Happy Easter everyone! This is the last world holiday for many months. Easter comes in two forms.  One is for the Christians who consider it the end of Lent and a holy day.  The other is simply a family holiday where everyone gets together and feast.  Although this year it is still difficult due to the pandemic.  However you do celebrate it, it should be an enjoyable day.  I saw on Matt Fraser on Facebook, his family making lasagna for the family get together.  If we can be together without becoming sick, it is a good day.  We all need to be reminded that holidays are to share and enjoy.  I did my baking today so I will be ready for tomorrow.  Easter is great for children.  The story of the Easter bunny is fun.  Hiding the eggs, little gifts, etc. are a nice treat for children.  I always gave my children small presents in an Easter basket with candy hid in obvious places.  They would joke about it when they were seven and eight.  It is a day to enjoy each other’s company and friendship.  If you are alone, watch movies that will cheer you tomorrow.  Whatever you do have a wonderful day.  In the Good Gus series I never added the Easter holiday.  The books are still a great gift online or through the website for tomorrow, the end of the school year or just for fun reading.  You can find them at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  I tried to return to the video readings with my former radio company, but COVID ended the business.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster 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.

In many cases, customer service is a joke. This applies to all industries, government agencies, and to all western countries.  Yahoo posted a short video about a little girl talking on the phone.  She was losing it over whatever she was saying.  The title was basically stating this is how we all feel when dealing with customer service.  You can start with any industry.  They leave you on hold.  They let the phones ring so many times that you give up.  If they do answer they transfer you.  Then, once you re-explain everything, their answer is they can’t help you and transfer you again followed by a disconnect.  The government employees aren’t much better.  I have heard from numerous people and seen articles that while individuals are struggling and trying to collect unemployment, the wonderful government customer service are not answering their phones and if they do they will tell the requester they aren’t qualified.  The individuals have worked, paid their taxes, and the customer service employees are basically not doing their jobs and trying to convince people to give up.  One time in Ireland I was having issues and had to call customer service for a specific company.  Instead of giving the jobs to the unemployed residents of Ireland,  customer service was sent to a country with individuals  that could barely speak English and of course, in the end, didn’t help me.  It’s easy to see how frustrated people become and even lose their tempers.  There were no large businesses, let alone phones during the Good Gus series era.  The books are available online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is ideal for indoor reading.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Why is deceit so easy for most people?  If you think I am exaggerating, look at the political campaigns in the United States.  You can’t find the truth.  If if exists, it is so buried in lies and deceit it makes it impossible to come to an understanding of the issues.  Everyday my email is full of political parties and candidates attacking one another.  I have tried to unsubscribe, but it is completely ignored.  For the first time voter, wading through all the gossip, innuendos, rumors, lies and often insulting remarks including bigotry, would seem a daunting task.  Hollywood gossip loves deceit.  They thrive on it as does  the magazines you see in line at the grocery.  Even if you are interested in an article on the internet, it is so full of possible teasers that you can never read the article as they are trying to entice you with adverts.  For example, anti-aging products make outlandish claims.  Are they ever true?  They certainly have celebrities saying their products are fabulous.  However, the discriminating buyer does his or her research through reviews and can easily spot the deceit.  It’s really sad that the truth has become a joke.  A person who does tell the truth is rare.  They are to be cherished and revered.  The only thing that does help in many western countries are the consumer laws.  They force companies to sell products, make the appropriate claims, warranties, etc.  Sadly, that cannot be said for every  company as they do find ways to get around the laws.  The pharmaceutical companies always protect themselves with disclaimers.  Unfortunately, they speak so quickly you have no idea what they really say.  In the Good Gus series, deceit was never an option in any story.  Yes children ignored their parents, but no book contains a character lying.  I felt it was import to keep the truth alive.  The second Christmas book is entitled, “The Christmas Pageant.”  Remember, the series is available online at Kindle and Waterstones and 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.

