Bull Riding

  It seems that people are experiencing more anxiety.  The news and media are frightening everyone.  The first and foremost thing we should all do is be considerate of each other.  It’s not necessary to instill fear.  I receive fifteen to twenty emails a day telling me to buy things, and they are using scare tactics trying to convince me that I need all types of unnecessary products.  I received one yesterday saying that we all need guns.  People are experiencing more anxiety because of being at home all the time. No one can go to a public park and walk, a gym for exercises, an occasional meal at a restaurant or even make a purchase in a shop.  Families are becoming annoyed with each other and all the shows on the TV are repeats because no one is in production.  Anyone home for the first time has probably learned that there is really nothing on during the day.  As I said yesterday, reading is an ideal option.  It removes you for a short period from reality and you are focused on the plot.  Now might also be a good time to watch old family movies.  It’s a positive idea to bring us back to happier times.  Today, JC of the Good Gus series, visited a hospital that is trying to reinstate two floors.  He tests water and resolves issues with piping and the water so it can be purified and utilized.  He should solve the hospital’s issue within a week which would add more space for sick individuals.  In the Good Gus series, there were many events, but I never touched on any type of disease or condition. I did introduce Katie in book twenty-two, “The Field Trip,”  who is in a wheelchair.  I thought it was important that all children understand some of the difficulties other children experience.  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.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys The power of stories is what moves us every day. We hear it on the news, read it on the internet or in a book.  The power of the stories in the news opens us not only to our locality but to the world.  With the virus crisis everyone wants to know what is happening everywhere.  Sometimes the articles move us, make us angry, cry, sad, or glad to be alive.  It depends upon the writer and if we believe the contents.  The same is true of the internet. It’s a different form of news.  Even the daily shows offering the latest breaking news are still stories.  The best part, I think, about the power of stories is in books.  I love writing children’s books because I feel like I present an adventure to the young reader.  It gives them a chance to learn about the old west and how people lived.  Many of the books actually have historical data.  For example, Pecos held the first rodeo on  July 4, 1883.  It’s the basis of book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.”  As we are all quarantined, this is the perfect time to read new books and read to our children and/or grandchildren.  It gives us the opportunity to expand our minds and bond with the younger readers.  The Good Gus series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” for the adults is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Happy Birthday to the real Mary from Mary’s Cafe’.

As I was driving home from the gym today, I accidentally had a sports station on the radio. They were discussing all the sports injuries for various sports teams. When you hear it about the number of players who are out for a season  is shocking.  Many years ago my late father-in-law, who loved football and of course, golf, was complaining about the coaches and how they told their players to go after Joe Namath and hit him in the knees as they were his weakest spot.  What happened to good sportsmanship?  I understand that everyone wants to win but at what price?  Ethics and morals disappeared as the purses for winning increased with each game and each season.  How can any of these players look at themselves in the mirror knowing full well they are harming others, reducing their incomes, possibly destroying their futures and the income for their families?  As you read this aren’t you disturbed about how far the sports arena has come because of money?  Sure we all need money but I find even worse  that these players want to be number one so they can merchandise  their names and then have their products sold for huge sums of money while not even paying a decent wage to third world companies and their employees.  The only sports in the Good Gus series were the rodeo and horse competitions.  They were fair and just.  The series is always online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones and hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Several shops in Fredericksburg, Texas are still considering carrying the series.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily located online for any adults on your gift list.  It is at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Why is the answer to any malady prescriptions? The pharmaceutical companies are so large that they wield amazing influence.  I was recently in the hospital and the doctor said that he thought I might be in pain.  He offered me morphine.  I turned him down.  He argued with me and I said if it became worse I might consider it.  The reality was I would not.  It’s easy for a doctor to write prescriptions as they believe that is the cure all.  However, it isn’t.  It’s really important as to what a person eats, the amounts they consume, how much they exercise, and if they sleep well.  Often a simple change of diet, an increase or even a start of exercising might change how a person feels.  Many individuals use sleeping pills to sleep at night.  Rather than a pill, how about a walk before bed?  It would be relaxing and you might meet a neighbor or two and socialize.  The passing out of prescriptions should not be mandatory.  It’s clearly understandable if you have an infection, then you really need an antibiotic.  However, if you feel you have a problem, consider researching it first and find out what your options are.  There may be alternatives that would help you.  The other factor to consider is cost.  When it comes to medications, nothing is cheap.  In the Good Gus series the only doctor was Dr. Moore.  He, and Nurse Joyce, tended to the population of Pecos.  I never discussed any prescriptions in the stories.  If a character was injured such as Jimmy Ray, in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull, Dr. Moore and Nurse Joyce tended to his injuries but there was nothing about any medications. The weather has been pleasant lately, but the series is good bedtime reading.  Remember it’s available online at Kindle and Waterstones.  The hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Once the kids are asleep, please consider checking out “Misplaced Trust.”  It’ always available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.  Today is the real Jimmy Ray’s birthday!

