children's books, Good Gus Books Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions.  If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong.  It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed.  For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone.  She finds a picture of him with another woman.  She instantly begins jumping to conclusions.  She believes he is cheating on her.  She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens.  She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him.  Then, one day he comes home with the woman.  She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he  tries to explain.  He finally forces her to calm down.  He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red.  She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her.  Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed.  This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant.  Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart.  He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As cell phones have become more popular, people are dropping their landlines. They are also bringing them everywhere. I find it amazing that they bring them to the restroom.  I was on the phone one time with a client and all of a sudden I heard the toilet flush.  It was appalling. If you are a church going person, do you ever notice the number of people on their phones?  I saw a short video about a woman telling her pastor that she was not attending service any more.  She couldn’t take watching people playing on their phones, gossiping, and not focusing on the service.  Why are phones suddenly so important?  Before COVID, people would be in restaurants on their phones.  Aren’t you supposed to be enjoying a meal and having pleasant conversation?  If parents allow it, their children will be on the phone during dinner.  That is the special time of the day where we all speak about what we did, school, work, etc.  It’s not take a bite, answer a text, a call or play a game.  How many times have you passed a group of teens and they are all together but there is no conversation.  They are all on their  cell phones messaging each other within the group.  What happened to good old fashioned conversation?  It almost seems like it has gone out of style.  In the Good Gus series, cell phones did not exist.  When families ate together they talked about their day.  We should all return to that.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can bring relief from boredom and this cold weather.  It is on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Lately walking has become popular again.  There are many articles about losing weight, getting healthy, strengthening your legs and more.  First of all, there are many countries, including mine, Ireland, where the majority of people walk every day.  Children walk to school, people walk to work and to the grocery.  Other countries in Europe also have many individuals walking.  In Italy, many people cycle, both young and old. It’s good  for your health and your heart.  The articles on the internet discuss walking so much  per day to lose weight. It’s easy, and you don’t have to go to the gym and possibly catch COVID. Not to mention it is FREE!  They claim that if you also walk at least ten thousand steps a day that your health will improve and it will help with your weight. When I lived in Ireland, I walked every day, but on Sundays I liked to walk wherever the flowers were in bloom.  If you find walking boring, bring along your earbuds and listen to your phone.  I like to listen to various YouTube videos as it makes the time go by faster.  Some days if you aren’t in the mood to walk, the videos will make it easier as you are focusing on something else rather than time. In the Good Gus series, walking, horses and a buckboard were the only means of transportation in Pecos.  Ft. Worth had the train.  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 has a gut reaction or an instinct. Frequently, they fail to follow it. They may have to make a decision or are in a situation that they aren’t sure about.  Rather than go with their instinct, they hash it around so much in their mind that they end up making the wrong choice.  I don’t usually watch police videos, but I caught a story about a young boy calling the emergency police number.  It bothered the woman who answered the call  so much that she told a workmate.  She said something felt off and that her instinct told her something was wrong.  Another police woman followed up and she had the same instinct.  She set up a surveillance and one of the policemen, who looked like a homeless guy, pawed through the trash and collected various sets of fingerprints. When they were analyzed there was nothing on the father, but the boy’s prints showed that he was a missing child for several years.  The next day there was a police raid and they found black hair dye.  The policewoman’s instincts were right again because suddenly there was another child missing.  When they put out the all points bulletin, they added a man with two children. The two boys tried to run away, but the fake father had a GPS on the boy’s phone and found them.  It all ends well with the police figuring out where they boys were and rescued them.  The point is that when you have that feeling go with it as it may turn out to be extremely positive.  In the Good Gus series, there are times when Sheriff Gus uses his instincts that always end up positive.  In “The Special Gift” Sheriff Gus believes he sees something in the distance and uses his instinct to find Liam.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  Prepare now with reading choices as the lockdowns begin.  “Misplaced Trust” is an enjoyable read even if you are not going to utilize an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In many cases, customer service is a joke. This applies to all industries, government agencies, and to all western countries.  