Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Friday is National Employee Appreciation Day. It is significant as so many people are unemployed around the globe due to the pandemic. Employers should appreciate the individuals who work for them.  Of course, many companies are expected to give rewards, bonuses, days off, etc.  That was the past.  Now anyone working is grateful just to have an income. Many countries do supplement and now even the United States is doing stimulus. If a person doesn’t qualify for unemployment benefits, they have no income.  The number of people begging, now homeless and the groups of people asking for help on Go Fund Me has increased dramatically.  I do think that employee appreciation should be every day for good workers.  They are the individuals who do their best and try to succeed.  Of course, there are always the slackers who steal their co-workers’ projects, work, and take credit for it.  Working can be difficult if you are in the wrong job.  I have had employees in the past and always believed in employee appreciation.  These same people still speak to me today and always remark how pleasant the work environment always was for them.  Kindness goes a long way but it should be a daily part of everyone’s lives.  It doesn’t cost anything.  In the Good Gus series there was no employee appreciation as families ran businesses.  The only people who had additional staff of one person were Dr. Moore and Ray.  Fred worked in the afternoons for Ray and Nurse Joyce worked with Dr. Moore.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.



With the virus the fear of consequences is overwhelming to everyone.  Today, Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, told employers that they need to focus on employee relations during this time because if they didn’t be considerate to their employees, it could affect them for the next ten years or more.  He instilled in them the fear of consequences.  However, he failed to point out that many companies are barely  holding on and may not even have a future.  The owners have to make a choice if they are failing to pay the employees or leave other companies with their debt.  The fear of consequences frequently prevents people from committing crimes.  Often, a well thought out robbery, can fail because of last minute fear.  The same is true of a murder.  Although, in the all the movies, the culprit carefully plans their every move, including their alibi and making someone else appear to be guilty.  Even cheaters in school for exams, go through a great deal of effort to protect themselves because of fear of consequences.  That also includes partners who step outside of their relationship.  They always think that the other person will never know, but they eventually find out the truth.  The married person has the most to lose which makes them be extremely careful.  In the Good Gus series, the children rarely had fear of consequences as is evidenced in Book Four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.” Jimmy Ray takes the chance of riding a bull because he is unafraid.  He did end up with consequences.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust”  had numerous characters who had absolutely no fear of consequences.  The book is available for all the cool rainy days online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Why do employers never notice that their staff aren’t doing their jobs or at least a good job? There are so many large companies mired in paperwork that I am beginning to think it’s impossible to catch.  The human resources departments haven’t changed in years.  Many years ago I would do direct placement.  I specialized in the over forty individuals.  I rewrote their resume/CV and almost one hundred percent of the time they were hired.  Here is the best part.  Most of these people had applied through human resources.  The personnel didn’t take the time to read their experience and coordinate with the managers for the experienced people they were looking for.  In today’s market it isn’t any different.  They don’t do their jobs and make life difficult for the employees.  They employers never even notice unless someone brings it to their attention.  However, trying to reach them is impossible because they are insulated from the outside world.  The show in the United States entitled, “Undercover Boss” was excellent particularly for the larger companies.  However, they didn’t work in offices.  They worked mainly in restaurants and fast food where it is easily traceable if a person is doing their job.  