There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is 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.

One of the biggest worries as people age is high cholesterol and clogged arteries. Many physicians recommend a variety of pills.  As anyone knows who reads my blog, I am always in favor of the natural approach.  How do you clean clogged arteries?  The first way is a change of diet.  There are certain foods that will speed that process along.  Fresh oranges are a great start.  They absorb cholesterol.  Kale is a good option but it is not a favorite of most people including me.  Cooking with garlic helps although since this is an on the go society, home cooking isn’t quite as popular so it isn’t widely used.  If you think about it though, garlic can be included when you are boiling potatoes for mashed potatoes, or cooking up potatoes to make home fries.  It’s great with cooked fresh broccoli, tomato sauce and pasta just to name a few.  There are many pros and cons regarding red wine.  The studies change so frequently it’s difficult to determine if it should be on the list.  Dark chocolate is on most people’s list and for good reason.  It does help not only with high cholesterol, helping to remove the plaque from your clogged arteries, but it also tastes terrific.  I used the dark chocolate chips to make oatmeal biscuits/cookies for my granddaughter yesterday. These are a few of the ideal food choices to incorporate in your diet if you have clogged arteries.  In the Good Gus series, clogged arteries probably existed but to a much lesser extent.  There was no fast food and daily exercise was a way of life.  Both the series and “Misplaced Trust” are available online at Kindle, Waterstones, Nook, 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino. Hard copies are also available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.

 It’s not often that we are pleasantly surprised. It occurs on birthdays, anniversaries and occasionally at work when we receive a promotion or raise that was unexpected.  The events are always so much more memorable because we were surprised.  Gifts give us a thrill, but a raise or promotion increases our self esteem.  Yesterday, I was pleasantly surprised.  My daughter and I took my granddaughter to a birthday party at a park.  It was nice and the children all played well together.  Of course, there was all types of food an a themed cake.  After the party we headed to Whole Foods where my granddaughter started out fine but really wasn’t in the mood to be shopping for groceries.  We then moved on to the Trader Joe’s in Ft. Worth, TX.  It was extremely crowded and her disposition reflected it.  By the time we reached the check out, I think we look worn out.  We maintained our pleasantness.  After we left the store the kindest moment happened. One of the Trader Joe’s employees rushed out and tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and she gave me a bouquet of flowers.  She told me that she thought  my daughter and I needed something to brighten our day.  It was so kind and thoughtful I almost cried.  It was a small gesture, but it cheered us.  So, thank you Trader Joe’s.  You have a wonderful staff.  There were times in many of the stories in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, where not only Sheriff Gus, but the entire town were pleasantly surprised.  One story that comes to mind is book fourteen,  “The Surprise in the Sky.”  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” were pleasantly surprised.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

“Do you want to dance and hold my hand?” is a lyric to an old song. It was a great song.  Dance has always been a personal preference for many.  When we were young, as children, many of us took dance lessons.  I loved tap and my daughter took tap.  Now my granddaughter wants to take tap lessons.  As we progressed, many individuals learned how to dance from their family or took lessons.  It was part of having good social skills.  As we all aged, so did the dancing.  It started with rock and roll and progressed into a variety of styles.  Half the time it didn’t really look like anyone was actually dancing.  There are even TV shows entitled, “Dancing with the Stars.”  One of the important features about dancing besides being a social event is that you get exercise.  Many of the assisted living and nursing homes have afternoon dance parties.  It helps the residents to get moving but also to stimulate their brains.  You may not realize it but your brain has to concentrate, even if at a subconscious level, to move to the music, at the specific beat and perform the steps.  It’s actually a sequence of thoughts.  Who knew?  Everyday we perform tasks at the subconscious level without thinking and the same is true of dancing.  In the Good Gus series there was no dancing unless you can call a bull running around the corral trying to escape a cowboy riding on him.The series, available on Kindle, might be ideal for those long holiday trips on the road.  The only dancing in “Misplaced Trust” was the people lying and skirting the truth.  It may be just right for a cool evening read. It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

