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My daughter posted a sign  on Facebook that said: “Accusations from a narcissist are actually confessions.”  There were comments of people agreeing with this statement one hundred percent.  All narcissists use the same vocabulary and say the same words.  The fact that the sign said that their accusations were confessions is amazing.  If you have ever dealt with a narcissist you would understand. In the media, accusations are an everyday occurance.  They throw them out there and then wait to see what happens.  Sometimes they are denied,  proven to be just false or a new form of accusatory lies appear and the dust settles on the original victim.  This is a staple in politics.  As the politicians compete with one another, they start with all types of accusations.  Often when they are proven false they simply move on to new ones.  If a person doesn’t have proof, they should not say things that are untrue just to hurt another person.  That is really all it amounts to.  The majority of the time it is nothing more than lies.  It even happens in elementary all the way up to high school.  Once the words are spoken, the gossip spreads and before long a student is hurt.  It doesn’t achieve anything.  For the person dealing with a narcissist, it gives them an opportunity to confront them and solve your issues.  In the Good Gus series Bad Bart was accusatory towards Bob.  However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem and proved that Bad Bart was wrong and that there was a different approach that could solve the problem.  You can easily access the books online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who think nothing of making accusations.  The book would be great for holiday reading.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


  Remote learning is the old home schooling but with a different twist. The problem with remote learning now is that it is not by choice.  The children, according to numerous articles, are falling dreadfully behind.  They are not keeping up and see this as an opportunity to avoid school.  This will lead to new tutoring jobs along with older graduates from school.  My children were in public school and home schooling.  They both have degrees, with my son having two.  However, their home schooling were from two different programs.  For my son’s final year, he went back to high school.  It was a joke for him as he had completed everything and was attending college classes for free as he was in high school.  My daughter’s education really focused on classical literature.  The biggest different from then and now is that they participated in activities.  My son did baseball.  They both had music lessons for various instruments and went on filed trips including digs for fossils.  With COVID children are becoming bored and now having mental issues.  They can’t socialize or play with their friends which is necessary for social development.  Playing is important for all ages but children expect to play.  That is how they learn how to interact with each other. Hopefully, the pandemic will truly end and life can return to normal.  In the Good Gus series the children went to a one room schoolhouse with Miss Patty as their teacher.  The books are 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, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Adults need to learn self correcting. I saw Will Smith say that on the Ellen Degeneres Show recently.  This is a story basically about bullying.  We need to learn from our children because since COVID bullying is a regular occurance particularly in the United States.  However, children are taking matters into their own hands and self correcting.  Three boys who attend a high school in Memphis, Tennessee are part of this story.  A small thin boy, with a squeaky voice and worn clothes was constantly being bullied.  This boy had been bullied his entire life as he came from a poor family.  By the way, this is a different story than the boy I wrote about a few weeks ago.  As with the other story, there were two boys  who were in athletics.  These two boys were on the football team.  One day one of the boys went home who had been bullying the thin boy  and he began to realize he was doing the wrong thing.  He spoke to his friend the next day.  They agreed that self correcting was needed and then at lunch the two of them sat down with the thin boy at lunch.  The next day they brought him new clothes.   Another student taped it all and put it on social media.  It went viral and Ellen Degeneres invited all of them.  Will Smith joined them and gave them each a bag of new items including New Balance sneakers and he gave the entire school New Balance sneakers as well.  Ellen gave them each a check  $10,000.00 ($8504.00 Euros).  It was a great show with a valuable lesson.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart was the only bully who needed self correcting.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook  Many of the characters needed self correcting.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who need self correcting. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


In school, particularly high school, males with a small stature have always had a difficult time. They are teased, bullied and treated badly.  They end up with no friends and have to eat alone at lunch.  I saw a video that reminded me that kindness is everywhere and wanted to share it.  A small stature boy was a freshman in high school.  He was continually teased because he was small.  If he was a girl, no one would have thought twice and would have said she was cute.  However, one day when he was just tired of being alone he texted his sister.  She tried to cheer him but he still felt sad.  So, thanks to social media, she tweeted about it.  Within minutes seniors from the various athletic teams sat down with him.  Ethnicity didn’t matter in this case which is important to note.  Without the unnecessary prejudices, several of the senior boys sat down and started speaking to him.  It wasn’t long before he had company at lunch.  In “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, Vinnie has a small stature.  Steven Bochco wrote his size into the story lines but in a positive way.  