Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull

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.

Why are people so impatient lately? The lockdowns haven’t even started. It’s almost like they are using the virus as an excuse to be nasty.  Every time I turn around I see YouTube videos about bullies and the revenge wreaked upon them. Then there are the motorcycle groups who decide to go after individuals including families.  Just because things are difficult, it doesn’t give anyone the right to harm another person.  There are also the people seeking revenge.  I think they are the worst.  A person may decide that they have been wronged. They will then seek revenge.  Often they are so impatient that they don’t plan out their tactics and end up getting caught.  I have seen a few videos of the getting even by ex-husbands to their ex-wives.  They claim a variety of falsehoods, are in collusion with government officials and the women have an expensive fight to gain custody of their children.  I saw a video today where a man decided to divorce his wife as she made him cake for his birthday.  It wasn’t exactly the cake, but it was his excuse.  He yelled at his wife and told her she had nothing and he was divorcing her for her sister.  He was also angry at her for quitting her job.  He never let her explain. The results were the best. The soon to be ex-wife told him that she knew he was having an affair with her sister.  She also said that the assets based on their prenup were separate. He gloated saying she would have nothing.  She surprised him and said that is true about the assets, but that she was not broke.  Her granny had left her a substantial inheritance and she was leaving to spend a few days at a luxury resort.  He had no words. He was so impatient to be with her sister that in the end he was the one who ended up with nothing. In the Good Gus series there are a few stories with impatient characters.  In, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the twin boys were in a hurry to see the first rodeo ever in the United States. Of course, they landed into a bit to trouble.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” does have impatient characters which always leads to more trouble.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Good Gus Books, Children Books, Cowboys Everyone deserves a second chance.  We often make mistakes and sometimes they are huge.  Frequently, family and friends cannot forgive us.  It’s best to try to resolve and fix your errors.  The sad part though, if a person makes a mistake that is not disastrous, they deserve a second chance.  When people are released from prison or jail, there are so many groups and governmental agencies willing to give the them a second chance.  They often receive training while in jail and then have a chance to build a new life.  There are, however, people who are given a second chance and go even further.  They assume that they were able to get away with it the first time, so possibly, do more daring things, try riskier stunts, etc.  I think it really comes down to whether a person has a moral compass or learns to change and turn their lives around.  Many of the TV shows, particularly, the older ones, have story lines where a person is given a second chance and then they commit horrific crimes, become sophisticated thieves, and other unsavory wrongdoings.  In the Good Gus series, book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” Jimmy Ray is sure he can sneak off and ride one of the bulls.  He has been taught right from wrong, but this was more of an adventure for him.  He was sure he could do it and his parents would never find out.  He was wrong.  Read the story online to your children at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many unsavory characters.  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

With the virus the fear of consequences is overwhelming to everyone.  Today, Mark Cuban on Shark Tank, told employers that they need to focus on employee relations during this time because if they didn’t be considerate to their employees, it could affect them for the next ten years or more.  He instilled in them the fear of consequences.  However, he failed to point out that many companies are barely  holding on and may not even have a future.  The owners have to make a choice if they are failing to pay the employees or leave other companies with their debt.  The fear of consequences frequently prevents people from committing crimes.  Often, a well thought out robbery, can fail because of last minute fear.  The same is true of a murder.  Although, in the all the movies, the culprit carefully plans their every move, including their alibi and making someone else appear to be guilty.  Even cheaters in school for exams, go through a great deal of effort to protect themselves because of fear of consequences.  That also includes partners who step outside of their relationship.  They always think that the other person will never know, but they eventually find out the truth.  The married person has the most to lose which makes them be extremely careful.  In the Good Gus series, the children rarely had fear of consequences as is evidenced in Book Four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull.” Jimmy Ray takes the chance of riding a bull because he is unafraid.  He did end up with consequences.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust”  had numerous characters who had absolutely no fear of consequences.  The book is available for all the cool rainy days 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’.

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!

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.

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