It’s the paper pushers that can hide everything.  One time I was working at a company and the owner died and the company was run for a while by his daughter.  She didn’t really know or understand anything about business.  When my late husband and I were hired to revamp the business, it was shocking to see the results.  The staff really wasn’t working and when they were let go their desks were full of restaurant menus and their computers of items not relating to work.  In the Good Gus series life depended upon survival so there was very little paperwork and most of the shopkeepers were self employed.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals who are a natural deceiver. They manipulate the truth to suit them.  It comes so easily to the deceiver that he or she can con almost everyone.  If you look back at old news you will read countless articles about a person or group of people who completely fooled other people.  They have a talent that they use for themselves and to obtain an advantage.  They never use it for good.  There are many videos where either the husband or wife are a deceiver.  They claim to be working late, taken a pay cut, been demoted, and are never available.  Of course not, they are busy with their new companion.  How often have you read about people who have a breakdown because their other half left them for someone younger, prettier, thinner, or is wealthy.  People frequently lie on their CV or resume.  Not to be a deceiver, but to make their work history look better so they will be hired.  No one is perfect and very few people can submit a solid work history.  In light of the economies, recessions, etc.  there is rarely anyone who can say that they haven’t been let go, made redundant, or even fired.  I know of a fellow who was fired because of two deceivers.  Those two people lied but no one knows why.  If one was to guess, it might be that the two deceivers were jealous of him, thought he was doing a better job than they were and would be promoted over them.  Now he has to find another job.  Unfair, yes.  Sadly, though this occurs throughout life on a daily basis.  In the Good Gus series none of the stories have anyone who is a deceiver.  Children need to learn that the truth is the right thing and in the end will always win out over lies.  This is Miss Patty’s birthday week-end, but she did go to Balboa Park and sold a few books today.  She is a twin and had a wonderful lunch with her today along with her niece.  The series is available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of people who deceive all in the name of money.  It’s available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As the days go fleeting by, it’s important to value your time.  As seasons change for many parts of the world, we tend to go with the flow.  We are continually bombarded with media, technology, news, and many issues each day that we forget how quickly time flies.  Our days are frequently filled with work obligations that either keep us there too long or we bring it home.  Take a manager of a restaurant.  At the end of a twelve plus hour day they frequently go home and then spend a few hours on paperwork.  It’s not just an office situation anymore.  We have become a paper pushing society in every country.  What we really need to do is rethink about our priorities.  An income is extremely important.  It’s how we all exist every day.  However, is work overwhelming you both in hours and at home work?  Do your employers value your time?  Is it possible that they take you and many other workmates for granted and automatically expect you to do more than forty hours per week?  Take a moment and evaluate each day of your life.  Is everything slowly overwhelming you?  Do you tend to go along with everything even though it is not what you want in life?  It only takes a few minutes.  In free countries, there are TV shows that focus on individuals moving  to other countries.  In the states it’s ‘House Hunters International’ and in the English speaking countries in Europe it is ‘Location, Location, Location.’ All the people in the shows are choosing to move to another area.  They have decided that changes needed to occur.  Frequently, when they are making a final selection as to where and which home they wish to live in, they always consider the value of their time.  Sales were light today at Balboa Park.  Miss Patty doesn’t always score 100%.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Next week is a short tour to west Texas.  You can enjoy “Misplaced Trust” as the weather cools at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.



