My daughter posted a sign  on Facebook that said: “Accusations from a narcissist are actually confessions.”  There were comments of people agreeing with this statement one hundred percent.  All narcissists use the same vocabulary and say the same words.  The fact that the sign said that their accusations were confessions is amazing.  If you have ever dealt with a narcissist you would understand. In the media, accusations are an everyday occurance.  They throw them out there and then wait to see what happens.  Sometimes they are denied,  proven to be just false or a new form of accusatory lies appear and the dust settles on the original victim.  This is a staple in politics.  As the politicians compete with one another, they start with all types of accusations.  Often when they are proven false they simply move on to new ones.  If a person doesn’t have proof, they should not say things that are untrue just to hurt another person.  That is really all it amounts to.  The majority of the time it is nothing more than lies.  It even happens in elementary all the way up to high school.  Once the words are spoken, the gossip spreads and before long a student is hurt.  It doesn’t achieve anything.  For the person dealing with a narcissist, it gives them an opportunity to confront them and solve your issues.  In the Good Gus series Bad Bart was accusatory towards Bob.  However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem and proved that Bad Bart was wrong and that there was a different approach that could solve the problem.  You can easily access the books online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who think nothing of making accusations.  The book would be great for holiday reading.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


  Last year and again this year, particularly in the United States, the blame game is out in full force. It is highly visible in politics.  It teaches the young that they don’t need to take responsibility for their actions as the blame game can be utilized to change the blame from you to someone or something else.  It starts in school.  The children who are doing really well are bullied by the less intelligent.  They take their family and home problems out on the children who mind their own business.  Then they begin picking on those students and when they are caught they start with the blame game.  The other students are either scared, have been told by their parents not to get involved, or they just don’t care.  Over time they seem to accept the harm to others without thinking twice.  In marriages, when a partner is caught cheating their first reaction is to blame the other person.  It was their fault because they didn’t pay enough attention to them, they made all the wrong foods, the house isn’t clean, the children are doing poorly in school or any other reason or excuse they can think of.  There are many articles now discussing the current generation and their lack of taking responsibility for their actions. When the older generation was young, it was mandatory that we accept responsibility for our actions.  That may be a factor in the increase in crime.  They all believe they can get away with it.  They are foolish if they think they will as there are video cameras everywhere.  In the Good Gus series when anyone did something wrong, I was sure that they accepted responsibility for their actions.  No blame game. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thrived using the blame game.  It’s a good spring read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Everybody’s talking today about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I find it amazing that Harry , as part of the royal family, spoke out.  Previously, the servants, assistants and maids while they lived in England, complained bitterly about Meghan.  Many people have a variety of thoughts and the comments are non stop.  It does make me wonder as you listen  that there is a possibility that she was not treated kindly, but when you listen to the snippets of the interview it truly sounds she was picked on and a victim of the royal family.  It’s difficult to understand why they gave this interview.  They have plenty of money.  There are many individuals who will not take this well.  The continual banter on the internet shows everybody’s talking about the royal family and of course, politics. Including Kate Middleton and giving her a name of ‘waity Katie’ was at the very least demeaning.  Most countries who are free have groups who do not agree.  You will find rumors, innuendos, and lies about each side. Now that Trump has left office, the media can’t let go of him.  There are articles every day about him.  He is out of office, move on.  Do you ever wonder that they just don’t have enough to write about so they go to the old reliables?  I dislike gossip, revealing family secrets even if you are famous, the tabloids, continual data on anyone famous, etc.  We all have problems, secrets, and difficulties.  To spread it out into the world for money is wrong in my mind.  In the Good Gus series, there were problems but no secrets or gossip.  It sets a bad example for the young reader.  The series is available on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of all the above.  Many individuals find it an interesting read.  It can be found on these websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Negativity comes in all forms and sizes. Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the states and is celebrated in a few countries in Europe simply because they like the holiday.  Families get together and appreciate each other and have a nice day.  However, that is not true for all families.  In the states, families are still arguing about the elections.  Rather than enjoy the day, their negativity flows through as they believe only their opinion is correct.  You cannot change a person’s mind, so why argue about it.  Politics are always a touchy subject, but this year in the states, it has been horrific. Even though they preach everyone has their own opinion, apparently it is not longer the case.  