When many of us were much younger there were science fiction stories about robots. No one believed they would ever exist. Yet today, through technology, we have machines that automatically drill, punch press, form, package, and even build products all through robotic programmed software.   Obviously, at NASA and other highly sophisticated companies, there are robots who perform a variety of tasks.  They are used now medically in surgery. The robots which are usually an arm can reach into small areas and do the necessary surgery that a doctor would have difficult handling but can also be more precise.  Obviously, the doctors have learned how to operate the various types of robots in surgery, but it has changed the way of curing and healing people.  Not to mention, that without the large cutting for a surgeon’s hand, there is much less bleeding which helps save lives as well.   There were cartoons such as the ‘Jetsons’ that had a robot doing all the household chores.  Now we have a small vacuum that cleans without us.  It is certainly very convenient.  All this technology was supposed to give us more free time, yet somehow we are even busier than ever.  Have you ever called a company that primarily uses voicemail?  Do you feel like you are dealing with robots?  When you finally speak to a human being, they also seem like robots because no matter what you ask, request or say, they seem to answer with a standard response never addressing any your words.  Is life easier with robots?  In some ways yes, in other ways no.  In the Good Gus series, robots did not exist.  The stories didn’t exist during the era of the series.  Miss Patty was wrong.  The Bazaar is next Saturday.  She did go to Balboa Park and sold several books.  For many customers they have become an important part of their children or grandchildren’s reading library.  It is still available online at Kindle and Waterstones and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Having enjoyed some of the finest forms of food poisoning, may I say that we now have to be more careful than ever.  For me it happens quickly.  However, for some people it can occur within a day.  It is unpleasant and certainly rips you apart physically.  The CDC does not recommend you take any anti-diarrhea products as it will slow down the process.  The quicker it departs your system the better you will feel.  Do you ever wonder how you contract food poisoning?  It is almost impossible to recognize the possibility of eating tainted food unless it tastes strange.  One time I ate yogurt and within a few hours I was quite ill.  The worst part is that it lasted almost ten hours.  Food poisoning can occur if a food handler prepares the food and doesn’t wash his or her hands after using the facilities.  I wrote about an incident in Pennsylvania a few weeks ago. There are a few types of food poisoning that can take up to seven days while it incubates within your body.  Then you are sick for at least two weeks.  Quite unpleasant.  If you drink contaminated water, the results will occur in your system  quite quickly.  There was an incident in Ireland with bottled water.  Several brands all claiming to be from different locations and from different companies all had excessive arsenic in their bottled waters. Obviously, the water source was one in the same that every company used.  They symptoms were similar to food poisoning, but just as unsettling the the body.  In the Good Gus series, in book eighteen, “No Biting” beavers are part of the main characters in the story and begin to pollute the Pecos River.  Sheriff Gus and Ray took matters in hand and quickly resolved the issue.  For the self published books, you can find them on Kindle and Waterstones or at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Tomorrow, Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park.  She is now accepting credit/debit cards.  Try to cool off with your tablet and a relaxing read of “Misplaced Trust.”  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Your coworkers are the people you spend the most time with every day. They are the people who help you maintain an income and possibly increase your pay or assist directly or indirectly in any promotions for you.  Many comments may be well intended, but they may be cruel.  For example, a workmate may say any of the following:  “Gee I wish I could eat that many carbs? How lucky you are to eat take away. Are you really going to eat all that food?” It’s all rude and insulting.  Maybe they think they are doing you a favor, but they aren’t.  Their comments can also make you feel self-conscious.  How many times have you chosen to eat anywhere else except at your desk, the break room or even outside on a picnic table?  It’s an indirect way of bullying.  Studies have shown that children who have been bullied have depression, anxiety,  a poor image of themselves and possibly earn less than their peers.  It has always been my opinion that the kids that bullied in school just grew up and became adult bullies sometimes legally. Part of building an organization is teamwork.  Coworkers depend on each other to keep the company successful, their paychecks, and advancement.  So the next time you hear a person commenting in a negative way about a coworker, you might gently remind them that if they can’t say anything nice, to not say anything at all and just walk away.  The only businesses in Pecos that had coworkers were at Mary’s Cafe’, Ray’s Blacksmith shop,  Dr. Moore, Charlie’s Print shop and the ranches.  The Good Gus series is available online at Kindle and Waterstones.  Hard copies can be found at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  The start of the tour is slow, but people love my card and are thinking about stocking the books.  If the heat is getting you down, find a fan, grab your tablet and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It’s only a click away at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  When you think about it, a bully is a tormentor. They put forth a great deal of effort to hurt a person.  