Pecos Meets Bad Bart

children's books, Good Gus Books Things tend to go wrong when people are jumping to conclusions.  If they automatically assume the worst, many times they are wrong.  It’s easy jumping to conclusions if you hear or see something but aren’t one hundred percent accurate as to what you heard or witnessessed.  For example, a woman begins snooping on her husband’s phone.  She finds a picture of him with another woman.  She instantly begins jumping to conclusions.  She believes he is cheating on her.  She decides to keep watching his phone to see what happens.  She doesn’t see them kissing only hugging. She begins to become angry and is thinking of leaving him.  Then, one day he comes home with the woman.  She begins to lose her patience and asks why he is bringing her into their home. She continues to rant and he  tries to explain.  He finally forces her to calm down.  He then states, “I would like you to meet my sister.” Naturally, the wife’s face drops and her face turns red.  She is humiliated and embarrassed. She starts apologizing when the sister just steps up and hugs her.  Then, the real story of how they found each other is revealed.  This is a happy ending, but most stories end up unpleasant.  Sadly, the assumptions are often correct and hurtful to the other party. In the Good Gus series jumping to conclusions was only via Bad Bart.  He assumed the negative but Sheriff Gus did the positive. The books are online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is easily accessible at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Everyday in the news or on the internet there are countless people behaving in an accusatory manner.  It’s becoming tiring.  What makes people believe they should act this way?  Frequently, their accusatory remarks are based on lies, innuendos, and their opinions.  In western countries, particularly the United States, it appears to be never ending. Individuals of various ethnicities feel that they can act any way they choose without any regard to manners, if they are behaving appropriately, or in any type of reasonable acceptable manner.  I was in a warehouse type store today to purchase my Pellegrino, organic sugar, and bath tissue. It was my first time in this store so I was walking slowly checking each aisle.  I came upon a man, from another country, who was yelling quite loudly at a woman who was at the end of the row where he was waiting with his trolley.  It was evident that he was impatient.  Even in another language, it was obvious he was being extremely rude.  As I passed by he gave me a nasty look.  When I began passing the next row, an employee of this warehouse asked me what was happening.  I explained that a man was yelling at a woman and quite rudely at that.  She stopped what she was doing and then there was quiet!  This is just one example of how people are being abusive, accusatory, rude and inconsiderate.  In the Good Gus series, there were a few accusatory remarks by Bad Bart in book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart.” He was demanding chocolate ice cream and accusing Bob of not having any.  Even though Bob explained the delivery had not arrived, Bad Bart was not accepting his answer.  It took the calm, cool Sheriff Gus to diffuse the situation in a positive way.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Accusatory remarks are a daily occurance for the characters in “Misplaced Trust.”  This is the most interesting and best self help guide you will find to help you do an estate plan.  The book is online at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Anger can destroy everything. For every second you are angry, you lose a second of happiness. I saw a video about a snake that clearly displayed its anger.  It wandered into a shop looking for food.  He searched high and low and found nothing.  Then, he accidentally nicked himself on an axe.  This made him furious.  He tried to bite the axe but it made his mouth bleed.  He wrapped himself around it thinking he would strangle it out of fury and anger.  Still he failed.  He continued to bite the axe which made everything worse.  Of course, he died.  His anger destroyed him.  It’s easy to have anger.  You can blame someone else and take your errors out on them.  Anger is your biggest enemy.  If you don’t control it, you may end up with danger.  There is always pain and it doesn’t solve anything.  It can, like the snake, destroy everything.  It is clearly evident in the world how destructive it can be.  If you think about it, stop and reprogram your mind.  It destroys you happiness, positive thinking and if you allow it will destroy you.  Can you stop it?  It’s all up to you.  However, think about it and ask yourself is this worth it?  I would hazard a guess that it’s not.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart clearly displays his anger.  However, Sheriff Gus easily turns the situation positive.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters with anger.  The book is available at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding website:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading

  Many people end up fighting with others because they refuse to release their anger, get past their pride, or just want to be right.  Most people cannot release their feelings and they end up with problems.  How often have you seen a parent and child get into an argument and then not speak for years.  When the parent is suddenly ill, the adult child realizes that it was stupid to hold onto anger or hurtful words.  They miss many years of happiness all because they couldn’t let go of their pride.  In many of the mystery movies, people cannot release their feelings so they let the anger build up until they do something terrible.  Then, they try to blame others, hide it, or the old standby suicide with a typed note.  They always get caught when all they had to do was just let go and move on.  Many marriages fall apart simply because bad words are spoken, pride takes over, one needs to be right and they cannot release their hurt.  Words do hurt but eventually they go away.  The actions that follow such as a divorce, separation, cheating, walking away and disappearing are far worse.  All problems need to be resolved quickly with the end result that everyone is forgiven and they move forward and rebuild.  In the Good Gus series, even Bad Bart finally realizes he needs to stop having a temper tantrum and release his anger over no chocolate ice cream.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of people who never got past anger or released any negativity.  It does have greedy people.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for your continued crowdfunding support and visiting my site at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading

  Why is it when people speak their tone is upset?  It doesn’t matter what the topic may be, people seem to be upset and sound overly loud.  Everyone seems to be upset and angry about everything.   Let’s start with the grocery.  People tend to take up space in an aisle and then become annoyed if you get tired of waiting and pass them.  I was in a row where a woman was blocking the cases of water texting on her phone.  She held up five people and seemed irritated when one person finally said something.  I left that aisle and went around to the next one so I could access the end.  Today I had a call from a client who was upset over the IRS.  Seriously, they are an entity unto themselves.  They make the decisions and we follow.  It’s really that simple.  There are also the people you call and they ask you to call back.  When you do they seem annoyed or upset, yet they set the time.  It’s frustrating.  If you have ever lived in a gated community, you can’t even begin to understand what people become upset about.  There are always a few individuals who band together and demand everything with no regard for the other residents.  It’s never easy.  In the Good Gus series, there were a few characters who became upset besides Bad Bart.  However, it wasn’t anger but more concern or worry.  For example, in book two, “The Cattle are Restless,” one of the cattle strays and a stampede begins.  Cory has to rush to Pecos and let Sheriff Gus know so that everyone can help and stop the herd.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available for your summer reading at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Don’t forget my crowdfunding site at https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.

These days overreacting seems to be common among everyone.  If you hear news that isn’t to your liking, your brain races, your mouth opens and the next occurance is overreacting.  It’s not always easy to calm your brain down.  It also depends upon the news.  If you are remodeling your home and the contractor opens up your walls and all you see is termites, mold or carpenter ants, overreacting is allowed.  It means an instant problem with money and more repairs as the solution.  You can view it all the time on the home shows.  Nothing ever goes according to plan.  You may also have a fit if you arrive at a resort and the room you requested was given to someone else or your room is dirty.  How many times in past travels have you been in a hotel room that looked clean but had bed bugs?  The vandalism  I wrote about yesterday is another example. What if you selected several apples and when you arrived home a few had been bitten?  The grocery might refuse your return and an overreaction would be justified.  Sadly you see it on the road when people are in a hurry and they want you to move, get out of their way, or speed up.  That is never pleasant including the yelling and hand gestures.  In the Good Gus series the only character that was overreacting was Bad Bart.  He wanted that ice cream immediately.  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. My crowdfunding site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.

 When I was younger, if you even considered taking what is now termed as a selfie you would be called conceited.  When you skim the internet news, instead of important events, there are articles about older women in bikinis, extremely skimpy clothes and even Madonna showing her bare chest.  Seriously, there are important events in the world today.  Yet these women are so conceited that they have to show their physiques.  Is it to be noticed?  Where are all the rules of decency gone?  It’s easy to understand that women are proud of their figures, and many show off in dresses and appropriate attire.  It has to be the conceited women who need to be noticed and possibly seeking approval.  Other women, myself included, do not care how they look.  We care how we look and our families’ appearances.  In high school the conceited boys and girls were ignored.  The phrase at the time was, “They are full of themselves.”  They probably were but in retrospect no one really cared.  The dictionary definition is having an excessively favorable opinion of one’s abilities, appearance, etc. There you go.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart, book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” arrives in town and is quite conceited.  He thinks because he wants something, he should receive it.  He also believed it should be handed to him instantly.  As we all know, Sheriff Gus solved the problem in a positive manner without anger.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Remember, I have started crowd funding The site is https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