When you read the news, do you wonder why so many individuals cause harm to others? There is a great deal of violence in today’s society, but in addition children are now growing up with it in their daily lives and on video games.  The preponderance of actual crime continues to increase worldwide.  A daily diet of violent video games, TV shows and movies has to affect a young brain.  It makes them believe that this is the correct way of life.  The instant losing of a temper, overreaction, bullying, mean insults and provocation all lead the children who watch these show  to become instantly violent.  It’s amazing that a five year old can figure out how to shoot a gun and kill his sibling.  Everyone is in shock, but shouldn’t they recognize that he had to learn this from somewhere? What usually occurs is the blame game.  Each parent blames the other and what really matters is that they should have paid better attention to their child so he or she wouldn’t harm anyone.  Sadly, they grow into adults who end up filling the jails and prisons.  Many individuals believe that they didn’t really do any harm if no one was hurt.  Lori Loughlin can’t seem to grasp that what she did was clearly unfair to the students who did work hard and the parents who worked two and three jobs so they would have a fine education and no student loans.  We try to teach our children to be kind and not harm anyone but it’s not only about acts, it’s also words.  We teach by example and that is what really matters.  In the Good Gus series, no one harms anyone.  Occasionally, in a few stories the children do get injured but not by the hand of another character.  Available tomorrow at Balboa Park, San Diego, UPS store everyday in Tierransanta, California and of course online at Kindle, the books are a great idea for Easter.  Today I met a woman who loved the idea of “Misplaced Trust.”  Not only did she plan on purchasing it, but she wants to show many of the seniors at their senior dance tonight so they clearly understand that life can give you a new twist.  You can find it at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys We all learn lessons everyday in life. It’s not just about being in school. Life’s lessons are much more complicated and often come with consequences.  When we were young if we did something wrong we were told we had to learn from the experience.  It could have stemmed from any type of action.  Today, for example, I was making dinner and my almost five year old granddaughter  who asked to help.   As I make almost everything from scratch, earlier in the day I had made chicken broth using the bones of a chicken and choosing whatever fresh vegetables and herbs were available in the refrigerator.  As I was making pilaf it was her job to stir the orzo and rice prior to putting in the broth.  She clearly understood that the burner that the pan was on was hot.  She didn’t need to test it to know that if she did it would burn her and be quite painful.  A simple lesson, but these are the basics that we as parents and grandparents teach every day in life.  When a parent insists a child not climb up on the roof and the child does it anyways to see if they can fly, their lesson is one of broken bones and pain.  Sometimes its easier to get a child and even an adult to understand that if they do something that is not in their best interest, the consequences may be dire.   As adults we still continue to develop and learn lessons.  When we first learned to drive, the lessons were exciting and laborious.  What we really wanted to do was hit the road and see how fast the car might go.  Again, lessons that teenagers and even adults ignore when they want to be a dare devil.  Available on Kindle, the Good Gus series, offers many lessons in all the stories.  In book four, Jimmy Ray learned quite quickly that his desire to ride a bucking bronco led to injury.  The books, which are always loved by children when I read to them, teach the young readers lessons in a quiet unobtrusive way.  It makes the books much more enjoyable.  The lessons learn in “Misplaced Trust” are more than you can imagine.  Read the book for yourself and and you will see.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys Have you ever noticed that people in many countries, but mostly the U.S., have very little patience?  They yell, scream, use foul language, insult you, call you names and generally lose their tempers often over minor things.  Just drive down any street that may have a red light.  If you don’t move fast enough when the light turns green, they will immediately honk their horns.  Their patience is extremely limited.  Seriously, does a few seconds matter in the scheme of things and life?  People are constantly rushing and they expect everyone to move out of their way.  If you don’t move fast enough, they start losing their tempers and speaking harshly.  What makes anyone believe that their time is more valuable than yours?  We need to teach our children at an early age to have patience.  They become frustrated when they can’t do things or they start school and realize that the other kids can do some things better than them.  If they learn early on, then they will be more successful.  They will understand that perseverance and patience generally help everyone to achieve their goals and succeed.  It’s an acquired skill.  There are individuals who become frustrated with technology.  For the older individual it is something that they did not live with for most of their lives.  Children of today are digital.  They are advanced with tablets, phones, TV’s and computers.  They will achieve greater success because they understand the various facets of technology.  In the Good Gus series there was no technology.  Available on Kindle, book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” is a prime example of children having no patience.  