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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.

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.

  “Teach your Children Well” was a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young which was released in 1963. It should be released again today. Why is it that people don’t feel it’s necessary to instruct their children  in cleanliness, manners, eating, and cleaning up after themselves?  I know a man whose sister won’t allow him and his two teenagers at her home any more because they are messy, lazy, slobs.  She loves them but she doesn’t want to clean up after them.  People need to return to the ‘old days’ where manners were part of their upbringing.  Teach your children to do chores, cook, vacuum, mop, sew, laundry, iron, clean the home areas both inside and out.  How can you expect them to survive or do plan on waiting on them when you are in your eighties and they are still living at home?  I know a young man in his thirties who no one can stand to live with.  He lives with his parents and they have a woman clean and pick up after him.  They aren’t doing their son any favors. We all need to teach our children while they are young.  How would you feel if your son or daughter went to a sleepover and the parent called the next day to say, “That although your child is very nice I don’t want him or her to return.   They left a mess, didn’t clean up after themselves, etc. so they are no longer welcome in my home.” I imagine you would be angry until you realized it was really your fault.  Do it now before you end up being their maid when you are old and gray.  In the Good Gus series, chores were expected along with cleanliness and being neat.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many tips but one important one was teach your children to be fair, treat their siblings with respect and don’t be greedy. The estate plan guide is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 

In school, particularly high school, males with a small stature have always had a difficult time. They are teased, bullied and treated badly.  They end up with no friends and have to eat alone at lunch.  I saw a video that reminded me that kindness is everywhere and wanted to share it.  A small stature boy was a freshman in high school.  He was continually teased because he was small.  If he was a girl, no one would have thought twice and would have said she was cute.  However, one day when he was just tired of being alone he texted his sister.  She tried to cheer him but he still felt sad.  So, thanks to social media, she tweeted about it.  Within minutes seniors from the various athletic teams sat down with him.  Ethnicity didn’t matter in this case which is important to note.  Without the unnecessary prejudices, several of the senior boys sat down and started speaking to him.  It wasn’t long before he had company at lunch.  In “Doogie Howser, M.D.”, Vinnie has a small stature.  Steven Bochco wrote his size into the story lines but in a positive way.  Vinnie even joked about his small stature.  When we judge people because of size or appearance, we are missing out on who they really are.  That is what is most important.  Liam’s Photos on Facebook just posted about prejudging the other day.  I even commented on his posting as this is one of my favorite topics.  In the Good Gus series, I never wrote about small stature or the size of anyone.  The characters are all different sizes, shapes, ethnicities, and the pictures reflect this in the books.  The series is online at Kindle with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones.  As the holidays approach, and you know my favorite day in Ireland is always November first when everything is decorated. Remember to consider “The Special Gift” as a new holiday tradition.  “Misplaced Trust” does not discuss size of anyone.  It’s self help guide that can point you in the right frame of mind to make the selection of an estate plan.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 False pride causes too many problems. Today I saw a short clip of “Diagnosis Murder” about gangs. It was interesting because it had to do with only one group which was a gang.  They were two different ethnicities and one group referred to a teenage boy as a beach boy who was dating the leader of the other group’s sister.  The beach boy who wasn’t in a gang was nice to the sister but because he was the wrong ethnicity, the gang didn’t like him.  Their false pride interfered with the boy/girl relationship as he didn’t want his sister associating with anyone outside of their ethnicity.  The amazing part of this story is that the boy and girl didn’t care.  However, the brother, who was also head of the gang, gathered his members and beat up the beach boy and his friend.  This was all because of their false pride.  Many foolish acts by people because of false pride occur.  For example, in certain areas the teenage boys and girls have to wear specific, high priced brands of clothing otherwise they are not even noticed.  This is also true in the adult world.  If a person goes in for a job interview, within the first few seconds they are judged on their appearance.  The false pride of the interviewer makes them bias even if the applicant is a viable candidate.  There are so many people who pretend and lie about who and what they are, if they or their family is successful, etc.  It doesn’t do any good.  It’s a sad statement for the world today.  In the Good Gus series, there was no false pride.  Everyone wore homemade clothes and since there were few stores, they all wore the same types of shoes or in this case boots.  The series is online at Waterstones, Kindle and Nook.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals around the globe who are chronically ill. Frequently, no one even notices it or recognizes it.  Most people don’t even understand it.  They frequently believe that if a person is always sick that they are seeking attention, are lazy, faking it and in general annoying.  The truth is the chronically ill people just try to cope on a daily basis with discomfort, pain, and often the inability to do all the things we all do every day.  It comes right back to judging rather than seeking out the answer.  There are individuals who have abused their bodies and are chronically ill for that very reason.  There are others who did not fare well in the genetics area and will always have issues.  For example, you may take care of your teeth, brush regularly, avoid sweets, etc.  Yet, thanks to DNA you have continual problems.  I had an aunt who had false teeth by the time she was sixteen.  Her sister never had a cavity.  It is difficult learning to cope with a chronic illness.  Anyone who has any of the major diseases can easily attest to that.  My daughter has a friend in Canada who has multiple sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes.  It’s an extremely difficult life for her.  All she really hopes for is to be pain free and live in peace until her time.  In the Good Gus series, I introduced a character in a wheelchair.  I thought it was important for the young reader to learn about their peers in all types of circumstances.  The little girl, Katie, participates in everything as the children always find a way to include her or modify the activities.  She will be in the new Christmas book, “The Christmas Pageant,” along with a new character Fiona. The series is always online along with “Misplaced Trust” at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Do you know anyone who is a hypochondriac?  They exist in many families.  I recently discovered that my cousin’s mother-in-law is a textbook case hypochondriac.  Every time my cousin and her family make  plans to go on holiday, his mother magically becomes ill.  This last time she called the emergency number and went to the hospital.  She claimed she was extremely ill and that her son needed to remain home.  He works a demanding job and really wanted to take his family on a nice holiday and escape the hustle and bustle.  Their family packed up and drove to Washington, DC.  They wanted their sons to visit the museums and see the historic sites.  The hardworking son told his mother he was going and his sister backed him up.  Once he had left the immediate area, his sister told their mother he was gone and would not be back for a week.  Within two hours she had checked herself  out of the hospital and went home.  She wasn’t even sick.  She was just craving the attention.  My cousin’s husband is a good man and an excellent dad.  His mother should appreciate him and respect him enough to recognize that he is a grown man with responsibilities.  She is not his responsibility.  However, the hypochondriac will go to almost any length for attention, and his mother is not the exception.  In the Good Gus series, the residents only saw Dr. Moore and Nurse Joyce when they were truly sick.  The people of Pecos had to work as their  incomes depended upon working every day.  Miss Patty had an outstanding day of book sales at Balboa Park.  Always available online at Kindle and Waterstones, and at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  You can easily cool off with a good read with “Misplaced Trust.”  It is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

