Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys  People continually pass judgment on one another.  You see it in everyday life, in movies, on the internet and in public places.  I have never understood this.  What is it that makes people think that it is acceptable?  In the workplace, the workmates pass judgment on a variety of things.  They make remarks about their co-workers clothes, shoes, hair, and overall appearance.  The criticize their food choices particularly if they bring their own food.  I have never been a person to eat take away at the office.  I always brought my lunch.  I really didn’t care what others thought.  While they are so busy passing judgment, they were neglecting their work.  I saw a cute story about a set of twins.  One twin was quite popular and had her own group.  Her sister was quiet and shy.  The popular twin and her friends continually would pass judgment on the shy sister.  They made fun of her clothes and one day even threw a tomato at her dress.  Their mom had passed and the dad heard the two girls arguing one day as the popular twin and her friends had cut up the quiet girl’s dress that she had made for prom.  He said it was about time they knew the real score.  The shy twin was born healthy and vibrant.  The popular twin was failing.  The doctors said there was nothing they could do but a nurse had a better idea.  She put the healthy twin in with her and before long she began to thrive as well.  The dad said, “So you see, your sister saved your life.” After that the popular twin realized the value of her sister.  The next day they went to school together and no one was allowed to pass judgment, criticize or do anything negative to her sister.  A valuable lesson.  Always appreciate people and never pass judgment on anyone.  You could someday be in their shoes.  In the Good Gus series no one was allowed to criticize anyone.  It would have been negative reading and a bad example. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who thought nothing of passing judgment on their benefactors or their shared heirs.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Friday is National Employee Appreciation Day. It is significant as so many people are unemployed around the globe due to the pandemic. Employers should appreciate the individuals who work for them.  Of course, many companies are expected to give rewards, bonuses, days off, etc.  That was the past.  Now anyone working is grateful just to have an income. Many countries do supplement and now even the United States is doing stimulus. If a person doesn’t qualify for unemployment benefits, they have no income.  The number of people begging, now homeless and the groups of people asking for help on Go Fund Me has increased dramatically.  I do think that employee appreciation should be every day for good workers.  They are the individuals who do their best and try to succeed.  Of course, there are always the slackers who steal their co-workers’ projects, work, and take credit for it.  Working can be difficult if you are in the wrong job.  I have had employees in the past and always believed in employee appreciation.  These same people still speak to me today and always remark how pleasant the work environment always was for them.  Kindness goes a long way but it should be a daily part of everyone’s lives.  It doesn’t cost anything.  In the Good Gus series there was no employee appreciation as families ran businesses.  The only people who had additional staff of one person were Dr. Moore and Ray.  Fred worked in the afternoons for Ray and Nurse Joyce worked with Dr. Moore.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.