Vinnie even joked about his small stature.  When we judge people because of size or appearance, we are missing out on who they really are.  That is what is most important.  Liam’s Photos on Facebook just posted about prejudging the other day.  I even commented on his posting as this is one of my favorite topics.  In the Good Gus series, I never wrote about small stature or the size of anyone.  The characters are all different sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and the pictures reflect this in the books.  The series is online at Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  As the holidays approach, and you know my favorite day in Ireland is always November first when everything is decorated. Remember to consider “The Special Gift” as a new holiday tradition.  “Misplaced Trust” does not discuss size of anyone.  It’s self help guide that can point you in the right frame of mind to make the selection of an estate plan.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

When you think of the word programmed, there are many thoughts that come to mind.  The people of communist countries were all programmed.  It was in our history books.  However, what I am talking about is the fact that we are programmed in a variety of ways to be a loser and fail.  When we were in school, we were told if you didn’t achieve really good marks you would be unable to attend college.  If you made it to college, you really had to keep those grades really high or you wouldn’t graduate.  Then, the same was applicable when finding a job.  If you were not perfect, didn’t dress exactly right,  use the appropriate vocabulary during an interview, etc. you would never succeed. As if that wasn’t enough, all the TV shows tend to have people who are always so close to success then something goes wrong, they make a mistake, their car breaks down on the way to the interview, or almost anything else you can think of goes wrong.  As we watch the shows we anticipate that the main character or characters will fail.  They will never be successful until the show is at the very end and will not longer air.  It’s a terrible lesson for us all.  For example, I had four leaks in one of my bathrooms.  Getting the parts was a challenge, however, the plumber and I finally succeeded.  Did I feel like a failure or loser?  No, it’s always been something with this house and the reality is that they used workers who did shoddy work.  Rather than feel like I should have known, it didn’t even bother me.  It became more of a joke.  In the Good Gus series, no one was programmed as communism existed but wasn’t really in the history books and there was no technology to adjust a person’s thinking.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, the site for my crowd funding is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 When I was younger, if you even considered taking what is now termed as a selfie you would be called conceited.  When you skim the internet news, instead of important events, there are articles about older women in bikinis, extremely skimpy clothes and even Madonna showing her bare chest.  Seriously, there are important events in the world today.  Yet these women are so conceited that they have to show their physiques.  Is it to be noticed?  Where are all the rules of decency gone?  It’s easy to understand that women are proud of their figures, and many show off in dresses and appropriate attire.  It has to be the conceited women who need to be noticed and possibly seeking approval.  Other women, myself included, do not care how they look.  We care how we look and our families’ appearances.  In high school the conceited boys and girls were ignored.  The phrase at the time was, “They are full of themselves.”  They probably were but in retrospect no one really cared.  The dictionary definition is having an excessively favorable opinion of one’s abilities, appearance, etc. There you go.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart, book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” arrives in town and is quite conceited.  He thinks because he wants something, he should receive it.  He also believed it should be handed to him instantly.  As we all know, Sheriff Gus solved the problem in a positive manner without anger.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, I have started crowd funding The site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Now that the United States is under full swing for politics, so are the online attacks.  There is one politician in particular, running for the presidency, that has been encouraging online attacks.  This same man years ago encouraged violence.  He breezes on and yet no one is stopping him or his supporters.  Political fights are nasty regardless of the country, yet somehow they are much worse in the states.  Online attacks are also a famous technique for bullies.  They hide behind false names and go after other individuals.  This event occurs in elementary, junior and high school.  It is also quite prevalent in colleges and universities.  The insatiable need for inferior individuals to raise themselves up emotionally while performing online attacks on others is serious.  In the schools, children have ended their lives because of the cruelty.  Anyone who encourages violence should not even be allowed on any social media or public platforms regardless of the country.  We should be able to live happy lives without the failures trying to hurt us and make us fail.  Do you ever wonder how they feel when they have bullied someone so much or political rallies end in violence with accompanying injuries and possible death?  Obviously, they have no conscious.    There was an old song entitled, “Where have all the flowers gone?”  It should be renamed “Where have all the morals, ethics, and decency gone?”  In the Good Gus series, the importance of all stories was good morals and values.  There was a little bullying from Bad Bart in book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart.”  However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem logically and without any type of violence.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are continual articles on the internet about healthy foods. As you know, the articles change from what is actually a healthy food.  