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.

Lately, there have been a large number of bully videos on Facebook.  The characters in the bully videos are quite cruel.  I feel like there are enough negative things in the world without adding additional bully videos.  In many of the short skits, the victims don’t win in the end.  They seem to be defeated showing that it’s okay to be bullied as they won’t stand up for themselves.  There is enough violence in the world without adding to it.  In the bully videos the bullies just start in on unsuspecting individuals.  They start out with nasty words, calling them names, cowards, losers, etc.  Their victims try to walk away but they won’t allow it.  The bullies push them and frequently, as it happens in school, their push their trays of food onto the floor or dump it on them.  The other students just stand and sit around not helping or assisting the victim. I could understand if they were afraid, but rather than remain stationary, they should go for help.  It’s not just in schools.  They had a western with terrible violence.  I couldn’t even watch it because it was so bad.  There was one video where a poor boy was being shamed and bullied because he didn’t have a special sign on top of his car.  It was somewhere in England. The dad witnessed it and that night he and the boy’s mum (his wife), built a wooden sign on his beat up station wagon.  It said, “My child gives good hugs.” The next day when he drove up to pick up his son, the usual bullying was occuring to his son. The other cars had signs about the wonderful marks, skills, etc. that their child had.  As the boy walked to his dad’s car all of a sudden it all stopped as he ran up and hugged his dad.  Everyone stopped speaking.  It was great!  There were no bully videos during the Good Gus era as there was no technology.  Bad Bart was a bully in the series but Sheriff Gus put a stop to him.  The books can be found 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, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

The fear of anticipated violence is rapidly approaching in the United States. Businesses are boarding up afraid of the violence and damage. Whichever way the election goes, there will be trouble. Whomever wins there will be opposing sides afraid of their futures, afraid of the changes and they will take their vengeance out on anyone available. Life is not as we have always known it.  We don’t have the same freedoms that we did since Covid.  Families are divorcing, the family courts are packed with people fighting, and there are people who are afraid to go out of their homes tomorrow for fear of being harmed regardless of whom they vote for. Everyday people are posting positivity on Facebook.  No one is listening.  Crime is at an all time high and it will escalate tomorrow and possibly the next day.  Today, Liam’s Photos of Ireland asked his followers to post something that made them happy.  It could be a verse, poem, their thoughts or even a picture.  We all keep trying but there are  small groups of people around not only the United States but the world utilizing fear to keep us from moving forward.  The virus is bad enough, but the thoughts of people who are frightened to go out of their homes is temporarily escalating.  As the old saying goes, “This too shall pass.”  In the Good Gus series there was no violence.  The books are for fun reading not making children afraid.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  The only thing people are afraid of in “Misplaced Trust” is not getting their fair share.  This easy self help guide for an estate plan is readily available 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.

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.

  We have lost the art of conversation. Almost all discussions revolve around politics, food and the virus.  If you look at Facebook everyday, what do you see?  People complaining about all the candidates in the United States.  They have comments on anything and everything.  They blame them for the virus which did not occur in either America or Europe or several other continents.  It was spread by a variety of people.  Our economic down turn is not great but we need to find a way to move forward.  The continual ads and comments, all negative, are exhausting.  The additional violence that wants to be recognized yet some articles that are now appearing on Facebook are showing just what the violence is doing to innocent children.  No one discusses history, interesting past events, music, films, or even good books.  The art of conversation needs to return so that people stop focusing on all the negative, blaming, condemning, and literally nit picking about every little word a politician says.  If you think about it, how many people even listen to classical music?  Very few.  With people not going into shops, no one is purchasing goods, music, books, or even clothing.  When you shop, for example, the art of conversation revolves around whatever you may be purchasing for example a new dress.  The sales person asks you questions, you respond and both of you enjoy speaking to one another.  In the Good Gus series the art of conversation existed.  In fact, in book eight, “The New Library,” life improves dramatically in Pecos because of the increase in books in the new library.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” characters sorely lack the art of conversation.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for your interest in my crowdfunding.  The site is:

