Sheriff Gus

Why is it that people think that if they increase the volume of their voices that somehow everything will work towards their advantage?  It only makes a situation worse rather than resolve it.  When children have a temper tantrum, they learn quickly, particularly if they are in a public setting, that the more they increase the volume of their voice, the quickly the parent will give in.  Raising your voice rarely solves anything.  It’s really a bullying tactic.  There are also times when a person thinks if they increase the volume of their voice that the person they are trying to communicate with, who does not understand their language, will magically figure out what they are saying.  Parents also believe that if they are yelling or raising their voices that the child will listen.  They don’t.  They tend to tune out until the threats arrive.  Even in marriage, couples believe that and it never works out.  The only thing that happens next is a shouting match.  No one ever wins.  They either totally lose it, walk out, start breaking things, or worse.  Speaking in a calm and rational voice is the only way to accomplish anything.  The continual verbiage of a raised voice for anyone makes them retreat inward.  As few people use logic, the best course for any situation is to remain calm, focus on the situation, and choose your words carefully.  In the Good Gus series, Bad Bart basically has a temper tantrum. The townspeople are afraid until Sheriff Gus arrives.  He handles the situation in a calm and rational way with a positive solution.  It’s an important lesson for young children and the parents reading to them.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  I did hear from Waterstones and they appear to moving forward to include the books that I have already self published.  The UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California continues to sell the available books.  If you are in the U.S. and taking a long flight for the Thanksgiving holiday, remember to pack your tablet and a copy of “Misplaced Trust.”  It’s available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

When someone offers you what they believe to be good advice, do you automatically assume that they have your best interest at heart? If it is what is now commonly referred to as a financial planner, the answer is always no.  They have an agenda.  It’s possible they make the right calls for you on some stocks and investments, but no one is one hundred percent accurate.  They collect a commission from everything you do and it may not always be to your advantage financially.  If a friend is offering you their version of good advice, think twice.  There are numerous reasons why they are saying things and if it is unsolicited, they definitely have a motive.  It might be money, some type of control, jealousy, or they may want to see you fail.  Always take whatever advice people are offering with a grain of salt.  Your family loves you, for the most part.  They don’t have a hidden agenda, and often they think they are doing what is best for you.  Sadly, their thoughts are exactly that, their thoughts.  They may not be right for you.  Frequently, parents believe they know what is best but they don’t stop to consider what would make their child happy.   How many times have you seen a movie or Tv show where the parents are dictating the higher education of their child?  They may want their child to go to college and what the child is really interested in may be a trade.  Sometimes letting go and not giving the good advice is the best answer.  We all make mistakes.  That is how we learn.  In the Good Gus series, Sheriff Gus offered good advice to Bad Bart in book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart.”  Eventually, Bad Bart listened but not without being somewhat of a bully and basically having a temper tantrum.  The series is available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California and at Balboa Park tomorrow.  Miss Patty now accepts credit cards. Also it is easily accessible on Kindle and Waterstones.  Many of the characters in “Misplaced Trust” should have taken good advice rather than lie, cheat and steal.  As the weather seems to be steadily improving, grab your tablet and relax with an interesting read of “Misplaced Trust”  on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 Have you noticed lately that no one seems to do their job? What is worse is that they fail to perform even reasonably well.  It doesn’t matter what type of job it may be either.  If you look at the news, for example, in the U.S., article after article has complains about people failing to perform tasks that are part of their job description.  If you accept a position and a salary, then you should at least try to do your level best.  Today, for example, the very agencies in the U.S. that are supposed to protect children, don’t.  In San Diego, California, the foster care program which was put in place to help children in need who were being abused or abandoned, once again failed in allowing the activities that the children were supposed to be protected from continue with the obviously untrustworthy people they left the children with.  The system, at least in the U.S., seems to ignore the true needs of abused children.  No one wants to stand up and take responsibility and put a stop to it.  They hide behind voicemail, refuse to assist, and even though they know that the children are being hurt, they let it slide.  What on earth does it take to make people take responsibility for the positions they are being paid for and do the right thing?  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, Sheriff Gus does everything possible to always do an excellent job.  Every book, on the first page says; “He is called Good Gus because he always does the right thing.”  A very important lesson for not only children, but adults as well.  Anyone trying to do the job they were assigned in “Misplaced Trust,” often find the difficulties of handling greedy, selfish, demanding individuals a little overwhelming.  Now that the heat has turned up almost everywhere, a relaxing read is exactly what you need to finish your day.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Once again in the United States, road rage is out of control. In the past few days on the news there have been a few instances where people have been injured or killed.  Rather than take it out on the person they are really angry at, people are losing their tempers and not only killing other drivers, but their passengers as well.  These road rage incidents seem to really be about people who are so caught up in their own lives and have severe anger issues.  Everyone loses their temper now and again.  It can be over, for many of us, technology as it sometimes seems so complicated that we lose our patience.  However, we don’t smash the item, throw it out the window or door, go on a rampage, or worse take it out on the next person we meet or see.  There are individuals who have a short fuse and become riled too quickly.  Rather than allow it to manifest into their traits and daily routine, they need to seek help to find out why they are so angry.  Growing up angry stems from environment.  We are all not born with short tempers.  If anyone thinks about it, they could easily find and discover why their have continual anger with lost of temper and take the necessary steps to resolve it.  There was another article about a man who beat his wife so badly she passed away.  Why?  What was his motive?  Was he taking out his life’s frustrations on her?  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, Bad Bart basically has a temper tantrum.  However,  Sheriff Gus solves his problems without resorting to violence or anger.  It is a valuable lesson for all young children.  In “Misplaced Trust” there is no road rage, only extreme anger that manifests itself into a variety of behavior.  The book also shows how small minded and vindictive people can be.  It is available on  24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

