Many questions can be answered with either a yes or no. When you ask a person a question, the longer they talk the more they avoid the answer. When you are listening to continual verbiage, you know not only they will not answer what you asked but they will circumvent whatever you asked. Even if it is through a text, they can speak paragraphs without really saying anything. The narcissist is really good at not answering and coming up with a variety of lies. Their only problem is that they cannot always keep their lies straight. It is really true in life about almost anything. For example, an employee decides to ask for a raise. They are entitled to one as they have worked quite hard and their performance reports state that they are doing an excellent job, always on time and stay late to finish projects. The boss can easily say yes or not to his question. Instead, he receives the basic run a round and his question is never answered. He then walks away wondering what had just happened. I have seen this in movies, court, the workplace, and even with family members. You repeatedly ask the same question but never even receive a yes or no answer. If we start now teaching our children to be truthful the world would be a better place. In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the boys skip off to see the rodeo and don’t even answer either their mother or father. The point of that story was they were disobeying their parents and there were consequences. The series is available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Getting a yes or no answer by the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is close to impossible. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Happy Easter everyone! This is the last world holiday for many months. Easter comes in two forms. One is for the Christians who consider it the end of Lent and a holy day. The other is simply a family holiday where everyone gets together and feast. Although this year it is still difficult due to the pandemic. However you do celebrate it, it should be an enjoyable day. I saw on Matt Fraser on Facebook, his family making lasagna for the family get together. If we can be together without becoming sick, it is a good day. We all need to be reminded that holidays are to share and enjoy. I did my baking today so I will be ready for tomorrow. Easter is great for children. The story of the Easter bunny is fun. Hiding the eggs, little gifts, etc. are a nice treat for children. I always gave my children small presents in an Easter basket with candy hid in obvious places. They would joke about it when they were seven and eight. It is a day to enjoy each other’s company and friendship. If you are alone, watch movies that will cheer you tomorrow. Whatever you do have a wonderful day. In the Good Gus series I never added the Easter holiday. The books are still a great gift online or through the website for tomorrow, the end of the school year or just for fun reading. You can find them at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. I tried to return to the video readings with my former radio company, but COVID ended the business. “Misplaced Trust” is also available online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
We all need a peaceful mind. Trying to have a peaceful mind in this day and age is close to impossible. We are bombarded with all types of news all of which is negative. It’s never ending. Then there is the fake news, the possible real news and something in between. The American political scene is broadcast around the globe. The bickering, fighting, phony fact checking, innuendoes, lies, gossip, etc. never stops. If you turn on the TV, what do you see more of the same. You also have all the drama type shows. I started to DVR the older shows. They are well written, have a good plot, and can turn my thoughts into what I need to obtain a peaceful mind. The best part about TV shows or movies is that for a short period you are so absorbed on what is on the screen, that your thoughts slow down and your focus is on the story line. Obviously, many people do yoga, meditate, and listen to various YouTube channels that try to present calming music, positive thoughts, and a variety of forms of meditation. Wishing for it, doesn’t exactly work. Many people cannot shut their minds down. They might be ADD or ADHD and their minds can’t seem to shut off. That may be why the sleeping pill industry does so well. Although, now, there are products that are not prescription, all natural, that will help you sleep and achieve a peaceful mind. In the Good Gus series, none of the things I just wrote about were part of the old west. They existed just not in Pecos at that time. The series is online on Kindle, with a few copies in Nook and Waterstones. No one in “Misplaced Trust” has a peaceful mind. They are all bickering over who gets what and money. This why my book is an ideal choice for figuring out the best approach for your estate plan. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
