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        Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Last year and again this year, particularly in the United States, the blame game is out in full force. It is highly visible in politics.  It teaches the young that they don’t need to take responsibility for their actions as the blame game can be utilized to change the blame from you to someone or something else.  It starts in school.  The children who are doing really well are bullied by the less intelligent.  They take their family and home problems out on the children who mind their own business.  Then they begin picking on those students and when they are caught they start with the blame game.  The other students are either scared, have been told by their parents not to get involved, or they just don’t care.  Over time they seem to accept the harm to others without thinking twice.  In marriages, when a partner is caught cheating their first reaction is to blame the other person.  It was their fault because they didn’t pay enough attention to them, they made all the wrong foods, the house isn’t clean, the children are doing poorly in school or any other reason or excuse they can think of.  There are many articles now discussing the current generation and their lack of taking responsibility for their actions. When the older generation was young, it was mandatory that we accept responsibility for our actions.  That may be a factor in the increase in crime.  They all believe they can get away with it.  They are foolish if they think they will as there are video cameras everywhere.  In the Good Gus series when anyone did something wrong, I was sure that they accepted responsibility for their actions.  No blame game. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thrived using the blame game.  It’s a good spring read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Friday is National Employee Appreciation Day. It is significant as so many people are unemployed around the globe due to the pandemic. Employers should appreciate the individuals who work for them.  Of course, many companies are expected to give rewards, bonuses, days off, etc.  That was the past.  Now anyone working is grateful just to have an income. Many countries do supplement and now even the United States is doing stimulus. If a person doesn’t qualify for unemployment benefits, they have no income.  The number of people begging, now homeless and the groups of people asking for help on Go Fund Me has increased dramatically.  I do think that employee appreciation should be every day for good workers.  They are the individuals who do their best and try to succeed.  Of course, there are always the slackers who steal their co-workers’ projects, work, and take credit for it.  Working can be difficult if you are in the wrong job.  I have had employees in the past and always believed in employee appreciation.  These same people still speak to me today and always remark how pleasant the work environment always was for them.  Kindness goes a long way but it should be a daily part of everyone’s lives.  It doesn’t cost anything.  In the Good Gus series there was no employee appreciation as families ran businesses.  The only people who had additional staff of one person were Dr. Moore and Ray.  Fred worked in the afternoons for Ray and Nurse Joyce worked with Dr. Moore.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 

 

It appears that the pandemic is increasing what may be referred to as invisible disability. There is an actual condition called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD).  That condition deals with an inability to have good coordination which lasts a person’s entire life. What I am referring to is the invisible disability people are developing from lack of human contact, socialization in person, and everything connected to the lockdowns worldwide.  It’s not easy but people are finding it difficult to cope.  In the United States, changes are sweeping across the country including loss of jobs which are affecting part of the population.  Anyone who had a job and lost it to COVID are having a difficult time securing another position.  There are jobs but only in the technical fields.  For many individuals, it is too late to return to school  They don’t have the funds and will never be able to afford a loan.  So where does the invisible disability come in?  It’s simple.  People are beginning to have emotional problems that are not visible until they collapse, have a breakdown, or fall apart.  They have been able to cope and handle life but with no work, lockdowns, shortages at the grocery, the inability to pay their bills and for some eviction, it’s overwhelming.  They have no idea how to cope because they can’t solve their problems easily.  In the Good Gus series there were no invisible disabilities.  Katie does have a disability but she doesn’t appear until book twenty-two, “The Field Trip.” The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for these cold nights at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  What is it that people think that if they are speaking loudly that it is one hundred percent acceptable? It is extremely inconsiderate.  I dislike people speaking loudly to a person of another language who doesn’t understand English. What could possibly make them think that raising their voice somehow translates into the other person’s language?  The very fact the individuals don’t care if they are speaking loudly shows that they have no class.  Couples who get into arguments frequently think nothing of raising the levels of their voices until they are in a screaming match.  When you look at the news you often read that the Democrats and Republicans in the United States yell and scream at each other.  Is this any way to act?  Sure there are people who tend to be loud, but not rude or obnoxious.  Individuals who have difficultly in hearing raise their voices but they don’t realize it.  I have a soft baby voice.  People frequently ask me when I am on the phone,  if I am old enough to make decisions.  It depends upon who is calling me how I answer. If it’s a robot call, I say, “No I am not.” They hang up and never call again. In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart was speaking loudly demanding chocolate ice cream.  Once again raising his voice couldn’t produce what wasn’t there.  The books are online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters who think nothing of speaking loudly and beyond.  The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