It is shocking lately how many people retaliate against their fellow human beings.  Everyone is complaining and taking out their frustrations on others.  Anyone who even thinks about trying to retaliate against another person, should think again.  I have seen videos where workmates think it is funny to retaliate against another person with mean tricks and unkind jokes.  Hurting another person does make you any better but rather less of a human being.  For example, I saw this video one time where the co-workers were doing terrible things to a man because he was quiet, kept to himself and did a good job.  Their cruelty led to ‘accidentally’ spilling coffee or a drink while passing by, putting a snake inside his desk drawer, undoing the screws in his chair so the minute he sat down it broke and more.  He remained calm and never reported anyone.  However, over time his supervisor saw the quiet strength and what he endured.  Rather than promote the other workmates who had worked there longer, he made the man they continually retaliated against their new boss.  He also had a meeting with all of them when the man was not in and told all of them that he knew what they were doing and if they didn’t stop they would be looking for a new job.  There is no character in the Good Gus series that would retaliate against another character in the stories.  I just finished “The Christmas Pageant.” I am very excited about it.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. The crowdfunding is expiring soon.  I hope everyone has had a change to view it.  It can be found at  “Misplaced Tr4ust” has characters who believe that the only answer to anything is to retaliate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  There are all types of bait. The first thought that comes to mind is bait for fishing. However, what I am referring to is the way people bait you to start an argument.  For many people it’s quite easy.  They generally dislike a person so they go out of their way to say things that will antagonize the other person and they will react.  As children, if you had a sibling, or more than one, they would try to bait you just at the right moment.  Then you would be in trouble with your parents and they would literally gloat.  It often happens in sports.  When Muhammad Ali started boxing, he really went out of his way for publicity but also to bait his opponent.  The worst part for the other boxer was that he would drop his concentration and automatically lose.  Ali knew that even if a boxer was better than him, that he had already won by controlling his opponent’s mind.  I saw it once in a “Frasier” episode.  He was riding a bike for the first time for a charity event.  His opponent, Julia, simply told him right before the race to watch out for the mailbox.  Sure enough he hit it before even getting a good start into the race.  This can even occur in the workplace.  A co-worker who may dislike you, but knows how to really irritate you, may continue to bait you and then at just the right moment say something that sounds innocuous but in reality is an extreme insult which instantly sets you off.  Then, you may be embarrassed, lose your job, be demoted, and/or be humiliated in front of all of your workmates.  Today I again received help from April Cox for the Good Gus series.  I am really excited to move forward.  The only type of bait that was in the series was for fishing.  The books are available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank you for noticing and participating in my crowdfunding.  The site is:

Many people are small minded. They think in small petty ways.  They don’t think ‘big.’  When they speak about topics, it’s generally about people.  They discuss celebrities, neighbors, workmates, friends, and even strangers.  Their lives revolve around putting others down.  It’s amazing how they can look at a person and their small minded thoughts go in a negative direction.  They may see an attractive man or woman and secretly wish they were with that person.  Yet, when they speak their words  they express hostility.  They criticize their appearance, their hair, how they speak, etc.  What good does it do, though?  They can’t feel any better because their inner thoughts are really wishing, and envy.  An average minded person generally discusses such topics as current events, work related issues, future plans they may have that in reality are boring.  They may say they plan to go home after work and make dinner and watch TV.  From what I have read, though, that is what the average person does on a daily basis.  When you then move on to great minds, do you wonder what topics they discuss?  It’s usually new and exciting ideas, ways to move forward, become successful or even thoughts for new inventions.  Great minds may even discuss new products, promotions, marketing ideas and thought provoking subjects.  Which one are you?  In the Good Gus series, the characters had average and great minds.  They were always moving forward and looking for ways to progress.  Miss Patty and the real Heather are now listening to book two.  If the video is reasonable, it will be online soon.  The series is online at Nook, Waterstones, and Kindle.  Remember, most children love to pretend they are cowboys or cowgirls.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

If you really thought about it, you would realize we are a complaining culture.  How frequently in every work day do you hear people complaining about their families?  It’s constant, continual and never ending.  Half the time it’s the same verbiage over and over again often more than once a day.  If you try to convince them to think about the positivity of just having a family, they whine and moan even more.  If they realized that they might never speak to them again, would they stop or think differently?  How often do people have unexpected accidents or tragedies?  Then their lives are full of regret.  If they thought about it, they might learn to appreciate all of their good traits instead of always focusing on the negative.  Children learn this negative behavior from us and before long they are imitating us.  When a parent returns home at the end of the day, they frequently start in on the negativity of their day, if the children are too loud, making a mess, etc.  It just goes on into endless complaining.  By the time the children become teenagers and go off to college, the complaining is a way of life.  We all need to learn to appreciate our lives even when times are difficult and focus on the here and now and anything that is positive.  In the Good Gus series, the stories were designed to give children the opportunity to appreciate their lives and their families and friends.  Always easy to find on Kindle and Waterstones, the hard copies are accessible at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  The complaining in “Misplaced Trust” of the characters is never ending.  The greed of the characters comes through in several chapters.  It is available 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.

