Most of us live a glam free life everyday. Celebrities probably do but if they go out being glam free they are photographed and the publicity is upsetting to them.  We all don’t look perfect all the time.  Many people who work at home now wear their loungewear, don’t fix their hair and some don’t even shower regularly. Talk about glam free!  The amazing thing is that the celebrities are frequently unrecognizable when they go out glam free. Without makeup and their hair fixed they look like average people.  Many women dress perfectly everyday and try to be glamorous.  Of course, if you wear makeup everyday it wears down your skin.  Our faces aren’t made to wear it on a daily basis.  I have worked at home for many years and I dress down slightly, but still dress reasonably every day.  Instead of a suit or a dress, I wear nice track pants with a nice shirt. I always fix my hair as well. It’s amazing that glam free also extends to people in public.  How many times have you been to the grocery and seen people in sleep pants and slippers?  The first time I saw that I was in San Diego, California at a smoothie shop.  I was amazed. Many people who work at home now dress the upper half of their person while they sit in their office chair in sleep pants if they have to attend a meeting or speak to someone on Zoom. It probably saves money.  I just think we should all try to look our best everyday.  In the Good Gus series, everyone dressed nicely.  I thought it was important that children see that as a positive example.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


        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.

As cell phones have become more popular, people are dropping their landlines. They are also bringing them everywhere. I find it amazing that they bring them to the restroom.  I was on the phone one time with a client and all of a sudden I heard the toilet flush.  It was appalling. If you are a church going person, do you ever notice the number of people on their phones?  I saw a short video about a woman telling her pastor that she was not attending service any more.  She couldn’t take watching people playing on their phones, gossiping, and not focusing on the service.  Why are phones suddenly so important?  Before COVID, people would be in restaurants on their phones.  Aren’t you supposed to be enjoying a meal and having pleasant conversation?  If parents allow it, their children will be on the phone during dinner.  That is the special time of the day where we all speak about what we did, school, work, etc.  It’s not take a bite, answer a text, a call or play a game.  How many times have you passed a group of teens and they are all together but there is no conversation.  They are all on their  cell phones messaging each other within the group.  What happened to good old fashioned conversation?  It almost seems like it has gone out of style.  In the Good Gus series, cell phones did not exist.  When families ate together they talked about their day.  We should all return to that.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can bring relief from boredom and this cold weather.  It is on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  I love coffee. My grandparents started giving it to me when I was three.  We used to go to a place called Castle Island so I could go swimming and have coffee with crabmeat sandwiches.   I started with caffeinated and ended up drinking only decaf. Most people drink caffeinated coffee which does stimulate your metabolism.  Many statistics claim it does help reduce weight gain.  What most people fail to realize is that coffee does contain antioxidants. Many individuals believe that dinking coffee before a workout enhances the quality of their exercising. I find working out on an empty stomach is better for your health. Neurologists believe it reduces your depression by 33% or more.  It is a stimulant so that is possible.  There are other reasons that the professionals believe coffee is good for you such as reducing breast cancer, keeps your mind sharp and aids in power napping. The napping I agree with as I have taken them my entire life.  I have even convinced collogues to take them as well. After a long day at work, even if you are now working at home, a quick nap is refreshing.  I also believe it aids in longevity.  You can even mix the grounds with a few other products for an exfoliate.  However, whether you take it caffeinated, decaf, or flavored, it always tastes great and smells wonderful. Coffee was a staple during the Good Gus era.  The series is online on 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 many things in life that are unavoidable.  We may start our day with a positive attitude, then things happen.  You could be late for work, stuck in traffic, if working at home, your internet is slow or not working, etc.  All of which are unavoidable but can wreak havoc with your day. In life there are always people you meet who are unavoidable.  You could walk the same way every day to the grocery, work, your friend’s home, only to be confronted by the neighbor you were wishing was not out.  This person could be annoying, have no life and try to impose theirs on yours or more. When I used to walk to gym in Ireland, I would do my best to not meet a large woman who was dirty and smelled.  She always cornered me and begged for money.  I know it was really for alcohol as she wreaked of  it.  She was often unavoidable.  I would give her a few Euro cents but I really preferred to give my spare change to people who needed it for food.  I would go a different way just not to meet up with her.  It was not easy.  Even emails beg for donations.  In the Good Gus series, no one was unavoidable.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has numerous unavoidable characters.  The book is great for this weather.  You can find it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

