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.

   If you are bored and now not working, while you are pondering your life begin thinking about how to invest in yourself. Many people invest in stocks, real estate, and businesses. Yet, rarely do they invest in themselves.  Buying options, hedging bets, anything that has to do with money is a number of individual’s goals.  While we have days upon days to reflect, once you have double cleaned everything, fixed anything that needed repair that you could handle, what is your next step?  There is only so much TV anyone can watch and even reading all day wears thin after a while.  Rather than waste this time, maybe you should think about your job or possibly changing careers. Right now there are classes online at reduced costs and deferred payment plans to help people move forward.  You may discover you have an interest in an entirely different field and now might be the time to make that change.  As many companies will never survive the virus, you may need to change careers.  With every negative that occurs in life, there is always something positive.  Many individuals are becoming millionaires during this crisis period.  Look what happened in 1929.  People survived and began new businesses and started over.  Even if you feel you are too old, drop that thought from your brain.  As I said the other day in a previous blog, Col. Sanders and P.G. Wodehouse started late in life and became quite successful.  Remember, for the boring days for your children, the Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  I found a video I did six years ago that is available for book one.  I was reading at a daycare. It is at  More to follow.  “Misplaced Trust” is online as well at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys The power of stories is what moves us every day. We hear it on the news, read it on the internet or in a book.  The power of the stories in the news opens us not only to our locality but to the world.  With the virus crisis everyone wants to know what is happening everywhere.  Sometimes the articles move us, make us angry, cry, sad, or glad to be alive.  It depends upon the writer and if we believe the contents.  The same is true of the internet. It’s a different form of news.  Even the daily shows offering the latest breaking news are still stories.  The best part, I think, about the power of stories is in books.  I love writing children’s books because I feel like I present an adventure to the young reader.  It gives them a chance to learn about the old west and how people lived.  Many of the books actually have historical data.  For example, Pecos held the first rodeo on  July 4, 1883.  It’s the basis of book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.”  As we are all quarantined, this is the perfect time to read new books and read to our children and/or grandchildren.  It gives us the opportunity to expand our minds and bond with the younger readers.  The Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” for the adults is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Birthday to the real Mary from Mary’s Cafe’.

Good Gus Books, Cory Returns, Children StoryWhen you are going through difficult times that is when you know who your real friends are. There are events in our lives that push us beyond the edge. Things that happen that make it extremely difficult sometimes to simply carry on. Yet the real friends stand by us. How many articles have you read where a man or woman loses their fortune and the husband or wife immediately files for divorce. Your mate is still your friend. Real friends are difficult to come by. Once you find one, do your best to be a real friend in return. I am very fortunate to have real friends. During times in my life when things have invariably gone down hill, my real friends have always been available and never let me down. Today I received a wonderful letter from my new in-laws. Words cannot describe how nice it was to read the email and recognize that they are not only family but real friends. I do believe that real friends accept you the way you are; the good, the bad and the no so attractive. I have known people over the years state categorically that a specific person was their friend and would never let them down. Yet as soon as a crisis arose, the “real friends” were gone. It makes it worse for the person having a difficult period. That is when you really need true friends. Even just one will do. Have you ever noticed when you are trying to make a purchase of something large such as a car, real estate, or even pricey items for your home how the sales person almost acts like your friend? Its understandable that they want the commission, and I certainly agree they should have it as they work hard. However, they don’t need to pretend to be your friend. When we all stated attending school, everyone in kindergarten was our friend. We learned quickly as we progressed in grades that it was not true. Its nice, though, for that brief period. It started us off slowly so we could learn what true friendship really was. The people in Pecos, Texas in the Good Gus Series are real friends. They always lend a hand and help out whenever needed. The books are a wonderful guideline for the child or children in your life. I hope you choose one for them.

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