For example, the tormentor believes that  they can  push people hard, abuse what little power they have, and find a way to destroy another human being.  It occurs so frequently in the workplace, that the new movement Me Too originated. It started out to protect any person from specific harassment and assault.  The younger women of today believe that they can use this to their advantage.  Recently, a friend of mine told me about a manager at his place of business.  She has made it known that she will pass over men in order to increase the number of female management in a particular company.  She went on to say that she believes that only the women of her generation are doing anything for the movement.   Funny thing, it was the older women who pushed the boundaries, and worked for equal pay for equal work for both men and women. In reality, she is discriminating against qualified men to make sure a woman has the job whether she is capable,  has the experience, meets the company criteria for new hires, etc.  People need to consider to be fair to their co-workers and take all facts into consideration.  A second example is the following.  A male manager, who was in his forties, was abusing his power because he was sure that under U.S. laws he couldn’t be fired.  He believed that because of his gender preference, he was untouchable.  He was wrong.  He was being unfair to a female employee and using her status to cheat the company.  When the woman found out, she reported it to human resources.  He has since been fired.  Tormentors are unkind and cruel.  It is their opinion that they lie, cheat and steal   from their employers because they are sure they can blame their workmates.  It will take an extreme effort to remove the woman from her job in the first example.  None of us are invincible and the majority of individuals tend to do the right thing.  That phrase is on the first page of every Good Gus series book.  Children love the stories so if you are tired of the lines at the shops, click onto Kindle for your last minute shopping needs.  This also includes the adults on your list.  “Misplaced Trust” will liven any adult’s reading list.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Have you ever worked with a person who demonstrates obsessive behavior?  Miss Patty and I work with such a person.  He is a sales rep who has worked for a company we are affiliated with for over twelve years.  The owner of this company had to step down for health reasons.  This individual, once the owner was no longer participating, began showing obsessive behavior towards a particular competitor.  In many businesses, there are territories that are covered by their staff.  It is foolish and illogical to assume that one company has an exclusive in a geographical region.  As competition is prevalent in the western world, anyone can call any possible clients.  However, this man has been demonstrating obsessive behavior for the past couple of years over one of his female competitors.  She will say and doing anything for a sale and because of this she basically gets to the clients and sells them before he has even had time to give them a ring.  He has tried to find a way to put her in jail.  He has even tried to convince the affiliate company’s clients  to have his competitor arrested.  Today, in his obsessive desire to destroy others, he began insinuating that my office has been giving this woman sales leads.  Why would I do that?  I wouldn’t make any money, not to mention it would be cheating?  Yet he cannot get past this at all.  I guess ego and pride take precedence over good behavior and manners.  In the Good Gus series the only person with obsessive behavior was Bad Bart and his demand for chocolate ice cream.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  While the person Miss Patty and I work with has tendered his resignation, his obsessive behavior has continue to appear in texts and faxes.  If you are in this situation, I urge to let human resources know and then on a quick break, grab your tablet for a read with “Misplaced Trust” in this  lovely spring weather.  It is available on  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 For the first time in my life, I heard someone say that their pride was more important than anything else.  It was a shock to say the least.  It was a workmate who decided that he would throw everything away because his pride was wounded.  The fact that not only was it his income that was being tossed, but the good will of the company was suddenly insignificant.  If you stop and think about it, he obviously has no regard for anyone, including his family.  It’s almost impossible to imagine how one’s pride is more important than an income, taking care of your family, and the harm it causes others who also depend on that income. There are times in our lives when whatever self-respect we may have disappears.  It could be we became redundant, can’t find new work, or take a low paying job beneath our capabilities simply because we need an he money.  Your ego may be temporarily wounded but at least you are working and doing what you can to support your family.  The whole event started because this man would not listen when another co-worker said she had to leave.  Her son was unwell and she needed to go to him.  Surely, he could understand that, but he didn’t.  It was all about him, what he wanted and as we now know, his ego.  He is not an easy person to work with and anything simple becomes complicated.  Plus as he has aged, his abilities have deteriorated.  Will he wake up to his fake ego?  I doubt it.  In the Good Gus series, pride only came in the form of proud parents with their children’s achievements.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If you are ever confronted with a person whose pride is more important than anything else, steer clear of that individual.  Then take a quick break and read a chapter of “Misplaced Trust” on your tablet.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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