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.


        Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  The pandemic has caused many issues including individuals who have lost confidence in themselves and their abilities.  There are still many people out of work worldwide.  They almost seem as if they have also lost hope as well.  I know individuals attempting to obtain employment, but it’s now difficult for them.  They once felt self assured and now they are unconfident, anxious, and in some cases scared they will not find work or be employed in the near future.  The pandemic has taken its toll on all of us.  It is often difficult dealing with the people who never lost their job during these times.  They are frequently rude and extremely inconsiderate.  I am particularly referring to any service industry.  What also upsets me is that these people almost gloat over the fact that they are employed and the only thing that changed is they don’t drive to work any more.  Times have certainly changed.  People who have continued to work may have lost confidence in their ability to interface with clients again as well.  It seems so easy doing meetings via the phone or the internet.  People still do argue and disagree but it is just not the same. In the Good Gus series, there was no one who had lost confidence.  I felt it was important that all characters were positive in every way.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who did their best to make sure other beneficiaries lost confidence so they could overpower them.  The book is 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.

  Throughout our lifetimes we continually meet people who are arrogant. They are the types of individuals who believe they are above the law, can lie, cheat and steal and no one will bother them.  They are also bullies. They say rude and nasty things and think nothing of it.  During these times I have seen people being evicted even though it is against the law.  I have seen landlords go into homes and/or apartments and steal items and then harass the tenants to leave.  Just because they are doing better than the average person during the pandemic doesn’t mean they can be rude, arrogant individuals.  Many people are having a difficult time. A woman called me today who does own her home, is still working even though she is eighty, and said she had more problems than she ever thought possible. It’s not easy for many of us and the arrogant individuals are making it worse.  I see continually on Facebook short videos about arrogant sales clerks, and primarily husbands and a few wives. I cannot fathom what makes these individuals believe that they have the right to be rude, nasty and have an arrogant attitude towards others.  What if these same individuals ended up losing everything and were homeless?  Would they still keep their arrogant attitude? Only time will tell.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart was the only character with an arrogant attitude.  You can easily find the series online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of arrogant characters.  Keep warm by the fire with this good read.  You can easily locate it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd 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.

It appears that the pandemic is increasing what may be referred to as invisible disability. There is an actual condition called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  That condition deals with an inability to have good coordination which lasts a person’s entire life. What I am referring to is the invisible disability people are developing from lack of human contact, socialization in person, and everything connected to the lockdowns worldwide.  It’s not easy but people are finding it difficult to cope.  In the United States, changes are sweeping across the country including loss of jobs which are affecting part of the population.  Anyone who had a job and lost it to COVID are having a difficult time securing another position.  There are jobs but only in the technical fields.  For many individuals, it is too late to return to school  They don’t have the funds and will never be able to afford a loan.  So where does the invisible disability come in?  It’s simple.  People are beginning to have emotional problems that are not visible until they collapse, have a breakdown, or fall apart.  They have been able to cope and handle life but with no work, lockdowns, shortages at the grocery, the inability to pay their bills and for some eviction, it’s overwhelming.  They have no idea how to cope because they can’t solve their problems easily.  In the Good Gus series there were no invisible disabilities.  Katie does have a disability but she doesn’t appear until book twenty-two, “The Field Trip.” The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for these cold nights at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Over the years teaching has changed. Now with the pandemic, all teaching is different. Many schools aren’t even open. Classes are through Zoom now. It must be difficult for the children who are an only child as they have no interaction with other children. Even the few schools that are in session, the children can’t play together after school.  The pandemic has been making life difficult for everyone.  The parents that are working at home with their children doing Zoom school must find it challenging.  The children are home with their parents and expect them to give them their undivided attention.  Now, they are all together every day.  It’s similar to homeschooling except a parent actually teaches their children.  I home schooled my children before it was popular.  They participated in field trips, dug for fossils, played team sports, and even held part time jobs.  For my son, he was required to do volunteer work as part of his program.  He worked at the local library which really wanted him to remain after the project had ended.  I liked this type of schoolwork as it included giving back and life experience. He also learned how to balance a checkbook.  My daughter had a different type of course which focused on classical literature primarily. Whatever you choose, it should be right for your child.  Obviously, the public homeschooling is free, but if you find it unsuitable for your child check out other options. You may find what will work best for you and your child or children. In the Good Gus series, there is a school and Miss Patty teaches all the classes in a typical old fashioned one room school house.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is available for adults wondering about estate plans.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  When life has new events such as the pandemic, business changes occur.  I just saw a portable gym.  How great is that?  There are so many business changes including increases in wealth, different ways to show and sell real estate, people working at home and online or video meetings.  People are working at home and will probably never return.  Essential manufacturing will continue with work in facilities.  What is amazing is that new inventions are developing to offset the lack of physical contact.  There will always be business changes but there is a new evolution of products as well.  If you are thinking of going into business, look around and see what people need. You could come up with an idea that would free you from the daily grind and make you wealthy.  Hoping for a lottery win is an extreme longshot.  If you utilize your ideas in this ever changing climate, you may also change your entire life.  The new President of the United States will also be making business changes that will impact the economy as well.  There are so many new inventions lately it’s almost impossible to keep up.  In the Good Gus series business changes occurred regularly.  There  were inventions that changed their lives and the world including communications, medicines, faster transportation and more.  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, Playster,  Scribd 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.

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