We all need a mental health day. A whole day where we don’t work, face problems, listen to the media, and in general rest our minds. It was easier before Covid. You could take a sick day and go to an amusement park, the beach, a lake, a pool, a movie, a park, or just sleep late and eat at a nice restaurant. Of course, if you were in Ireland, you could enjoy a pint or two. Now, if work appears we all take it. Times are not the best. A friend of mine posted on facebook today about the increase in depression and other mental health related conditions. It’s shocking what has happened to people in the world. Many people are alone and have their groceries delivered. They rarely interface with a live person and the TV is their only companion. Where would they go and what could they do for a mental health day? Many of the tourist cities, because the hotels are so cheap, are being bombarded with people from other states in the United States who are wreaking havoc, encouraging violence and even shootings. This is not what a good mental health day is. Not to mention the harm to the people trying to enjoy themselves along with the businesses trying to hold on until the pandemic has passed. It’s not easy. In the Good Gus series, a mental health day didn’t exist. They didn’t have technology, violence, pandemics or other issues. They did face other problems but rather than fight, they banded together to solve their issues A good example is book two, “The Cattle are Restless.” Also, book three, “Cory Returns” had everyone working together. Good lessons for young children. The series is online on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. If you are trying to plan your retirement or even your future and are contemplating a living trust or will, “Misplaced Trust” is the perfect guide to help you make the right choice. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Payback comes in a variety of forms. Sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. Most people refer to it as Karma. Often when you think of payback you think of paying your debts or loans. Then, there are many movies that have a different form of payback. It’s usually for revenge. There are individuals who conger up ways to seek revenge. If you watch any of the mystery movies you will see them use poison, frame someone else for something they did, steal from them and more. In my mind there should be positive payback from the good things that happen to people. As they say pay it forward but what about payback in the form of a good deed, a kind gesture, or lending a helping hand. The other day I had to have the cable man from Cox for repairs. All my paperwork was a mess in their system. He was here for one and one half hours. While I was working and on the phone as many people were calling me for my birthday, he finished assembling a mini trampoline that I had bought and couldn’t complete. It was the nicest thing as the springs were too hard for me to pull. I had completed all but ten. That is a nice payback. You never know if you help someone one that another person may help you when you need it. In the Good Gus series, payback was always in the form of helping others. The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” might be a good read if you are in the states this week-end for the holiday. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
An introvert is a person who is simply very quiet. Frequently, if a person is an introvert at a young age they are picked on and bullied. They are never chosen for any activities when there are sides such as in sports, debates, general classroom activities, etc. There is nothing wrong with them. They just like less noise. It’s not a bad trait, a disease, or anything negative. They just like life differently. In reality, being an introvert may make you brighter, more powerful, effective and extremely interesting. They aren’t shy as shy people are generally scared. They tend to hang back, not become involved or participate in anything. It stems from fear which may be easy to figure as they have probably been rejected too many times. It’s foolish to change who you are if you are happy. A person shouldn’t believe that if they are introverted that they should try to be extroverted. The reverse if the same. It’s always better to be true to yourself. Just because you prefer quiet doesn’t mean that your family and friends should think less of you. You like them for whom they are and the same applies if you prefer to be more of the silent type. After all, the silent strong type was always popular in the movies. There are famous people who are an introvert such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Meryl Streep just to name a few. In the Good Gus series the characters were a happy medium. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Please check out my crowdfunding site at https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.
Our self image is extremely important. If we think negatively about ourselves, our self image will be very poor. It really doesn’t matter if you are tall or short, overweight or thin, bald or have lots of hair, or anything else. However, over time we see the movies, TV shows and magazines where people are a specific way and they are considered the beautiful people. What is really important is what is inside a person. How they treat you is what really counts. I recently saw an old episode of ‘Doogie Houser’ in which Doogie’s girlfriend’s cousin was in town so they went on a double date with his friend Vinnie. At first Vinnie was worried about the cousin’s appearance but then since his friend’s girl was pretty, he was sure he had no worries. When they meet up, the girl is overweight. Rather than be a jerk, he decided to just go along with the evening plans. They went to a place that had pool tables. Vinnie and the cousin played each other. After the first hour, the cousin asked if he was ready to quit. He asked her why and she said usually after one hour boys would make an excuse to leave. She clearly had a poor self image. She frequently made remarks about her weight until Vinnie told her to stop. His response was perfect. He told her he was having a good time. Eventually, a tall good looking boy came over to the cousin and started calling her names. Vinnie, who is very short and thin, stood up to him. He told him to stop. The tall boy took a swing at him as Vinnie ducked and rolled under a pool table. He quickly noticed a certain type of pool stick and used it on the boy in an area that caused him great pain. Obviously, they left after that. The point is that if you have a poor self image, you need to decide how to change it and stop beating yourself up. In the end, the girl went to Doogie and told him she had no idea how to stop overeating. He recommended a few places. Everyone in the Good Gus series had a good self image. It would be a terrible example for young children. It’s really important to note that I started writing in 2008. The characters in my books are people I have known in my life and they are all types and ethnicities. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Remember, I am working towards my next book by using crowdfunding. The site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading. A few people I know have already shared it with their friends. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The gossip magazines and newspapers revolve around false accusations. Advertisers believe that if you use strong short headlines that people will buy your products and read your magazines or papers. The reality is that people have fallen for this scheme and are now over it. It just doesn’t work. False accusations are always included in mystery shows and movies. It’s a great way to disguise what is really happening, who might be to blame, or to throw the police or prosecutors off. It’s very handy in divorce and custody battles. One side slings as many false accusations as possible, and the innocent person then has to prove they are lies. It’s very popular among teenagers and high schoolers. Boys will say things about a girl who rejected them and then the girl has a very difficult time because the wrong boys flock to her thinking they will be successful in dating her. When you think about it, it’s cruel. You can’t take words back. Once you speak them, they can never be reversed. Saying you are sorry may help, but it can’t erase what you might have said. In a way, it’s a revenge tactic. A person expounds a variety of false accusations and believes that everyone else will accept their word. In the real world, the more you do it, the worst it becomes for that type of person. They end up alone, no friends, no romantic companion along with a dull empty life. However, the reality is that they deserve what happens to them because they were the ones who made the false accusations. In the Good Gus series they didn’t exist. The point of all the books is to be positive, give good examples and make sure children understand right from wrong. The first page of every book has this sentence, “Gus is a good sheriff because he always does the right thing.” It is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has characters who live off of false accusations. It is also online and ideal reading for anyone in the states for this holiday week-end. You can find it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
There are many things in life including people who are perfect on paper. Yet, reality is an entirely different story. In the dating world, particularly on the computer websites many people look perfect on paper. However, meeting someone and spending time with them can give you an entirely differently perspective. For example, a person may have the ideal profile that a dater is seeking including good position, wants to marry, own a home, have children, etc. Then, after they meet and get to know them, the dater realizes that the profile is not true. The same is true when constructing a legal case. The data looks ideal, yet there may be no truth in what has been written. The legal system tends to gather facts but frequently not all facts and the person in charge is sure that they have an airtight case. Once in court, it’s all different. Their facts may be inaccurate and the other side could provide proof that refutes their statements. You see it frequently in movies and TV shows. This is also applicable to applicants applying for a position. Their CV or resume could look perfect on paper. Yet, once they are interviewed they may not have all the skills they state, nor worked at the various jobs during the time periods specified, etc. It’s common knowledge that people do fudge their CV’s and resumes but if a person overdoes it, they will not be hired. In the Good Gus series paper was used in school and for receipts. 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.
The old shows are back due to the quarantine and lockdown. I love the mystery shows and the writing twenty years ago was quite good. However, the portrayal of both men and women as characters sometimes is less than flattering. It seems to be dismissed if the men were having extra marital affairs, but the women appeared to be low class. Also, the older woman with the younger man was really frowned upon whereas the older man and younger woman, for the most part, was dismissed as that was how it was during the times. The best part about the old shows is that they frequently keep you guessing as to the whodunit. It gives you more more reasons to watch. Often, the newer mysteries, although the writing is of a good quality, half way through you know who did it. The same is true of romance movies. The old movies were close to predictable and that has not changed that much today. It’s simple. Man and woman meet, begin to fall in love, old girlfriend or boyfriend enters the scene, trouble ensues, and then miracle of all miracles they recognize that each one loves the other one. The best part about the Good Gus series are my books. The stories are full of adventure, along with good morals and values. Sure the children don’t listen to their parents, but the consequences make the young reader recognize that maybe they should listen to their mum and dad. “Misplaced Trust” characters are like the ones in the old shows. Younger woman meets older man, convinces him its love, marries him and then wipes out all of his money, disinherits his children, and slips away to do it again. The same is true with younger men. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Fathers Day!