 With all the movements occurring, no one would expect that  a phony  woman would still exist.  Yet, today there was an article about a woman who asked her mother,  her fiance’s sister,  a good friend and mother-in-law to help her shop for her wedding dress.  Certainly, the bride  was thoughtful and considerate including her future family.  The day went well and everyone had a good time, or so the future bride thought.  Then, later that evening she received a text, which she immediately realized was an accident, from her future mother-in-law.  Basically, the phony woman was criticizing her and condemning her.  She thought about it before she mentioned it to her future husband, and he asked his mother to apologize, but she refused.  She at least knows now how her married life will go with such a fake mother-in-law.  Just when you think that is only one example of a phony woman, let me tell you about a friend of mine.  He is a kind, decent man who married a woman a few years ago who was not of the ethnicity as his family.  His mother and sister immediately disowned him.  Just recently, a family friend whom he grew up with held a party for her parents fiftieth wedding anniversary.  The couple were so close to his family that when his parents moved to Texas within two years they moved as well.  They spent many wonderful years having family events and both families were included.  Yet, when his mother and sister discovered that he would be attending the party, they did not go.  Not only was  it an insult to their friends, but it was extremely cruel to my friend.  As a phony woman, and obviously, now a poor mother, she hurt her son in a sad way.  He did have a good time!  In the Good Gus series, available on Kindle, there were no phony women.  The characters were all down to earth, kind, thoughtful and considerate.  With Christmas tree lighting’s,  decorations everywhere, and displays in shops, don’t fight the crowds.  A quick click and you can have the series ready for Christmas day for the young readers on your list.  In “Misplaced Trust,” many chapters included a phony woman including the stereo type of marrying an older man or woman for their money.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

my-fair-ladyfat-childWhen individuals think of fat, their minds immediately go to the percentage of fat in a food.  Recently, I watched a very old TV show on a family network about a little girl who was disliked because she was fat.  I was so intrigued that I had to watch the entire episode.  The little girl actually referred to herself as being fat and that was why the other boys and girls didn’t like her.  The main character of the series found that deplorable.  She spoke to her dad who told her the story of ‘Pygmalion’, by George Bernard Shaw.  It is very famous and it was produced as a play and movie entitled, “My Fair Lady.”  His daughter decided to take on the role of Professor Henry Higgins to see if she could turn the little girl around.  Her friend agreed to go on a diet. What was also sad was that another classmate was having a party in two weeks and the little girl was not invited.  So the main character decided to have a party in one week and made her brother invite a few boys to encourage a few of their classmates, girls, who were not fat or chubby, to attend.  When the boys arrived, they were furious as they were still at the age where they didn’t like girls yet.  The party finally got underway, but the main character was upset with her brother who would not dance with the little girl.  It finally all came out that he asked one of his friends to dance with her for three comic books, and his sister had asked him to dance with the little girl if she cleaned his room for one month.  Once the little girl knew, she left immediately.  When the dad found out, he was upset with the son.  In the end, they main character apologized to the little girl and they all became friends along with her brother.  I think the the use of the word fat when she was just a little chubby threw me off.  It is not politically correct to use that word in this day and age, but even years ago, it was considered impolite to refer to anyone as fat.  You could say overweight or chubby, but never fat.  In the Good Gus Series, everyone comes in all shapes and sizes.  Their outward appearances are never really discussed so that the children will not think in any way of a poor self image.  The published books are available exclusively on Kindle worldwide.  If all the paperwork you are doing is in one big fat pile, take a break and read “Misplaced Trust” which is available on Kindle, Nook, Apple and several popular e-book websites.

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