There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  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, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

christophercars on fireEveryday in our lives our circumstances change.  Many individuals adapt, but a few do not.  It is not always easy when our circumstances change.  Can you image how people felt when they awoke on that fateful day in October  1929 when the U.S. Stock market crashed?  People went to bed carefree and woke up completely broke.  Talk about a change of circumstances.  Their lives in that moment transformed into a new lifestyle.  Many people became homeless and sadly, the individuals who couldn’t cope ended their lives.  The Dust Bowl Period in the 1930’s was devastating to North America.  Many families had to give up their homes, possessions, farms and head to where there was water and jobs. Each day we never know if our lives will improve or deteriorate.  For many individuals life goes on without any significant changes whatsoever.  However, one event can cause circumstances to change that sets off a chain reaction.  For example, a family owns a restaurant that is very successful.  It is dependent upon one person, a grandmother who traveled  from Italy to a new country – could be Canada, the United States or even Australia.  She is the life of the restaurant.  Everyone expects her to live a long time and pass on her fabulous recipes.  Then, one day, she has a heart attack.  No one knows how to cook as well as her and eventually the restaurant fails leaving family members in debt and out of work.  How often have you read about individuals who were in the wrong place at the wrong time?  They just happen to be at a location where something negative occurs and they end up hurt or worse.  Take Christopher Reeves.  He was riding a horse for an equestrian competition in Culpeper, Virginia.   The horse threw him and the balance of his life was spent in a wheel chair.  His circumstances changed but he did persevere to help people with spinal cord injuries and lobbied for stem cell research.  In the Good Gus Series, circumstances change in many of the stories.  The adventures stimulate young minds.  The books were designed in a series to encourage reading.  If you circumstances change and you have more free time to read, I hope you will consider “Misplaced Trust.”  It’s family drama may surprise you.

theft picstheft of datatheft moneyWhen people think of theft, it is generally in the area of white collar crime. There was a show in the United States entitled “White Collar” which was about a man who had been caught committing theft for many years and was finally captured. In order to reduce his sentence, he ended up working for the FBI. I think the series may have been on for five years. The thought process for people who have committed white collar crime is amazing. If you have ever read about any of the individuals, or read a book, they have written, they will clearly state that they did not think it was wrong or even theft. Their attitude was that insurance companies were wealthy so what did it matter if they took an item, stole cash, transferred funds from a person’s bank account to a numbered account that could not be traced, theft of an expensive automobile that could be sold to a chop shop and have the VIN filed down and replaced, and so much more.  They really didn’t consider it theft.  It was more of increasing their financial worth while insurance companies repaid the individuals they had robbed.  There is also theft of intellectual property.  Many people don’t really understand or even consider what that actually is.  When a person tries to obtain free advice from a professional such as an attorney, a certified public accountant, a software specialist, an engineer, and even a doctor just to name a few it is considered theft unless they pay for the service.  When an individual asks, even if they are at a social event, a specific question trying to obtain free information or advice, they are basically committing theft of intellectual property.  Professionals spend a great deal of time and money attending college to become qualified to practice their skills.  It is also true when a person asks for a recipe from a chef.  Many years ago, a friend of mine once asked for the recipe for oatmeal cookies from Neiman Marcus.  They presented her an invoice for two hundred and fifty dollars.  She was outraged but it simply never occurred to her that it was theft of intellectual property.  The chef had worked on that recipe and perfected it for the cafes at Neiman Marcus.  It was their property as the work had occurred while he was being paid by the company and it had been at their request to develop an item that their customers would enjoy.  Back in the days of the Good Gus Series, theft of a horse or at a bank were the main sources of ill gotten gains by thieves.  If you feel as executor or Successor Trustee of a will or trust, the heirs have turned into thieves, visit and read “Misplaced Trust.” Also available on kindle.

