Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at 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.


There are many people who are truly disabled. Their main transportation is a wheelchair. As the holiday season draws near there are many short videos reminding us to be kind to one another.  This is an example of one.  A man was in a grocery car park when an older man was in a wheelchair trying to pass behind him while he was seated in his car.  He waited and watched in his mirror the man’s progress.  He then stopped put his car in park and stepped out of the vehicle.  He asked the man if he needed help but he declined.  He could plainly see that this disabled man had lost part of his leg.  He ignored the man and began pushing him into the store.  The disabled man was grumbling.  He asked him what he needed.  He only wanted peanut butter, a can of tuna, pasta and sauce.  The younger man asked him why he wasn’t buying eggs, milk, bread, etc.  He said that was all he could carry back to his home. The younger man asked how he arrived at the grocery.  The disabled man told him a trucker had stopped and given him a lift.  The man found a trolley and dragged it behind him.  He filled it up with meat, vegetables, fruit, butter, milk, eggs, bread and any other items he thought the man might need.  The man argued with him and said he would never be able to carry it home.  The younger man ignored him, went to check out and paid for all the groceries.  He then went outside and called a taxi.  By this time the disabled man was no longer grumpy.  When the taxi arrived, the younger man and the driver loaded the groceries into the car and his wheelchair.  He asked the driver the fare and told him to help the disabled man into his home and carry in all the groceries.  He gave a generous tip.  Then he opened his wallet and give the disabled man forty-four dollars or forty Euros in cash.  He apologized for not having more money.  By this time the disabled man was crying and thanking him.  He said no thank you for your service to this country and my freedom.  It’s a shame that more people don’t help others without expecting anything in return.  In the Good Gus series everyone helped each other.  Katie was the only child in a wheelchair.  The books sold quickly today at Balboa Park with Miss Patty.  For the last minute shopping, the series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  The UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California also has a few books left.

We have all experienced leg cramps but have you ever wondered why. Dr. Oz believes its from a high magnesium deficiency.  He recommends high does of magnesium.  I believe that apple cider vinegar tablets work just as well.  I also feel that it is safer than huge amounts of magnesium.  The Mayo Clinic does agree that leg cramps occur from a magnesium deficiency.   Potassium is also important for leg cramps because if you have a deficiency it can also give you the leg cramps.  You might want to include Vitamin E.  As it promotes oxygen within your system, it will help the blood flow to your legs.  If you decide to go the nutritional supplement route, please remember don’t take anything in large amounts.  It can make you worse and possibly sick. If you are wondering what foods should you add to your diet to stop these cramps or at least reduce them read on. It’s simple.  Try including more of the following foods in your daily eating  such as bananas, spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes (with skin), avocados, celery,  yogurt, tea, salmon, oatmeal, beans, berries,  watermelon, kiwi, eggs and cantaloupe, along with keeping your sodium intake down, can prevent leg cramps. These are easy to purchase and you can incorporate them inexpensively into your diet.  Leg cramps are a more recent occurrence due to poor eating habits, less nutrients in our produce, pollution and fast food.  In the Good Gus series, fresh food without pesticides was a way of life.  The series is always online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  As the weather continues to cool, a nice read of “Misplaced Trust” might just keep your interest.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 As we age we tend to have muscle loss. It’s not about turning into a weight lifter at the gym. It is more complicated than that. We all want good health as we grow older, but also don’t want to have a flabby, saggy body accompanied by muscle loss.  There is a preventable medical condition known as sarcopenia which occurs because of muscle loss and strength.  According to a 2010 study in the ‘Journal of Cachezia, Sarcopenia and Muscle’  between five and thirteen percent of individuals between the ages of sixty to seventy and between eleven and as much as fifty percent of people who are eighty and older are affected by sarcopenia.  This study was originally published for the medical profession and is now widely recognized with continuing studies from their research. If individuals do not exercise and allow muscle loss, their physiques can be affected by their ability to more, recover from illness and ultimately lead a healthy and active lifestyle.  Something all older adults want.  What is really significant about this study is  that a few simple steps can prevent this condition and help any older person enjoy their “golden years.”  The first and foremost thing you should do is eat protein rich foods.  Many studies suggest that adults may lose up to eight percent of muscle mass each decade after the age of forty.  Many older adults do not eat enough calories, protein and amino acids.  The “Amino acids are what the muscle uses to build itself,”  according to Suzette Pereira, PhD, an associate research fellow at Abbott Nutrition.  For the older adult, the experts say you should double the Recommended Daily Allowance of protein to between ninety and one hundred grams per day.  The ‘American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism found in a study in 2014, that people who did double their protein each day had an increase in muscle protein synthesis, the process by which your cells use protein to build more muscle.  Some good choices are eggs, turkey, fish, chicken, dairy, beans and legumes.  Adding whey protein can certainly help you meet that amount.  If you are experiencing muscle loss, consider going to the gym.  Cardiovascular exercise and weight training on a consistent basis activate and signal the muscles to grow. Just because you are older doesn’t mean you can’t develop the same muscles you had in your forties.  The recommend work out times for the minimum is two and one half hours per week.  Although, I agree with the maximum of five.  Don’t neglect your sleep.  Even if you can’t sleep, read (“Misplaced Trust” is a great choice!) and try to relax to get at least eight hours per night.  As we all age, there are constant diets saying cut out your carbohydrates.  Some of us need them more than others, but many studies say that a combination of protein and carbohydrates either before or after a workout can help with building those muscles! Every time anyone visits the doctor, the first question they ask is   “Are you taking enough Vitamin D?”  Make sure you are as it can impact your ability to build muscles.  Last but not least, limit your alcohol intake as it can make you dehydrated which can affect muscle function.  In the Good Gus series, muscle loss was the least of their worries.  The citizens of Pecos did physical labor every day as it was their way of life.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  Just in San Diego today, seven books were sold from the series.  Thank you.  Remember, when you are needing that extra sleep, “Misplaced Trust” is an easy way to relax and unwind.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

