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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.

 

My late husband always said that in the matter of trust  it depends upon the circumstances. He was right.  People frequently put their trust in people only to find that they have lied, cheated and stolen from you.  One time my daughter had help moving and her late father was assisting.  He was dying of cancer so they hired two people to help.  He trusted them which was a big mistake as they stole two of her televisions and more.  The circumstances were ideal for these two thieves.  The matter of trust because he was sick proved to be wrong. Then, when my daughter gave to the police,  the thieves names, and pictures but nothing happened. When couples get married they believe in each other.  However, in the matter of trust, it can all change if there are money issues, or if they are wealthy, an individual decides that the marriage should end because they want the money.  The men and women who seek money and have affairs to destroy marriages is obviously high.  There are many videos where people are tested to see if they are trustworthy.  Again, it’s all a matter of circumstances.  If a person is asked to hold one thousand Euros or dollars, if they are doing well, the money is safe. However, if they are in financial straits, that money could disappear instantly.  In the Good Gus series, everyone counted on each other so the matter of trust was always one hundred percent. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. In “Misplaced Trust” no one trusted anyone.  Now that the weather is improving, it might be a nice read lounging on your front porch.  The books can be easily located at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As the holidays rapidly approach, along with lockdowns, people are developing situational depression. People who are not accustomed being home all day or out of work are beginning to have difficulty coping.  After you have cleaned, organized, repaired, checked out the shows you taped on the DVR, what is left?  This has led to situational depression.  The average person is adjusted to going out to work, shopping, the grocery, etc.  Now, they are limited with few or anyone to engage in conversation.  Suddenly, their most meaningful conversation consists of asking where items are in the store?  With cold weather upon us, and in some areas even snow, what is left?  There is only so much time filling and TV you can watch before you begin to fall into a slump. Then the situational depression slowly arrives.   You can move on to reading or take up a hobby.  It still doesn’t make you feel productive or useful.  It’s a difficult time and I have looked at various countries around the world who have found ways to cope.  I saw people in Italy singing to each other on their balconies.  I saw people sit outside across from the neighbors just to socialize.  I saw men in Ireland standing their distances drinking beers and socializing.  You just need to be creative.  I am going to make doll clothes for my granddaughter’s doll.  There is also virtual music lessons which may be next on my list.  I still work everyday.  My commute is quite short which is a plus.  In the Good Gus series, there were issues but not a pandemic.  The books can help fill the void for your children.  They are online at Kindle, with a few listed with Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online to help you plan your estate plan for the new year.  You can easily locate it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  It is amazing and sometimes surprising how super jealous people can be.  If a parent compliments one child, they have to compliment any and all others or one or more will become super jealous.  I see this frequently as an Estate Plan Paralegal.  The fights over sibling rivalry are ridiculous. Most parents divide everything equally.  If they don’t, the anger and super jealous people cause trouble.  That is part of the reason I wrote “Misplaced Trust.” When I started telling the stories about my work days, everyone suggested I write a book, “Misplaced Trust.”  However, in love relationships, if one person has a super jealous personality, things never work out.  Frequently, that is why lovers quarrels occasionally become deadly.  Of course, that is what makes the plots for the mystery stories and movies. The interesting parts of these stories is that people make a strong effort to frame another person so they can get away with it.  They almost always get caught.  I think the worst part of anything negative such as a crime is that people are super jealous of people who have money.  They try to steal it, harm them or take their possessions because they think that somehow they will feel better.  In the end it pays nothing.  Being super jealous of anyone isn’t worth the time or effort.  In the Good Gus series I made sure there was no sibling rivalry or that any character was super jealous. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Between Covid, United States elections and now flu season upon us it seems as if it is all  never ending. The weather has been bizarre everywhere.  There were massive waves around Ireland.  It’s all strange.  In America, you cannot escape the never ending political commercials.  The continual fighting around the world about wearing a mask or not wearing a mask is exhausting.  Now on YouTube there are the continual stories about men leaving women, women giving up their child, men or women cheating on each other, nasty mothers-in-laws, and men leaving women because they are pregnant.  There are also the videos where women are overworked and once the man has to handle everything for a few days because the wife is sick, they realize they are unfair and they learn to start helping out around the house and appreciate them.  When are we going to see happy stories and in spite of the problems focus on the positive?  Everyday I try to tell a joke to my family.  Any time you can make a person laugh not only brightens their day but yours as well.  Many of the comedy shows are funny but some are just too predictable.  I will say that the really old, black and white, TV shows on YouTube will make you laugh.  In the Good Gus series, there are never ending subtle messages of being positive, helping others, kindness and harmony.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has never ending amounts of people who are greedy, selfish, want to steal their relatives’ inheritance, and more.  It is a good self help guide to make plans for an estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

