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.


  Long ago we all looked forward to the mail. It was delivered usually by a kind person and it held hope for letters from family and friends. We wrote letters as there was no internet and people looked forward to them.  When men or women were in the military, mail call was always very important.  People came to expect letters with great anticipation.  I saw a video on Facebook that touched me.  An older woman had three sons, two of whom had passed.  Her third son had moved away but he had promised to write his mum everyday.  Of course, he never did.  Everyday a young postman would see her waiting but she never received any mail except bills, of course.  One day he asked her about it.  She explained and within one week she received a letter from her son.  She began inviting the postman to dinner once a week and they became friends. This continued for six months until the postman stopped delivering.  Also, the letters from her son stopped arriving as well.  One day she asked the new postman and he said the previous young man was very sick.  She went to the hospital to visit him.  She told him she stopped receiving the letters.  He explained that he had written them.  He went on to say that about six months ago her last son passed.  He didn’t want to break her heart so he began writing to her.  He then went on to say that he lost his parents when he was very young and never knew what a mother’s love was.  Now he understood.  She was very moved by his act of kindness.  She met with his doctor who explained he needed an expensive operation.  She immediately paid for it and once the young man was cured they decided that he could be her new son.  The story makes you realize that we all have difficulties in life, but being kind to one another goes a long way and for the lady and the young man, they became a family.  The Good Gus series in many ways revolves around people treating each other with kindness on a daily basis.  It is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” rarely has anyone kind in any chapter.  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Many people call it bad luck when negative things happen to them, but it might just be that it’s Karma biting back.  At first even I didn’t see but then I began to look around.  For example, I have a relative who is wealthy.  He has always made money from lawsuits such as falling on a train or a bus, slip and fall in a grocery, exaggerating his injuries in an auto accident, and befriending sickly relatives so that they leave him all their assets and money. Now that he is older he is sick all the time.  He is in and out of the hospital.  He is constantly ill.  Then, it occured to me that it was Karma biting back in a big way.  Another person I knew was always stealing from people, including me.  His last days were painful, uncomfortable and a loss of his dignity made it unbearable for him.  Once again Karma was biting in a big way.  People think that if they do something, they get away with it, they can do it again.  Eventually, they either land up in jail or they suffer continuously.  The old saying, “What goes around, comes around,” is Karma biting or the Universe saying enough is enough.  Just because you see people who brag that they scammed or did something wrong, and you don’t see anything happening to them immediately, doesn’t mean that it will gone on forever.  Everyone receives their just desserts eventually. In the Good Gus series, Karma biting is in the form of parents catching the children in not following their rules.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” certainly has a few chapters where Karma biting occurs in a big way.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Lately, it seems that people I know are being misdiagnosed. I know a man who went to the doctor’s as he injured his back.  After numerous surgeries and being misdiagnosed on several occasions he finally recovered. He was so badly treated that he ended up with air in his brain.  They also injured his legs.  He finally recovered after a year.  He started a job and after about three months he scraped his leg on company property.  After a few days it really seemed infected and hurt.  He went to urgent care.  They completely misdiagnosed him with gout. Gout is on your feet, not your leg.  They told him to wrap his leg and ice it.  Four days later he saw his regular physician who immediately placed him in the hospital. He was extremely ill with an infection and ended up with sepsis.  He is on the mend but only with antibiotic shots three times a day.  It will be another month before he is well. The only plus side of this, he told me, is he has lost weight.  I know another person who was in an auto accident.  She was in excellent health, always working out, exercising, and eating right.  One year later, after being misdiagnosed, plus injured by a doctor, she is not the person she once was.  She has pain and is slowly beginning to heal.  She has even returned to physical therapy.  One more person.  He was injured and misdiagnosed so that now he walks with a limp and is in continual pain.  What has happened to health care? Problems may continue to escalate with virtual visits.  In the Good Gus series if you had a problem you saw Dr. Moore and Nurse Joyce.  There was no insurance, paperwork, or fooling around.  You were treated with the medical information available at that time.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  As you approach the worries of estate planning, please consider reading “Misplaced Trust” first.  It will give you the facts you need to make the right choice.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