 Have you ever met individuals who are complacent? A doctor from the UK who was flying Quantas tweeted that she was insulted that she was referred to as a “Miss” and not doctor which was on her ticket.  The responses basically stated that she was full of herself and egotistical.  She was not complacent but rather tired to people being too lazy to do their jobs and refer to her as a doctor.  After all, she is entitled as she spent eight years at university to obtain her degree.  You often find in the workplace, complacent co-workers and bosses.  It also exists in management.  A relative of mine works at a company that one of his workmates is complacent.  She is also good at lying and manipulation.  While he was on holiday, this woman who believes she is perfect, managed to maneuver her way into a promotion that belonged to him.  Family members can be complacent.  They can take you for granted and make you feel inferior as they truly believe they are superior.  They can let you know, often directly, that they are always right and you are always wrong.  Then when you catch them in an error, the blame game begins and before you realize it, it’s your fault.  The only character in the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, who was complacent was Bad Bart.  However, in a positive way, Sheriff Gus made sure that he understood that his behavior was unacceptable not only to him, but the entire town.  As summer wains, the series would be a good start for your young readers.  The characters who are complacent in “Misplaced Trust” will boggle your mind.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 As the saga continues from the former co-worker, he is still attempting to seek revenge.  He seriously needs to move on from his revenge project.  Unfortunately, there are people literally around the globe who seek revenge.  Wars have been started.  Families have broken up over it.  The workplace has become difficult for many individuals.  Often it can be something as simple as jealousy.  However, if a person’s ego is wounded, they seem to go to great lengths to extract revenge.  Life is too short for this yet people can’t seem to stop it.  I know of a custody case where the motive of the father is pure and simple.  He doesn’t want to pay and wants to hurt his ex and child as much as possible.  Sadly, this is common and not unique to anyone.  Look at the workplace.  Individuals will sabotage their workmates.  They may tamper with their projects, sneakily put in place items that may not be noticeable but will ruin someone else’s work or idea.  How many movies have you seen where jealousy takes over and a workmate will steal a co-worker’s idea and present it as their own?  It’s a theme in many movies.  The point is that egos will always be bruised, pride will be more important, and jealousy will rear its ugly head often in the name of revenge.  In the Good Gus series there were no acts of revenge.  It is important for children to read positive stories without monsters, violence, political agendas, etc.  Always available on Kindle, the series is a good start for summer reading once school is out.  If you are wondering if “Misplaced Trust” has chapters about revenge, you are correct.  You would be amazed what individuals will do.  The book, ideal for early evening reading, is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

We all have high hopes in anticipation of a new relationship, a new job, a good doctor, or even a special event.  When we meet someone new we have high hopes that they will be a great friend or a new girl or boyfriend.  Our expectations unfortunately generally exceed reality.  Often when people  marry they gradually  discover that their life partner is a liar, cheat, gambler, secret alcoholic, dabbles with drugs, is a narcissist, violent, and doesn’t really have the job or money they claimed to have.  Once its discovered, everything changes.  Suddenly, all of your high hopes are dashed and your heart breaks.  The same is true of doctors.  Anyone who has a condition or disease always has high hopes that they will be cured.  Then when the treatments don’t live up to the promises or expectations, they feel sad and depressed.  We all have high hopes for a new job or a promotion.  Unfortunately, reality sets in and its never what we anticipated.  Work is difficult and  no matter what you do there are always negatives associated with it.  It can be annoying or lazy co-workers, a demanding boss or supervisor that asks more than anyone can possibly do, or even unrealistic hours at a low pay.  In the Good Gus series, many of the characters had high hopes.  I didn’t disappoint any of the children by having them dashed.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide and books one and two on YouTube at Mae’s Story Time.  If your high hopes have been dashed, reading is a good way to make you feel good again.  “Misplaced Trust” is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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