People are preoccupied with many minor issues but often miss the big picture. People are fighting about masks which is minor comparing to catching COVID, the flu or something else. With the lack of socialization, teenagers, and even young children are so preoccupied with not having a social life that they are ending their lives.  The State of Nevada is so worried about this that they are considering opening the schools.  Narcissists are also preoccupied.  They are so envious of others that they have fantasies of  unlimited power, extreme success,  believe they brilliant and all men or women want them.  Sadly, many are failures in life, never succeeding financially and are usually alone as their hopes for love dissipate when the person they think should love them see their true self and call it quits.  Being preoccupied with the small and insignificant leads to missing out on important events, frequent loss of money, a lack of success and a poor work ethic. If you work for a narcissist you need to be careful in your everyday work environment.  As they usually take credit for your work, you need to watch what you say and do.  If you end up being preoccupied with his or her behavior, you will be the one without a raise or promotion and you may end up losing your job. In the Good Gus series, no one was preoccupied except Bad Bart when he wanted chocolate ice cream.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  In “Misplaced Trust” many of the characters are preoccupied with stealing the other beneficiaries’ inheritance and revenge.  It’s a good read particularly since next week in the northern part of the states snow be be heavy and there will be rain across Europe. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Most people think of fixing in a variety of ways.  Some believe fixing is for their lives, personality, jobs, or their family and friends.  Others think it is for fixing homes to make them more appealing. Now that we are in a new year, people make resolutions that they frequently never keep.  They decide they are going to set goals for fixing themselves.  They plan to exercise more, lose weight, eat less junk food, and try to help their neighbors.  Frequently their resolutions last less than a few weeks.  Their plans for fixing themselves disappear and they revert back to their old ways.  There are many people who try to change their lives with a new career.  Right now, though, the jobs are disappearing, and people can’t make any changes.  They are now hoping if they were made redundant, that they can even start a new position particularly working at home.  There are also the TV shows of fixing up homes.  The people who star in the series work at remodeling various homes that look awful into gorgeous homes.  They modify areas that will hold their value for future resale such as kitchens and bathrooms.  The shows are so popular that the networks are adding new ones all the time.  In the Good Gus series, there was a home that needed fixing.  Liam and Frankie decide to explore a run down house on theit way to Judge Ross’s ranch.  Of course, they get in a bit of trouble.  The book  is entitled, “Run Blackie Run.”  There books available online that have been published and they can be found on Kindle, with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online 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.

  Once again they are discussing a lockdown for the western world. The trouble is we all rely on money and how are we supposed to earn it if they close everything.  For me, it’s not a problem as I have worked at home since my children were born.  But, what about the people who have to go out to work everyday?  Also, the people who produce all types of goods?  What are they supposed to do?  Plus, once everything is closed how are they supposed to pay their bills?  Cable companies and even the electric are not kind.  They want their money and they want it NOW! They may allow you to slide a little but if everything is closed for months, then what?  Even working from home, my work is piece meal.  That means I do not have a steady salary and neither do many other individuals.  We all are struggling but if they want the economy to work, there has to be some type of flexibility.  Sure the farmers can continue, but what happens if their employees develop the virus? Right now, they all talk about cooperation, but there is no action.  The governments still want their taxes but how are we going to pay if we can’t work?  They want to stop the spread of the virus, but how can they when no one listens?  People continue to have parties, and have no regard for spreading the disease.  Many people disregard the lockdown.  They consider it a joke.  They even refuse masks.  We need to stop and work together with action not a lot of words. There were no lockdowns and masks in Pecos.  The Good Gus series is online at Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  The lockdown will not affect estate planning. You can decide on your estate plan once you read “Misplaced Trust”.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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