Jimmy Ray couldn’t wait for the rodeo and desperately wanted to ride a bull.  He learned quickly that patience would have been wiser not to mention he ignored his parents wishes.  The worst part about many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is that the majority of them have no patience when it comes to receiving their inheritance and obviously money.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys We make daily decisions sometimes on a conscious level and other times unconsciously.  Our daily decisions on an unconscious level can be anything from brushing our teeth, making coffee, walking to public transportation, driving to work, loading the dishwasher, etc.  We learned in our early years how to master a variety of tasks so that we don’t even think about them.  They are automatic daily decisions within our brain that follow a routine or pattern.  Even at work, we make many daily decisions unconsciously because they are already in place and don’t really require much mental capacity.  The major decisions we make are handled in a different way.  Sometimes we over react and make the wrong choices.  We also suffer the consequences for not taking the time to remain clam and analyze our choices before taking that final step.  We try to teach our children how to make simple daily decisions.  Once they learn the basics we progress forward to more demanding types of choices that can possibly have negative consequences.  In book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” J.C and Jimmy Ray make the choice to disobey their mother and sneak off to the rodeo.  Even when they have a second opportunity when they see their dad,  and he asks them where they are off to they ignore him as they want to go to see the crew setting up the rodeo and look at the bulls.  Their conscious decision leads to consequences.  It is a valuable lesson for the young reader.  Available on Kindle and tomorrow at Balboa Park in San Diego, California, it is one of my top selling books.  Please stop by and visit with Miss Patty if you are in the area.  The daily decisions that the characters make in “Misplaced Trust,” for many of them lead to a compilation of errors and mistakes.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 The fear of the unknown can affect many individuals in a variety of ways.  As children we had continual fears of the unknown.  We didn’t understand and were too young to grasp many concepts so it left us constantly wondering.  The first day of school for a child is full of anticipation and underlying fear.  They wonder if they’re parents will return, if they will like school or the other children. Just recently the Hurricane Florence left many homeowners wondering and worrying about the huge storm.  Their fears may have even overwhelmed them at times trying to guess if their homes would still be there or if they were, what condition they might be in.  In relationships, we often have a fear of the unknown.  If a partner begins to change or possibly come home at odd hours, the other person begins to wonder if they are cheating, or possibly have a drinking, drug or gambling habit.  Sometimes their fears can cripple their thinking and make them say and do foolish things which they later regret.  Dare devils may be scared but they hide it well.  It is their goal to show bravery and not let anyone believe they are scared in any way.  It takes a strong personality.  In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” Jimmy Ray is willing to ride a bull and conquer his fear of the unknown.  Available on Kindle and tomorrow at Balboa Park, San Diego, California, it is one of our most popular books.  As anyone can attest, the fear of the unknown approaches as we age and realize we need our affairs in order before the big day.  In “Misplaced Trust” the characters put forth their best efforts to make it go smoothly, but there are always those individuals who want the complete opposite.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Often people never listen to their gut feelings when they really should. They make mistakes including marrying the wrong person.  Both men and women realize right before they are about to get married that their gut feelings are telling them not to do it.  Unfortunately, once everything is in place they feel obligated to go through with the ceremony.  Sadly, it eventually leads to divorce.  Making decisions in life should be logical and well thought out.  Yet often people’s gut feelings take over.  If they followed them, they might make the best decision for themselves.  It’s difficult.  How frequently have you hear someone say, “Go with your gut!” Sometimes there is just something inside your brain that is desperately trying to tell you to change your mind, stop, don’t go forward, cancel a trip or even go on holiday at a certain time.  We all need to listen to our inner being.  You can make a chart, a list, a comparison, or even do research when trying to make the right decision.  Yet, in the end, those gut feelings may prevail.  There are occasions when those gut feelings will send you in a different direction be it driving, selecting a new job, going on a date or even selectinchoosing a new home.  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, gut feelings play a part in a variety of the stories.  In several instances Sheriff Gus decides to take an alternate route which works out very well in the books.  If the characters in “Misplaced Trust” had listed to their gut feelings, they might have made better choices in selections of  the individuals to be in charge after they were gone.  The book, according to several readers, will keep you interested en every chapter.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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