In spite of all the politics, Covid, wars, and violence, people continue stepping up to help each other.  It seems to be the fine print since the virus overruns everything in addition to the United States politics.  Ellen Degeneres has had a great deal of negative publicity lately.  Her public relations staff is doing an excellent job showing her positive side and honoring all people who are stepping up doing positive things.  For example, yesterday she had a dozen fire men and women from California who have been battling the horrific fires.  She has been partnering with various companies to give gifts to help people back on their feet.  But, there are many everyday people who are stepping up and passing along kindness wherever they go. I saw a video of a sorority singing outside the home of one of their members who has young children who is battling stage four cancer.  The woman started to cry she was so overjoyed.  Her children managed to keep it a secret.  People are stepping up by posting on social media positive phrases, jokes and gorgeous pictures to brighten everyone’s day.  The virus is difficult.  I just read that besides the U.S., Poland, Italy and Spain have had dramatic increases.  The UK has had so many cases that they have begun a moderate lockdown.  It’s not easy for people who live alone and really can’t go anywhere or socialize.  The TV is not enough and neither is the internet.  We all need actual physical contact.  In the Good Gus series, stepping up was a way of life.  I wanted children to read about the importance of helping one another.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters stepping up but it is usually to try and take all the money.  It’s a good self help guide for planning your estate plan or revising it.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