At one time or another, we all feel unwanted.  Frequently as children, our parents made us feel unwanted.  In reality, they probably just needed a break.  It’s a great ploy that is used in school for the “in” groups.  They go out of their way to make themselves feel superior and everyone else feel unwanted and inferior.  They are great for destroying confidence.  This also occurs in adulthood as well.  Many adults want to fit in at work, or even in college, so they behave badly towards others and make them feel unwanted while they are trying to make a name for themselves.  It’s very common in the workplace as there seems to always be a leader amongst the employees.  If you are in that situation, it is better to find another job with fewer workmates to contend with.  In an old ‘Andy Griffith Show,’ Malcolm Merriweather is a character in two different shows.  In the second episode, he returns to Mayberry and is looking for work.  He is from the UK and works odd jobs to subsidise his travels.  Andy hires him to help Aunt Bea because she is always so overworked.  Once Malcolm steps into the picture her work load reduces dramatically.  She became jealous and then started claiming to be sick because she felt unwanted. Fortunately, Malcolm recognized it and pretended to be drunk. Andy told him he had to leave but he quickly realized that Malcolm had been faking it to help Aunt Bea.  Not everyone is that understanding.  In the Good Gus series, no one feels unwanted or unappreciated.  The series is great for these warm summer days and can easily bring joy to a young reader’s day.  It is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” could be a good read on a lawn chair or hammock.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Lately, because of the virus, everyone appears to have anticipatory anxiety.  People are posting on Facebook how lonely they are and depressed.  They are in a constant state of flux with anticipatory anxiety.  They have no idea when all this will end.  Many individuals around the world have lost their jobs.  Numerous businesses have closed permanently.  My cousin posted on Facebook that people need to stop whining.  They have homes, food, clothing and the hope of an income.  Yet people continually worry.  Their minds vacillate between when or even if they will go back to work.  They wonder if they can pay their bills; if they will be evicted; if their car will be repossessed.  The list is endless.  I saw a posting the other day on Facebook from a person who said she hadn’t touched another person in over a month.  As humans we crave touch.  This is surely difficult for people who live alone and do not own a pet.  The thing about worry, though, is doesn’t solve anything.  It doesn’t change anything either.  It can make you sick, have stomach issues, lose your appetite and in general feel poorly.  The smartest move anyone can make is to walk everyday.  It stimulates your mind and your endorphins.  Overall it improves your outlook on life and gives you hope. One last item, people are abandoning their dogs.  My daughter now has two stray dogs plus the one she has from rescue.   In the Good Gus series there were never any pandemics which is positive for the young reader.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals around the globe who are chronically ill. Frequently, no one even notices it or recognizes it.  Most people don’t even understand it.  They frequently believe that if a person is always sick that they are seeking attention, are lazy, faking it and in general annoying.  The truth is the chronically ill people just try to cope on a daily basis with discomfort, pain, and often the inability to do all the things we all do every day.  It comes right back to judging rather than seeking out the answer.  There are individuals who have abused their bodies and are chronically ill for that very reason.  There are others who did not fare well in the genetics area and will always have issues.  For example, you may take care of your teeth, brush regularly, avoid sweets, etc.  Yet, thanks to DNA you have continual problems.  I had an aunt who had false teeth by the time she was sixteen.  Her sister never had a cavity.  It is difficult learning to cope with a chronic illness.  Anyone who has any of the major diseases can easily attest to that.  My daughter has a friend in Canada who has multiple sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes.  It’s an extremely difficult life for her.  All she really hopes for is to be pain free and live in peace until her time.  In the Good Gus series, I introduced a character in a wheelchair.  I thought it was important for the young reader to learn about their peers in all types of circumstances.  The little girl, Katie, participates in everything as the children always find a way to include her or modify the activities.  She will be in the new Christmas book, “The Christmas Pageant,” along with a new character Fiona. The series is always online along with “Misplaced Trust” at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Often sudden personality changes are a sign of a physical illness. Most people think that a person is mentally ill. However, certain types of health problems can quickly cause personality changes in an individual. Recently, Denise Richards was told by a fan that she had an enlarged thyroid.  