We are all  do food shopping.  Many of the people around the globe, due to COVID, are extremely careful with each purchase they make.  They buy the basics for food shopping and pass by all of the expensive items.  I saw a story on the internet I couldn’t resist writing about.  It involved a military man, still on active duty, who was  food shopping at a large discount chain store in the United States.  He had a list and carefully chose his items so he could remain on budget.  He has two children and a wife so he was food shopping for a family of four.  When he approached the register line to pay, the person ahead of him was purchasing shrimp, lobster and other expensive delicacies.  You can check it out on the internet. Food shopping is now a chore for many people. The choices are endless but not their budgets.  I have been in groceries in Europe and the United States.  There are entire rows for pet foods and sundry products.  We should all appreciate the wide selections of food available to us.  There are many countries who are not that fortunate.  In the Good Gus series food shopping consisted of going to your garden or trading with other families.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has various characters who tend to stay on a budget  even after they received their inheritance.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  When life has new events such as the pandemic, business changes occur.  I just saw a portable gym.  How great is that?  There are so many business changes including increases in wealth, different ways to show and sell real estate, people working at home and online or video meetings.  People are working at home and will probably never return.  Essential manufacturing will continue with work in facilities.  What is amazing is that new inventions are developing to offset the lack of physical contact.  There will always be business changes but there is a new evolution of products as well.  If you are thinking of going into business, look around and see what people need. You could come up with an idea that would free you from the daily grind and make you wealthy.  Hoping for a lottery win is an extreme longshot.  If you utilize your ideas in this ever changing climate, you may also change your entire life.  The new President of the United States will also be making business changes that will impact the economy as well.  There are so many new inventions lately it’s almost impossible to keep up.  In the Good Gus series business changes occurred regularly.  There  were inventions that changed their lives and the world including communications, medicines, faster transportation and more.  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, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

There are much less celebrations for this upcoming new year. People are afraid of the virus. The best part about today is that this difficult year is about to be over.  Everyone around the world have customs in the hopes that the new year will be a happy prosperous one.  For example, in the southern part of the United States, it is a tradition to eat black eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread.  They expect good luck for the new year when they consume those foods tomorrow.  In Spain you must eat twelve raisins and twelve grapes while the clock chimes at midnight. In Italy they believe that if you eat lentils, which are small and similar to coins, your year will be filled with prosperity.  In Mexico, the mother or grandmother sweep every corner of a home to rid the family of all negativity.  Ireland has a couple of customs.  First, put your wallet outside your door before midnight and don’t step outside to collect it at the start of the new year.  It is supposed to bring you good fortune for the upcoming twelve months.  The second one seems so appropriate that I even posted it on Facebook.  Just before midnight, open your door and let the old year out and just after midnight, let the new year in.  We all want to say goodbye to 2020 so  many people may just try this one.  Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed my blogs this past year and my books.  I look forward to a brighter 2021.  The Good Gus 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. Happy New Year!

When the media began referring women to as a Karen I had no clue what they were talking about.  It was strange but apparently this type of woman believes she can do anything to anyone and only her opinion and rights matter. This was the case today for my cousin’s daughter.  She lives in a townhome, which she owns with her husband,  in a cold part of the United States.  She has two boys who are absolutely delightful.  They aren’t the type of children that cause trouble or are impolite in any way.  In any event, the area had rain and then a large amount of snow fell.  It’s Sunday, not much happening, so her boys bundled up and planned on sledding. They were looking forward to have a fun day.  This situation actually started  a few days ago.  With the holiday and almost everyone off from work, there was snow and the boys had been sledding.  Then after the rain, the snow returned.  The first day someone shoveled and removed a snow ramp that they boys used.  She wasn’t thrilled but another neighbor came along and refilled the area.  They had a great day.  Today, they started out and put on all their winter gear only to see not only was the area shoveled but the person had cleared an even larger space.  My cousin’s daughter then found a note stating that the two Karen’s in specified townhomes did this.  Why destroy the pleasure of little children?  It didn’t cost anyone anything.  It didn’t cause any concern.  This is why the Karen women need to stop.  Life is not all about them! In the Good Gus series, there was never a person even remotely close to a Karen.  There was also little or no snow!  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have Karen type characters.  While it’s cold, and you need a break try a good read for yourself.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

 

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