Everyone who is older wants to look younger. The number of products available is astronomical.  It is a wonder that they all stay in business.  There are lotions and potions, supplements, exercises and various products that only a licensed physician can provide. Those include Botox, face lifts, light therapy and more. The number of ads for this is staggering.  If it wasn’t for the older generation, many of these companies would be out of business.  People who abuse themselves their entire lives with drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, eating fast food, high caloric intakes on a daily basis, are the ones who once they discover they are going to die if they don’t change their ways, are their best customers.  Too little too late is usually the case.  However, while they are trying to hold onto life, they will spend any amount of money, do anything and try anything to make themselves well again and look younger.  The hair loss industry loves this as well.  Everyday I see adverts for thinning hair, going bald, losing hair, etc.  The amount of money spent to save a person’s hair is enough to feed a family of three for a week.  Sure we all want to look younger as we age but if you abused yourself your entire life, unless you have large sums of money for plastic surgery and are willing to give up your old ways, it is never going to happen.  Not that this has anything to do with the Good Gus series, it’s just that once again today older women are showing off  on internet their bikinis just to prove they do look younger.  The series can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters, particularly females,  who wish to look younger, but the younger men come along to steal all their money and for a brief period they do believe the are younger and beautiful. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you noticed when you try to scroll the news, there is continual arguing. It’s non stop.  Everyday there is a new article about someone disagreeing with the Prince Harry and Meghan interview. Many people, particularly in the UK, are quite upset.  Piers Morgan lost his job over his opinions. Today there is more fodder.  The continual arguing whether it is true or not is ridiculous. We have real life crisis on this planet and whether they were telling the truth or not, people should be focusing on the serious issues in life.  Now there is continual arguing regarding cooking.  Should a person follow a recipe, ignore it and use part of it or make up your own.  In order to start cooking you need to learn how to cook.  The freezer to table concept still requires a person to follow directions.  It’s food.  If you try a recipe and it’s awful you have two options:  modify it or never make it again.  Today on the internet there was continual arguing about this very topic.  I understand people are bored because of COVID, but the continual arguing just needs to stop.Since there are so many people complaining about weight gain during this pandemic, rather than continuous arguing, start exercising.  It will at least take your mind off things. In the Good Gus series, the only person who liked to argue was Bad Bart. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is a book full of people arguing. The can easily be found at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  When I hear the words song and dance I think of old time TV shows and movies. They were all about the song and dance of people doing tap, waltzing, etc. Although today that phrase has another meaning. We hear it all the time from a variety of sources.  The media loves to give the public a song and dance when they are changing the news, modifying it to their opinions and omitting the truth.  It’s also true in everyday life.  Now that numerous people are working from home, everything is different as well.  For example, the work at home sales person who takes calls for the internet, cable, insurance, etc. is  trained a very  specific way.  Yet, frequently when something unusual occurs, their rep follows the protocol only to be told by a supervisor that they are wrong and they should do something different. Then, when the rep asks if their team should know, they are told no.  This is an interesting song and dance.  How are these people supposed to do their jobs properly if they can’t follow the training? It’s fun being the customer when you are told that you have a unique circumstance and the rep calls you back with a variety of excuses which you then think is just a song and dance for the real situation.  In the Good Gus series, there are stories with excuses primarily by the children and, of course, their parents already know it is a song and dance to cover up whatever they did wrong.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  In “Misplaced Trust” the beneficiaries always give a song and dance.  They are perpetually lying which makes it very difficult which is why it is so important to have an estate plan.  The book can open your eyes to making the right choices.  You can find the book online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 With people working at home now the internet has become more important that ever. The problem is that there is high speed internet but at a price.  Sadly, there are areas that have limited access so the monopolies are in control. This also leads to price fixing.  For example, in certain areas, even if they are large cities, the internet companies are extremely limited.  You have a large firm or the option of broadband which no one can work with today.  Everyone now needs higher speeds to do their jobs efficiently.  It’s not easy. The other thing that occurs is that the monopolies charge higher rates  When you try to negotiate after the initial trail period, you can’t believe you were duped.  Promises are made but as soon as they have your money, the promises are broken. It happened to me.  They promised specific channels and as soon as the call ended I ended up with basic cable at a higher price.  Many people are switching to streaming as it is more affordable.  There need to be more internet companies that can offer competitive pricing and a fair value for your money. In the Good Gus series there was no high tech or internet.  They relied on each other and news came by person, a newspaper, or courier.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  With the weather going crazy everywhere, hail in San Diego, rain in Las Vegas, plus snow in other locations, it would be a good day to read “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd 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.