A nice day was destroyed over negativity.  There are families that seem to breed negativity.  All the members are the same.  Everything is bad and nothing is good.  It’s not anything I care for.  It’s a real task in learning how to overcome negativity.  It’s not easy if you were raised that way.  For example, a poor family may continually criticize anyone with money. Then, if one member of the family becomes successful, rather than say congratulations, they revert to negativity.  They may say that the cheated to obtain their wealth, that they lied to get a promotion, etc.  It’s all foolish.  If you want to succeed you must believe in yourself and move forward.  Look at Col. Sanders.  He became wealthy when he was in his sixties.  Nothing stopped him not even negativity.  In the Good Gus series, there are no negative personalities. The world is difficult and I believe reading is a positive escape and it should be enjoyed.  Yes, I do have subliminal lessons, but they are positive for young readers.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  I have run out of “The Special Gift.”  I will reprint very soon. “Misplaced Trust” is full of greedy negative people.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Have you ever noticed how frequently people compare almost everything? It’s never ending.  We tend to compare ourselves to others as we see it on a daily basis.  Right now, with politics looming in the United States, most of the articles compare the current  president and incumbent, which I think is a waste of time.  Each person is different and you cannot predict anything.  Whenever there are social events, the fashion writers and gossip columnists compare the appearance of almost every individual.  What does it matter?  Why can’t they say that each person looked nice in their own way and give compliments.   Instead they go out of their way to compare everyone’s appearance and even what they may have worn the previous year.  Possibly their jobs and advertising sales depend upon their primarily negative comments.  Many people who are not financially well off tend to compare themselves to someone who is financially successful.  Again, I don’t understand.  It doesn’t matter if a person drives a luxury car and you drive an economy car.  The point is that each vehicle gets you where you want to go.  If you keep it clean that is also a plus.  I think people spend too much time comparing themselves to others when they should be grateful for what they do have and strive to achieve their goals.  In the Good Gus series, the citizens were equal as far as wealth, clothing and possessions were concerned.  Without the prejudices in any story, children learn to appreciate everything and accept all people who are nice to them.  After all, we are all human beings.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, if you purchase a book for a donation for the Mae Charles Gift of Reading, I will personally autograph it and send it off.  Once you give the gift of reading, you give a gift for life.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters that compare how much money they will receive and if they are unhappy, problems appear. The book is a good self help guide to point you in the right direction for an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The fear of anticipated violence is rapidly approaching in the United States. Businesses are boarding up afraid of the violence and damage. Whichever way the election goes, there will be trouble. Whomever wins there will be opposing sides afraid of their futures, afraid of the changes and they will take their vengeance out on anyone available. Life is not as we have always known it.  We don’t have the same freedoms that we did since Covid.  Families are divorcing, the family courts are packed with people fighting, and there are people who are afraid to go out of their homes tomorrow for fear of being harmed regardless of whom they vote for. Everyday people are posting positivity on Facebook.  No one is listening.  Crime is at an all time high and it will escalate tomorrow and possibly the next day.  Today, Liam’s Photos of Ireland asked his followers to post something that made them happy.  It could be a verse, poem, their thoughts or even a picture.  We all keep trying but there are  small groups of people around not only the United States but the world utilizing fear to keep us from moving forward.  The virus is bad enough, but the thoughts of people who are frightened to go out of their homes is temporarily escalating.  As the old saying goes, “This too shall pass.”  In the Good Gus series there was no violence.  The books are for fun reading not making children afraid.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  The only thing people are afraid of in “Misplaced Trust” is not getting their fair share.  This easy self help guide for an estate plan is readily available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Everyone has too much stress.  There isn’t a person I speak to that doesn’t comment on how difficult everything is.  The bombardment of media in our lives is giving us too much stress.  What is worse is that half of it contradicts the other half.  How do we cope?  Everyday there seems to be a new rule about something.  The one positive thing is that there is less traffic in many areas.  That does cut down on being aggravated.  There  continual fighting and anger is frustrating.  Sometimes I am amazed that people who lived side by side all these years are suddenly attacking each other.  It’s shocking now that these people who are referred to as ‘Karen’ seem to feel they can be mean and hurtful to anyone including children.  Where did everyone’s manners go?  Their parents raised them to be polite and kind yet they now feel they can be abusive and rude.  Maybe the parents need the time outs now!  The world needs to calm down and find positive solutions rather than take their anger and frustration out on others.  