 

Coward is not a word used every day. It should be even though it appears to have gone out of style.  During the wars people who deserted were considered to be a coward.  Although today there is a new type of coward that hides behind computers.  They are busy with cyber attacks, hacking, and theft without ever being seen.  The young teens have learned that if they hide behind a computer they can cyber bully and with the advances in technology generally not get caught.  Their techniques are amazing.  Learning to punish people they dislike anonymously is cowardly. It’s sad to see how many teens and preteens take their own lives just from the cowards hiding behind a computer using social media to destroy individuals they consider are their enemies.   If you dislike someone or feel a person is against you don’t you think it would be better to confront them rather than hide behind a computer? Look at the damage the scandalous  papers and magazines do to famous people lives.  Their hiding to find pictures that can be doctored just to make a commission or sell papers is despicable.  In the cartoons both of yesteryear and today,  the individuals wear masks but they are always heroes doing good deeds.  Without hiding behind computers because they didn’t exist during the Good Gus series, the theme of all the stories is to do the right thing.  Only book one, “Pecos Meets Bad Bart” has a bully and is dealt with in a positive way.  Sheriff Gus confronts Bad Bart and handles the situation without violence.  If you would like to hear book one or two, please visit Mae’s Story Time on You Tube.  The series is available on Kindle worldwide.  In “Misplaced Trust” there are people who are cowards in a few of the chapters.  It is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

With the advent of technology, social media affects everyone, everywhere. Politicians, celebrities, and everyday people use social media to promote their products, discuss their lives, express their opinions, and basically let the world know what they are thinking. The digital age also gives the world a perspective on events in many countries and has begun to show the good, bad and ugly everywhere.  One of the negative effects of social media is the vast increase in cyber bullying.  It is occurring frequently with younger children and teenagers.  It appears to be an ideal way to torture a person without witnesses.  However, these individuals fail to see that there is a trail to their actions.  Just recently, an eleven year old boy in Marquette, Michigan, attempted suicide and passed away.  It was all because of a prank his friend posted on social media claiming she had committed suicide.  She uses various types of media and the accounts of her friends for her so called prank to make it appear real.  She is fourteen and definitely should have known better. The press’s response to this action was  that kids don’t really think what they are doing online is real.  Now a young boy is gone and his family is devastated.  Social media has become the rumor monger in today’s society.  A couple of years ago, a group of girls were following an online show and decided to murder another student in the name of this show.  They are in prison now.  Is there so much negative television and press both in the news and online that younger people cannot differentiate?  Are they being programmed that their lives revolve around their phones and all the social type apps that they use on a daily basis? Many countries have laws regarding cyber bullying, putting lies on the various media outlets, and in general regulations to stop this.  However, many young children and teens see clearly how the media manipulates stories to bring the largest headlines thereby attracting advertisers all making profits.  The examples set in society today need to be more in line with the truth and teaching right from wrong.  One of the important parts of the Good Gus series is the first paragraph of every book.  One of the lines is the following.  Sheriff Gus is a good sheriff because he always does the right thing.  A very valuable and important lesson to young children everywhere.  The series is available on Kindle exclusively worldwide.  If you are being confronted with family members using cyber bullying towards yourself, don’t allow it to continue.  Report them and then if you are looking for an interesting read, please consider “Misplaced Trust” which is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd and Tolino.

