Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Many questions can be answered with either a yes or no. When you ask a person a question, the longer they talk the more they avoid the answer.  When you are listening to continual verbiage, you know not only they will not answer what you asked but they will circumvent whatever you asked.  Even if it is through a text, they can speak paragraphs without really saying anything.  The narcissist is really good at not answering and coming up with a variety of lies.  Their only problem is that they cannot always keep their lies straight. It is really true in life about almost anything.  For example, an employee decides to ask for a raise. They are entitled to one as they have worked quite hard and their performance reports state that they are doing an excellent job, always on time and stay late to finish projects.  The boss can easily say yes or not to his question.  Instead, he receives the basic run a round and his question is never answered.  He then walks away wondering what had just happened.  I have seen this in movies, court, the workplace, and even with family members.  You repeatedly ask the same question but never even receive a yes or no answer.  If we start now teaching our children to be truthful the world would be a better place.  In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the boys skip off to see the rodeo and don’t even answer either their mother or father.  The point of that story was they were disobeying their parents and there were consequences.  The series is available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Getting a yes or no answer by the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is close to impossible.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Taking shortcuts can be fatal. If you decide to ignore directions and take a shortcut you could end up lost or stranded.  Frequently, you see articles about people taking shortcuts and ending up stuck in snow storms.  The shortcuts are the easy way out, but they often never work out.  When you take shortcuts while working, you usually end up doing the work over and spending double the amount of time.  Plus, your workmates and your boss may be angry at you for not doing it correctly the first time.  Many parents try to find the easy way out.  For example, rather than make homemade or semi-homemade meals they buy take away which over time causes gastric issues for their child or children.  There are so many products in the grocery that all you have to do is add a few ingredients, cook on the stovetop, bake, or boil and you can have a semi-homemade meal. The freezer section is full of fried foods, pizza, and prepared dinners that are loaded with fats and salt.  None of which is good for a child.  Taking the extra time to find good products while shopping for food is the best way, healthwise, to go.  There are also the people who refuse to work and find ways to collect from the government so they can have medical coverage and never have to find employment.  Then they take the shortcuts to make cash without the tax collector knowing.  Eventually, though, they do get caught.  In “Cory Returns,” Cory heads to Pecos to visit Sheriff Gus.  He ends up staying on the trail when his horse is spooked and is wise to not take any shortcuts so Gus can find him.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. If you need a few minutes break from your children, consider my video at  I plan to read and record a second  book this week.  As you know, children love the same stories repeated.  “Misplaced Trust” is basically a self-help book to avoid probate.  The stories give you a better understanding about protecting your property.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Many individuals believe that they have to prove themselves before they feel good about who they are.  Children continually try to prove themselves.  It may be because they want the parent to like them, say they are doing a good job, or to make themselves feel important and possibly even worthy of success.  It’s not necessary as we need to believe in ourselves.  We do not need to prove anything to anyone.  Frequently, married couples make the wrong assumption and assume the other person is being unfaithful.  If they aren’t then they look for proof.  If you married a person, you should have faith in them and believe that they love you and are telling the truth.  This also occurs in the workplace.  A lower level employee may be continually trying to prove that they can do a better job and need to be promoted.  Sometimes, if the boss is greedy and wants a higher promotion, they will tell their underling to work harder and they need to prove they are worthy of a better position.  However, the reality may be that they are using that person’s work to help move themself up the corporate ladder.  It’s not fair but it does occur.  In the Good Gus series no one had to prove anything.  Everyone already knew Sheriff Gus was a good sheriff because he always did the right thing.  Plus, in future stories, you will find that he was prepared for just about everything and he was an avid reader.  The series is available on Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

