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When things look their worst, don’t despair. There are many old sayings about not giving up.  Sometimes it is difficult to keep going when everything around you keeps falling apart.  Frequently, there are videos on Facebook about men or women and families tossing out a person and letting them live on the streets.  First of all, that is incredibly cruel. What are individuals supposed to do?  Where can they go?  They are suddenly alone and depressed.  They sink into a new low and then as the videos go, a person appears and tells them ‘don’t despair.’ When people are selfish and unkind, how is a person supposed to react?  I think the worst feeling is when you give your heart and soul to a person and not only do they not appreciate it, but they continually demand more money and help from you.  In many of the videos, ungrateful adult children find a way to wipe out their parents and then toss them out.  It’s a difficult world today and it’s not getting any better.  Many people are looking for work because of lack of employment from COVID are having a terrible time.  Telling them, ‘don’t despair’ is almost a slap in the face.  It is easy to be discouraged but it takes strength and courage to face life’s difficulties and move forward.  In the Good Gus series there are obstacles in many stories.  Yet, the characters find a way to solve the issues, fix the problems and go in a positive direction.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily found on 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.

 

        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.

Lately, there have been a large number of bully videos on Facebook.  The characters in the bully videos are quite cruel.  I feel like there are enough negative things in the world without adding additional bully videos.  In many of the short skits, the victims don’t win in the end.  They seem to be defeated showing that it’s okay to be bullied as they won’t stand up for themselves.  There is enough violence in the world without adding to it.  In the bully videos the bullies just start in on unsuspecting individuals.  They start out with nasty words, calling them names, cowards, losers, etc.  Their victims try to walk away but they won’t allow it.  The bullies push them and frequently, as it happens in school, their push their trays of food onto the floor or dump it on them.  The other students just stand and sit around not helping or assisting the victim. I could understand if they were afraid, but rather than remain stationary, they should go for help.  It’s not just in schools.  They had a western with terrible violence.  I couldn’t even watch it because it was so bad.  There was one video where a poor boy was being shamed and bullied because he didn’t have a special sign on top of his car.  It was somewhere in England. The dad witnessed it and that night he and the boy’s mum (his wife), built a wooden sign on his beat up station wagon.  It said, “My child gives good hugs.” The next day when he drove up to pick up his son, the usual bullying was occuring to his son. The other cars had signs about the wonderful marks, skills, etc. that their child had.  As the boy walked to his dad’s car all of a sudden it all stopped as he ran up and hugged his dad.  Everyone stopped speaking.  It was great!  There were no bully videos during the Good Gus era as there was no technology.  Bad Bart was a bully in the series but Sheriff Gus put a stop to him.  The books can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

We all have many talents. It’s how we use them that counts. For example, I saw a video on Facebook about a boy and his brother.  The older brother was a jock while the younger one was referred to as a Nerd.  He was shy.   He kept to himself and played video games.  His brother berated him as he wasn’t on YouTube and was a failure.  He said he would never get any girl to date him. One day the nerd teen met one of his video game heroes. The hero pointed out to him that he was once shy as well.  However, he learned how to overcome it and utilized his talents for his success.  The nerd boy decided to follow his advice.  Several months later, the jock sees his brother in a Porsche.  He asked him what he was doing with the car.  The nerd said, “It’s mine.” His brother and his friends were flabbergasted.  He said  to him this can’t be true nd the brother said, “No, I am known on the internet as (he gave a name).” The brother looked it up and couldn’t believe it.  He then asked him for a ride. The now former nerd said, “Sorry, I am going on a date.” Of course, a gorgeous girl waked in at that point.  We all have talents but using them to our best advantage should always be our goal.  If we recognize we have particular skills, rather than work at a daily grind type of job, go after a job that will utilize your talents.  In the Good Gus series, without the young reader realizing it, everyone in the stories had special talents. I love subtlety in stories.  The children learn without realizing it.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” had characters with special talents that involved cheating and stealing.  You can read this as a new spring book online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Throughout our lifetimes we continually meet people who are arrogant. They are the types of individuals who believe they are above the law, can lie, cheat and steal and no one will bother them.  They are also bullies. They say rude and nasty things and think nothing of it.  During these times I have seen people being evicted even though it is against the law.  I have seen landlords go into homes and/or apartments and steal items and then harass the tenants to leave.  Just because they are doing better than the average person during the pandemic doesn’t mean they can be rude, arrogant individuals.  Many people are having a difficult time. A woman called me today who does own her home, is still working even though she is eighty, and said she had more problems than she ever thought possible. It’s not easy for many of us and the arrogant individuals are making it worse.  I see continually on Facebook short videos about arrogant sales clerks, and primarily husbands and a few wives. I cannot fathom what makes these individuals believe that they have the right to be rude, nasty and have an arrogant attitude towards others.  What if these same individuals ended up losing everything and were homeless?  Would they still keep their arrogant attitude? Only time will tell.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart was the only character with an arrogant attitude.  You can easily find the series online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of arrogant characters.  Keep warm by the fire with this good read.  You can easily locate it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  There are various videos on Facebook of retail personnel treating individuals in a negative manner. The videos include beauty salons, women’s’ dress shops, and other upscale retail establishments.  If a female walks into a shop and isn’t dressed expensively, the retail personnel ignore her, tell her she needs to leave and that she can’t afford the clothing.  The people working are not upscale as they wouldn’t be working at those jobs. Judging people by appearance can often cost a person their job.  I saw a video on Facebook, and there are a few variations, but they all are pretty much the same.  Here is one example.  A disheveled woman walked into an upscale restaurant on a cold and rainy night.  She sat at a table. The diners were disgusted by her.   The manager forced her to leave.  A waiter witnessed the scene and as the woman was escorted out, he slipped out the back door.  He spoke to her and said, “Here are all my tips for today. I hope this helps.”  The waiter could ill afford giving away the money as his family needed his tips and salary.  They had had their own misfortunes.  The woman thanked him and asked his name which was Miguel.  A few days later a well dressed woman walked into the same restaurant.  The manager rushed to seat her and said he would wait on her personally.  She said, “You don’t recognize me do you?”  He said he didn’t.  She went on to say, “I was in this restaurant a few days ago when it was raining.  I had been mugged, my car keys were stolen and the robber pushed me and I fell into a puddle.” She continued on, “I do not want you to wait on me.  I would like to see Miguel.” He brought out Miguel quickly.  She smiled at him and said, “Do you remember me?” He said he did and she told him that she wanted him to manage all of her restaurants and then turned to the manager and told him she didn’t want people like him working in her restaurants and he was to leave immediately.  Retail personnel frequently go by appearance and they should really recognize that they are at the lower end of the employment chain both in status and rate of pay. In the Good Gus series there were very few retail personnel and they knew better than to treat people poorly or prejudge. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available for this cold weather online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