Yahoo posted a short video about a little girl talking on the phone.  She was losing it over whatever she was saying.  The title was basically stating this is how we all feel when dealing with customer service.  You can start with any industry.  They leave you on hold.  They let the phones ring so many times that you give up.  If they do answer they transfer you.  Then, once you re-explain everything, their answer is they can’t help you and transfer you again followed by a disconnect.  The government employees aren’t much better.  I have heard from numerous people and seen articles that while individuals are struggling and trying to collect unemployment, the wonderful government customer service are not answering their phones and if they do they will tell the requester they aren’t qualified.  The individuals have worked, paid their taxes, and the customer service employees are basically not doing their jobs and trying to convince people to give up.  One time in Ireland I was having issues and had to call customer service for a specific company.  Instead of giving the jobs to the unemployed residents of Ireland,  customer service was sent to a country with individuals  that could barely speak English and of course, in the end, didn’t help me.  It’s easy to see how frustrated people become and even lose their tempers.  There were no large businesses, let alone phones during the Good Gus series era.  The books are available online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is ideal for indoor reading.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

With the flu and the coronavirus looming, it’s a good idea to use sanitizers. Many groceries have them to wipe down the trolleys.  As their primary ingredient is alcohol, they are well worth the price and protection.  Whenever I go into a store now, I either wear gloves, bring my own sanitizers or use theirs.  There seems to be a steady supply as they aren’t interested in sick customers.  They are useful in everyday life.  If you are flying, particularly long distance, wipes should be used to wipe down your immediate area.  After I read an article about all the germs attached to flyers and magazines on planes, I no longer touch or read them.  Computers are full of germs.  They should be wiped down frequently particularly if other people use it.  Miss Patty uses a disinfectant spray in the office.  The man we work with is not the cleanest or sanitary person on the planet.  You should also wipe your phone everyday.  The germs from your hands, the air, your face, and even your hair need to be wiped off.  When I cook I don’t use sanitizers but I do wash my hands with liquid soap probably about ten times per meal.  I now buy the large refills to keep the kitchen and bathrooms full.  Most sanitizers are inexpensive and I see many individuals buy the type that can be attached to a purse, briefcase or suitcase.  There were less worries in Pecos and there wasn’t a real need for sanitizers.  Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park, San Diego tomorrow with hard copies of the Good Gus series  and of course, her credit card machine.  The base has promised the final payment for all sold books by the end of this month.  Keep your fingers crossed.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California with online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust”  is still online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Today I saw a video about the staff at the Midvale Chili’s in Utah that displayed real kindness.  An older girl brought her younger sister, age seven, out to eat to Chili’s.  The little sister always ordered a burger with various fixings, fries and chocolate milk.  The waitress, Lauren, brought the chocolate milk and said her food would be along shortly.  When the burger arrived, the little sister wouldn’t touch it.  The big sister asked why.  She said it was broken.  At first she didn’t understand.  Then she realized it had been cut in half.  When Lauren came back to check on them, she asked for a new burger, said she would pay for it, but to not cut it.  She explained that her sister had Autism and things had to go in a certain order.  Lauren immediately said to the little sister, “I understand that your burger is broken.  I am going to take it away and bring you a new one.”  The big sister was really pleased that she was so considerate.  A few minutes later the manager, Brady, came by and told the little sister he was very sorry her burger was broken and that he would bring more fries and pickles while she waited for the new one.  The real kindness displayed by these two people was impressive.  When the new burger arrived, the little sister started kissing the bun telling it she missed it.  The big sis took a picture and showed it to Lauren.  Lauren asked to borrow her phone so she could show her manager and in fact she showed everyone who were all thrilled.  Real kindness is so rare that it is important that it is recognized whenever possible.  Real kindness occurs in all the Good Gus series stories.  It was raining today so if you want hard copies go by the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California or online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Loneliness seems to be increasing daily.  According to USC, San Diego, the Generation Z ages seven to twenty-two are the loneliest of all.  Also next in line to being lonely are the older generation.  Many of them no longer work, have lost a spouse, their friends have passed and their children don’t live near them any more.  I think much of this has to do with technology.  Everyone is constantly on their phones.  They are always looking things up or possibly commenting about something.  They aren’t walking, talking, or socializing with live human beings.  Along with loneliness comes depression.  Life’s circumstances are part of it but it is also the lack of continual socializing.  