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.

  In many events in life, there are always side effects.  For example, many people have gained considerable weight during COVID.  Now one of the side effects is obesity.  People were no longer going to work, the grocery, exercising at gyms or even walking anywhere.  They had nothing to do but eat so they did. In addition, if a person was already extremely overweight, their chances of surviving COVID were slim to none.  Many people passed once they caught the disease because their bodies could not handle it.  Obviously, there are side effects from many medications. I once took a medication that gave me  very bad side effects.  When I called the doctor for a different product, the nurse said that I could expect that to happen.  I told her absolutely not as this was not a mild reaction.  I literally had to argue with her for a new prescription. There are also side effects in life.  If you are kind then generally people will be nice to you.  If you are rude and nasty, people will dislike you and not want to associate with you.  I love the arrogant people who believe they are always right and argue  with everyone.  Then they wonder why they have no friends. In the Good Gus series there are a variety of side effects.  You can find the books on Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

Workplace revenge can be extremely difficult. It may even make you so uncomfortable that you choose to find another job.  There are people who play games and are hurtful.  They may consider it as  practical jokes but frequently they are pranks to hurt a specific person.  In an episode of “Dougie Howser, M.D.,” Dougie was dating a coworker.  They had been dating about a month and so the other older doctors were sure that he had moved forward in the relationship.  When they asked him he dodged the question but  made it sound as if he was successful.  The nurse heard the entire conversation and was furious.  She decided to get her own workplace revenge.  She began spreading rumors about his male prowess and his failure as a man.  She made sure to tell everyone that they worked with.  The other doctors felt sorry for him. They said comforting words to help him get past his issues.  The nurses snubbed him and treated him badly.  In the end, Dougie apologized to the nurse telling her that because he was so young, that the other doctors tended to make fun of him.  She accepted the apology and stopped seeking workplace revenge.  It’s difficult for the recipient of workplace revenge.  They may try to reasonable with their workmates but if a person is mean, they will not stop.  Over the years, many women have filed lawsuits in an effort to seek workplace revenge.  In the Good Gus series, there was no workplace revenge.  I tried the recording yesterday, twice, and failed.  I will continue to work on it.  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.

[ 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.

barefoot contessamake a wishToday is World Wish Day.  It is primarily for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help the world recognize the needs of terminally ill children.  It is one of the better ideas for a day to be recognized. Many of the children wish to go to Disneyland, Disney World, meet a special celebrity, or even go to Nascar.  The Make-A-wish, primarily through donations, helps every child receive that last wish.  It is a wonderful organization.  In 2011, the Make-A-wish Foundation reached out to the Barefoot Contessa for a boy with leukemia whose wish was to cook with her.  She has a cooking show on the Food Network in the United States and has written several cookbooks.  She lives in New York and is well known.  The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, said she was too busy not once but several times.  Finally, due to extreme pressure she granted the wish.  Most celebrities welcome the opportunity to be one giving a wish to a terminally ill child.  Her decision had to have an affect her ratings and overall popularity.  I image the families of the terminally child are quite grateful that their child’s wish is granted.  Everyone would like one or two wishes come true in their lifetimes even if they are not ill.  We all wish on our birthdays when we blow out the candles.  Whatever the wish might be we hope that it will come true.  Many people go through life thinking that if they wish for something or an event that it will come true.  That is not always the case.  If you wish for a better education, then you have to find a way to obtain it.  I had a childhood friend who had a wish to become a nurse.  She started working at a hospital and saved her money to become a licensed practical nurse.  Once she achieved that goal, she realized she wanted more in her wish and saved again. She went back to school and obtained her bachelor’s degree.  All of it took a long time, but her wish came true in the end.  Many people who are homeless lose hope and stop wishing that their lives will turn around.  They accept what has happened to them and rather than believe or even wish that things could be better, they simply give up.  It is very sad.  Whatever your wish is today, I hope it comes true.  In the Good Gus Series, the twins J.C. and Bronco blow out their candles on their birthday cake in book, in book eight, “The Uninvited Guest.”  If you wish the heirs of a will or trust would leave you alone, then visit and check out “Misplaced Trust.”

296044_490238270987734_25261447_nHandwriting is going out of style. With the advent of the computer, children write less and less. When I went to school we had penmanship every day. First we learned how to print and then handwriting or cursive. When my son was in school, it was already being phased out. I home schooled him and continued penmanship and spelling. Spelling is another subject that is being phased out. I think handwriting should be practiced in school until at least the fourth grade and spelling through grade six. When I was in school, we weren’t allowed to use ball point pens in the third grade for handwriting. We had to dip a steel nib into an ink well. It was also known as a fountain pen. Power of WordsNeedless to say, most of us had some type of ink stain on our clothes which infuriated our mothers as there were no real stain removers at that time. When people think of handwriting in the “olden days” they remember seeing movies with the actors and actresses using a quill. A couple of years ago, I wrote a story, book twenty-nine, “Quills are not just for Writing.” It was very popular. The lead was Nurse Joyce and the hero was her horse, Sandy. She had ridden to the Pecos River to have a picnic on her day off. She accidentally fell asleep and when she awoke she had a very unwelcome visitor. As with all Good Gus Series books, it has a happy ending. If you are looking for a different style of writing to expose the child or children in your life, please consider a book from the Good Gus Series.

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