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Common Sense

614758_482217035123191_315651552_o1-gus2-300x2401-150x150-largePeople often talk about common sense and the lack thereof. However, most people have basic common sense. In these difficult times with Ebola, ISIS, and the threats from Russia to the Euro zone, common sense is needed now more than ever. Now that the first case of Ebola has arrived outside of Africa and in the United States, people are scared and  even some are beginning to  panic. Already in my emails today were messages similiar to “Don’t Panic You can escape catching Ebola.” The emails then go on to describe taking Vitamin C and Vitamin D to make sure your immune system is strong. Although a good idea, I don’t think the scare tactics are necessary. In the old west, their fear of disease was real. There were no known cures, computers, well educated researchers with the latest equipment, and pharmaceutical companies working day and night for the cure. People and professionals, such as doctors, did the best they could to figure out and document diseases and conditions. There are wonderful research programs around the world today and with the internet available to everyone the sharing of data literally saves lives. In all of my books, common sense is foremost as the way to a solve a problem.  In book twenty-three, “Run Blackie Run” two of the characters, Liam and Frankie, decide to ride out of Pecos to Judge Ross’s ranch.  Instead of listening to their parents to stay on the road to Judge Ross’s ranch, as they ride along the trail on Frankie’s horse, Blackie, they become distracted by an abandoned house off in the distance.  Naturally, being boys they have to investigate it.  While the boys are exploring the house, a problem arises.  Frankie sends his horse Blackie into Pecos for help. As soon as the horse arrives without the boys, Sheriff Gus and Ray, Liam’s Dad, immediately know something is terribly wrong.  How they solve this problem is through good common sense.  I hope as you view the Good Gus Books website, you will choose a book that reflects good common sense as a lesson for the child or children in your family.

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