People continually pass judgment on one another. You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places. I have never understood this. What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable? In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things. They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance. The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food. I have never been a person to eat take away at the office. I always brought my lunch. I really didn’t care what others thought. While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work. I saw a cute story about a set of twins. One twin was quite popular and had her own group. Her sister was quiet and shy. The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister. They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress. Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom. He said it was about time they knew the real score. The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant. The popular twin was failing. The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea. She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well. The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister. The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister. A valuable lesson. Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone. You could someday be in their shoes. In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone. It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Frequently people take others for granted. I saw a video about a man who had everything; a beautiful wife, young son, nice home and a good job. His wife was devoted to him and really loved him. However, he was a cheater. He dated multiple women at the same time. His wife didn’t know and he loved always coming home to her in the evenings as she made the house a home. He took her for granted. One day she did discover his roaming eye and she and their son left. At first the man was sad because she wasn’t there. Then he realized that this was what he always wanted, to be free. He returned to dating multiple women. He then began to realize that when he went home at night he felt empty and lonely. Even though he had all the woman he could handle, at the end of the day he was alone. He had taken for granted the love his wife had given him. A few years late, he eventually found her but she had remarried and now his son called another man dad. In life we tend to take things for granted. We make plans, expect to see people soon, and we assume everything will work out the way we want. Now, with Covid and all the restrictions, everything has changed. There are countless families who have had relatives pass and they can’t see them or even say goodbye. It’s heartbreaking. When you think about people, remember to never take them for granted as one day they may not be here. In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart absolutely took it for granted that the chocolate ice cream would be available and he could have it. He was wrong. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Everyone takes it for granted that they will live forever. That is the point of having an estate plan. I urge you to read “Misplaced Trust” first to send you down the right path. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Have you ever met someone who always has a bad idea? They may believe their thoughts will lead to success. However, because they never think it through, their bad idea always makes things worse. Teenagers are great at this. For example, in “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” Vinnie decides to take Doogie’s 1957 Chevy convertible. Doogie tells him its a bad idea. However, Vinnie doesn’t listen. As he is driving, he is so busy trying to get girls to notice him that he rolls into a truck and a piano falls on the hood or bonnet of the car. He has it towed and it costs a great deal of money to repair. Doogie had to tell his mother about Vinnie’s bad idea so he could borrow from his trust fund for the repairs. They both came up with an elaborate scheme to lie to the dad. However, little did they know, but the repair shop called the Howser home and asked for Dr. Howser. Since they are both doctors the dad replied it was him. It took him by surprise but he decided to make it even more difficult for the boys. He had the shop paint it red. When it was delivered, Vinnie’s bad idea was even worse. They tried to explain to the dad with Vinnie blaming Doogie and Doogie telling the truth. Needless to say, the dad loved the color and all ended well. There are several stories in the Good Gus series where the children have a bad idea. In book twenty-three, “Run Blackie Run.” Liam and Frankie ride out to Judge Ross’s ranch. They are given explicit instructions not to vary from the trail. Of course, one of the boys has the thought to explore an abandoned home they see off the path which leads to a very bad idea. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of people with bad ideas and the consequences. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Please remember my crowdfunding at https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading
Many children are spoiled. Frequently, because parents want to give their children everything and possibly items they didn’t have when they were little they overdo. There are also the children who learn quickly that a temper tantrum works quite well to achieve their goals. It embarrasses their parents and they always do it in public so the parents will say or do anything to make it stop. I saw a video today about a dad who had to move his mother out of the nursing home and into his home. The doctor had recommended that she be with her family plus he was having financial difficulties. When his teenage daughter came home from school, she was furious. He had made up the sofa bed for her and it truly looked quite nice. However, this girl was so spoiled she was rude to both her father and grandmother. She refused to give up her room. The dad told her she should be grateful that she lives in a home. She decided to move in with her friend as she had a room of her own. She left the house and on her way to her friend’s she saw a father and daughter who were living in a car next to the park. She stopped to watch. The dad was so excited that he now had a blanket and pillow for his child. The girl was instantly worried about the dad as she had been keeping warm with his jacket. He told her not to worry that now he had his jacket. He promised her that someday she would have her own room and they would have a real home. The girl, who was not spoiled, was so grateful. This made the spoiled girl rethink her situation. She went back home and apologized. Her dad offered his room and she declined. Instead, she asked for a pillow and blanket and went back to the people in the park. They were so grateful when she handed them the items. Many of us are spoiled and we need to learn to appreciate what we have and be grateful. In the Good Gus series, no child was spoiled. Bart Bart acted spoiled as he wanted his chocolate ice cream immediately. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Remember, the site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading. “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The world is always giving but mostly taking. Today I saw a video that started out about taking but then ended up giving. I have seen several with the same theme in the past, but it’s always worth repeating particularly in these difficult times. A young man worked for a pizza delivery company. Every day he chose the homes in the expensive neighborhoods as he was sure of a sizeable tip. In a sense, he was not that fair to his workmates as he was taking all the prime locations. One day, however, he was out on a delivery, when they sent him clear across town. When he arrived he knew instantly that his tip would be tiny or there wouldn’t be a tip at all. To add to his irritability, he could clearly see it was a small home with a tattered lawn. He found the small pizza and went up to the door to deliver. The man thanked him and called his five children and told them to empty their pockets. They gave him a dollar and some change. Once the young man left, he realized that this family was having a difficult time eating. He went back to his store and baked two large pizzas and cooked the largest serving of wings they had along with bread sticks. He paid for all the food with his own money and returned to the home. When the man opened the door, he immediately saw all the food and started to cry. Then, instead of being the taker, the young man gave them back the tip they had given him. Taking is not always the best option in life. Giving has it rewards. In the Good Gus series, giving was more important than taking. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. I have started a crowdfunding to begin book seven, “Lightning Strikes Pecos.” I also plan to do a non profit corporation so that I will be able to donate my books to smaller cities and towns who do not benefit from large donors to receive free books. I plan to autograph each book given to a child in the hopes that they will begin to love reading. The site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
I saw a video today about a bride that touched my heart. A few months before the wedding, the bride’s dad became very ill. She was devastated. She visited him everyday in the hospital and hoped he would recover. One day, as he was deteriorating further, while she was visiting him, she began to discuss her wedding. She began to cry as she had always wanted her dad to walk her down the aisle. The dad tried to convince her not to cry. He promised he would walk her down the aisle and would always be with her. Shortly, thereafter, he passed away. On the day of the wedding, the bride could not bring herself to walk down the aisle without her dad. Her mother tried to convince her and instead as she sat at a makeup table and cried. She even took her veil off. She loved her future husband, but her dad walking her down the aisle had always been her dream since she was a child. Her mother left and returned with a man. He said hello and she asked him who he was while looking at her mother. The mother told her that her father was with her and would walk her down the aisle. She looked confused. The man explained that he was in the hospital at the same time as her dad. He needed a heart transplant. When her father had passed, his heart was transplanted into the gentleman. The mother then spoke and said, “So you see your father will walk you down the aisle.” The bride stood up and touched the man’s chest and could feel the heartbeat. In the end, her wish came true and her dad walked her down the aisle. It was a wonderful video. In the Good Gus series, there are no stories with weddings. The series is online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has various characters who became a bride only to marry a sickly man to take all of his money. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The old shows are back due to the quarantine and lockdown. I love the mystery shows and the writing twenty years ago was quite good. However, the portrayal of both men and women as characters sometimes is less than flattering. It seems to be dismissed if the men were having extra marital affairs, but the women appeared to be low class. Also, the older woman with the younger man was really frowned upon whereas the older man and younger woman, for the most part, was dismissed as that was how it was during the times. The best part about the old shows is that they frequently keep you guessing as to the whodunit. It gives you more more reasons to watch. Often, the newer mysteries, although the writing is of a good quality, half way through you know who did it. The same is true of romance movies. The old movies were close to predictable and that has not changed that much today. It’s simple. Man and woman meet, begin to fall in love, old girlfriend or boyfriend enters the scene, trouble ensues, and then miracle of all miracles they recognize that each one loves the other one. The best part about the Good Gus series are my books. The stories are full of adventure, along with good morals and values. Sure the children don’t listen to their parents, but the consequences make the young reader recognize that maybe they should listen to their mum and dad. “Misplaced Trust” characters are like the ones in the old shows. Younger woman meets older man, convinces him its love, marries him and then wipes out all of his money, disinherits his children, and slips away to do it again. The same is true with younger men. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Fathers Day!
