Today I was shocked to see how many closed stores and businesses  no longer exist because of COVID. I went to two phone stores today and both were closed stores.  The best part is that the GPS on my phone didn’t tell me they were no longer open.  Wednesday I went to a phone store only to find it was a pizza place and the company had moved about five miles away.  It’s really shocking when you pass malls and particularly strip malls to see the number of closed stores.  Businesses are dying because of COVID.  It is not the best situation.  I did read that the flu is almost non existent for this past season.  I suspect it is due to people wearing masks and not crowding each other.  I also saw, as long as we are discussing statistics, that nine hundred forty-nine women have died from the vaccination.  I do not know if that is an accurate number. For example, near me in the states right now, the once huge Sears that was a department store and had an auto service center is now a bowling alley in part and the balance is empty.  Last month I walked into a mall with my son that he said a year ago was always busy.  The number of closed stores was shocking.  Not to mention that their signs were removed and they were never returning. This crisis has truly affected the economy in a terrible way.  In the Good Gus series, there were no closed stores.  As the series progressed, new businesses were moving to Pecos.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can easily be found online at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Have you ever met anyone who was an egomaniac? They are also known as a narcissist.  There are continual articles about women fighting in a divorce with an egomaniac. They are very good at acting and appearing like the perfect person or parent.  The reality is they want everything their way and they want it NOW.  They can make the women look really bad with lies, innuendo’s and general falsehoods.  They use more effort, time and money to destroy their ex.  They have extreme vengeance and have no empathy for their children.  They appear so innocent and act as if they have never done a wrong thing in their lives.  Their faces can portray humility when in reality they have none.  I have read about countless cases in a variety of states.  The women are always portrayed as bad.  The children really want their mothers but the female judges decline.  It takes years for the mothers to get their children back.  They fight, lose money and in the end the children need therapy.  Dealing with an egomaniac in the workplace is a nightmare. They are always right and tend to lose their tempers if anyone disagrees with them.  If they make a mistake it doesn’t matter, however if an employee does they are fired but only after being degraded and humiliated.  The egomaniac has a personality disorder that really needs therapy.  In the Good Gus series the only character who was an egomaniac was Bad Bart.  He turned around, though, which is the point of the story.  It’s also a good lesson for the children.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of egomaniacs.  It can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Lately, in the states you hear the word entitled tossed around. I have never really paid any attention to it until the other day. I was on my way to physical therapy in my car.  I am still having it on my arm for an accident last year when a woman rear ended me on my way home from the gym.  I saw the car behind me almost all the way to the physical therapy location.  It was a luxury SUV.  I was surprised when she followed me into the medical car park and then before I realized it walked in right after me.  I was taken immediately to start my exercises.  There were no other clients and she just stood there waiting as if she was being ignored.  She was dressed in the latest fashion and had her arms folded. She looked as if she felt she was entitled to be taken immediately for her therapy.  I watched her and her whole demeanor and attitude indicated that she felt more important than everyone in the facility.  It then occurred to me that she did indeed feel that she was entitled. Today, when I was at a different facility I listened to two women discussing people as entitled individuals. It was amazing as they were of two different ethnicities who worked together on a daily basis.  They were fed up with how people are behaving and treating each other.  They were annoyed about the behavior of others and wanted things to go back the way they were where everyone was kind and being entitled wasn’t such an issue.  In the Good Gus series, no one was entitled.  Everyone was equal regardless of ethnicity, religion, beliefs, etc.  Kindness was foremost.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  In “Misplaced Trust” most of the characters feel that they are entitled to everything as beneficiaries in estate plans.  Without their antics, I wouldn’t have had anything to write in the book.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Remember it’s not too late to give the gift of reading for Christmas.

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.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Bookchildren's book, children book, christmas book, christmas story Today on the news, over five hundred children, who were in detention, have been abandoned by their families. It was shocking to me.  The United States government is claiming they can’t locate their families.  This makes no sense.  Everyday between the news and YouTube videos you read or view articles about parents abandoning their children.  I cannot understand why.  What is going to happen to these children now?  This will probably end up with a battle between the U.S. and Mexico.  There is always talk about doing things for the children and everything is about the children.  If that was true, why are there so many homeless children, starving children, neglected children and others suffering from all types of mistreatment?  Talk is cheap. People need to step up as this is about money but at the same time it’s not.  Children are our future and they need our help.  When you look at struggling families, particularly during this period, mothers and/or fathers who have abandoned their families deserve nothing.  We are all having a difficult time and with winter just around the corner, Covid on the rise and the flu, we need to band together and help each other.  Famous celebrities who have abandoned their families pay a premium primarily with money.  No one is exempt.  In the Good Gus series, in “The Special Gift,” Liam was abandoned at an orphanage.  Then, when a fire broke out, everyone forgot about him so he was abandoned a second time.  Of course, as all of you who read this blog know that the story has a happy ending.  It is just in time for Christmas and a great book for a new tradition on Christmas Eve. The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have an abandoned character or two who feel guilty and revise their estate plan.  The book is easily located 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.