There is a continual push for sprouted bread, wheat breads, and whole grain breads.  Most of them taste nasty, at least to me.  However, what all the writers of the articles are forgetting is that you really need to eat to your blood type. With the DNA companies offering to help you discover your lineage, they are now have a new product.  It is to find out how your genetics will affect you and what you should eat.  As I have said in the past, the A/B blood individuals can eat anything because it is the newest blood.  So, if they decide they love all the whole grain breads they are free to eat the healthy foods without worrying about inflammation and allergies.  There are the people who shame the non healthy eaters because they do eat carbohydrates, white bread and beef.  It’s wrong as they do not know what the make up of the person they are shaming is.  They might be a person who needs a breakfast full of carbohydrates to carry them through the day.  What is insulting is that just because they believe a certain way doesn’t necessarily mean they are right.  The sad part about shaming and bullying is that it has existed for centuries and will continue.  The mentally inferior individuals always feel they have to put another person down or insult them.  I recently saw a video on Facebook in which three high school girls were picking on a girl sitting quietly, reading a book, in the school cafeteria.  They pushed at her and she ignored them.  They eventually pulled the book from her and she fell to the floor.  The main bully proceeded to pour a soda over her head.  The girl quietly stood up and decided to fight back.  She utilized her martial arts training and showed those girls and when a few boys went after her she set them all in their place.  As they were all laying on the floor, she quietly sat back down, pulled her hoodie over her head and went back to reading her book.  In the Good Gus series, healthy foods were a way of life.  Available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Visit the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California for hard copies.  “Misplaced Trust”  is also online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Often individuals cannot get past regret and remorse in their lives.  They are unable to move forward because they continually live in the past.  It’s not easy unless you make a conscious effort.  When most of us were growing up our parents insisted on college or at least a trade.  Back then student loans were unheard of.  You worked, earned the money, obtained scholarships or grants and paid your way through school.  Many parents started a savings college fund so that their children could have better advantages than they ever did.  They wanted the best for them.  Today, the average student has college loans that even if they worked their entire life, unless the struck it rich, would never be able to pay them off.  This may be part of the millennials’ problems in life.  What is worse is that they frequently can’t obtain employment with their degrees.  Now, particularly in the United States, more so than other western countries, almost every job requires a bachelor’s degree.  Even if the degree doesn’t relate to the job, the employers still want it.  I always felt that it was a way of controlling the job market.  People graduate from high school and if they didn’t learn a trade or head off to college, they were only left with menial jobs with low pay.  Most jobs today also require experience, but how can you obtain that if you aren’t hired.  It’s a double edged sword or a catch 22.  Fortunately, in Pecos there was little regret or remorse.  There were few colleges in the State of Texas and people learned a trade or taught themselves and ran ranches, raised cattle, opened shops, and basically learned how to earn a living.  The Good Gus series is always available on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  We are currently working to expand to more shops within Texas.  There is a great deal of remorse and regret in many of the chapters in “Misplaced Trust.”  We are also looking to include the hard copy as soon as it is available to sell in both California and Texas.  It is currently online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Not everyone has a high IQ. The people who do utilize it frequently in the scientific areas.  Sometimes they have such complicated minds that they have difficulty relating to people.  Sheldon, in “Big Bang Theory” is a prime example.  As a character, he has problems with people and everyday life.  His high IQ forces him to see things differently.  Things that may be easy to the average person are complicated to him and vice versa.  Often, if parents discover their child has an extremely high IQ they are very proud.  Eventually, they begin to understand that their intelligence may lead them to have a short childhood because their brains see everything differently.  In one of the episodes of “Young Sheldon,”  he ends up getting in trouble with the U.S. government as he attempts to build a nuclear reactor in his parents garage.  Naturally, he thinks nothing of this as he was utilizing his mind in a scientific experiment.  He also has difficulty as he is a little boy in high school.  Since  he is somewhat anti-social it doesn’t present a significant problem.  Catering to a high IQ child takes a great deal of time and effort.  Learning to understand their needs is difficult as while they are still a child emotionally yet their brains are past most adults.  My late husband was told he was a genius.  His father had no idea how to deal with him for his entire life.  Unfortunately, as smart as he was, he never utilized it properly and spent a difficult life being unable to cope with people and understand some of the basics in life.  There was no individual character who had a high IQ in the Good Gus series.  Available on Kindle, it gives the young child a chance to see life without technology and just being a child.  “Misplaced Trust” probably does have characters with a high IQ.  However, they only used their intelligence for greed.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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