  Lately the commercials seem overwhelming. You can’t read an article or watch a show without an excessive amount of commercials.  What is worse is that many of them are disgusting.  For example, do you really want to see the blackheads on a person’s face?  Or, how about people with gas?  It’s revolting.  What is worse is that the medications have disclaimers that you can’t read, can’t understand as they speak too fast,  the anti-diarrhea timed right around the dinner hour, or the violent ones that could frighten a small child?  Where is the finesse and decorum?  Of course, they put their commercials on the TV to encourage sales.  Yet, do they realize that disgusting commercials tend to turn people off and not want to purchase their products? The ones that are tolerable may hold our interest but they make them too long.  I love taping or DVR shows because then I have the distinct pleasure of fast forwarding through all of the ads.  I also find the articles that peak your interest yet have the continual ‘Next’ with more commercials than you care to count annoying.  If you want us to read the articles make them readily available in text form not surrounded by infinite commercials.  Before my time, the Muppets did great commercials for coffee.  They were a little too violent, but they were funny.  You can probably count on one hand the number of commercials you have truly enjoyed and that possibly made you laugh.  There were no ads in the Good Gus series.  It was all word of mouth.  Plus, you had to go to the ‘big city’ for the larger stores.  The series is ideal now that school is over.  It is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is available 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.

Why does the press, media and people feel the need to make continual attacks on people?  Are they in need of headlines, or are they just cruel?  If you don’t like someone, walk away from them.  If they are your family, limit your contact.  Either way, keep your negative thoughts to yourself and move on.  The continual attacks from the media on almost anyone has become annoying, frustrating and boring.  They don’t seem to want to present the real news.  Rather than continual attacks, why aren’t they focusing on the fires in Australia?  They should be asking for volunteers.  The floods in Indonesia are destroying property and lives.  Yet the continual fodder of attacks on politicians, celebrities, religious groups seem to be far more important.  The new violence of harming others has taken a new turn.  Groups who mind their own business and don’t bother anyone are now being attacked.  Does it make the attackers feel better?  Does it raise their self esteem? Christmas has passed and so it begins.  It doesn’t need to be this way.  We are all human beings.  We should have the right to think and believe in our faiths.  We should be able to walk anywhere without being discriminated because of ethnicity, appearance and opinions.  The Good Gus series is a multicultural series.  That is the way of the world and that is what children should understand.  Breeding prejudice is wrong.  Treating people with kindness and decency is far more important.  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.  It’s a New Year so we all all try to think positively, pay it forward and be kind.

Lately it seems that people are voicing hate speech rather than spread happiness.  Somehow, it appears to be easier than acts of kindness.  Why is  it so popular to be violent and attack others verbally?  Is it the heat?  It seems to be a very violent summer particularly in the United States.  If people stopped and thought about it, would they prefer enjoying themselves in a positive way or wreaking havoc wherever possible.  Taking a few moments to hold open a door for a person, smiling at people in general or offering a compliment brightens a person’s day.  You feel better emotionally if you spread happiness.  People tend to be rude.  They are always in a hurry, often with a grim face, and act as if anyone around them is annoying or in their way.  They are not the center of the universe.  Maybe that is why they can’t spread happiness and pass along misery.  People who perceive insults seem to hold a grudge.  If someone cuts them off while driving, lets a door slam in their face, cuts in line anywhere, or complains because someone else is taking too long at the bank, grocery, hardware store, etc. they pass their negative feelings along to anyone whom they can hurt in any way.  The old adage stop and think before you speak is a good idea.  Then, there is less anger projected or spoken.  In the Good Gus series, the ideal of all the stories was kindness towards others and to spread happiness.  Miss Patty did well today in book sales.  Next Saturday she will be at a church bazaar.  Data including location and times to follow.  As it feels really hot, let the children use your tablet and read the series on Kindle and Waterstones.  Hard copies are for sale at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California. Once they are finished treat yourself to a relaxing read with “Misplaced Trust.”  It can be found at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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