Once you have lost trust from a person, it is almost impossible to get it back.  There are numerous people who betray  people who really care about them, then they have lost something precious. Couples do it all the time to each other. On Facebook videos the characters think nothing of cheating, lying, and betraying their partners.  Once they blow it, then can’t fix it.  The old saying, “You can’t change the past,” is quite true.  You can make amends, but it still doesn’t change anything.  People who are too trusting end up with problems.  They believe  in people and they are always let down.  They could be, for example, the contractor who is making repairs in your home.  He may say things that lead you to believe things are much worse.  However, if you get another opinion, you may realize the first person is wrong.  For example, my family has used the same heating and air conditioning company for years.  We never lost trust in them as we were sure they were doing a good job.  The reality is that they were mistreating us.   Their original installation was put in backwards.  The ducting is falling apart and they put a hole in the roof.  All these years of believing them has now shown my family they were untruthful. I have totally lost trust in their firm. Now I need to find a company that is truthful and guarantees everything and replaces the entire unit.  In the Good Gus series, I never allowed the parents to lose trust in their children.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has everyone who has lost trust in each other. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Not everything in life is a contest. Many individuals believe that, though.  Obviously, there are contests to win prizes and money.  They are on the TV and if you attend an event or fair.  Their goal is to obtain names and emails to sell products to  you and to sell your email to other companies.  In real life, however, particularly in a lawsuit or divorce, it is a contest.  One side wants to win and they do everything they can to make that happen.  Often they change the evidence, lie outright, leave out important facts, etc.  During a legal battle, one of the worst parts is an attorney that is a grandstanding and a bully.  The interesting part is that the majority of bullies are women.  It is a contest to them as they will say or do anything to win,  I have seen many female attorneys ignore the facts and put forth every effort to come out the victor even when they know that many of the facts are untrue.  Life shouldn’t be a contest.  People should treat each other with dignity and respect.  If you have ever been on a condo board you can clearly see that the positions affect many of the individuals’s ego.  Suddenly, for the first time in their lives, they have authority.  Frequently, they abuse their position of power.  In the Good Gus series, there was never any contests either between individuals or for money.  In book thirteen, “Grasshoppers Go Home,” Rev. Glenn, the pastor of the church, held a small community fair with games of chance and the opportunity to win prizes.  It was to help repair a hole in the church roof.  Technically, that did qualify as contests.  Available on Kindle, it is a change of pace for the reading parent for their children.  It offers adventure and excitement.  “Misplaced Trust” had only one contest.  It was whomever could take all the money from an estate.  You can find the book at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys We all learn lessons everyday in life. It’s not just about being in school. Life’s lessons are much more complicated and often come with consequences.  When we were young if we did something wrong we were told we had to learn from the experience.  It could have stemmed from any type of action.  Today, for example, I was making dinner and my almost five year old granddaughter  who asked to help.   As I make almost everything from scratch, earlier in the day I had made chicken broth using the bones of a chicken and choosing whatever fresh vegetables and herbs were available in the refrigerator.  As I was making pilaf it was her job to stir the orzo and rice prior to putting in the broth.  She clearly understood that the burner that the pan was on was hot.  She didn’t need to test it to know that if she did it would burn her and be quite painful.  A simple lesson, but these are the basics that we as parents and grandparents teach every day in life.  When a parent insists a child not climb up on the roof and the child does it anyways to see if they can fly, their lesson is one of broken bones and pain.  Sometimes its easier to get a child and even an adult to understand that if they do something that is not in their best interest, the consequences may be dire.   As adults we still continue to develop and learn lessons.  When we first learned to drive, the lessons were exciting and laborious.  What we really wanted to do was hit the road and see how fast the car might go.  Again, lessons that teenagers and even adults ignore when they want to be a dare devil.  Available on Kindle, the Good Gus series, offers many lessons in all the stories.  In book four, Jimmy Ray learned quite quickly that his desire to ride a bucking bronco led to injury.  The books, which are always loved by children when I read to them, teach the young readers lessons in a quiet unobtrusive way.  It makes the books much more enjoyable.  The lessons learn in “Misplaced Trust” are more than you can imagine.  Read the book for yourself and and you will see.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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