When I was young rather than accuse someone of gossip or lying you would be asked if you were telling tales. It is beginning to get ridiculous that the tales people tell are now on the internet, the news, and spread by the media. The truth seems to be a joke.  In all religions, people are taught not to lie, tell white lies or exaggerate the truth. Why is it so prevalent today?  Are people seeking revenge?  Do they have nothing in their lives so they tell tales about others?  Does it make them feel better? As parents we become upset if our child tells us long tales trying to avoid telling the truth.  We eventually find out but why is it acceptable now?  In school, if you lied you were sent to the principal’s office and were punished.  In the really old days, children were hit with a ruler on their hands or hit on their backsides.  Either way, corporal punishment no longer exists which is a good thing.  Making up a story and telling tales is one thing, but when it is used to cover up a wrong doing it’s not acceptable.  Many people are posting on Facebook wondering why everything has become so negative.  Maybe we should start with each other and be kind and then expand that.  It only takes a second to hold a door for someone, let them go ahead of you in a line, not cut them off while driving, being polite to delivery people, etc.  Life is easier when you are pleasant rather than always carrying a grudge.  In the Good Gus series, the children did exaggerate slightly but they were always caught.  I didn’t include punishments as that is a personal parental role.  My late girlfriend told me it was a joke when I sent my daughter to her room.  At that time she had all her toys and a small portable TV in her room.  She said to me, “How is this a punishment?”  Anyways, as it is snowing in various parts of the world and quite cold, take a quick look at the series for your child on Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  For yourself, think about your estate plan now that it is a new year.  Check out “Misplaced Trust” online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are much less celebrations for this upcoming new year. People are afraid of the virus. The best part about today is that this difficult year is about to be over.  Everyone around the world have customs in the hopes that the new year will be a happy prosperous one.  For example, in the southern part of the United States, it is a tradition to eat black eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread.  They expect good luck for the new year when they consume those foods tomorrow.  In Spain you must eat twelve raisins and twelve grapes while the clock chimes at midnight. In Italy they believe that if you eat lentils, which are small and similar to coins, your year will be filled with prosperity.  In Mexico, the mother or grandmother sweep every corner of a home to rid the family of all negativity.  Ireland has a couple of customs.  First, put your wallet outside your door before midnight and don’t step outside to collect it at the start of the new year.  It is supposed to bring you good fortune for the upcoming twelve months.  The second one seems so appropriate that I even posted it on Facebook.  Just before midnight, open your door and let the old year out and just after midnight, let the new year in.  We all want to say goodbye to 2020 so  many people may just try this one.  Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed my blogs this past year and my books.  I look forward to a brighter 2021.  The Good Gus series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy New Year!

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