children's book, children book, christmas book, christmas storySpecial Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Book Everyone has heard the phrase, “Pick your battles.”  It means more than you can imagine.  If you constantly nit pick a person, when something really important occurs they will ignore you.  For example, most parents are constantly telling their children to pick up, do their homework, don’t leave a mess, get off the phone, etc.  However, because of the constant barrage of verbiage, when something real occurs they treat it the same by ignoring you.  If they disobey you and do something dangerous they automatically assume they don’t have to pay attention.  If they go somewhere they aren’t supposed to or disappear with their friends without telling you, then you will need to pick your battles with it.  The clothes, clean your room, do your homework are all secondary to safety.  It’s also true in business.  If you have a boss who is continually criticizing you, insulting you, demeaning the quality of your work, you could argue about it every day.  Or, you could wait until their boss is within hearing distance and then choose to pick your battle with him.  At least that way, there is meaning that may result in something positive for you.  Many people are power hungry.  They tend to say too much and go too far.  Often they provoke others because they know that they can fire them.  They may even enjoy it right up until everything changes and they have a new boss who does to them what they were doing to you.  Today, “The Special Gift” was read by Santa as part of Christmas in July.  April Cox, the promoter, pointed out that the book was part of the Good Gus series.  I really enjoyed it.  The series, including “The Special Gift” is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Everyone loved the book particularly the ending.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank for remembering my crowdfunding:

 There are bosses and business owners who are kind and treat their employees fairly. There are also bosses who are unfair, demanding, rude, inconsiderate, and find fault with their employees’ work.  I have seen countless videos of business owners and/or bosses who have made a point of being nasty to their subordinate workers.  For example, a father and son worked as janitors.  Their boss was always telling them to speed up and do a better job.  They were both really working hard.  One day the son quit.  The dad had told him that he once tried to start his own cleaning business but failed.  He had a $100,000 or an 88,496 Euro mortgage.  The son said he would find a way and the dad told him no matter what happened to not give up.  The son started by posting flyers.  After a while he began to feel hopeless.  Then just when he was about to give up he started getting contracts.  He built the business up and one day went to his former place of employment.  Naturally, the boss was there harassing his dad.  The son handed his dad an envelope and turned to his former employer and said, “My dad is quitting as of this minute.”  When the dad opened the envelope there was a check in there to pay off his mortgage.  Not only that, but the son said he needed to work with him now in their ‘Father and Son’ cleaning business. The boss was furious as they walked away.  Here is a second example.  I knew a man who ran a manufacturing firm plus had a large stock portfolio and owned three homes.  One day he stopped in a gas station as his wipers weren’t working because it was sleeting.  He was driving a Delorean.  A young man quickly assisted him and replaced the blades.  I suggested he give him a tip.  He was not pleasant to me because he said the man had a wage.  So you see, there are all types of bosses and some even though extremely wealthy, are cheap and have no kindness towards their fellow man.  In the Good Gus series, there were very few bosses.  They all treated their workers with decency and respect.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, the crowdfunding site is  “misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There was an old TV show in the states entitled “Who’s the Boss?” It starred Tony Danza and he was the housekeeper but really the boss.  He was fair in the show and not a bully.  However, many individuals who are a boss tend to be a person whose title goes to their head.  They are frequently overbearing, demanding, rude, and inconsiderate.  A boss is supposed to be a leader.  They should set an example and be considerate of the people they supervise.  When have you ever heard of a world boss?  You have heard of a world leader frequently.  I saw a short video today in which a man appeared to be the newest member of a team.  The boss was horrific.  He treated his staff without respect, criticized them unnecessarily and made a mockery of being the manager of a company.  When the new man stood up to object the boss told he would lose his job.  He presented a folder which he said was his resignation.  The boss didn’t even look at it.  The new man began speaking  and stated just about everything I just wrote.  When the boss asked him just who did he think he was?  The new man’s answer was amazing.  He said, “I started this company and am the CEO.  I expect to see you at the board meeting tomorrow.”  When the boss opened the resignation he saw immediately that the man was telling the truth.  If you are the boss, remember the people you manage are the ones who help you receive a paycheck and make you look good.  It’s not the other way around. In the Good Gus series, Joe Kelly ran a ranch and he was indeed a boss.  He treated the people in his employ with respect.  A  good lesson for the young reader or the parent reading the book to their child or children.  Miss Patty did well today in sales despite the cool weather.  She may go back to Balboa Park tomorrow.  It depends upon the weather.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

