Once you have lost trust from a person, it is almost impossible to get it back.  There are numerous people who betray  people who really care about them, then they have lost something precious. Couples do it all the time to each other. On Facebook videos the characters think nothing of cheating, lying, and betraying their partners.  Once they blow it, then can’t fix it.  The old saying, “You can’t change the past,” is quite true.  You can make amends, but it still doesn’t change anything.  People who are too trusting end up with problems.  They believe  in people and they are always let down.  They could be, for example, the contractor who is making repairs in your home.  He may say things that lead you to believe things are much worse.  However, if you get another opinion, you may realize the first person is wrong.  For example, my family has used the same heating and air conditioning company for years.  We never lost trust in them as we were sure they were doing a good job.  The reality is that they were mistreating us.   Their original installation was put in backwards.  The ducting is falling apart and they put a hole in the roof.  All these years of believing them has now shown my family they were untruthful. I have totally lost trust in their firm. Now I need to find a company that is truthful and guarantees everything and replaces the entire unit.  In the Good Gus series, I never allowed the parents to lose trust in their children.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has everyone who has lost trust in each other. It is online at 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.


Petty revenge occurs all the time. It’s amazing. I saw an article today on the net about petty revenge.  Normally, I wouldn’t go through an article because of the incessant adverts.  However, this peaked my curiosity.  A man was waiting for a space as a car was leaving.  Before he could enter the space a group of girls slid into it right in front of him.  He couldn’t believe it.  He rolled down his window and said he had been waiting for it.  One of the girls rudely replied, “I didn’t see your name on the space.” He told them they were rude.  They really didn’t care as they went to the bar of the restaurant.  This annoyed the man, so much so, that at the end of the dinner with his family he had made of plan of petty revenge.  He tipped the waiter a twenty and asked him to tell the girls after he was gone about ten minutes, that their car had been keyed. They were furious and raced out of the restaurant and called the police.  Of course, their car had not been keyed.  They police arrived and assessed the situation. They realized that there was more to this than the girls was stating.  They knew the girls had been drinking.  They waited in the car park until they came out and started their car.  Then, the blue lights flashed and arrests were made.  It was petty revenge but in the long run it kept drunks off the road. I doubt that they will learn their lesson and will continue to be rude.  In the Good Gus series, the only restaurant was Mary’s Cafe’.  She only sold good homemade food.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters seeking petty revenge. The book can be located at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Many families have problems because of feeling unwanted. It arises primarily from jealousy.  One member of the family may appear to be doing everything and receiving all the praise.  If one person stands out, there may be another member of the family that lacks confidence, becomes jealous and starts feeling unwanted.  This always leads to hurt feeling and frequently foolish actions.  In many of the old stories, in books and on TV, a relative may visit and start doing things around the home.  They may even be a better cook than either parent or a grandparent depending upon who is handling everything.  Sometimes the person who is feeling unwanted makes up a story and then packs their suitcases and leaves. Then everyone is upset.  When people are feeling unwanted they frequent make changes thinking that it will fix everything.  They may dye their hair a crazy color, shave it all off, do multiple piercing and/or tattoos, or even start dressing in unusual ways and hanging around with the wrong crowd.  It all boils down to getting noticed because they don’t feel loved or wanted.  In many cases, it is all in their imaginations.  It can also be part of having a victim type of personality.  In any case, they should be open and honest and resolve their issues without letting it fester in their brains and causing issues.  In the Good Gus series no one felt unwanted. The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who felt unwanted and it was reflected in the various estate plans.  You can read the book online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Long ago we all looked forward to the mail. It was delivered usually by a kind person and it held hope for letters from family and friends. We wrote letters as there was no internet and people looked forward to them.  When men or women were in the military, mail call was always very important.  People came to expect letters with great anticipation.  I saw a video on Facebook that touched me.  An older woman had three sons, two of whom had passed.  Her third son had moved away but he had promised to write his mum everyday.  