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Discussing the Good Gus Series Characters

When I was in Ireland, I read to two classes at St. Patrick’s School in Donabate. They enjoyed my first book, from the Good Gus Series,  “Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” However, what they really loved was my hat and questioning me. I naturally loved the questions. It was an all girls class and they asked very interesting questions. Of course, they asked about my clothes, boots and hat. They also asked how I came up with the idea for stories. I told them that since writing is an important part of their classes, that they needed to look around and simply observe their every day life. I gave them an example of how I developed a story that included an elephant. In one week, I saw about ten commercials about African elephants. The baby elephants were so cute I knew I had to write a story, “Toby Escapes.”  I then told them about another book I wrote because of the same commercials entitled, “Really there are no Giraffes in Pecos.” They also asked me about the Good Gus Series characters and were any of them people in real life. I told them most of the characters were family, friends,  and acquaintances, etc. I said that many of the characters had special  reoccurring roles in the books because they were special people in my life. When it was time to read to a second class, several of the girls hugged me and asked me to return soon. When you are thinking of reading to your children, please check out the Good Gus Series.

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Reading At St. Patrick’s School

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Introducing Sheriff Gus

 

The first time I read “Pecos Meets Bad Bart” , introducing Sheriff Gus, was to a first grade class in Palm Springs, California. I was very excited but also very nervous. I hoped that the children would like the book and me. When I arrived at the school, I checked in with the office and then was brought to the bungalow in the rear of the school property. I wore my big white hat, cowgirl shirt, jeans and cowgirl boots. I wore a white hat and a blue shirt because that is what Sheriff Gus wears most of the time.As I walked along the pavement you could hear the click from the heels on my boots. Suddenly, children were peeking out widows and opening classroom doors to watch me and say hello. I knew almost immediately which classroom I was going to as the look-outs were waiting for me. I could hear them say, “She’s coming, she’s coming!” As soon as I arrived at the door, the teacher greeted me and two little girls started hugging me. Right then I knew this was going to be great. I stammered a few times while reading which is ridiculous as I wrote the book and had rehearsed before arriving at the school. The children loved the story and really made the entire experience absolutely wonderful.  The children asked several questions about Sheriff Gus, the town of Pecos, if I had written any other books; was Bad Bart real, was Sheriff Gus real, was Pecos an actual town in Texas, did I live in Texas, did I always wear my cowgirl hat,  and when could I return. Please check out “Pecos Meets Bad” and learn about the town and Sheriff Gus and the Good Gus Series.

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Bad Bart riding into Pecos, Texas

13-crowd-laugh2-300x2401-150x150Now that school is in session in some areas, and starting soon in others, bullying will once again raise its ugly head. Its very difficult for children to stand up to a bully as their fears override their thinking. The worst thing about bullies is that they grow up and bully as adults. Have you ever noticed that in business, sometimes in shops, or even some sales people use the threatening tactic to make you buy a product, intimidate you so you can’t return an item, etc. In my book “Pecos Meets Bad Bart” it takes a brave Sheriff Gus to stand up to Bad Bart. He in turn gave courage to the whole town so they wouldn’t be afraid of Bad Bart. It really is time that both adults and children stop bullying.

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