When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up.  Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart.  Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets.  First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do?  Where can they go?  They are suddenly alone and depressed.  They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react?  I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you.  In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out.  It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better.  Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time.  Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face.  It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward.  In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories.  Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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.


Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses  no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores.  The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open.  Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away.  It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores.  Businesses are dying because of COVID.  It is not the best situation.  I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season.  I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other.  I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination.  I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty.  Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy.  The number of closed stores was shocking.  Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way.  In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores.  As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you noticed when you try to scroll the news, there is continual arguing. It’s non stop.  Everyday there is a new article about someone disagreeing with the Prince Harry and Meghan interview. Many people, particularly in the UK, are quite upset.  Piers Morgan lost his job over his opinions. Today there is more fodder.  The continual arguing whether it is true or not is ridiculous. We have real life crisis on this planet and whether they were telling the truth or not, people should be focusing on the serious issues in life.  Now there is continual arguing regarding cooking.  Should a person follow a recipe, ignore it and use part of it or make up your own.  In order to start cooking you need to learn how to cook.  The freezer to table concept still requires a person to follow directions.  It’s food.  If you try a recipe and it’s awful you have two options:  modify it or never make it again.  Today on the internet there was continual arguing about this very topic.  I understand people are bored because of COVID, but the continual arguing just needs to stop.Since there are so many people complaining about weight gain during this pandemic, rather than continuous arguing, start exercising.  It will at least take your mind off things. In the Good Gus series, the only person who liked to argue was Bad Bart. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a book full of people arguing. The can easily be found at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As cell phones have become more popular, people are dropping their landlines. They are also bringing them everywhere. I find it amazing that they bring them to the restroom.  I was on the phone one time with a client and all of a sudden I heard the toilet flush.  It was appalling. If you are a church going person, do you ever notice the number of people on their phones?  I saw a short video about a woman telling her pastor that she was not attending service any more.  She couldn’t take watching people playing on their phones, gossiping, and not focusing on the service.  Why are phones suddenly so important?  Before COVID, people would be in restaurants on their phones.  Aren’t you supposed to be enjoying a meal and having pleasant conversation?  If parents allow it, their children will be on the phone during dinner.  That is the special time of the day where we all speak about what we did, school, work, etc.  It’s not take a bite, answer a text, a call or play a game.  How many times have you passed a group of teens and they are all together but there is no conversation.  They are all on their  cell phones messaging each other within the group.  What happened to good old fashioned conversation?  It almost seems like it has gone out of style.  In the Good Gus series, cell phones did not exist.  When families ate together they talked about their day.  We should all return to that.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can bring relief from boredom and this cold weather.  It is on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  In many events in life, there are always side effects.  For example, many people have gained considerable weight during COVID.  Now one of the side effects is obesity.  People were no longer going to work, the grocery, exercising at gyms or even walking anywhere.  They had nothing to do but eat so they did. In addition, if a person was already extremely overweight, their chances of surviving COVID were slim to none.  Many people passed once they caught the disease because their bodies could not handle it.  Obviously, there are side effects from many medications. I once took a medication that gave me  very bad side effects.  When I called the doctor for a different product, the nurse said that I could expect that to happen.  I told her absolutely not as this was not a mild reaction.  I literally had to argue with her for a new prescription. There are also side effects in life.  If you are kind then generally people will be nice to you.  If you are rude and nasty, people will dislike you and not want to associate with you.  I love the arrogant people who believe they are always right and argue  with everyone.  Then they wonder why they have no friends. In the Good Gus series there are a variety of side effects.  You can find the books on Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Remote learning is the old home schooling but with a different twist. The problem with remote learning now is that it is not by choice.  The children, according to numerous articles, are falling dreadfully behind.  They are not keeping up and see this as an opportunity to avoid school.  This will lead to new tutoring jobs along with older graduates from school.  My children were in public school and home schooling.  They both have degrees, with my son having two.  However, their home schooling were from two different programs.  For my son’s final year, he went back to high school.  It was a joke for him as he had completed everything and was attending college classes for free as he was in high school.  My daughter’s education really focused on classical literature.  The biggest different from then and now is that they participated in activities.  My son did baseball.  They both had music lessons for various instruments and went on filed trips including digs for fossils.  With COVID children are becoming bored and now having mental issues.  They can’t socialize or play with their friends which is necessary for social development.  Playing is important for all ages but children expect to play.  That is how they learn how to interact with each other. Hopefully, the pandemic will truly end and life can return to normal.  In the Good Gus series the children went to a one room schoolhouse with Miss Patty as their teacher.  The books are 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, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

