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        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.

 Not everyone loves dark chocolate but the benefits from eating it are making it quite popular. I personally love dark chocolate for the taste. However, there is more to it than that. The internet continually reminds us of its fine qualities and health benefits.  With Mother’s Day in the U.S. and in several European countries this month, it makes an ideal gift.  If you choose the seventy percent cacao type the benefits exceed the calories.  I love the baking chocolate simply because it is less calories and not as sweet.  In the past, the researchers have said that it will help you exercise longer and help lower your blood pressure.  However, new information now claims that it can help fight inflammation.  That is handy for many older adults with arthritis, colitis, and any other inflammatory diseases or conditions.   A side benefit is that dark chocolate helps reduce stress.  In today’s world, it is amazing the number of individuals who, particularly in their thirties, who are having severe stress.  The pressures put on by them by their employers and what they do to themselves to succeed are enormous. So much so, that in the United States, it is no longer uncommon for individuals to be treated for stress conditions.  A little dark chocolate might go a long way!  Let’s not leave out that it helps boost your memory and immune system.  All and all a delightful treat!  In the Good Gus series,  available on Kindle worldwide and at Mae’s Story Time on YouTube, dark chocolate is not referred to in that context but rather as plain in ice cream and syrup.  After you get comfy and are enjoying your dark chocolate snack, a good read with “Misplaced Trust” will enhance your eating experience.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

On the news almost every day are allegations.  They are tossed about like a ball.  It appears that individuals think nothing of making random allegations, often false, frequently slanderous.  Whether it is politics or celebrities, it doesn’t seem to matter.  Even when innocent people are hurt, the writers of allegations don’t seem to care.  If the articles were about them, imagine how quickly they would react.  In historical times in France and England, and other European countries, allegations were the basis of all royal life.  It was really more like gossip.  Yet, if a royal found another suitor courting his intended, the allegations would fly and that would be the end of him.  I have read a few period books and didn’t enjoy them.  They seemed almost too artificial.   Even in today’s society, the undercurrent is always allegations and gossip.  People seem to thrive on it.  In reality it is a way of boosting an inferior type person.  This is also displayed when people who are in low positions of power, utilize it sometimes for their personal gratification even though it is wrong. They know it but they do it anyway.  It is frequently the plot in many movies or TV shows.  However, in the case of “The Big Bang Theory” when Sheldon went to take his driving exam for a learner’s permit, he annoyed the clerk so much that she passed him on the spot!  In the Good Gus series no one was perfect but the stories were designed to show children the positive side of life with events along the way.  It is always available on Kindle worldwide.  If allegations are getting you down, take a breather with a good book such as “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

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