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.

Between Covid, United States elections and now flu season upon us it seems as if it is all  never ending. The weather has been bizarre everywhere.  There were massive waves around Ireland.  It’s all strange.  In America, you cannot escape the never ending political commercials.  The continual fighting around the world about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is exhausting.  Now on YouTube there are the continual stories about men leaving women, women giving up their child, men or women cheating on each other, nasty mothers-in-laws, and men leaving women because they are pregnant.  There are also the videos where women are overworked and once the man has to handle everything for a few days because the wife is sick, they realize they are unfair and they learn to start helping out around the house and appreciate them.  When are we going to see happy stories and in spite of the problems focus on the positive?  Everyday I try to tell a joke to my family.  Any time you can make a person laugh not only brightens their day but yours as well.  Many of the comedy shows are funny but some are just too predictable.  I will say that the really old, black and white, TV shows on YouTube will make you laugh.  In the Good Gus series, there are never ending subtle messages of being positive, helping others, kindness and harmony.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has never ending amounts of people who are greedy, selfish, want to steal their relatives’ inheritance, and more.  It is a good self help guide to make plans for an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Since the pandemic, online scams have steadily increased dramatically.  For example, yesterday I received an email from a company claiming that it was time to renew my service for a large sum of money.  It said that they appreciated my business for the past three years.  First of all, I had no idea who they were.  They claimed they were auto debiting my account.  Second, when I looked them up I couldn’t find a real company.  Lastly, when I checked on the address it was a stately home in Georgia.  I tried calling but they did not answer their phone.  I emailed back telling them not to auto debit any account associated with me.  Of course, the other scams include fake charities, donations to Go Fund Me, that are phony pleas for money.  The online real charities are supposed to check the individuals asking for money, but they don’t.  There are also online scams for face masks.  People place an order, give their account, and then once  the money is gone and they never receive their products. There are also fake online jobs along with emails claiming you have won money.  The winning emails are great as people believe they will become instantly rich when all they are really doing is giving personal data including their bank accounts, along with credit card information fot tax purposes, so that the online scammers can rob them.  Fortunately, in the Good Gus series there was no internet and little technology.  The series is ideal for the summer reading of the younger child or children.  It is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Lately everyone is obsessed with germs. There are wipes in the stores, but none of the disinfectant types. People are wearing masks and gloves even though the rate of new cases has dropped significantly around the globe.  The fear of catching any germs now has heightened.  It’s almost as if we have all become Mr. Monk from the series, ‘Monk.’  He had a phobia about germs.  His assistants always had to be fully equipped with wipes.  He would need one if he touched someone, something or he was touched.  His fear of germs extended to his home in that he vacuumed several times a day, wiped everything down, and was particular about any item that was in his apartment.  It was an interesting series.  When my children were young and it was flu season, the schools would really worry about germs.  They didn’t wear masks, but they weren’t allowed to touch the banisters walking up and down the stairs.  They were wiped by the janitor numerous times a day.  There are probably many countries that do not have the luxury of wipes, extra alcohol or any type of sterilization products available to them.  Chefs are extremely careful about germs when cooking.  They avoid cross contamination and have surfaces cleaned frequently not to mention constantly washing their hands.  As the summer progresses, the germs will be destroyed by the heat and everyone may be able to breathe a little easier.  In the Good Gus series, I never wrote about germs.  I felt that the children had to deal with sickness in real life and that stories were for stimulating their imaginations and giving them a break.  One last thought.  Today is the birthday of the real Rev. Glenn.  Happy Birthday! The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  People are fed up. They are tired of the lockdowns, quarantines, masks, and living in fear.  There are protests in the United States in various states stating that they are fed up and have had enough.  This is a serious virus and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Today, the Italian government came out with statistics.  Basically, anyone in the 70-89 age group has the highest chance of passing if they catch the virus.  These are their true statistics and they were clear to state that they have not been manipulated in any way.  Everyone in between, has a much lower percentage rate.  That includes people ninety and above.  They are clearly fed up with what they refer to as fake statistics regarding the virus and want the over emphasis to end. The president of Ryanair stated that if two people wearing masks and one has the virus and the other does not, the chances of the non infected person catching it  from the infected person is two percent.  There is testing now available everywhere in the United States and as states and countries open, there are areas with increases and areas with decreases.  People are tired of being in their homes and bored.  Of course, they are fed up.  We need to move forward intelligently and not on impulse just because people are fed up.  The smart move is always the best.  In the Good Gus series, there was only one doctor, Dr. Moore.  I named him that because I had a doctor of the same name and he was one of the kindest and most considerate doctors I ever had the pleasure of seeing. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many people are impolite and rude rather than take a few minutes to have consideration for others.  Look at your workmates and how they treat not only you but everyone else in the organization.  There are individuals who feel that only their time is valuable.  They will ring during the dinner hour usually to ask you something that could easily wait until the following day.  Then there are the co-workers who will nudge everyone else out if they can steal a commission.  If they have a person who works on a sale, possibly sets it up and gives them the referral as they will visit the client, when payment time arrives they suddenly forget that the other person is owed part of the commission.  They will also play the accounting person if they are sick to see if they can cut out the original co-worker.  Is it impolite?  It’s beyond that as they are basically cheats.  With the flu covering every single United State, the impolite person will go to work even when they are sick and spread their germs to everyone else.  What is worse is that people are now dying, of all ages, from the flu.  A little consideration should occur.  Many people wear masks to prevent their germs from spreading.  However, most impolite people sneeze and cough everywhere on everyone.  Being impolite is not about a lack of manners it’s more about being considerate and thinking of others.  In the Good Gus series being impolite was unheard of in any story.  I wanted the children to clearly understand that they should be polite and considerate of others at all times.  Besides books one and two on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time, the full series is available on Kindle worldwide.  If the impolite people at your workplace are making you fear the flu, wear a mask and when you need to relax take a quick perusal of “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Coward is not a word used every day. It should be even though it appears to have gone out of style.  During the wars people who deserted were considered to be a coward.  Although today there is a new type of coward that hides behind computers.  They are busy with cyber attacks, hacking, and theft without ever being seen.  The young teens have learned that if they hide behind a computer they can cyber bully and with the advances in technology generally not get caught.  Their techniques are amazing.  Learning to punish people they dislike anonymously is cowardly. It’s sad to see how many teens and preteens take their own lives just from the cowards hiding behind a computer using social media to destroy individuals they consider are their enemies.   If you dislike someone or feel a person is against you don’t you think it would be better to confront them rather than hide behind a computer? Look at the damage the scandalous  papers and magazines do to famous people lives.  Their hiding to find pictures that can be doctored just to make a commission or sell papers is despicable.  In the cartoons both of yesteryear and today,  the individuals wear masks but they are always heroes doing good deeds.  Without hiding behind computers because they didn’t exist during the Good Gus series, the theme of all the stories is to do the right thing.  Only book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart” has a bully and is dealt with in a positive way.  Sheriff Gus confronts Bad Bart and handles the situation without violence.  If you would like to hear book one or two, please visit Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  In “Misplaced Trust” there are people who are cowards in a few of the chapters.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

