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.


Many questions can be answered with either a yes or no. When you ask a person a question, the longer they talk the more they avoid the answer.  When you are listening to continual verbiage, you know not only they will not answer what you asked but they will circumvent whatever you asked.  Even if it is through a text, they can speak paragraphs without really saying anything.  The narcissist is really good at not answering and coming up with a variety of lies.  Their only problem is that they cannot always keep their lies straight. It is really true in life about almost anything.  For example, an employee decides to ask for a raise. They are entitled to one as they have worked quite hard and their performance reports state that they are doing an excellent job, always on time and stay late to finish projects.  The boss can easily say yes or not to his question.  Instead, he receives the basic run a round and his question is never answered.  He then walks away wondering what had just happened.  I have seen this in movies, court, the workplace, and even with family members.  You repeatedly ask the same question but never even receive a yes or no answer.  If we start now teaching our children to be truthful the world would be a better place.  In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the boys skip off to see the rodeo and don’t even answer either their mother or father.  The point of that story was they were disobeying their parents and there were consequences.  The series is available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Getting a yes or no answer by the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is close to impossible.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

We were all raised with values, some good, some bad.  The people with the wrong values are in the news, jail, prison or on the run for the harm they have caused.  The people with good values need to be recognized.  I saw a video that I had to share.  A man was in the drive through at Chick-Fil-A purchasing his breakfast prior to work.  He pulled off to the side to eat and noticed a homeless man with his dog.  He had a sign that said, “Need food; will work for food.” The man watched him the entire time and then drove around to the drive through again.  He ordered the largest breakfast that they had.  He then pulled up next to the homeless man and his dog.  As he kept dog food in his truck when he brought his dog to work he reached into the back and grabbed that for the dog.  He sat down next to the man and gave him the food. The homeless man was so grateful he literally started to cry.  The man spoke to him while he ate and the homeless man explained his wife died, he lost his job, then his home and took what little he had left to a campground.  His possessions were stolen as well.  The man asked him if he wanted to work.  The homeless man replied, “I will work as hard as possible for you.  I didn’t think there was a kind person left in the human race.” The man told him to be at that spot the next day.  As soon as he drove up, the homeless man was waiting.  The man took him to the job site and they started working.  The homeless man’s dog followed him all day and he did really work hard.  The man paid him at the end of the day and even took him to the bank to cash his check.  He did this for the entire week.  The man had a new job the next week in a different location.  He asked the homeless man if he wanted to work the following week.  He was elated.  He did ask him to pick him up at a different location as he was going to buy a blanket and a few provisions to sleep at the campground.  Even though it was out of his way, he never said a word and continued to meet him everyday.  Good karma, or just good values?  You be the judge.  In the Good Gus series good values were a must. You can view the series on Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

How often do you find things in life that are a waste of time?  It’s a daily occurence in life.  In the workplace, do you ever find meetings to be a waste of time?  They last an interminable amount of time.  Frequently, they are repetitive, boring, with little or no results.  Even the paperwork we do in the office seems like a waste of time.  What does it do except to possibly keep another person in a job who is a paper pusher.  Every day chores in life seem like a waste of time.  We do the same things every day which seems monotonous.  If you are tired of the daily routine, try to mix it up.  Make changes to help you get through your days.  If you are thinking of changing positions, you will be appalled at how you treated, the amount of ridiculous testing, and the interviewers.  Can you imagine being a professional and being interviewed by a person in ripped shorts and flip flops?  It’s an insult to anyone seeking employment.  What these companies thinking?  These people have no idea if a person is qualified for any position and make the company look foolish.  They lack style and class that a true interviewer should display.  It makes the prospective employee feel that the company has no consideration for the workers and they wasted their time.  In the Good Gus series, nothing was a waste of time.  Their way of life required everything to be completed in a timely manner.  Check us out on Kindle, Waterstones and the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” believe that they were important and didn’t care if anything they did was a waste of time.  It was all about them.  Just a click away at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

You have no idea how many people have told me lately that they have stopped reading the news or listening to it as it makes them feel discouraged.  I can understand being discouraged when you work along side a person who receives all the accolades, raises and even promotions and there is no difference in the quality of your work as opposed to theirs.  In the competitive field of sales, becoming discouraged is easy.  Often there are individuals who literally lie, cheat and steal to close a sale.  There are individuals in the greater Los Angeles area, for example, who prey on the senior citizens.  They over charge for inferior quality work for an estate plan, will or a trust.  What is worse is that many of the decent individuals have quit and moved onto a new career path because of these two particular people.  Los Angeles is a large area and there are plenty of buyers for their products.  Yet one person is harsh and gruff and treats people poorly, while frightening them into spending money often for documents they really don’t need.  The other person lies outright and takes many of the seniors’ money only to return with inferior work.  The second person convinces people that they need new documents and basically stays in their home until they are worn down and will do anything just so they will leave.   Both people have cheated their employer who hired them in good faith and initially gave them the quality work they were selling.  The second person moved on because of greed.  Why would they gave their employer who gave them the leads when they could keep all of the money?  The worst part is that the seniors are so discouraged that they are afraid to contact the authorities and file a complaint.  Ideal for both cheaters.  This is the type of information that should be on the news so that people are aware of what is happening.  In the Good Gus Series, there is one character who was discouraged after his wife passed.  However, the whole town rallied around him and he gained a new perspective on life.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If you are discouraged at work, dealing with a trust, will or estate, turn your focus to “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.  It’s down to two weeks before my appearance at the Cotuit Library.  Hope to see you there!