No one seems to take personal responsibility for anything anymore. People hide behind others, machines, and blame anyone rather than take personal responsibility for their actions.  Take voicemail, for example.  Have you ever tried to reach people in any company that doesn’t have alive person answering the phones?  What do you get?  Voicemail, of course.  After you leave a message, you hope they will return your call.  Most of the time they don’t.  They don’t wish to take any type of personal responsibility for their job.  Here is another example.  I flew Spirit Airlines earlier this month and they lost the cup holder to my granddaughter’s car seat.  It is annoying is it now catches on everything.  I went through email first as that is the only option.  A person did call me and helped me fill out a claim.  they said I had to buy the replacement part and give them a receipt before the end of the month.  surprise, surprise!  There is no replacement part.  I tried calling the number that previously rang me with instructions but again, couldn’t speak to a real person for assistance.  A man did answer and referred me back to their website.  I have emailed twice with absolutely no response.  They needed to give me an option, but they never did.  Instead, no one took personal responsibility to make it right.  That is only the tip of the iceberg.  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle worldwide, everyone took personal responsibility for their actions.  An important lesson for young children.  “Misplaced Trust” is riddled with people who took personal responsibility and then regretted.  It might be interesting summer reading on warm breezy summer days.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 If you said the word drivers to a golfer he or she would immediately think about his clubs. However, I am writing about drivers in general.  The drivers in many countries are obnoxious and rude.  Here are a few examples.  Last night my granddaughter and I were playing in the front garden.  My daughter lives on a somewhat busy street and the cars going by are inconsistent in volume.  However, last night we were playing soccer and a car drove past and said something and then gave us the finger.  Not only was it uncalled for but it was rude.  Also yesterday, my son was sitting in traffic.  He drives a somewhat low sports car.  A truck with some men pulled up next to him and tried to pour beer onto his car.  He was simply sitting in his vehicle minding his own business.  What is going on with these people?  Do they have to try to get a rise out of others?  Do they think its funny because it isn’t.  Again, same drive home, my son was waiting for a green arrow to make a turn.  What did the car behind him do?  Pulled out in front of him once the arrow appeared. What was in that person’s head we will never know, but he almost caused a accident.  The only drivers in the Good Gus series were the people who drove wagons and that included children.  The series, always available on Kindle, has in book twenty-two, “The Field Trip”  which included the first day of school for a new family.  As the little girl, Katie, was in a wheel chair, Sheriff Gus was the driver of the wagon to introduce her and her brother to Miss Patty and the other children.  If drivers are getting you down, now that spring is here, grab your tablet and relax in the warmth of the sunshine with a read of “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Many people are quick to judge another person based on their appearance, skin color, mannerisms or ethnicity.  However, children do not have that distinction until they are told otherwise.  The other day I was at a physician’s office with my granddaughter.  They have several toys for the children to play with including a section primarily for little girls.  Their section contained a castle, a small house, a baby in a highchair, and a rack of small toys including a variety of people type figures.  My granddaughter who is basically color blind when it comes to people began putting families together.  She took an older lady with a walker to be a mum, a toy man with Asian features to be a dad and the child was an Indian figurine.  If she can manage to go through life with these ideals that everyone is the same, it would be wonderful.  Unfortunately, other children are raised with prejudices and they tend to make everyone else aware of it. They pass it along to their friends who then become quick to judge others.  If you look at history you might be surprised to discover that many countries enslaved their people.   Both the citizens of Africa and Ireland were slaves and treated badly.  They were shipped off to other countries and all the stories you’ve read about African slaves are applicable to the Irish slaves too.  It’s simply that no one ever discussed it.  The world was and is a melting pot due to countries conquering other countries and then settling in.  In the Good Gus series, no one is quick to judge anyone as the characters are of a variety of ethnicity.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If people are quick to judge you because you might not be wearing the latest fashion, have a light or dark skin tone, have distinctive mannerisms, or even speak differently, simply remember we are all people and they should not form an opinion of you until they really know you.  If they do, they aren’t worth knowing.  Remember a good read begins with interesting reading and “Misplaced Trust” is an excellent choice.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Antiques represent history. Many individuals don’t like them because they consider them to be used furniture. What they are overlooking is the history associated with each piece. There have been many articles on the internet regarding the feelings millenniums have regarding antiques.  The articles said that they were not interested and only wanted new and functional items.  Several of the articles said that they didn’t care about any antiques and preferred not to even inherit them.  No matter how you look at it, they are still functional pieces of furniture.  The same is true of silver and china dishes.  They have a practical use.  It would seem to me that their family history or the stories behind any items a person may purchase are far and away more interesting.  My granddaughter colors on an antique coffee table that was her great, great aunt’s.  She loves it because it is convenient for her.  She also enjoys a telephone table I have in my office that she sit on with her tablet and a snack  watching a few shows.  The fact that it is old is insignificant.  What is important is that it is functional and she enjoys it.  Our lives are full of history.  We should embrace it rather than toss it aside.  Wars have destroyed so much history that the millenniums don’t seem to understand the significance of old art, buildings, books, etc. can teach us so much.  As we all know history repeats itself.  An important fact we should all recognize and appreciate.  In the Good Gus series, all items they had became antiques!  The series is available on Kindle worldwide and books one and two on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time.  If antiques aren’t your thing, perhaps a good read with “Misplaced Trust” may peak your interest.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Anything that revolves around children has turned into organized activities.  For example, Halloween last night had organized activities in many cities.  They even had something in the states called trunk trick or treating.  Apparently, you park your vehicle in a designated area and then offer the treats to each passing child.  Where is the fun in that?  The organized activities limit the excitement, the decorated homes and the greeting by the prospective candy givers.  My daughter, granddaughter and I drove around until we found a neighborhood that was filled with trick or treaters.  Then, we joined a family we didn’t know and followed them.  Everyone had a great time.  It was spontaneous and fun.  It wasn’t the organized activities that were available in the center of town, which incidentally included long lines.  The same is true of sports.  The children join a team, practice faithfully and then play intense games.  What they should be doing is getting a few kids together and playing ball in an empty area.  Rather than the organized activities that they are told what do do, when and how to perform, they learn from each other and have their own rules.  That really helps with good sportsmanship.  Playing as a group also helps them to figure out that if there is a dispute they can solve it and don’t need an adult.  It also teaches them to mature in a positive way.  Even when people decide to have a BB,  there isn’t any spur of the moment.  It is planned, organized and in some cases invitations are sent.  Obviously if it is for business, it is understandable.  However, no one just says to their friends or neighbors on the same day, “How about coming by tonight for a BBQ?” The spontaneity is missing.  In the Good Gus series there were organized activities on special days, but the children played ball by themselves and learned front their participation.  Yesterday I spoke to mum who loved the idea of Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  She said by the time she finishes work, gets home, makes dinner, helps with schoolwork, she is ready for bed.  On those rare days when she is just too tired for story time she said it comes in handy.  The series is also available on Kindle worldwide.  If you are fed up with organized activities, take a moment and find “Misplaced Trust” on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.