sad-girl-on-steps-1371872Every once in a while we are all disappointed. It can be something simple and small such as looking forward to a meal and the food tastes awful. Often people anticipate eating at a particular restaurant that has excellent reviews only to find that they did not like the food at all. It can even happen at home. You may put a meal in the crock pot before you leave for work, followed the recipe exactly, only to find that it wasn’t as described. A long time ago, I followed a recipe that had chicken, with vegetables and the broth was supposed to turn into a lovely sauce.  When I arrived home, all prepped to have a delicious meal I was extremely disappointed.  The chicken had cooked so long that it had fallen off the bone and there were bits of bones everywhere.  It was a total waste.  People often are disappointed with their jobs.  They generally start out excited, looking forward to a new opportunity and then it disappears.  The work may become dull and boring; the workmates may not make it a pleasant workplace, or the salary which was promised suddenly turns out to be much less than originally promised.  Being disappointed with life can be difficult.  When an individual feels they have made the correct choice for a life partner, and after a few years, or even after many years, it all falls apart, disappointed won’t even come close to the heartache and depression.  Children often fell that if they don’t perform perfectly whether it’s in school, on the athletic field, or in the arts, that their parents will be disappointed in them.  Often parents tell their children they have let them down which only exacerbates the situation.  If a child loses an athletic even, doesn’t come in first or second place at the science fair, fails the SAT’s, or?, it shouldn’t matter.  If the child did his or her best, that is what really counts.  Adult child can make life difficult for a parent if they turn to drugs, alcohol, or simply don’t work.  If the parent tells the adult child that they are disappointed, it only adds fuel to the fire so to speak.  It gives them additional reason to drink or take drugs.  Then they can blame the parent by saying they were disappointed in them so therefore, they have no hope.  Generally, it is not the parent’s fault a person has an addiction.  The adult sometimes doesn’t know why themselves.  Helping them find professional assistance is all any parent can do.  However, if they refuse that help, hope is all that is left.  I am sure there many disappointed fans yesterday at the Super Bowl.  However, many of the TV commentators loved the half time show which apparently was a great success. Occasionally, the children are disappointed in the Good Gus Series, but since they are stories everything always works out in the end.  Don’t be disappointed in your finances.  Take the first step to change your situation with the Money Manager at


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We all have challenges in life. Sometimes they are major and other times minor. The minor challenges in life such as mastering a recipe, finishing a task, school work, household chores that are difficult, or even learning how to drive. In many countries, people never learn how to drive. Its not only that they feel that it may be difficult, but there is plenty of public transportation which makes driving unappealing. There are countries however, where if you can’t drive, you can’t go anywhere because there are no buses, trains, trolleys, or trams. There are ranches in West Texas that are so huge and out in the middle of nowhere that without a vehicle you’d be unable to manage the ranch or buy supplies. Anyone with a disability faces challenges every day. Things that we take for granted such as showering, cooking, going to the Post, or the doctors are all things that require a great deal of effort. I remember reading about a man who had lost both of his legs climbing to the summit of Mt. Everest.  This was a serious challenge but he wanted to raise money for artificial limbs. Often people complain about the challenges they face at work. It might be working with a disgruntled co-worker, a hard driving boss who expects perfection where it doesn’t exist, or even a family that fights and argues non stop.  People who have additional challenges, particularly alcohol face daily challenges.  Alcohol is an accepted, readily available legal substance that makes the alcoholic have difficulties until they can get it under control. Since alcohol is served for all occasions, a drug addict has to actually seek out their product of choice.  I remember readings in the 1980’s when cocaine was served at parties right along with alcohol.  That was an eye opener.  There are also the people trying to lose weight.  Their challenges surround them between their refrigerator, fast food, commercials advertising food, and cooking shows.  In the U.S. there are also billboards with pictures of food trying to entice individuals to go to their restaurant.  There are also programs advertised to lose weight by only buying set meals from companies claiming that if the dieter sticks to their program, the weight will melt off.  Very difficult with all the temptation readily available.  When I wrote the character Katie, in a wheel chair, I planned to make her have as few challenges as possible and have the freedom to be a girl with only minor limitations.

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