 There are many words to define a stingy person such as cheap, frugal, tightwad, etc. Yet, this type of person can be really annoying in everyday life. My late father-in-law once played golf with a man who was so cheap that he almost gave up the game.  This man went beyond cheap to stingy.  He was a business associate of his son’s and the man went out of his way to avoid paying, tipping or even contributing anything in the way of money.  There are employers who tend to be that way as well.  I know a man who is a multimillionaire.  Yet, he doesn’t really pay his staff.  He has a contract with a small firm for basic clerical services in return for the business they provide him.  However,  he goes beyond that on a daily basis.  When any holiday rolls around he never gives a gift and rarely does anything extra for his staff.  They go out of their way to make sure he is protected legally as he has a professional license.  He uses the administrative aide for his personal business and dealings which was not part of his service contract.  Now, because he appears to be spending so much money on himself, he is demanding money from the service contractor to handle his overspending.  He recently had lavish dinners at an extremely expensive restaurant that could have easily given his aide a nice little bonus and helped her in a positive financial way.  However, he appears to be stingy in almost everything except when he is dealing with other wealthy individuals or clients.  Then, he will do the work for practically nothing just to impress them.  Being a cheapo may stem from early childhood for many people.  Waiters and waitresses know all too well just how stingy a person can be even if the server did an excellent job and the customer appreciated it.  My late aunt tipped everyone  as anyone who has read my blogs knows.  Yet, she always had good service and when she moved into an apartment building, she was always taken care of first.  I do not live in an apartment, but I am following her tradition.  There may have been individuals during the Good Gus era that were stingy, but not in the series.  The books were written to give children a positive perspective about life then and translate into their lives today.  The series is available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If the relatives or family members you are assisting are being stingy towards you, take heart and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It will guide you in a way to help you receive the compensation you deserve.  The books are available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.


There are a few things in life that are contagious such as sickness, yawns, and even smiles. When an individual is ill, they often go to work and contaminate everyone else.  Even though they know it is wrong and possibly have paid sick time, they do it anyways.  Before you know it, the staff is sick and the smart people stay home until they are well again.  The contagious person seems to feel that they need to make a point that they will be in the workplace regardless of their health.  They may also be afraid that another co-worker will do their job and perform it in a more cost effective manner, thereby eliminating their slot.  Either way, it is a lack of consideration for the others in the company.  What is worse is that anyone of the individuals working may have a child with an autoimmune disease which could cause serious problems.  That particular individual could lose days from work, possible income, and end up paying medical costs.  Audrey Hepburn said that there were two types of people in the world; those with consideration and those without.  She was clearly correct.  Often individual’s actions lead to other consequences for innocent people.  In my friend’s office, more than once she has told her employer who came in sick, to go home and recover.  He felt it was necessary to be there, yet he didn’t accomplish anything except spread his germs and make her ill along with her father-in-law.  Sometimes individuals’ expressions become contagious.  For example, a person may be watching a sad movie and a character begins to look very unhappy.  If you observe the individual you will frequently see them with the same expression of their face.  Smiles are very contagious and should always be passed on as frequently as possible to everyone you meet and deal with on a daily basis.  Sometimes a person can be having a really rough day and your warm smile can turn it around for them even if only for a few minutes.  Many people believe that if a person has a handicap they may catch it.  It is more in the thoughts of ignorant adults as opposed to children.  When Katie is introduced in the Good Gus Series, book twenty-two, “The Field Trip,” the children at the school stare at her and wonder about her.  The story does not imply that they will catch anything from her.  However, that is what most children think unless they have been taught otherwise.  There are five books available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  Once family members begin fighting it becomes contagious.  Don’t let it affect you.  Instead read “Misplaced Trust’ which is also available on Kindle, Nook, Apple and several other e-book websites.