Of course, he never did.  Everyday a young postman would see her waiting but she never received any mail except bills, of course.  One day he asked her about it.  She explained and within one week she received a letter from her son.  She began inviting the postman to dinner once a week and they became friends. This continued for six months until the postman stopped delivering.  Also, the letters from her son stopped arriving as well.  One day she asked the new postman and he said the previous young man was very sick.  She went to the hospital to visit him.  She told him she stopped receiving the letters.  He explained that he had written them.  He went on to say that about six months ago her last son passed.  He didn’t want to break her heart so he began writing to her.  He then went on to say that he lost his parents when he was very young and never knew what a mother’s love was.  Now he understood.  She was very moved by his act of kindness.  She met with his doctor who explained he needed an expensive operation.  She immediately paid for it and once the young man was cured they decided that he could be her new son.  The story makes you realize that we all have difficulties in life, but being kind to one another goes a long way and for the lady and the young man, they became a family.  The Good Gus series in many ways revolves around people treating each other with kindness on a daily basis.  It is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” rarely has anyone kind in any chapter.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Frequently I see videos about children with disabilities. What is really nice now is that parents are putting the videos on YouTube to show that it doesn’t matter if a child has an issue. They are celebrating it rather than keep the children and their disabilities hidden.  For example, I enjoy Nick Smith.  He has a specific form of dwarfism but he is a delight to watch.  His parents and aunt love to do videos to show how nice, kind and funny he is.  The residents of his town in Georgia all know him and encourage him to participate in any events that occur.  My daughter had a friend who had down’s syndrome in the first grade. When she was invited to our home to play after school, her parents were overjoyed.  We included her in birthdays and a few other events along with other children in the first grade.  We treated her like any other child and I believe her parents really appreciated it.  I saw an article about a man in Italy who really wanted to adopt a child.  He had been working with children for seventeen years, never married, but still wanted a child.  He placed his name with various agencies.  A little girl who was born with down’s syndrome was abandoned by her mother at the hospital.  I can’t imagine giving up any children with disabilities.  However, this little girl had been rejected thirty-six times in the thirteen days she was on this earth before the man in Italy.  He said yes and they are a happy family.  All it takes is love.  In the Good Gus series, Katie, has a disability.  She is in a wheelchair.  In all stories she is treated equally.  The children modify games so she can participate.  The series is available online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a good read for the end of the year.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

A strong will and perseverance is what it takes to be personally successful. I saw a video today that reminded me of that.  As I have worked at home for many years, I am not exposed to the rude, snobbish types of people.  In this video there were two women applying for the same position.  One was well dressed and the other in plain clothes.  The well dressed woman,  let’s call her Sandy,  said that the other woman would never land the job.  She told her she looked unqualified and probably didn’t even have a degree.  The well dressed woman,  Sandy, bragged that she went to the best schools.  I realize this is only a video but the writing really portrays an over confident person simply because he parents could afford to send her to an Ivy league school.  Sandy was interviewed first and when she went to sit down she had a smug look on her face.  Mary was interviewed second.  The owner of the business then announced that he was hiring Mary.  Sandy had a fit.  She asked why.  I loved this answer.  He basically said she didn’t have the characteristic traits he was seeking.  Sandy bragged  that she she came from a family worth millions.  The owner said that Mary was the type of person they were seeking.  She worked as a waitress and didn’t even have time to change her clothes to make it to the interview.  In addition, she was attending online college and was at the top of her class.  Sandy argued further, but the owner shut her down swiftly.  He told her he had started with the company as a janitor and worked his way up.  Sandy walked away.  It turned out to be a great day for a person with a perseverance and a passion to improve her working status.  In the Good Gus series, hard work, a strong will and perseverance made the city of  Pecos succeed.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies at Nook and Waterstones. The only perseverance in “Misplaced Trust” are the characters desperately seeking money.  They don’t care if they cheat their family.  