Everyone seems to be on a budget these days. The loss of jobs, reduction in force, and the inability to prosper utilizing the public have caused many families to tighten their money belts.  What is worse is that a number of companies are taking advantage of the pandemic and raising their prices.  I called my cable/internet company today.  They wanted to increase my monthly fee an additional sixty-three USD or fifty-two Euros. while removing the only few stations that I watch.  What is worse is that unless you choose a satellite dish, they are the only game in town.  My budget just couldn’t take it so I am changing after the holidays.  Many people are reducing their expenditures as their income drops.  There are more people going hungry because of the pandemic now than one year ago.  Their budget is non existent.  Now that many individuals are working from home, the cable and internet companies are taking advantage as I mentioned above.  As the internet is a necessity, they should fall under the utility regulations.  When you think about it, the rising costs, if you look in terms of the price of groceries, it then becomes overwhelming.  I created a budget years ago and even copy wrote it.  I named it “The Money Manager.”  It helps you start with nothing and a budget that doesn’t work, to a savings account and improved credit.  People always say, “Oh, I will save when I have money.”  That is ALWAYS never.  Even if you save a little each time you receive money, it will grow and so will your income.  Granted this blog is not about children or estate plans today.  However, we are all in need of help.  The Good Gus series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Don’t forget to see me reading to a daycare on YouTube under Mae Charles.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In spite of all the politics, Covid, wars, and violence, people continue stepping up to help each other.  It seems to be the fine print since the virus overruns everything in addition to the United States politics.  Ellen Degeneres has had a great deal of negative publicity lately.  Her public relations staff is doing an excellent job showing her positive side and honoring all people who are stepping up doing positive things.  For example, yesterday she had a dozen fire men and women from California who have been battling the horrific fires.  She has been partnering with various companies to give gifts to help people back on their feet.  But, there are many everyday people who are stepping up and passing along kindness wherever they go. I saw a video of a sorority singing outside the home of one of their members who has young children who is battling stage four cancer.  The woman started to cry she was so overjoyed.  Her children managed to keep it a secret.  People are stepping up by posting on social media positive phrases, jokes and gorgeous pictures to brighten everyone’s day.  The virus is difficult.  I just read that besides the U.S., Poland, Italy and Spain have had dramatic increases.  The UK has had so many cases that they have begun a moderate lockdown.  It’s not easy for people who live alone and really can’t go anywhere or socialize.  The TV is not enough and neither is the internet.  We all need actual physical contact.  In the Good Gus series, stepping up was a way of life.  I wanted children to read about the importance of helping one another.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters stepping up but it is usually to try and take all the money.  It’s a good self help guide for planning your estate plan or revising it.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Why do people fall the give away schemes? At every turn on the internet, there is a give away.  If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is fake.  There are all types of ads that slip in while you are browsing the internet.  They all claim to give you money, a home, a car, a better job, you name it.  Yet, there is always the fine print.  That is when you know you have been conned.  A couple of years ago I was scammed at a warehouse store.  They assured me I had the best price for cable and the internet.  It turns out they lied.  Then when I tried to cancel they told me I had a contract.  I asked to be released, first of all since I was never told I had signed a contract and second I had a family emergency.  They told me all I had to do was return the equipment which I did.  Then, I locked up my home and left to take care of a dying relative.  It’s now been three years since I cancelled and they are still harassing me.  Their give away was a lie.  I am surprised as the warehouse store has a reputable reputation.  So, now, when I hear from a collection agency, as the company lied and charged me for a fee that I did not owe, I explain my previous situation.  They have stopped calling.  A few have mailed me letters. The last collection agency was the best.  I sent my standard letter explaining why I had to cancel and that the relative I went to take care of eventually died.  The agency filed a complaint with the credit agencies.  Sometimes good things do happen.  In the Good Gus series there was never a give away.  It wouldn’t be right for the young reader.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  MAE CHARLES is now officially a non profit corporation! So, if you have no one to buy a book for and you decide to make a purchase, I will personally autograph a book and send it to a child with a disease who is in the hospital. It’s entitled, Mae Charles Gift of Reading.  If the adults need reading material, “Misplaced Trust” will help you make the right choices for an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  There is continual discussion in the news and on the internet about superfoods. The so called experts also vascillate as to which are the best and the foods to avoid. The people in the know claim that we all need leafy green vegetables but we knew that because our mothers told us.  We learned we had to eat different color vegetables each day to obtain the appropriate nutrients.  Now, of course, the media knows best.  They start out by recommending wheat grass yet the number of people allergic to wheat is quite high.  It all depends on your blood type.  Cinnamon is good as it helps with nausea, cholesterol, and helps decrease inflammation.  There are many Armenian recipes that include cinnamon.  Everyone’s favorite, including me, are the ever popular blueberries. I love them fresh but I make muffins and squares that are delicious.  Avocados are touted by they go up and down on the list depending upon who is writing the article.  Broccoli, salmon and sweet potatoes (my ideal meal) are quite popular.  Almonds are a winner along with dark chocolate.  Two products together than can’t be beat.  The obvious spinach, kale and bok choy stand out as part of this list. There are many more, but these few foods incorporated into your diet can make a difference.  Think about it.  In the Good Gus series, foods were homegrown so their diets were outstanding.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  People call me everyday about their living trusts and even to talk about a new estate plan.  That is part of the reason I wrote “Misplaced Trust” to be a guide but to also let people know about my experiences as a paralegal particularly when a person passes.  The book is easily found at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Once again negative chatter has infiltrated the daily news. The rumors are flying and unfounded accusations against Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey are going too far. Both individuals have given their time and money to help people in need.  They have spotless reputations.  Yet to keep the readers from becoming bored the writers have utilized innuendos, fake stories and just plain lies.  The negative chatter just doesn’t seem to end.  I have even seen it in legal cases.  The protagonist utilized rumors and outright lied.  Once caught they changed the topic. It’s depressing how much negative chatter appears everyday in the news and on the internet. We need to skip over this as it is overwhelming.  They continually discuss the virus yet they have no real cure and they change the symptoms almost on a daily basis.  The various political groups want to be forefront in the news.  Sadly, they do the same thing.  Even the activist groups are looking for continual attention.  It’s almost as if good news doesn’t even exist.  One of the reasons I love my books so much and love reading to children is because they are positive.  The stories are fun and exciting.  The children look forward to the next book with delightful anticipation.  I have seen it in their faces at the Boys and Girls Club and at a school in San Diego.  Bring that joy into your home with the Good Gus series.  It is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” will stop your boredom in a different type of read.  It is online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding site at:

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