Ownership is everyone’s dream. Whether it is a home, car, boat, or a business, we all want to be able to say it is truly ours. Yet, in many movies, understanding that it is fiction, that there is still some truth in the writing, the managers of celebrities, always act as if they own their clients.  They somehow gain control of their client and then everything must go their way.  It is obviously about the money.  It’s just disturbing that people feel that way.  Employers frequently treat their employees as if they have ownership of them and their lives.  They hire them for one job but then pile on as much work as possible so that they are no longer working a forty hour week but actually a sixty to seventy hour week.  Slavery was outlawed in the world hundreds of years ago.  Although, there are countries that still practice it today but give it a different label.  Under the guise of religion, particularly for women, they are slaves.  The men in the family claim ownership and often sell them to the highest bidder.  We are all people and deserve freedom and the chance to live our lives the way we wish.  We shouldn’t be owned by anyone.  In the Good Gus series, there was no ownership of people.  The characters in the stories are multi ethnic which I felt was important as the world is diverse.  The books give the children the opportunity to see people of the period without any prejudice. Available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

When you hear the word greatness what thoughts come to mind? Where do you find greatness?  If you think it is owning fabulous homes, clothes, cars, boats, jewelry, or other possessions you are wrong.  Items can’t give you greatness.  Positions of power make people think they possess greatness.  It is usually the opposite.  People in power tend to abuse it.  It doesn’t matter whether it can traced to them, they still do it.  Many government people use power to be abusive to the less fortunate.  They think that because of their position, they can treat the people in need  in a negative way.  Do you wonder if they ever thought if the situation was reversed how would they feel if they were treated that way?  The news continually has articles about people taking advantage of others.  It’s also a frequent occurance in business.  Employers hire individuals for specific jobs  and rates of pay for certain amounts of hours.  Yet, when they can, primarily for salaried individuals, they force them to work additional hours with no bonus, time off, or an increase in money.  It’s almost a form of bullying if you think about it.  They know the people need the job, so they use their power to accomplish what they want which frequently is less work for them.  Prestige is not greatness either.  It’s another way of looking at people who have an advantage over others.  Greatness comes from within.  If you are kind, considerate, think of others first, be fair, and try to do the right thing, then you are a person of greatness.  In the Good Gus series, the first page of every book has the phrase,” He is a good sheriff because he always does the right thing.”  It’s a good lesson for the young reader.  The tour is going reasonably well.  Shops are interested in the series.  While I was at the gym today, I began thinking about a second Christmas book.  Remember, the series is always available online at Kindle and Waterstones.  The hard copies can be purchased at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  As you hope for cooler weather, once the kids are asleep, please consider reading “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

How frequently are you told to be yourself? Yet, if you are, have you been rejected for a job or by other people?  It’s not easy to be yourself.  If you apply for a job you need to put your best foot forward.  You may dress differently that you normally do or you may change your hair, speak in a different way, and act differently.  You put on a facade.  You think it’s only temporary, but if the prospective employer likes you that is what they are hiring.  It’s important for an job interview to curtail your vocabulary if swearing is a way of life for you.  However, if you pretend you are someone else during the interview, the strain of playing that role each day will wear you down and eventually your true self will emerge.  It is important to be yourself if you are in a serious relationship.   In a Netflix series, that only did two seasons, ‘The Good Cop’, a man pretends to be in love with a woman because she has no idea that a rich uncle is about to die and leave her millions.  The detective thinks he really loves her because he has seen her at her best and at her worst.  It’s a difficult situation for anyone in the dating scene trying to be all things to all people to find romance.  The old saying, “Just be yourself and true love will find you,” is still true today.  In the Good Gus series, to be yourself was how all the characters were written.  It’s important for children to learn early in life that they are individuals with their own thoughts and ideas and should always be true to who they are.  Online books can be found at Waterstones and Kindle with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” were instantly changed into other people once money was involved.  A great read during rain or hail storms, it can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


How frequently do you meet people who do not seem to have a conscious?  Thieves returned a WWE belt to a boy about to have brain surgery.  They left a note telling him that they never wanted to destroy his hopes.  Thieves with a conscious is rare.  It’s become a way of life that people do not have a conscious.  Businesses who employ people on salary take advantage and the individuals work beyond forty sometimes even fifty hours a week.  Clearly they do not have a qualms about being so unfair, cheap, and inconsiderate.  Stealing time has also become quite popular.  People have stopped valuing others and being only focused on themselves, they cheat whenever it is convenient. Two women I know are continually being cheated because they are kind, decent people.  If someone needs help they are readily available and yet when it is time to be compensated if they did a task or job for an individual, magically the money disappears.  They have a conscious but appears that the people they deal with do not.  We were all raised with morals and values which don’t seem to matter any more.  It’s more of how much money a person can obtain whether earning it the right way or doing it illegally.  They assume they won’t get caught, so it just doesn’t matter.  In the Good Gus series, everyone has a conscious.  Even Bad Bart learns that you don’t need to be a bully.  Tomorrow Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park.  The series is a click away on Kindle and Waterstones or if in the mood to drive at the UPS Store in San Diego, California.  There were few characters who had a conscious in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is also at your fingertips at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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