We all need a break.  Part of the worst of everything right now in the states is that politics are everywhere.  People want to talk about it, argue over it, and force their opinions on you.  I don’t want to hear it anymore.  My response is a polite version of ‘keep your opinions to yourself.’ In the Good Gus series there really isn’t too much stress.  The books are online at Kindle with a few at Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is your best choice for understanding about wills and trusts.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  We have lost the art of conversation. Almost all discussions revolve around politics, food and the virus.  If you look at Facebook everyday, what do you see?  People complaining about all the candidates in the United States.  They have comments on anything and everything.  They blame them for the virus which did not occur in either America or Europe or several other continents.  It was spread by a variety of people.  Our economic down turn is not great but we need to find a way to move forward.  The continual ads and comments, all negative, are exhausting.  The additional violence that wants to be recognized yet some articles that are now appearing on Facebook are showing just what the violence is doing to innocent children.  No one discusses history, interesting past events, music, films, or even good books.  The art of conversation needs to return so that people stop focusing on all the negative, blaming, condemning, and literally nit picking about every little word a politician says.  If you think about it, how many people even listen to classical music?  Very few.  With people not going into shops, no one is purchasing goods, music, books, or even clothing.  When you shop, for example, the art of conversation revolves around whatever you may be purchasing for example a new dress.  The sales person asks you questions, you respond and both of you enjoy speaking to one another.  In the Good Gus series the art of conversation existed.  In fact, in book eight, “The New Library,” life improves dramatically in Pecos because of the increase in books in the new library.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” characters sorely lack the art of conversation.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for your interest in my crowdfunding.  The site is:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading

Now that the United States is under full swing for politics, so are the online attacks.  There is one politician in particular, running for the presidency, that has been encouraging online attacks.  This same man years ago encouraged violence.  He breezes on and yet no one is stopping him or his supporters.  Political fights are nasty regardless of the country, yet somehow they are much worse in the states.  Online attacks are also a famous technique for bullies.  They hide behind false names and go after other individuals.  This event occurs in elementary, junior and high school.  It is also quite prevalent in colleges and universities.  The insatiable need for inferior individuals to raise themselves up emotionally while performing online attacks on others is serious.  In the schools, children have ended their lives because of the cruelty.  Anyone who encourages violence should not even be allowed on any social media or public platforms regardless of the country.  We should be able to live happy lives without the failures trying to hurt us and make us fail.  Do you ever wonder how they feel when they have bullied someone so much or political rallies end in violence with accompanying injuries and possible death?  Obviously, they have no conscious.    There was an old song entitled, “Where have all the flowers gone?”  It should be renamed “Where have all the morals, ethics, and decency gone?”  In the Good Gus series, the importance of all stories was good morals and values.  There was a little bullying from Bad Bart in book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart.”  However, Sheriff Gus solved the problem logically and without any type of violence.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store, Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In many industries people are judged by their last success. If they fail for the next one, they are out of several businesses.  This is particularly true in the fashion world and movie industry.   Yesterday was the ten year anniversary of a famous designer in the fashion industry who ended his life.  The author of the article assumed that he quit living because he was only as good as his last success.  Not everyone can be perfect all the time and have extreme success.  Everyone makes mistakes but they are  harshly judged if they fail in either industry.  If you express your thoughts, give your political views, etc. you can be out of luck for any future business.  If you are in the public eye you should really keep your political views to yourself.  You are a commodity and not a platform for your opinions and views.  The goal should be great fashions and superior acting.  Somehow, celebrities believe that they can influence politics.  I personally will not be interested in anyone who uses being famous as a platform for their political views.  We have a right to our own opinions but trying to influence the public to your point of view is not acceptable.  The Good Gus series has no politics.  They are the type of stories that are free from violence, fairies, monsters, technology, and sarcastic remarks.  The series is important as it reinforces good behavior, being polite and respect for all people.  The books are multicultural which I feel is important in our times.  It is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  Finally, yesterday, Kindle resolved the issues with “The Special Gift.”  By next Christmas I will have two holiday books.  It is also available as a hard copy at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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