We all need a peaceful mind.  Trying to have a peaceful mind in this day and age is close to impossible.  We are bombarded with all types of news all of which is negative.  It’s never ending.  Then there is the fake news, the possible real news and something in between.  The American political scene is broadcast around the globe.  The bickering, fighting, phony fact checking, innuendoes, lies, gossip, etc. never stops.  If you turn on the TV, what do you see more of the same.  You also have all the drama type shows.  I started to DVR the older shows.  They are well written, have a good plot, and can turn my thoughts into what I need to obtain a peaceful mind.  The best part about TV shows or movies is that for a short period you are so absorbed on what is on the screen, that your thoughts slow down and your focus is on the story line.  Obviously, many people do yoga, meditate, and listen to various YouTube channels that try to present calming music, positive thoughts, and a variety of forms of meditation.  Wishing for it, doesn’t exactly work.  Many people cannot shut their minds down.  They might be ADD or ADHD and their minds can’t seem to shut off.  That may be why the sleeping pill industry does so well.  Although, now, there are products that are not prescription, all natural, that will help you sleep and achieve a peaceful mind.  In the Good Gus series, none of the things I just wrote about were part of the old west.  They existed just not in Pecos at that time.  The series is online on Kindle, with a few copies in Nook and Waterstones.  No one in “Misplaced Trust” has a peaceful mind.  They are all bickering over who gets what and money.  This why my book is an ideal choice for figuring out the best approach for your estate plan.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cattle Are Restless We all need a mental health day. A whole day where we don’t work, face problems, listen to the media, and in general rest our minds. It was easier before Covid.  You could take a sick day and go to an amusement park, the beach, a lake, a pool, a movie, a park, or just sleep late and eat at a nice restaurant.  Of course, if you were in Ireland, you could enjoy a pint or two.  Now, if work appears we all take it.  Times are not the best. A friend of mine posted on facebook today about the increase in depression and other mental health related conditions.  It’s shocking what has happened to people in the world.  Many people are alone and have their groceries delivered.  They rarely interface with a live person and the TV is their only companion.  Where would they go and what could they do for a mental health day?  Many of the tourist cities, because the hotels are so cheap, are being bombarded with people from other states in the United States who are wreaking havoc, encouraging violence and even shootings.  This is not what a good mental health day is.  Not to mention the harm to the people trying to enjoy themselves along with the businesses trying to hold on until the pandemic has passed. It’s not easy.  In the Good Gus series, a mental health day didn’t exist.  They didn’t have technology, violence, pandemics or other issues.  They did face other problems but rather than fight, they banded together to solve their issues  A good example is book two, “The Cattle are Restless.”  Also, book three, “Cory Returns” had everyone working together.  Good lessons for young children.  The series is online on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  If you are trying to plan your retirement or even your future and are contemplating a living trust or will, “Misplaced Trust” is the perfect guide to help you make the right choice.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Our self image is extremely important. If we think negatively about ourselves, our self image will be very poor.  It really doesn’t matter if you are tall or short, overweight or thin, bald or have lots of hair, or anything else.  However, over time we see the movies, TV shows and magazines where people are a specific way and they are considered the beautiful people.  What is really important is what is inside a person.  How they treat you is what really counts.  I recently saw an old episode of ‘Doogie Houser’ in which Doogie’s girlfriend’s cousin was in town so they went on a double date with his friend Vinnie.  At first Vinnie was worried about the cousin’s appearance but then since his friend’s girl was pretty, he was sure he had no worries.  When they meet up, the girl is overweight.  Rather than be a jerk, he decided to just go along with the evening plans.  They went to a place that had  pool tables.  Vinnie and the cousin played each other. After the first hour, the cousin asked if he was   ready to quit. He asked her why and she said usually after one hour boys would make an excuse to leave. She clearly had a poor self image.  She frequently made remarks about her weight until Vinnie told her to stop.  His response was perfect.  He told her he was having a good time.  Eventually, a tall good looking boy came over to the cousin and started calling her names.  Vinnie, who is very short and thin, stood up to him.  He told him to stop.  The tall boy took a swing at him as Vinnie ducked and rolled under a pool table.  He quickly noticed a certain type of pool stick and used it on the boy in an area that caused him great pain.  Obviously, they left after that.  The point is that if you have a poor self image, you need to decide how to change it and stop beating yourself up.  In the end, the girl went to Doogie and told him she had no idea how to stop overeating.  He recommended a few places.  Everyone in the Good Gus series had a good self image.  It would be a terrible example for young children.  It’s really important to note that I started writing in 2008.  The characters in my books are people I have known in my life and they are all types and ethnicities.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, I am working towards my next book by using crowdfunding.  The site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading. A few people I know have already shared it with their friends.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 The old shows are back due to the quarantine and lockdown. I love the mystery shows and the writing twenty years ago was quite good.  However, the portrayal of both men and women as characters sometimes is less than flattering.  It seems to be dismissed if the men were having extra marital affairs, but the women appeared to be low class.  Also, the older woman with the younger man was really frowned upon whereas the older man and younger woman, for the most part, was dismissed as that was how it was during the times.  The best part about the old shows is that they frequently keep you guessing as to the whodunit.  It gives you more more reasons to watch.  Often, the newer mysteries, although the writing is of a good quality, half way through you know who did it.  The same is true of romance movies.  The old movies were close to predictable and that has not changed that much today.  It’s simple.  Man and woman meet, begin to fall in love, old girlfriend or boyfriend enters the scene, trouble ensues, and then miracle of all miracles they recognize that each one loves the other one.  The best part about the Good Gus series are my books.  The stories are full of adventure, along with good morals and values.  Sure the children don’t listen to their parents, but the consequences make the young reader recognize that maybe they should listen to their mum and dad.  “Misplaced Trust” characters are like the ones in the old shows.  Younger woman meets older man, convinces him its love, marries him and then wipes out all of his money, disinherits his children, and slips away to do it again.  The same is true with younger men.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Happy Fathers Day!

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