You can read this easy self help guide for estate plans online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Between Covid, United States elections and now flu season upon us it seems as if it is all  never ending. The weather has been bizarre everywhere.  There were massive waves around Ireland.  It’s all strange.  In America, you cannot escape the never ending political commercials.  The continual fighting around the world about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is exhausting.  Now on YouTube there are the continual stories about men leaving women, women giving up their child, men or women cheating on each other, nasty mothers-in-laws, and men leaving women because they are pregnant.  There are also the videos where women are overworked and once the man has to handle everything for a few days because the wife is sick, they realize they are unfair and they learn to start helping out around the house and appreciate them.  When are we going to see happy stories and in spite of the problems focus on the positive?  Everyday I try to tell a joke to my family.  Any time you can make a person laugh not only brightens their day but yours as well.  Many of the comedy shows are funny but some are just too predictable.  I will say that the really old, black and white, TV shows on YouTube will make you laugh.  In the Good Gus series, there are never ending subtle messages of being positive, helping others, kindness and harmony.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has never ending amounts of people who are greedy, selfish, want to steal their relatives’ inheritance, and more.  It is a good self help guide to make plans for an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 False pride causes too many problems. Today I saw a short clip of “Diagnosis Murder” about gangs. It was interesting because it had to do with only one group which was a gang.  They were two different ethnicities and one group referred to a teenage boy as a beach boy who was dating the leader of the other group’s sister.  The beach boy who wasn’t in a gang was nice to the sister but because he was the wrong ethnicity, the gang didn’t like him.  Their false pride interfered with the boy/girl relationship as he didn’t want his sister associating with anyone outside of their ethnicity.  The amazing part of this story is that the boy and girl didn’t care.  However, the brother, who was also head of the gang, gathered his members and beat up the beach boy and his friend.  This was all because of their false pride.  Many foolish acts by people because of false pride occur.  For example, in certain areas the teenage boys and girls have to wear specific, high priced brands of clothing otherwise they are not even noticed.  This is also true in the adult world.  If a person goes in for a job interview, within the first few seconds they are judged on their appearance.  The false pride of the interviewer makes them bias even if the applicant is a viable candidate.  There are so many people who pretend and lie about who and what they are, if they or their family is successful, etc.  It doesn’t do any good.  It’s a sad statement for the world today.  In the Good Gus series, there was no false pride.  Everyone wore homemade clothes and since there were few stores, they all wore the same types of shoes or in this case boots.  The series is online at Waterstones, Kindle and Nook.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  I recently watched a show entitled “Indebted” which featured an episode they called ‘Hot Gossip.’  The parents had to move in with their son and his family because they went broke.  They usually have one night a week at dinner that is entitled ‘Hot Gossip.’ Whoever wins with the juiciest gossip wins a treat.  The whole family was literally addicted to it.  The parents have a daughter who runs a veterinary clinic.  She brought a girlfriend over who was furious that the family was so involved with hot gossip.  She left and the daughter was so upset that she asked the family to refrain from any type of gossip as she wanted to bring the girl back again.  The family had a difficult time not speaking about other people when the girlfriend and daughter returned.  Suddenly, the mother realized that her daughter-in-law had some hot gossip.  The daughter-in-law excused herself and the mother-in-law quickly followed. They headed out to the garage.  Pretty soon the father and his son realized that the women knew something and they leave the dinner table as well.  In the end, they all cannot contain themselves.  When the daughter found out she was furious right up until she was told that her friend belonged to a cult.  Once she realized this she was furious.  After, she appreciated the fact that her family told her.  The son couldn’t understand why his workers were quitting until the gossip his him.  The rumors were that his parents moved in with him, because he is broke.  His business partner had to fix the situation.  They also could not understand why neighbors kept bringing them food until their child told them that everyone at school thinks he is poor.  It’s a fabulous lesson in recognizing that rumors and gossip spread like wildfire and need to be wiped out.  In the Goos Gus series there was no hot gossip.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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