Most people don’t even know their neighbors anymore.  Even in my complex I only know a few people.  As individuals are constantly on the go, working, moving, and trying to handle a variety of tasks they lack the time to be social.  Loneliness frequently leads to depression.  Once a person begins to feel that way it’s very difficult to overcome. They don’t feel like going out and doing things.  They are no longer interested in socializing unless absolutely necessary.  The first biggest step is to get out of the house.  If a lonely person starts walking each day in their neighborhood they will meet other people.  Just saying hello is a good first step.  Joining a gym and trying to participate in your church’s activities may help.  If you are young, and you notice it in your children, take them off of the tablet, phone, computer or in front of the TV.  Gaming is a sure fire way to avoid socialization.  It only takes a few small steps and people can begin to recover.  I tried for hours today to fix “The Special Gift” on Kindle and in the end their software failed.  I also emailed Nook to help with that problem as well.  The Good Gus series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are selling at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is a convenient book companion on your table or phone online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

It’s not my imagination. People just don’t seem to have grace and class any more. When an older man, but younger than me, holds the door, I always say thank you because it’s now quite rare.  If you are in a conversation, how frequently do people interrupt and ignore what you may wish to say?  I read recently that banks in the UK are going to replace humans with robots.  I wonder if they will be polite.  It’s quite possible they may be extremely aggravating.  When you are stuck with dealing with people on the phone who seem like robots, do you wonder if they ever learned any manners?  Grace and class are a learned skill.  It applies to both men and women.  In an episode of “Designing Women,” Suzanne, a former Miss Georgia beauty queen, was notified after fifteen years, as they were computerizing all their data, that there was a clerical error.  They insisted that she meet with pageant staff and give her crown back to the first runner up.  She handled the situation with grace and class as she stood waiting to remove her crown on the stage.  The woman who was the announcer said she was pleased to include one of the former judges. He was a much older man.  When he stood on stage as she began to introduce him, he turned to the runner up and said, “I remember you.  You gave me the best night of my life.”  Needless to say, the runner up did not act with grace and class.  They handed the cape and a bouquet of flowers to Suzanne who graciously smiled, walked down the runway and said, “Thank you.”  It was great!  In life, if people displayed even a modicum of grace and class, they might be kinder and we would all be happier.  In the Good Gus series, style, grace and class are displayed in every story.  In book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” Sheriff Gus handles the basic temper tantrum of Bart with grace and class.  The townspeople cheered.  I am still trying to solve the problems with Kindle and now Nook for online books.  Hard copies are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  Waterstones, which is in the UK, doesn’t seem to have any problems.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters that clearly have no grace or class.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Technology is teaching children to be learn how to be idle. They have learned to  sit around and play with their phones and tablets. Many countries are upset that their children are slowly  and steadily becoming obese.  Jamie Oliver has gone into schools and worked with the staffs to change the cafeteria foods to lower the fat and calories.  What they need is to stop playing games or looking at websites and play outside.  Now that school has started it is time for sports, dance lessons, swimming lessons, and outside chores to help the family.  Children need to be more active.  It clears their minds.  That was why we had recess when we were young.  Running, playing, jumping rope were all activities which cleared our brains and refreshed us to return to school to be able to learn our lessons.  The continual bombardment of news, social media, shows on YouTube, cartoons and games keep a child’s mind working but not in a productive way.  There are many TV shows where highly intelligent students found ways to skip or be excused from gym class.  Their parents should have realized that they were missing out and clearing out the thoughts in the brain and starting fresh.  Many adults who apply for jobs today, because of learning to be idle, can barely spell, do math, write in cursive, and even read at a high school level.  While technology is important and helpful, learning needs to be part of the basics as it carries you through life.  If you are in a situation and your phone or calculator are dead, can you figure out a math problem?  In the grocery now they show the price per ounce, pound, milliliter, grams, kilo, etc.  Most people, except for older adults, can calculate which product in which size is the best buy in their heads.  In the Good Gus series, Miss Patty taught the basics because she knew that was the foundation of their education.  As storms approach and temperatures rise, take a moment to read the Good Gus series to your children.  Most adults enjoy it.  It is available on Kindle, Waterstones and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  As you watch the news as the storms are approaching, give yourself a break with “Misplaced Trust.”  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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