masks computer hackermasks female With Halloween just around the corner, masks are in great demand. Their use is to disguise whomever you may be and in turn you can fulfill your fantasy and be a superhero, a famous person, royalty or a celebrity.Children love the masks for trick or treating and naturally, everyone pretends they have no idea who they are with their masks on. Then there is the other types of masks. Its the type the people wear sometimes every day. They may be ashamed or embarrassed as to whom they really are as a person, or they may wish to hide behind a fake mask so no one will know their real self. People wear invisible masks mostly at work every day. Its easier to pretend everything is going wonderfully rather than let the world know how you really feel. Hiding your true feelings sometimes leads to be a fake all the time. In the work place, your workmates really aren’t’ interested in your life but rather the quality of your work. I imagine if you are a person who greets people such as a receptionist in an office, or a hotel worker, wearing a mask is a better way to do your job. Did you ever think that people who wear masks may also be unable to face themselves or their lives? It could be why people drink, do drugs and anything that is self destructive. When people wear invisible masks or so they think its not apparent, others can see right through them.  Many people go to therapy to help find themselves. People who wear invisible masks can be deceiving.  They can act as if they are your friend or a willing co-worker with your best intentions and then they do the opposite. As you can see by the picture above, computer hackers wear an invisible mask.  Even in diplomatic relations, people wear invisible masks because if they said how they really felt the negotiations would fall apart.  In dating people wear invisible masks to impress the other person.  If it turns into genuine feelings, the masks fall off.  Sometimes for the best and other times for the worst.  Even in business when people are making a deal the masks are on.  Then, if everything falls apart, the masks not only disappear, but the boxing gloves come out.  In the Good Gus Series there are no masks.  All the characters are exactly who they appear to be.  The books are a great lesson for developing minds.

masksMasks aren’t just for Halloween or costume balls. We all wear masks at one time or another. There was a move entitled “The Mask” that starred Jim Carey. He was great in that role. When he discovered the mask, it gave him great powers. Many times we wear masks to hide our feelings. It just seems easier. If you are having a bad day, or a tragedy occurred, then the masks are worn. Many times children mask their feelings particularly if they are being picked on at school or didn’t do well on a test.  I saw a television show recently about a teenage boy who found a mask and could only talk to girls wearing a mask or on the phone. It was a weird mask and he stumbled onto wearing it when a girl was visiting his older sister.  He was walking down the stairs with the mask on.  He was wondering abut it when he saw the girl.  She immediately reacted to him and loved the mask.  He was debonair and charming.   It took a great deal of effort for the parents to find a way for him to not use the mask as a crutch and actually speak to girls. They actually tricked him into speaking to a girl and before he realized he wasn’t wearing the mask he was talking to her.  Many of the shows on the television, the writers use masks in an imaginary way. The story lines show people hiding their feelings and use an imaginary mask in doing it. No one in the Good Gus Series wear masks either real or imaginary.  All the characters are fairly straight forward.  So as you peruse all the books available online, and are hoping to find stories with adventures but with a hidden moral lesson, I hope you will choose a Good Gus book.

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