Quitting is easy. It’s staying the course that is difficult. If you start a project and find it too difficult, you may think quitting is the answer. It’s not. When we were children, our parents forced us to see things through. It didn’t matter because they wanted us to strive to succeed. If we quit they frequently they became annoyed, possibly punished us, or made an example of our failure to our siblings. There are many difficulties in life that make us really want the easy way out. However, that is not always the best way. Once you make the choice and commit to something, it is always important to stick with it. If you look at people who continually say they are going to stop smoking, lose weight, get into shape, find a better position, it is usually all talk. The point our parents were trying to teach us was that if you can make good decisions, you will be more successful. I saw a recent “Last Man Standing,” in which Ryan, the dad of Boyd, was coaching his hockey team. When Ryan began to recognize that he was yelling too much, he quit. This was very upsetting to his son as he like playing hockey and also liked winning. When his replacement for the next game coached a tie, the boy was very upset. He spoke to his grandfather who asked him if it bothered him that his dad was yelling. He said no that he wanted to win. It turned out to be a better lesson for the dad about quitting from his son. In the Good Gus series, quitting was never an option. Sales were a bit slow today at Balboa Park for Miss Patty. I am still working on Kindle, Nook and an increase of books for Waterstones which carry the series online. Sales continue for the hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. If you are looking for a different read as you travel for work or holiday, remember “Misplaced Trust.” It’s available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Not everyone has a high IQ. The people who do utilize it frequently in the scientific areas. Sometimes they have such complicated minds that they have difficulty relating to people. Sheldon, in “Big Bang Theory” is a prime example. As a character, he has problems with people and everyday life. His high IQ forces him to see things differently. Things that may be easy to the average person are complicated to him and vice versa. Often, if parents discover their child has an extremely high IQ they are very proud. Eventually, they begin to understand that their intelligence may lead them to have a short childhood because their brains see everything differently. In one of the episodes of “Young Sheldon,” he ends up getting in trouble with the U.S. government as he attempts to build a nuclear reactor in his parents garage. Naturally, he thinks nothing of this as he was utilizing his mind in a scientific experiment. He also has difficulty as he is a little boy in high school. Since he is somewhat anti-social it doesn’t present a significant problem. Catering to a high IQ child takes a great deal of time and effort. Learning to understand their needs is difficult as while they are still a child emotionally yet their brains are past most adults. My late husband was told he was a genius. His father had no idea how to deal with him for his entire life. Unfortunately, as smart as he was, he never utilized it properly and spent a difficult life being unable to cope with people and understand some of the basics in life. There was no individual character who had a high IQ in the Good Gus series. Available on Kindle, it gives the young child a chance to see life without technology and just being a child. “Misplaced Trust” probably does have characters with a high IQ. However, they only used their intelligence for greed. It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
It is amazing how many employees tell corporate lies. I was sold a special promotion package by a salesman who assured me that I was getting a great deal for one year. He was part of the the corporate lies. After the first year, I called only to discover that they raised my bill seventy-five percent. While asking, there was a little known secret to this contract. I had to purchase something from AT&T even though they did not offer internet service in my area. When I tried to reason with them, they were like robots. They followed a script and didn’t vary. There were a few points during the conversation where they didn’t even speak and I had to ask if they were still there. The end result, is that AT&T, a U.S. conglomerate has once again fooled people. They were broken up by the U.S. government years ago because they were a monopoly. They aren’t the only company though. A man posted on Facebook and it went viral because he gave a Capri Sun pouch to his little girl that had a huge chuck of mold in it. They advertise as fresh and even have organic. Just more of the corporate lies. If you have ever purchased any item that was guaranteed, get a magnifying glass and see if you can find the fine print. Otherwise, like me and that dad you will be deceived. The books in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, do not contain any corporate lies. They are wholesome stories to remind your children or grandchildren what it was like in the old west and a simpler time. Anyone who has dealt with a will, estate and even probate clearly understand about the corporate lies. “Misplaced Trust” can certainly fill in data you may not know or even realize. It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.