Everyone who is older wants to look younger. The number of products available is astronomical.  It is a wonder that they all stay in business.  There are lotions and potions, supplements, exercises and various products that only a licensed physician can provide. Those include Botox, face lifts, light therapy and more. The number of ads for this is staggering.  If it wasn’t for the older generation, many of these companies would be out of business.  People who abuse themselves their entire lives with drinking, smoking, lack of exercise, eating fast food, high caloric intakes on a daily basis, are the ones who once they discover they are going to die if they don’t change their ways, are their best customers.  Too little too late is usually the case.  However, while they are trying to hold onto life, they will spend any amount of money, do anything and try anything to make themselves well again and look younger.  The hair loss industry loves this as well.  Everyday I see adverts for thinning hair, going bald, losing hair, etc.  The amount of money spent to save a person’s hair is enough to feed a family of three for a week.  Sure we all want to look younger as we age but if you abused yourself your entire life, unless you have large sums of money for plastic surgery and are willing to give up your old ways, it is never going to happen.  Not that this has anything to do with the Good Gus series, it’s just that once again today older women are showing off  on internet their bikinis just to prove they do look younger.  The series can be found online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have characters, particularly females,  who wish to look younger, but the younger men come along to steal all their money and for a brief period they do believe the are younger and beautiful. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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.



  There is a new graduating class of pilots for the United States Air Force. The amazing part is that the majority are women. Besides test pilots, there were also a significant number of female engineers.  During WWII, women were pilots ferrying goods across the United States and to Europe.  They had important roles.  As pilots, they did an outstanding job.  However, once all the men came home from war, the women were expected to return to being housewives or working in traditional female jobs until they found a husband.  That was the 1950’s.  Over time, however, women decided they wanted to study and become scientists, doctors, engineers, pilots and so much more.  When I was a child, my next door neighbor was married and it was shocking that she utilized her degree to become a librarian and go out to work even though she had three daughters and a husband that worked six days a week.  It may be why during that period women spent a great deal of time and money in therapy and on various tranquilizers because they had goals and weren’t achieving them.  I am sure there were women who loved being home, but that is rare today due to the economy.  There have even been periods where the women joined the military and the husbands stayed home with the children even when they went overseas. Times have changed and work is now a way of life for almost everyone.  Even celebrities are working parents.  I think it is important that all people don’t give up their dreams and work and achieve their goals.  In the Good Gus series, the women all worked whether married or single.  It’s an important example for all children.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Now that the lockdown has been implemented in the UK, online books will help children pass the time.  Don’t forget for the adults, “Misplaced Trust” which was written to encourage people to put their affairs in order rather than leave a mess behind.  It is also online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Why are people so impatient lately? The lockdowns haven’t even started. It’s almost like they are using the virus as an excuse to be nasty.  Every time I turn around I see YouTube videos about bullies and the revenge wreaked upon them. Then there are the motorcycle groups who decide to go after individuals including families.  Just because things are difficult, it doesn’t give anyone the right to harm another person.  There are also the people seeking revenge.  I think they are the worst.  A person may decide that they have been wronged. They will then seek revenge.  Often they are so impatient that they don’t plan out their tactics and end up getting caught.  I have seen a few videos of the getting even by ex-husbands to their ex-wives.  They claim a variety of falsehoods, are in collusion with government officials and the women have an expensive fight to gain custody of their children.  I saw a video today where a man decided to divorce his wife as she made him cake for his birthday.  It wasn’t exactly the cake, but it was his excuse.  He yelled at his wife and told her she had nothing and he was divorcing her for her sister.  He was also angry at her for quitting her job.  He never let her explain. The results were the best. The soon to be ex-wife told him that she knew he was having an affair with her sister.  She also said that the assets based on their prenup were separate. He gloated saying she would have nothing.  She surprised him and said that is true about the assets, but that she was not broke.  Her granny had left her a substantial inheritance and she was leaving to spend a few days at a luxury resort.  He had no words. He was so impatient to be with her sister that in the end he was the one who ended up with nothing. In the Good Gus series there are a few stories with impatient characters.  In, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the twin boys were in a hurry to see the first rodeo ever in the United States. Of course, they landed into a bit to trouble.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have impatient characters which always leads to more trouble.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Frequently people take others for granted. I saw a video about a man who had everything; a beautiful wife, young son, nice home and a good job.  His wife was devoted to him and really loved him. However, he was a cheater.  He dated multiple women at the same time.  His wife didn’t know and he loved always coming home to her in the evenings as she made the house a home.  He took her for granted.  One day she did discover his roaming eye and she and their son left.  At first the man was sad because she wasn’t there.  Then he realized that this was what he always wanted, to be free. He returned to dating multiple women.   He then began to realize that when he went home at night he felt empty and lonely.  Even though he had all the woman he could handle, at the end of the day he was alone.  He had taken for granted the love his wife had given him.  A few years late, he eventually found her but she had remarried and now his son called another man dad.  In life we tend to take things for granted.  We make plans, expect to see people soon, and we assume everything will work out the way we want.  Now, with Covid and all the restrictions, everything has changed.  There are countless families who have had relatives pass and they can’t see them or even say goodbye.  It’s heartbreaking. When you think about people, remember to never take them for granted as one day they may not be here.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart absolutely took it for granted that the chocolate ice cream would be available and he could have it.  He was wrong.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Everyone takes it for granted that they will live forever.  That is the point of having an estate plan.  I urge you to read “Misplaced Trust” first to send you down the right path. It 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.

