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.


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.

  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.

 During our lifetimes, we have all had to deal with difficult co-workers.  When we all worked together, it was frequently frustrating to have to work with a person who was rude, self absorbed, annoying and even the workmates who played practical jokes on everyone.  Then, there were the employees who would take credit for your work or someone else’s work.  Many people fail to realize that the workplace also has bullies.  They think its funny to put a whoopie cushion on a person’s chair, accidentally spill liquids on their work, tape their phones or keyboards with invisible tape, or in general be nasty at a low voice so no one else hears them.  There are many videos on Facebook about this type of behavior.  With COVID, though, many things have changed.  People in offices turn their work in directly to the supervisor or manager because they work at home now. This reduces the difficult co-workers from stealing their work or at the very least taking credit for it.  Plus, as you no longer see them on a daily basis, and interface is limited, they shine as the lazy, bad attitude individuals who previously hid.  Working with pleasant people makes our days better and go by faster.  Nothing in life is perfect, but if this is our income, then we need to make it as pleasant as possible.  I remember an incident on “Friends” where Ross’s lunch that Monica had made for him was taken by one of the difficult co-workers.  Ross was furious and the writers made a huge joke out of it.  Yet, sadly, people do that all the time with no regard for the fact that the lunch was made especially for a person or they cannot afford to eat out.  Either way, life is much better when everyone gets along.  That was one of the main points in many of the stories in the Good Gus series.  It is still available for last minute shopping online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Difficult people is a part of the characteristic traits of the individuals in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is still easily available for last minute shopping online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


There are times in your life when you meet someone and they immediately display an unwarranted hatred towards you. You wonder why, yet they persist in their attitude towards you. I once met a woman who had an unwarranted hatred of me.  To this day, I have never understood why.  However, it was abundantly clear that she couldn’t stand me.  At the time I met her, I was a successful woman.  I also have worked out my entire life so my physique was completely different than hers.  She had never worked and was overweight.  None of those are good reasons.  Sometimes a person will never know why this occurs.  I know another person with the exact same issue.  It’s very difficult to understand. When she told me this woman truly hated her, I thought she might have been exaggerating.  Then another person entered the equation and he said the exact same thing. I also saw a video about a couple about to be married when the future groom’s mother appeared and moved in with them.  It was only a matter of time before she destroyed their relationship.  On the day of the wedding, the mother had shown a picture of his fiance’ stating she was cheating.  The girl told him it was her brother which was the truth.  That same day he told the now ex-fiance’ to leave.  Eventually, the girl met a nice man and started a family.  After ten years elapsed, the evil mother told her son to see his ex as all her friends were grandmothers.  The son said but you said she cheated on me.  The mother flat out told him she lied as she wanted him to marry a rich woman.  The former fiance’ and her ex met one day.  He apologized, knew that her husband had passed from an auto accident, and asked her to take him back.  He told her he was sorry.  She said to him, “Best of luck, good-bye.” Smart girl!  In the Good Gus series, there was never any unwarranted hatred.  I know it exists today but at least in my books it is absent and it will stay that way.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  When it’s time to leave the universe, remember that family members can become greedy and unwarranted hatred’s ugly head will appear.  That’s why it is advisable to have an estate plan and “Misplaced Trust” is a good self help guide.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Both men and women make it their goal of marrying for money. I saw a video about two girls who met two men and were going on a date. One of the young men appeared to be quite rich while the other man was a chauffeur.  The narrator, who is the son of one of the women, said the wealthy man fell for his mom.  The other girl asked his mom to let her have the wealthy man.  The mom was fine and went for a walk with the chauffeur.  She accidently tripped and fell into a fountain.  The chauffeur immediately stepped in to assist her when he fell in as well. After they stepped back out they both had a great laugh.  He asked her if he could see her again and before long they were dating.  Often, knowing his finances, rather than eat at a restaurant, she would cook for him.  She never asked for luxury gifts.  However, one day he arrived for their date with a very expensive gift.  She turned him down and said it had to have cost at least two weeks of pay.  He insisted, but she refused.  He then told her he had to make a phone call.  She left the room but when she returned she heard him say, “I can’t tell her.  She will know.”  Then he saw her and abruptly ended the conversation.  Of course, her immediate question was, “You can’t tell me what?”  He explained and apologized.  He said he was a wealthy businessman and he just really wanted to meet a girl who would like him for himself.  She was not happy.  She was upset because he lied to her.  Eventually, her anger subsided and they married and had a little boy.  Her friend, whose goal had been marrying for money, discovered that the rich businessman she was dating was actually a chauffeur.  She was not happy.  Marrying for money is not a good choice.  You need to be compatible, in love, and truly care about one another.  Although, there are people who make marrying for money their hobby and divorce with large settlements a way of life.  In the Good Gus series, marrying for money simply didn’t exist.  Everyone in the stories worked hard to give a positive example to the young readers.  I hope everyone is enjoying my crowdfunding website at  “Misplaced Trust” had numerous characters who had been marrying for money.  You can find the book easily at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Everyone has baggage. I am not talking about the luggage languishing in your closet.  Whatever occurs in our lives ends up giving us baggage.  Even wealthy people and royalty still have some type of baggage.  You can’t go through life without it.  When you begin a relationship, all your baggage is hidden.  Over time as you begin to know each other, slowly each of your baggage appears.  If a person really cares about you, they will accept you as you are including all of your baggage.  This is true of friends.  Along the way things happen separately and together.  Your willingness to remain friends shows that you have good character and like people for their good traits.  Mickey Rooney an old time movie star who was divorced five times because he didn’t know how to deal with his ex-wives baggage.  The same is true today.  Couples believe they are madly in love and then six months later they are in court for divorce.  It’s basic psychology.  People need to learn how to deal with each other through the good and the bad.  Life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes you are high because everything is going great and other times really low because it’s miserable.  Once people accept each other for who they really are, life will be so much easier.  Baggage or basic suitcases began appearing in 1897.  None of the stories in the Good Gus series have baggage, luggage or suitcases.  The series is online at Kindle (which is now fixed thanks to April Cox, author of the “Little Labradoodle,”), Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for continuing to visit my crowdfunding site at:

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys Everyone deserves a second chance.  We often make mistakes and sometimes they are huge.  Frequently, family and friends cannot forgive us.  It’s best to try to resolve and fix your errors.  The sad part though, if a person makes a mistake that is not disastrous, they deserve a second chance.  When people are released from prison or jail, there are so many groups and governmental agencies willing to give the them a second chance.  They often receive training while in jail and then have a chance to build a new life.  There are, however, people who are given a second chance and go even further.  They assume that they were able to get away with it the first time, so possibly, do more daring things, try riskier stunts, etc.  I think it really comes down to whether a person has a moral compass or learns to change and turn their lives around.  Many of the TV shows, particularly, the older ones, have story lines where a person is given a second chance and then they commit horrific crimes, become sophisticated thieves, and other unsavory wrongdoings.  In the Good Gus series, book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” Jimmy Ray is sure he can sneak off and ride one of the bulls.  He has been taught right from wrong, but this was more of an adventure for him.  He was sure he could do it and his parents would never find out.  He was wrong.  Read the story online to your children at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many unsavory characters.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

People tend to believe that it is alright to put down others, their beliefs, their religions, their political thoughts, etc.  What exactly makes them think their ideology and thoughts are better and in fact correct?  The people who believe they are superior to others are not.  They are just other human beings with their own thoughts and opinions.  It seems that the world today no longer allows anyone to have their thoughts or opinions without being criticized.  That is part of the problem.  The royal family is now in the headlines every day.  The idea that Prince Harry wants to spend time doing other things is upsetting and not popular with the queen and possibly all of the UK.  Shouldn’t it be that Harry can make up his own mind?  Just because he was born into royalty doesn’t mean he has to follow that course of life.  Many individuals talk about following their passion rather than work at a job they hate for their entire lives.  Could that be the case here?  Everyone wants freedom of choice and because it may not agree with their family, friends, workmates, etc. doesn’t mean they should be put down for it.  The goal of everyone is to be happy.  That should be the first priority.  In the Good Gus series, no one was put down.  It sends the wrong message to the young reader.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Sales were decent yesterday at Balboa Park.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Do you realize what happens to your brain when you do self talk?  If you say negative words they just recycle back into your brain.  Then, all your thoughts are negative.  When you speak in general during conversations all the negative thoughts and verbiage from your self talk will be spoken in your conversations.  This is very damaging if you are on a job interview.  If you use generic phrases during your interview, you will automatically be disqualified.  If you tell people, particularly in an interview, that you are a hard worker, creative, results oriented, claim to be a leader in your area of expertise, and that you love to make changes their response will be, “There’s the door.”  By stating all those things you don’t allow anyone, including a job interviewer, to see what your good qualities are.  If you are practically bragging about all your abilities, especially if you don’t really believe them, your friends will disappear.  No one will want to associate with you because they know underneath you lack confidence, aren’t really interested in them, and basically like to hear yourself speak.  The best way to help you rebuild your confidence is by positive self talk.  Start with small things that you do well.  Remind yourself that you have specific skills and appreciate that during your conversations with yourself.  Slowly you will rebuild your inner personality, feel confident, recognize your positive abilities and traits and it will all show whether on a job interview, making new friends, or simple conversations with current friends.  The characters in the Good Gus series are all positive.  It’s the best example for the young reader.  Saturday is the actual date for the church bazaar.  Remember to look for Miss Patty.  While you are trying to keep cool, remember the series is available online at Kindle and Waterstones.  If you are in San Diego, please stop by the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Once everyone is settled in bed, grab your tablet and relax while reading “Misplaced Trust.”  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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