It’s fascinating to watch how the media portrays people just to cause trouble. Every  day they claim various celebrities have marriage issues, dating issues, money issues and more.  For example, I have seen headlines for George Clooney and how his marriage is having problems, etc.  In reality, in interviews he has clearly stated that they are happy.  If you look at the pictures they look happy together.  The constant rumor mongering is overwhelming.  We are in difficult times, yet between fake news, false accusations and just people wanting their fifteen minutes of fame, it’s beginning to become depressing.  The divorce rate has increased due to couples not really being compatible and being in lock down.  All it did was save them from the virus, but cause trouble that has now ended up changing their lives permanently.  It’s difficult for working parents who have been home full time with their children trying to amuse them.  Of course, even without a lockdown, children fight and argue with each other.  There is also the sibling rivalry.  The Smothers brothers became wealthy with the phrase, “Mom likes you best.”  We all love our children equally, yet they each have different needs.  If you help one child one way and another child a different way, they each believe you are favoring their sibling and will cause trouble.  In the Good Gus series, Bart Bart did cause trouble.  Not only did Sheriff Gus reverse the situation, but he did it in a positive, non-violent way.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is full of characters who did nothing but cause trouble.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Rather than think with their brain logically, most people have an immediate emotional response to any given situation.  My late husband referred to it as ‘a knee jerk reaction.’ If you ever watch any of the home shows on HGTV such as “Buying and Selling,” “House Hunters,”  plus their international version, it’s amazing how frequently people have an emotional response to a home rather than think about their budgets.  Often they go over their budgets without any logical thoughts.  The same is true when purchasing a car.  If its used you really have to verify that it is in good condition, that the mileage is accurate and that it really is worth the money.  At a former gym, I used to watch a small auto lot while I was on the treadmill.  They would take in a used car, clean it, steam the engine so it looked brand new, and do a variety of exterior and interior clean up completely skipping the important part which of course is the engine.  The cars really did look good and they sold cars every day.  I could almost guarantee that the emotional response at how nice the cars looked was the key to all their sales.  In the gossip magazines, and celebrity news, I can still remember Hollywood stars divorcing because they had an argument.  It was shocking.  Life is full of minor arguments.  They don’t mean anything unless there is a serious matter attached to it.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart had an emotional response when Bob at the Sweet Shop was out of chocolate ice cream.  He literally had a temper tantrum.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has countless characters all having an emotional response which always had the consequence of spending money to solve the situation.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

During this time of stress, quarantine, isolation, etc. there are people around the world who are displaying selfish behavior.  They are demanding to be released from their homes, eat in restaurants, go to clothing stores, etc.  These people have no consideration for others, or anyone in the medical profession.  The instant they become sick they want immediate treatment.  How would they feel if it was their parent, child, friend, or even spouse who contracted the virus over the selfish behavior of another person?  Anger would surely top the list.  In Spain, the children were only recently let outdoors to play but not with other children.  In my neighborhood, there are kids riding bikes but keeping their distance.  Their parents are with them to make sure they don’t display any selfish behavior.  We all need fresh air and more people are walking in the mornings now but keeping their distances. I made Irish bread for three neighbors, one of whom is James McGee, the Davis cup winner, who is here in the states to make a video and do tennis coaching.  When I came out of my door to give the bread, the neighbor who agreed to give James his loaf,  it was a difficult handoff as she didn’t want to get too close to me.  There was no selfish behavior in the Good Gus series.  I never wanted to set a bad example.  Although, Bad Bart was somewhat selfish but Sheriff Gus straightened him out.  It is available online at Kindle, Nook, and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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