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.
Many people feel that being deceptive is the norm. They do not consider it lying which is even worse. Being deceptive, simply means that they changed the truth slightly, but that it wasn’t exactly a lie. Of course, if you are a spy for any country, being deceptive is a way of life. It’s your job and if you are successful then being deceptive pays off. However, in every day life, being deceptive shouldn’t be necessary. It’s almost easier to be deceptive than to tell the truth. Obviously, a receptionist has to be deceptive and outright lie for his or her job as whomever they are working for may not want to see certain individuals or speak to specific people. There is also the avoidance factor where they really don’t want to deal with someone. Often individuals are deceptive on their CV or resume. It’s easier to make their time at various positions, longer, have more responsibility, and let the prospective employer believe that they changed jobs rather than were let go. There are many jobs advertised on the internet that claim you will make a great deal of money and it will cost nothing for you to sign up to find work that is available to work from home. A friend of mine recently checked a few of them out. Many of them are quite deceptive. They assure you there are no fees, however, you do need to pay for a back-up system even if you have your own. You also need to pay a fee just to register for the possible job openings. Yet, the wording is such that they won’t be accused of deceptive ads. There is another area of deception, advertising. It can be something simple as toothpaste guaranteed to whiten your teeth, a product to make bald men grow hair instantly, or a car that will truly get sixty miles to the gallon. The phraseology is so deceptive, but yet they have a variety of verbiage counteracting any possible accusations of falsehoods. There are individuals who prefer not to tell their children about the tooth fairy, Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, fairies, etc. They feel it is being deceptive to their children and that sooner or later they will learn the truth. Do you agree with that? Frankly, I enjoyed hiding Easter eggs, putting money under my children’s pillows for the tooth fairy, and occasionally saying that a magic fairy left a small gift. It’s all in how a person perceives it. In the Good Gus Series, there is no deception except when the children ignore their parents wishes, pretend not to hear them, and do things they know aren’t what their parents wanted. Don’t let deceptive numbers fool you with your finances. Check out the Money Manager at maecharlesbooks.com.
Do you believe in magic? That was also the title of a song from the 1960’s by the Lovin Spoonful. As children we believed in magic. We had the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Halloween witches, and magicians. It was easy then and eventually the magic just faded away and we forgot about it. In Ireland, however, fairies and leprecans still exist. You would be surprised at how many products have the word fairy in them such as fairly lights for one. I saw an old show the other day where two boys were really interested in magic. They went to a magic store and all they had was fifteen cents. They could only afford a disappearing coin trick. One of the boys brought the trick home and showed it to his family. No one was impressed. When his friend came over to see how the family had reacted, even he was disappointed. A neighbor came by and they showed him the trick. He was probably about seven or eight years old. He loved it. They told him to come back later and they would show him another great trick. They were inspired by famous magicians on the TV so they went around the side of one of the boys’ home near an open box. They borrowed a blanket and found a large rock. They had everything in place when the little neighbor boy returned. Sure enough, one boy hid behind the blanket and the other boy said magic words. While the blanket was covering the boy, he slipped into the box and left a rock where he was standing. The little boy was duly impressed. Then the magician boy’s mum called him and he left. The other boy remained in the box awaiting the magic words. The little boy was then convinced that the rock was really the boy. He was quite distressed. He brought it home with him in his wagon and slept with it. When his mother saw the rock in the boy’s bed the following day, she tried to convince him that it wasn’t really a boy. She even brought him to the boy’s house. As with all good plots, the boy had slept over another boy’s house and wasn’t home. Finally, the dad had to retrieve his son so they could prove to the little boy that it wasn’t really magic, just a trick. There are so very famous magicians who can fool us with their shows. I have seen a couple that were fabulous. What is sad is that as we grow up, magic disappears. Sometimes it is just nice to believe in magic and hope that all our wishes come true.
Do you believe in magic? There was a song from the 1960’s entitled “Do you believe in Magic?” by the Lovin Spoonful which was referring to the magic of a young girl’s heart. I find magic to be very fascinating with that slight of the hand, the misdirection; its almost unreal. There is a great deal of magic in our lives but many times we don’t see it. Children believe in magic. They believe in the magic of Santa Claus, the tooth Fairy, pixie dust, the Easter Bunny and so much more. Its nice to let them believe in the magic of mythical creatures. Its sad, though, when the magic turns into black magic, curses, or superstitious beliefs. Children love to try out magic tricks. Sometimes if fate or coincidence interferes with their tricks they begin to believe they possess real magic and can hurt people. There have been numerous television shows with that exact story line. In the end, though, the child learns that it is all a hoax and they don’t really have the powers There are many great magicians in history. Even today in Las Vegas, the magic shows sell all their tickets because people simply enjoy magic. There is no real magic in the Good Gus Series although Sheriff Gus seems to posses a special magic when it comes to animals. In the “Uninvited Guest” Gus proves to have a great deal of magic in assisting the uninvited guest to leave the party. I hope as you ponder different ideas and look for a series of children’s books, you will consider a book from the Good Gus series.