Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses  no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores.  The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open.  Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away.  It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores.  Businesses are dying because of COVID.  It is not the best situation.  I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season.  I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other.  I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination.  I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty.  Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy.  The number of closed stores was shocking.  Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way.  In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores.  As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everyone needs to feel safe. In the home is where children primarily feel safe. Although I have noticed in divorced families, children refer to one home as their home and the other parent’s home as to either mom’s or dad’s home.  It is obvious that the child or children feel safe in a particular parent’s home more than the other.  In this world of extreme violence, it is important for all of us to feel safe.  There are services available such as doorbells you can view from your home even if you are away, special views inside your home which will trigger if someone opens a door and even a way to turn on your lights to make it appear you are home.  We all need to feel comfortable in our homes, on the street, in the mall or shops, in the workplace and in church.  There was a shooting Sunday in a church in Texas.  Fortunately, a former lawman was carrying a gun and shot the man before he wiped out the entire population.  Do you ever wonder now if you travel if you will be robbed, attacked, kidnapped or harmed in any way?  I tried to deliver goods before Christmas to the Salvation Army.  After twenty years they had moved.  I used my GPS to try and locate them.  Before long I was in a bad section of town with people hanging about on drugs.  I locked all my doors and instantly redirected my GPS.  I was grateful no harm had come to me.  In the Good Gus series it was paramount that all the children feel safe.  All the stories show that they are. You can order online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust’ does have chapters where people do not feel safe.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many of us overcome obstacles everyday. Sometimes they are huge and sometimes it’s little things. Often we handle obstacles in an unconscious manner without realizing it.  However, there are times in our lives when the obstacles seem to large to overcome.  We learn to take it one minute at a time until we can get a handle on a situation.  For example,  you are driving and there is an accident.  You will miss your plane, appointment, meeting, or be late for work.  There are police and traffic is a mess.  How do you overcome this obstacle?  The smart move is to check your GPS and try to find an alternate route as quickly as you can move off the road.  Many people push and shove other cars aside as they feel their time is more valuable than anyone else’s.  That could be the very reason there was an accident.  Let’s say you have decided to make changes in your life such as move to a new location, change careers, revise your CV/resume for advancement or make an expensive but necessary purchase.  How do you approach the obstacles that immediately present themselves?  First, the new location, check out everything you can such as  cost of living, if it is commutable for your current position, and are shops, churches, schools, and grocery are convenient.  If you are changing careers, see if it is worth it.  Will you make more money and what are the requirements?  If you are revising your CV/resume, seek professional help in your career area.  They are best people to give your presentation on paper of how fabulous you truly are.  For big purchases, the standard list applies.  Get quotes, find all hidden charges and fees, and then make your choice.  Many of the characters in the Good Gus series had to overcome obstacles.  They relocated from other areas and even other countries.  They made their decisions based on everything I just wrote above.  The books are ideal for evening reading.  They are available online at Kindle and Waterstones and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and tomorrow, if it isn’t too hot, at Balboa Park in San Diego.  Miss Patty will have her credit card machine.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

world Have you ever noticed that people rarely give good directions? Often the GPS that you mount on your car or the ones on your phone send you in the wrong direction or ask you to turn into a street that doesn’t exist.  The old fashioned Triptik that AAA offered in the United States was great.  Not only were the map pages broken up, but on the backs of each page was interesting facts about the areas you were passing. Sadly it is no longer available.  You can, however, obtain maps of a general or specific area.  I am horrible at directions.  I am a  person who has to memorize.  When my son was in the Dixie Little League, the first year we traveled to a city entitled Krum.  I followed another parent.  The second year, they asked me if I need to follow them again.  I told them no as I had memorized the way and believe it or not, I found it that second year.  Today, I made a phone call to ask about directions for a new water filter for my refrigerator.  Instead of receiving the answer I needed, I was basically told that I didn’t need it.  Why they couldn’t just answer my question  and give me the directions was beyond me.  I then called my son and went on You Tube to find out how to install the new filter.  He then discovered that the refrigerator was directly connected to my reverse osmosis water filter.  Why couldn’t the person I asked initially have told me when I rang?  Giving directions or instructions in the workplace can lead to difficulties.  If a person doesn’t have them typed in proper sequence, or a diagram, they can easily make a mistake.  Then the initial person will usually become upset because the co-worker couldn’t follow the instructions or directions.  It leads to discord and often hurt feelings.  People who lose their temper over such trivia, should be fired or made redundant.  In the old west there were roads that marked the way, but no real directions per se.  When the cousins, Liam and Frankie, headed to Judge Ross’s for a day of horse training, they were given specific directions.  They chose to ignore them which led to a bit of trouble.  The book is entitled “Run Blackie Run.”  If you are at the final stage of administering a trust or a will, remember to give type written directions to the heirs so that there will be no repercussions to you.  You can find helpful information at, “Misplaced Trust.” (books available on Kindle)

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