 Today there was an article about domestic violence in Oklahoma. A man beat his wife to death. There are many forms of domestic violence and I saw a video today of a passive type, but it’s still wrong. It’s not only against women, it can be the other way around or even man against man or woman against woman.  The video was interesting.  It was about a blind woman who met a man who became very attentive towards her.  Since she never knew anyone else, they began dating and eventually married.  She had a happy life although she often wished she could see. The husband was very attentive and she liked her life.  One day she went to the doctor’s for a check up.  He said there was a new procedure that could restore her sight.  After she had the operation she had to take specific pills for one month.  She was also on birth control pills as she was afraid to have a child because she couldn’t see.  The husband wanted children. After the operation, she could finally see.  She loved it.  She realized her husband was not attractive and older than she thought.  She didn’t care.  She started going out, shopping, getting her hair done as she felt she was plain.  Men began noticing her and flirting with her but as much as she liked it, she never cheated.  Suddenly, her eyesight began to deteriorate.  Right about this time she also discovered she was pregnant.  She wanted children, but she now wanted to go to college.  The husband began to become distant to her. They even had their first fight.  As her eyesight lessened, she went back to the doctor for tests.  He checked her blood and her levels of Vitamin C were quite high.  She didn’t understand and told him she only took his pills.  She stayed in the hospital for a week and went back on the pills.  Her eyesight returned.  She began to think something was wrong at home.  The husband collected her and she pretened she still couldn’t see.  That was when she discovered he had been exchanging her eye pills for vitamins.  One day, when he was at work she left him along with a note.  It said, “Now I see everything.”  She had a beautiful little girl, started college, and finally became a person with sight.  In the Good Gus series, the only person with a disability is Katie.  She has a wheelchair but it doesn’t stop her from participating in activities.  All the children include her in whatever they do.   They modify some games so she can participate.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Before you get to shopping for Christmas, think about an estate plan.  “Misplaced Trust” can guide you through the dusty road.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 In many relationships, the woman always ends up as the maid.  The husband expects the wife to cook, clean, wait on them, do the laundry and take care of the children.  Many of these women have full time jobs.  As mothers we start out taking care of our children.  If we don’t teach them the basics of life, we will end up as their maid.  They need to learn how to cook, clean and do laundry.  They aren’t difficult tasks but they are the basics.  The schools used to have home economics that taught girls how to cook and sew.  It was expected that they knew how to clean from their parents.  As families become more successful, the cleaning industry grew along food delivery.  Suddenly, there was no reason for children to learn how to do these tasks.  In many of the videos that I watch, the women are always at home and are basically the maid.  I even knew a man who moved his girlfriend into his home pretending she was a business associate and needed to be always available.  Of course, his wife was the maid.  In a recent video that I watched,  a woman began to realize that even though she loved her husband she was his maid..  He also brought home various girlfriends and referred to her as his maid.  One day she woke up and realized that not only did her husband not love her but he was using her.  She stopped cooking, cleaning and doing his laundry. She began going to the salon and even attended a flower show.  She became friends with a man and asked him if he would help her teach her husband a lesson.  One day when the husband was out doing the shopping,  when he came home and heard her with another man he was furious.  He begged her for forgiveness.  Instead, she packed his suitcase and told him to leave.  She obviously began dating the friend because he treated her with love and respect and not like a maid. In the Good Gus series, there was never a home with a maid.  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.

 Both men and women make it their goal of marrying for money. I saw a video about two girls who met two men and were going on a date. One of the young men appeared to be quite rich while the other man was a chauffeur.  The narrator, who is the son of one of the women, said the wealthy man fell for his mom.  The other girl asked his mom to let her have the wealthy man.  The mom was fine and went for a walk with the chauffeur.  She accidently tripped and fell into a fountain.  The chauffeur immediately stepped in to assist her when he fell in as well. After they stepped back out they both had a great laugh.  He asked her if he could see her again and before long they were dating.  Often, knowing his finances, rather than eat at a restaurant, she would cook for him.  She never asked for luxury gifts.  However, one day he arrived for their date with a very expensive gift.  She turned him down and said it had to have cost at least two weeks of pay.  He insisted, but she refused.  He then told her he had to make a phone call.  She left the room but when she returned she heard him say, “I can’t tell her.  She will know.”  Then he saw her and abruptly ended the conversation.  Of course, her immediate question was, “You can’t tell me what?”  He explained and apologized.  He said he was a wealthy businessman and he just really wanted to meet a girl who would like him for himself.  She was not happy.  She was upset because he lied to her.  Eventually, her anger subsided and they married and had a little boy.  Her friend, whose goal had been marrying for money, discovered that the rich businessman she was dating was actually a chauffeur.  She was not happy.  Marrying for money is not a good choice.  You need to be compatible, in love, and truly care about one another.  Although, there are people who make marrying for money their hobby and divorce with large settlements a way of life.  In the Good Gus series, marrying for money simply didn’t exist.  Everyone in the stories worked hard to give a positive example to the young readers.  I hope everyone is enjoying my crowdfunding website at https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.  “Misplaced Trust” had numerous characters who had been marrying for money.  You can find the book easily at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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