United States is supposed to help but without real sales everyday, it may be impossible.  We all need to continue our vigilance.  New companies will evolve and small businesses will open.  During these changing times what I found interesting is that the wealthy became even richer.  I heard it on CNBC.  Whatever happens within the next six months will determine the life and death of many businesses.  The changing times have also affected the school system.  There may also be the possibility that home schooling will become a new way of education.  For some children it is fabulous.  For others, they need the visual learning with an instructor.  It is clear that many types of continuing education programs are now online.  They are also offering extreme discounts as people aren’t even sure if they will have a job when the pandemic ends.  The trades will remain safe as we will always need a plumber, appliance repair, mechanics and more.  There were changing times in the Good Gus series.  New inventions were the start of changing times for them.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a good read for these cold wintery days.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In spite of all the politics, Covid, wars, and violence, people continue stepping up to help each other.  It seems to be the fine print since the virus overruns everything in addition to the United States politics.  Ellen Degeneres has had a great deal of negative publicity lately.  Her public relations staff is doing an excellent job showing her positive side and honoring all people who are stepping up doing positive things.  For example, yesterday she had a dozen fire men and women from California who have been battling the horrific fires.  She has been partnering with various companies to give gifts to help people back on their feet.  But, there are many everyday people who are stepping up and passing along kindness wherever they go. I saw a video of a sorority singing outside the home of one of their members who has young children who is battling stage four cancer.  The woman started to cry she was so overjoyed.  Her children managed to keep it a secret.  People are stepping up by posting on social media positive phrases, jokes and gorgeous pictures to brighten everyone’s day.  The virus is difficult.  I just read that besides the U.S., Poland, Italy and Spain have had dramatic increases.  The UK has had so many cases that they have begun a moderate lockdown.  It’s not easy for people who live alone and really can’t go anywhere or socialize.  The TV is not enough and neither is the internet.  We all need actual physical contact.  In the Good Gus series, stepping up was a way of life.  I wanted children to read about the importance of helping one another.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters stepping up but it is usually to try and take all the money.  It’s a good self help guide for planning your estate plan or revising it.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

   Negative energies seem to be surging in spite of the fact that some areas around the world are reopening.  The months of confinement and the attitudes of people remaining home with family members is continually producing negative energies.  Meghan Markle has debuted another piece of jewelry to ward off negative energies and bring good fortune and joy to herself and  the future wearer.  There are many YouTube videos trying to help everyone around the globe begin to feel better about their circumstances and their lives.  In the United States, many people are desperately seeking new employment and the sad part is that many companies have either closed or reduced their staff so that they can survive.  Warren Buffett sold all of  his stock in any airlines that he owned.  He made it clear that his negative energies were passed on to his former stock ownership.  In reality, the airlines did lose today but only by pennies.  Once again, people will travel.  As the summer approaches, the negative energies will begin to disappear.  There may no longer be home owners renting their cottages at beaches and lakes, but at least there will be people trying to rebuild their lives and become more positive.  In the Good Gus series negative energies existed but I utilized them to become positive.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a great book to read when sitting outside under a beautiful tree in the cool breeze.  It’s available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  After this first round is over from the virus, bankruptcy will be the next hardship for companies and individuals.  When individuals file, they will be temporarily relieved of their debt until round two of the virus arrives.  Then, they will have new problems that they will be unable to absolve.  The companies will fall apart.  They will end up filing possibly to reorganize and anyone they owe will be in a long line awaiting payments.  The payments might be reduced which will end up in a ripple effect.  There are people who plan out bankruptcy so that they can purchase items they want, make a few payments, and once used, the company will not want the item back.  Obviously, big screen TV’s top the list, followed by various appliances, clothing, shoes, and services placed on charge cards such as massages, salons, beauty supplies, etc.  The list is endless.  I know a man who has actually filed for bankruptcy twice and before I knew what he was doing, he did exactly everything I just mentioned.  In addition, he used his credit cards for movies, videos, online pay per view and lots of restaurant dining and take away.  If you are thinking about bankruptcy, consider all your options first.  Try to renegotiate your bills while planning to return to a previous job or finding a new one.  If things continue to deteriorate, try to put as much in place as possible so you don’t end up in a worse situation.  In the Good Gus series, bankruptcy didn’t exist.  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.

  After the virus, many people may be out of work permanently. What are they going to do?  If they start looking for work when the lockdown has ended they will not find a job.  If they stayed home and didn’t attempt to find work, or work at anything outside of their chosen career just to continue working, they may not be accepted for a job.  There currently are individuals who work in the oil industry, restaurant industry, and even retail that are still working.  I know a variety of individuals who have taken lesser skilled jobs just to continue working and have an income for their families.  If they eventually find another job because their company has closed, then the first question the human resources person, manager, or supervisor will ask is, “What did you do during the lockdown?”  There are individuals who are even volunteering to help move things along.  After the virus, everything will be different.  There may be individuals who will have to change careers because of the closings of so many companies.  President Trump is trying to save the United States and in Europe, they are following him to add stimulus packages to help recover.  The only country who needs the most help and has received the least is Italy.  I hope that European Union will realize they were hit the hardest and really need assistance to recover.  I hope everyone is reading the Good Gus series to their children.  They are fun books with happy endings.  They are online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The media is continually reversing themselves regarding vitamin deficiencies.  Today they are citing that vitamin deficiencies can be harmful to your health.  Many companies guarantee instant results which they shouldn’t.  They all believe their products are the best but they are not a cure all.  There are recommendations now that even medical doctors are suggesting for adding vitamins and nutritional supplements. I believe that they do tend to recommend higher doses than a person really needs.  Moderation is the key.  They will also tell you that a healthy diet will take care of everything.  However, our foods are laced with pesticides, often picked too early and sit on grocery shelves a long time thereby losing their values.  The farm to market theory is good and is practised in Europe and somewhat in the United States.  Some stores include the date of harvest on fresh fruits.  Vitamin deficiencies can give a person mental health issues.  It occurs on a sliding scale.  A lack of certain vitamins, according to research, can lead to anxiety and depression.  The vitamins and supplements do help people with mental disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder.  As your body deteriorates from the deficiencies, it can increase your stress.  You might be surprised at how much it helps.  Vitamins weren’t invented until the early 1900’s by researchers at  Yale University.  In the Good Gus series farm to market food really helped curb vitamin deficiencies.  Available online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones, with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California, the series is an ideal gift for upcoming birthdays.  We are finally ordering book three, “cory Returns,” as we have been sold out.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

New Year’s resolutions are a great idea. However, people rarely adhere to them.  They believe they can stick to them, but most never do.  What makes it so hard to keep your New Year’s resolutions?  It may be that they are all the things you hope and wish for but won’t put the time and effort into. Almost everyone believes that they can turn over a new leaf and become physically fit.  The gyms and fitness companies clearly understand this and offer special deals knowing full well  that the customer may utilize their facility for a few months and then taper off until they finally stop going.  If they pay a year in advance, that’s it.  If they do monthly deductions, it frequently takes them a while to remember to cancel them.  Another popular New Year’s resolution is dieting and losing weight.  Many people last right up until the Superbowl or Valentine’s Day.  Either way, it’s over quickly.  It’s another industry that does well at the beginning of a new year because everyone is enthusiastic.  That wains when they see a commercial with tempting food or they are asked out for a party.  Hoping and doing are two different things.  Frequently, the more successful people are the individuals who have made the decision and are able to stick to it.  They set their goals and then move forward.  In the Good Gus series, there were no New Year’s resolutions.  It’s not really applicable to children’s stories.  The series is available online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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