I don’t know if she had any personality changes, but it was an astute observation.  There was an article today on the net about a man who had personality changes over the course of a year.  He and his wife were steadily becoming unhappy in their marriage.  Even her mother began to wonder what was wrong with him.  The wife decided that they had procrastinated long enough and scheduled physicals.  Quickly, from a routine blood test, they discovered that the husband had Hyperparathyroidism.  It is a rare condition but easily curable.  Basically, the thyroid glands become over active and he had excessive levels of calcium in his blood.  The condition comes on gradually so it may not be even noticeable at first.   They symptoms are fatigue, headaches, depression, bone fractures, kidney stones, and even obsessive compulsive disorder.  Once he had the operation, he returned to his former happy self.  We all need to verify if a loved one or close friend suddenly has personality changes, even if you notice it over time.  There are many other medical conditions that can affect us emotionally.  Taking all the proper medical tests can at least rule out physical issues and focus on the emotional.  Often when people are going through a difficult period in their lives, they can become ill through no fault of their own.  When a person is sick they should be treated both physically and emotionally to solve the problem.  Miss Patty had a second successful day at the church bazaar.  Thank you to everyone who purchased books today.  Remember the series is online at Kindle and Waterstones and hard copies can be purchased at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Include yourself in special reading time with “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

When we are at the gym working out, there are a surprising number of annoyances of gym habits that people need to eliminate. First off the people who tend to grunt and groan when they lift weights that are clearly too heavy for them.  Then they let them smash to the floor.   I was once told that this type of gym habit emanates from individuals who have previous been in prison.  Many people find it annoying that the other participants receive phone calls and then carry on lengthy conversations.  The polite and considerate thing to do would be to remove yourself from the exercise and weight areas.  Next would be the individuals who sweat all over the equipment and then don’t wipe it down.  All gyms have either wipes or a spray with paper towels. It is revolting when you decide to move to another machine and you see a person finishing, dripping sweat, and then walk away.  It requires extra cleaning. Leaving the weights off the rack and scattered about the floor seems almost lazy.  No one’s mother is there to pick up after them.  Lastly, going to the gym while sick.  Not only is it bad for you but you then pass your germs to everyone who is there trying to become healthy.  In the Good Gus series, there were no bad gym habits because there were no gyms.  The citizens of Pecos had their own personal workouts farming, black smiting, tending to cattle, etc.  Available on Kindle, it is an ideal choice for a positive influence on young readers.  It is also available at the UPS store in Tierrasanta, California.  If the characters in “Misplaced Trust” had spent more time at the gym, they might have lived longer.  If you are the administrator for a trust, the book is an ideal read. You can find it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Life is full of problems but many of us have overwhelming stress.  With the flu season almost over, the allergy season has jumped in to take its place.  The experts claim it will be the worst ever.  Just battling feeling sick on a daily basis can cause overwhelming stress.  It’s not easy.  The worst part is that if it lasts too long you begin to feel depressed.  When you can’t seem to get well, it makes focusing, doing daily chores, working, and just plain living very difficult.  Right now the economy seems to be very tight.  Individuals are having difficulty finding jobs.  The lack of money while looking for employment along with using savings just to live can make a person feel discouraged and lose hope.  Anyone who has lost a loved one recently can find daily life almost unbearable.   Sometimes its seems that so much goes wrong that it feels almost impossible to move forward.  We do but with depression and feelings of being discouraged.  If you are in a legal battle and things look bad, the overwhelming stress can make you feel depressed.  Sometimes it just seems too difficult and people give up because they lose hope.  It’s not always easy.  Our technology can make our lives easy and difficult at the same time.  Learning how to adjust takes effort.  In the Good Gus series, the city of Pecos did not have overwhelming stress.  There were events that caused temporary excitement and wonder what may happen.  Today I received notice from Kindle, that one of the books were sold in the UK!  I am excited!! Anyone dealing with an estate clearly understands overwhelming stress.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters that give that exact emotion.  You can find the book at:  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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