In 2004, a Movie entitled “Mean Girls” was released starring Lindsay Lohan. It was aimed at how cruel teenage girls can be. However, they should release a new movie about mean girls for the younger set.  My little three year old granddaughter has encountered mean girls much to my shock and disbelief.  If I didn’t witness it with my own eyes, I would have never believed it.  What is worse is that it appears to be condoned by their mother.  The children are newly introduced to the United States.  I find it difficult to understand that this behavior is tolerated in other countries.  At first glance it seems that it’s just children playing.  However, when you are there you can actually see what is going on.  The older girls, who are not teenagers yet, have mastered the art.  For example, all the children are playing and then they decide to go inside their home.  As my granddaughter follows them, they slam the door in her face.  Then they make faces at her through he window where she can see them.  Once she gives up and walks away, they open the door just enough so she can see them and then as she runs back they slam it again in her face.  I never thought that a four year old would be a mean girl so early.  When all the girls are together and my granddaughter walks over to play they tell her to go away. It’s quite hurtful.  Many of us have experienced this type of unkind behavior, it’s common.  However, as we matured we possibly forgot that mean girls started at an early age.  In the Good Gus series, there were no mean girls.  In the old show, “Little House on the Prairie” had a girl who was spoiled and cruel.  It gave the example to the Ingalls’ girls not to act that way.  Kindle is always available for your child’s reading pleasure.  If you remember the mean girls in your life or you need a refresher as to their behavior, “Misplaced Trust” can show you  several examples.  The series is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

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