security-guard-communicating-15965678temper mancars on fire11-gusandbart2-300x2401-150x150-largeself discipline Many of the articles on the internet are primarily about people losing self control.  The majority of the stories are set within the United States.  There was an article about a man who was being pursued by two policemen in two states in the Northeast.  Once they finally caught him, they used a great deal of force and it appears that they both lost their self control as they were punching him.  With all the strife in the states, how can anyone feel safe any more?  There are now several articles about the police losing self control and it’s affecting the entire country.  There has to be a better answer than telling them all to stop it.  Now, individuals are resolving the problem  in their own way by going after the police.  Losing self control is never good.  Often people completely lose it over something insignificant and they end up doing and saying things they regret.  Once it happens it cannot be reversed.  Look at road rage.  Individuals who are under stress, possibly late for an appointment or work end up letting their temper get the best of them and they start yelling and screaming at other drivers.  They even cut them off, run red lights and stop signs all for the sake of a few minutes.  Their lack of self control wreaks havoc and spoils other individuals days.  Not only that, if they are in that much of a rush they often have accidents and individuals are injured sometimes severely and occasionally fatally.  Supervisors and managers occasionally lose their tempers which is regretable.  By just that very action, they shouldn’t be in a position of authority as they lack good self control.  Sure, there are many things in life that aggravate us.  You can start your day with everything going smoothly and then one minor thing sets a chain reaction and before you know it, holding your temper is a chore.  There was an article recently about a woman who brought a housekeeper from her country to the U.S.  While she worked for the family in Bangkok, everything was wonderful.  Once she arrived in the states, the employer seemed to suddenly get angry over everything the woman did.  She began beating her, starving her and generally taking all of her frustrations out on her.  The worst part is that the small community which is quite wealthy, was in shock over the employer’s behavior.  The woman finally ran away when she had the chance and the police found her on the side of the road.  They had to locate a Chinese interpreter to understand what had happened.  All the woman wanted was to return home. However, the employer had even taken her passport which was also illegal. The neighbors said that the employer was a quiet woman and that they couldn’t imagine her losing self control in that way.  The only character in the Good Gus Series who basically had a temper tantrum was Bad Bart in book one.  It may sometimes feel like the beneficiaries  for the trust or will you are handling, are pushing at you so hard that at any moment you will lose self control, but don’t let them get to you.  Instead visit maecharlesbooks.com and read “Misplaced Trust.” (books available on Kindle)

evilthfinger pointingWhen anyone hears the word evil they think of either the witches in Disney movies or the people in wars. Each side believes that the other is truly evil which why everyone fights. They need the purpose for their feelings. However, there are individual people who are evil. It’s not just the serial killers, or the criminal who torture people prior to murdering them.  It’s the individuals sometimes in everyday life that are evil.  They are the people who believe whatever they do or say is one hundred percent right and that everyone else is wrong.  They are the men or women who cause domestic violence and find a way for the innocent person to be arrested while they move on to their next victim.  There are groups who assist battered women and somehow in recent years it is the men doing the beating but the women are going to jail.  It is particularly prevalent in the United States. This type of person is manipulative and when they speak it is automatically a lie.  What is worse is that they know how to injure a person without leaving any marks or bruises.  They appear normal because whenever they perform these despicable acts, no one is around to witness it.  There are so many teenage movies on the Disney channel, family channels and Nickelodeon that have themes with the evil teen and her little group of followers persecuting the new girl especially because she is quite pretty and very nice.  Of course, the new girl always wins out in the end, but it sends a message to teens that being mean or evil is acceptable up to a point.  There never seems to be any consequences to the nasty teen.  Even in the workplace, insidious evil individuals lurk just waiting to pounce on a poor unsuspecting co-worker.  Also, many movies with that theme.  However, it does exist in real life and occurs more often than you think.  For example, I worked with an evil woman who first chance she could started sleeping with her married boss.  Then she forced out three different workmates and before long her behavior led to the downfall of the company.  It does not exist anymore.  There is not one story in the Good Gus Series that contains an evil person or anything to do with evil.  The young reader can enjoy good adventures while learning value moral lessons. If you feel that the heirs of the trust or will you are handling are evil, don’t fret.  Instead visit maecharlesbooks.com and read “Misplaced Trust.”  It will give you examples on how to deal with those inconsiderate people.

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Do you find cheap people annoying? They are so cheap sometimes that they end up spending three times as much than if they had just bit the bullet and paid the price initially. Take the legal field for example. People shop around and look for the best deal. What they really should be doing is checking the references of the attorney to make sure he or she offers good service particularly if the price is somewhat low. They should also check with the bar for complaints. There are companies that offer cheap documents to people and then when they need to use the documents they find they are not what they appeared to be and they need to have them redone. These companies continue on and when the original individual returns to them complaining, they charge again and give another document that may or may not be acceptable. In other words, if the person wasn’t cheap initially, they would have purchased professional documents that would be accepted by the appropriate banks, government agencies, hospitals, etc. If they pass away, then their family has very expensive problems.  If they are really cheap, they will not put their real property into a trust, then their family is faced with probate through the courts.  The fees are quite high and the length of time in probate is quite long.  Another example, is cheap employers.  They can make life difficult.  It could be that they only pay whatever the law demands and not one penny more.  What is worse is that if you are on commissions, many people have told me that the cheap employer will delay payments and on occasion, deduct amounts that were not part of your original agreement.  If you have it in writing you can go to the Labor Board.  If it’s a small firm, the chances of a signed contract are slim.  Their cheap ways will cost them sales and really good employees.  Sadly, they don’t see it that way.  A cheap friend is not anyone you don’t      want to call friend.  Their cheap ways should not extend to you.  If they are cheap with you, then they are not the type of person you would want to associate with.  No one in the Good Gus Series was cheap.  It was not the way of life during that period.  If you feel people are treating you badly as the executive or trustee of a will or estate, don’t let any demanding, cheap heirs bother you.  Visit maecharlesbooks.com and read “Misplaced Trust” to see how to handle those types of people.

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