 We all make cooking mistakes. However, often individuals do not recognize it until it is too late and they become ill. Food poisoning is awful and should always be in the back of anyone’s mind when preparing food.  It is very important before you even begin food preparation to wash your hands and have a clean kitchen.  It is one of the easiest ways to spread bacteria and salmonella.  It is also a well known fact that all produce, meats and poultry should be washed prior to preparation.  Even before you make a  purchase, always inspect the food prior purchasing and recheck once you open the package.  Look for bruises, holes and signs of damage.  One of the first things that many people do is under cooking  food or ignoring the cooking times.  In the United States, The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agricultural recommend safe cooking temperatures to kill bacteria.  I am sure that many other countries have similar standards and guidelines.  A really good recommendation is a thermometer.  They are really handy to give you an idea once a product is cooking to verify that it is done.  Occasionally, due to inefficient ovens, the times may very.  By using a thermometer it helps avoid cooking mistakes.  Also, using a thermometer helps to avoid food poisoning.  It at least makes sure the food really is cooked properly and you don’t end up serving raw or under cooked food.  That is extremely important for anyone who has a compromised immune system.  Another example, is many people fail to keep foods at the proper temperature.  This varies from country to country.  Many countries in Europe, for example, do not refrigerate eggs.  In the United States they do.  There are countries whose residents  will leave meat out for many hours and not have a problem.  Of course, that leads for some people to the thought that they shouldn’t waste food.  They end up eating what should have been thrown away which results in dire consequences shortly after.  Cross contamination can lead to much unpleasantness for your stomach.  It is important to keep meats, poultry, eggs, and seafood separate.  If you grill frequently, always clean it before you start cooking.  The last thought on cooking mistakes is eating raw cooking dough.  It is questionable as many individuals will eat raw cookie or biscuit dough with no side affects. In the Good Gus Series all food was consumed within one or two days.  Refrigeration was available as it had been invented in the early 1800’s.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are so engrossed in handling a difficult situation, don’t make any cooking mistakes.  Instead, relax and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.


 Everyone has beliefs about food myths.  For example, the next time you drop a piece of food on the floor,  you may want reconsider the five second rule before you put it in your mouth.  According to Rutgers University it is unsafe.  However, “food retrieved just a few seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, researchers at Aston University’s School of Life and Health Sciences in England recently reported. The Aston team also noted that the type of surface on which the food has been dropped has an effect, with bacteria least likely to transfer from carpeted surfaces. Bacteria is much more likely to linger if moist foods make contact for more than five seconds with wood laminate or tiled surfaces.” So basically it’s a judgment call.  Negative calorie foods is another one of the food myths.  Many people, particularly, dieters, believe that fibrous foods such as celery, apples, lettuce and cucumbers have no calories but are actually reducing your caloric intake.  Sadly, negative-calorie food does not exist.  The foods do contain fewer calories but still require energy to digest.  According to the Mayo clinic, this is just another of many food myths.  Eggs are another example of food myths.  They do contain a substantial amount of cholesterol in their yolks. It is also true that cholesterol is the fatty substance in our blood that contributes to clogged arteries and heart attacks. However, stating that they are “bad for your heart” is incorrect according to the experts.  “Epidemiologic studies show that most healthy people can eat an egg a day without problems,” says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State University.  It is important to point out that one egg a day is not the same as a three egg omelette or scrambled eggs with that amount of eggs.  Another example is that carbohydrates make you fat.  They absolutely do if you eat all sugary types of foods such as white bread, pasta and doughnuts.  These types of foods can raise your risk of developing health problems such as heart disease and Type II Diabetes. However if you cut off  so-called “good-carb” foods, such as whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, you end up losing a main source of fuel as well as vital nutrients and fiber. For many people, a low-carb diet may be more difficult to stay on as a dietary program. There’s nothing truly fattening about carbohydrates, according to Jean Harvey-Berino, Ph.D., R.D., chair of the department of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Vermont and co-author of The Eating Well Diet (Countryman, 2007). These are just a few examples of food myths.  In the Good Gus Series, none of these ideas or research existed.  The books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are thinking about the food myths presented while handling a trust or estate, take a break and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on Kindle, Nook, Apple, and several popular e-book websites.

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