With COVID, people are now changing careers. Many have been made redundant and numerous businesses have closed. What are individuals supposed to do now?  Individuals are starting over and giving up what careers they did have.  Beginning again is never fun. Where do they start? Many people are moving to other sections of their countries in an effort to find employment.  It’s particularly difficult for people over forty.  Years ago I was a headhunter or as they are called today, a job placement recruiter, I specialized in people over forty. I also only dealt with the managers and was quite successful.  Actually, clients sought me to help them get employment.  It was not often that they were forced into changing careers.  With COVID people are working at home which has changed the course of their lives.  Many cannot figure out what to do as the opportunities are no longer limitless.  Twenty-one years ago I was quite surprised to be changing careers.  Obviously, a person is never too old to make the transition.  I will say I am tired of my current job, but changing careers is out of the question. Nurse Joyce is looking for new employment and has found it extremely difficult.  We all are making changing and new decisions to move forward.  In the Good Gus series no one was changing careers.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” in available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Once again, the disabled are being ignored. The downs syndrome individuals have been moved down the COVVID shot list. Why do you wonder? The media doesn’t give a reason but there is no reason for this to occur. Simply because a person is disabled does not mean that they should be treated differently.  It is wrong.  Today on “Daniel Tiger” which is a children’s show in the states on the Public Broadcasting Station, they featured an episode with a little girl riding a horse.  You didn’t realize she had to use forearm crutches to walk until her ride ended and Daniel’s dad and Prince Tuesday had to assist her. The best part about this episode was that she was not treated any differently than Daniel who climbed up onto the horse himself and when his ride had ended he jumped off.  It’s important that children learn early on we are all the same.  In the Good Gus series, I introduced Katie who was in a wheelchair.  I thought it was a great way to introduce a disabled child for the other children to learn about her.  Of course, in my stories she is treated very well.  Games were modified to always include her.  In my second Christmas book, “The Christmas Pageant,” the new character, Fiona, includes Katie in the parade and Katie learns how to ride a horse.  I included the horse as it is a way to give a disabled person a chance to feel free.  The series is online on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misspaced Trust” does include disabled individuals as they don’t have to be left out of an estate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino 

It appears that the pandemic is increasing what may be referred to as invisible disability. There is an actual condition called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  That condition deals with an inability to have good coordination which lasts a person’s entire life. What I am referring to is the invisible disability people are developing from lack of human contact, socialization in person, and everything connected to the lockdowns worldwide.  It’s not easy but people are finding it difficult to cope.  In the United States, changes are sweeping across the country including loss of jobs which are affecting part of the population.  Anyone who had a job and lost it to COVID are having a difficult time securing another position.  There are jobs but only in the technical fields.  For many individuals, it is too late to return to school  They don’t have the funds and will never be able to afford a loan.  So where does the invisible disability come in?  It’s simple.  People are beginning to have emotional problems that are not visible until they collapse, have a breakdown, or fall apart.  They have been able to cope and handle life but with no work, lockdowns, shortages at the grocery, the inability to pay their bills and for some eviction, it’s overwhelming.  They have no idea how to cope because they can’t solve their problems easily.  In the Good Gus series there were no invisible disabilities.  Katie does have a disability but she doesn’t appear until book twenty-two, “The Field Trip.” The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for these cold nights at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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