[ Many individuals rarely see how strong women really are. Today I saw a woman using a forklift to pick up a bale of hay.  There was a period of time when strong women were in bad taste, out of favor and in general frowned upon.  During World War II strong women learned and mastered a variety of tasks, developed new skills and even became pilots.  However, once the war was over, the strong women were told to go back to being housewives and were no longer considered to be important or valuable to society.  The Me Too movement doesn’t appear to have made a difference  It almost seems that strong women are put down, insulted and treated as second class citizens.  Obviously, the world is changing.  However, women who work farms understand hard work better than most people.  They know that the responsibility rests on them to take care of the animals, maintain the crops, and earn a living.  We all choose different paths in life particularly for earning an income.  Many females work in industries that do not require strength, but rather various abilities, skills, and intelligence to manage businesses and solve problems.  It’s surprising if you read the statistics how many older strong women are behind the scenes of large corporations.  Being strong isn’t necessarily about strength.  As women we do our best whether it is at work, at home, or even in life.  In the Good Gus series, Mary ran a cafe’ with the help of her husband.  However, she was the boss.  Nurse Joyce finished nursing school in England and traveled by steamer, train and the stagecoach to become  Dr. Moore’s right hand in his practice.  I tried to project strong women and men inthe stories as a good example to the young reader.  Remember the series is available online at Kindle and Waterstones and tomorrow at Balboa Park in San Diego, California.  Miss Patty will be there and she is now accepting credit/debit cards.  The printing of the hard copy of “Misplaced Trust” is getting close.  In the meantime, you can find it online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

For every person that likes you, there are people who dislike you.  Those that dislike you write nasty comments about you on Facebook, or bully you in public.  If you are so sad that you are sitting at home and staring at your phone or a computer and writing nasty comments, what does that say about you?  You have no life.  You feel inferior and believe that by writing nasty comments about others that somehow it will boost your pathetic feelings about yourself.  Sadly, it will not.  You may feel fine for a brief moment, but deep down you realize that you are failure as a human being.  The people that are the victims of this behavior, ignore it.  These individuals will always be picking on others and bullying whenever possible because they can’t feel good about themselves.  What they really should be doing is taking a walk, going out to a social event, possibly hitting the pub for a pint, or just anything except staring at a screen.  The same is true in the workplace.  If all they do is sit at their desk and write criticisms about their co-workers, they need to wake up and realize they are being paid for a job.  Their income is not predicated on how many nasty comments they can write in any given day.  The best part about the Good Gus series is that there was no technology.  Not everyone in the series was perfect but the stories give children the opportunity to read about helping one another, kindness, consideration, morals and decency.  Sales were good today at Balboa Park in spite of a marathon.  They will be available again tomorrow so if you are looking for a hard copy stop by or visit the UPS Store in Tierrasanta.  If you aren’t in San Diego, online is your next best choice.  You can easily locate the series on Kindle or Waterstones.  Remember, “Misplaced Trust” for a different read is available for the adults at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 On the surface, it appears in life that most adults give positive reinforcement to children and young adults. However, reality shows something different. Encouragement and positive reinforcement became popular about forty years ago in the school system.  Eventually it lead to children receiving a trophy for just participation.  As parents and grandparents we try to to ensure that our children understand that we believe in them and know that they can achieve anything they set their mind to.  We give encouragement and hope that they will achieve success in whatever endeavors they choose.  As adults, we still need positive reinforcement.  In the workplace a raise is always appreciated, but as individual people we need to hear that we are doing a good job.  Receiving a raise may be a standard policy or part of a contract, but it doesn’t make us feel worthwhile or  valued in our jobs.  There are individuals who say things that sound good but in reality they don’t mean it.  It’s way of possibly getting a person to do a job they were assigned to and don’t want to start or even finish.  Phony accolades are easily spotted but not for everyone.  If a person is suddenly overly friendly and giving you praise which was nonexistent prior to their current conversation, you know they want something.  In the Good Gus series, positive reinforcement was part of the story lines.  I wanted the children to recognize that it occurs in many forms.  Available on Kindle, a western story is an ideal change from monsters, violence, fairies, princesses, etc.  They stories provide an adventure while teaching kindness.  There is no positive reinforcement in “Misplaced Trust.”  During the current brutal weather, it is an easy find and a quick click for a different read.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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