  People are fed up. They are tired of the lockdowns, quarantines, masks, and living in fear.  There are protests in the United States in various states stating that they are fed up and have had enough.  This is a serious virus and shouldn’t be taken lightly.  Today, the Italian government came out with statistics.  Basically, anyone in the 70-89 age group has the highest chance of passing if they catch the virus.  These are their true statistics and they were clear to state that they have not been manipulated in any way.  Everyone in between, has a much lower percentage rate.  That includes people ninety and above.  They are clearly fed up with what they refer to as fake statistics regarding the virus and want the over emphasis to end. The president of Ryanair stated that if two people wearing masks and one has the virus and the other does not, the chances of the non infected person catching it  from the infected person is two percent.  There is testing now available everywhere in the United States and as states and countries open, there are areas with increases and areas with decreases.  People are tired of being in their homes and bored.  Of course, they are fed up.  We need to move forward intelligently and not on impulse just because people are fed up.  The smart move is always the best.  In the Good Gus series, there was only one doctor, Dr. Moore.  I named him that because I had a doctor of the same name and he was one of the kindest and most considerate doctors I ever had the pleasure of seeing. The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Once again my favorite topic, vitamins, is in the limelight. I have written in the past about Vitamin D but now the vitamin deficiency is even more important around the globe.  The vitamin deficiency of D is prevalent in both Italy and Spain.  The ‘Irish Medical Journal’ posted an article today suggesting strongly that the vitamin deficiency has wreaked havoc with individuals who contracted the virus.  As anyone knows, who follows my blogs, I am a proponent of nutritional supplements.  As much as we hope and believe that our foods contain all the nutrients we need, it’s just not true.  Vitamin D is important for our bones and muscle health.  It is considered to be the ‘sunshine’ vitamin.  Yet, there are countries, such as Ireland, who have less sun every day but still managed to survive this virus with less fatalities.  In America you would think with all the products available that we would be the healthiest country in the world.  Yet, people don’t think about supplements and too many love fast food. It’s clear that the people have a severe vitamin deficiency. There are so many health food stores, nutritionists, dietitians, etc. ready and available to guide people onto the right path of good health.  However, the appeal of fast food, TV, and the unfortunate stress tend to make people ignore their health and focus on other things.  In the Good Gus series there probably wasn’t a vitamin deficiency.  As they didn’t become available until after 1903 with subsequent scientists continuing to develop them  in Europe.  The series in online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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.

For most people the holiday season is a joyous time of year. As my readers know, I love being in Ireland as a culture we decorate above and beyond. There are now contests in the United States for home decorating both inside and out.  It is the only time of year people are kind to one another and remember their manners.  This year there were no shootings in the states on Black Friday.  That is progress.  The shops love this time of year as their sales volume increases dramatically.  Then, for the New Year, they clear out all of their stock for spring.  There are many individuals and families that see the holiday season as a time of sadness.  They don’t have enough food, can’t buy toys or warm clothing for their children, and even many who are homeless.  Large numbers of people donate gifts and the police and firefighters go above and beyond to help families in need.  There are even cities in the states, specifically Las Vegas for one, who have Santas parachute out of helicopters to bring gifts to needy children and their families.  Everyone puts forth their best efforts.  So what goes wrong once the New Year arrives?  For many countries it is instant tax season.  That in itself is depressing.  There are also individuals who are alone during the holiday season and find it difficult to make it through all the festivities.  The new Christmas book for the Good Gus series is going to bring to life my favorite parts of the holiday season particularly in Ireland. If you forgot a child on your list, there is still time.  It’s only a click away online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  There is still a little time left in San Diego at the UPS Store for last minute copies.  If you suddenly need a gift for an adult, you can easily find “Misplaced Trust” online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Merry Christmas everyone!

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