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.

expertexpert advicxe Who are the experts? Have you ever been told when you were looking for advice that your referral was one of the best experts available? It is not always true that people who claim to have a great deal of knowledge on a topic are indeed the experts in a particular field or area. How often have you taken your vehicle to an auto repair shop only to have them assure you that they are the experts for the problem your car is having and then after a huge sum of money exchanged hands, your vehicle was not fixed but worse. Then there is the repair that starts out simple and leads to even more money as they “as the experts” have discovered numerous defects that your former mechanic neglected. It happened to my son a few months ago. He started out having a hitch installed by a large well known U.S. firm. Whatever they did, caused the truck to no longer start. He brought it back to the company and they insisted on keeping it overnight . They decided, and I do believe they did not test this, that it was the battery and began charging it. They kept it overnight and the following day I went to the rental shop and low and behold the truck still wouldn’t start. I then had to have it towed to another well known repair shop. They called my son and we went together to learn that the truck needed a special part that had to be ordered. As we were moving, this delayed our trip by several days. When the part finally arrived, we were summoned back to the shop and a little over $800.00+ later, the truck was running. We used the truck for a few weeks and then it wouldn’t start again. My son finally realized that the original rental company had overcharged the very expensive Bosch battery and he had to replace it. So much for the experts! I recently saw an old show where the experts were giving advice to the guardian of two young children.  They were in his care as the parents had both passed in an auto accident.  The children naturally were traumatized.  They were twins and clung to each other not really making any friends.  The guardian who never had any children felt he should rely on the experts at the school particularly when they told him that the children were doing well in school, but  not associating with other children.  The guardian agreed and the twins were separated.  One twin made friends quickly and he went places and did things with his new friend.  The other twin became extremely sad and didn’t really join in with the other children playing.  Finally, the guardian realized that his thoughts were probably more accurate about the children than the so called experts at the school.  Once the children were back in the same classes again, everything turned around.  The man was correct.  More often, if you feel that you are right regardless of what the experts say, then go with your intuition.  You are probably right!  Sheriff Gus, in the Good Gus series, appears to be an expert but he presents his expertise in a positive manner. Money Manager is a method that has been used over the years by many individuals and families.   Reading about it may tell you to go with your intuition.

it could get worseit could bwe with bear It could be worse. I hate those words when someone says them because usually something difficult is happening and its the last words anyone wants to hear. Nine out of ten times when someone says that it actually does get worse. Often people don’t think before they speak. I saw an article today about a couple who were adopting triplet’s. Right after the adoption, they discovered they were also expecting twins. Some of the remarks were ridiculous. A few of the comments were “It could be worse, now you have a really big family; Of course once you adopted children you were bound to get pregnant.” Seriously, the couple did not have the huge sums of money for scientific assistance. They were excited for the triplets and now were doubly elated for their twins. There were many comments from people finding fault with the author of the article. The responses were primarily from women citing the ridiculousness of the author’s statements. I didn’t realize that there is a TV show in the United States entitled “It Could Be Worse.” I have never heard of it until today and never seen it. There are times in life when negative things just keep happening. Then people make statements such “It can only get better;” It can’t get any worse;” and so forth. Facing problems in life is what all of us do every day. If we think that it could be worse, it may get worse. There are times in life that no matter what we do, how hard we try, things do continue to spiral downhill. During those times, anyone who makes stupid remarks should be ignored. After all its not their life so to pour gasoline on an already burning fire is inconsiderate and insensitive.  In the old west, the people in Pecos understood that it could be worse.  However, they didn’t look at things that way.  The series includes a dust storm, an earthquake, a swarm of locusts, flooding and more.  Its a wonderful series for children to learn that no matter what happens, everyone sticks together and help each other through good times and bad.

12429_599134470098113_869799171_nHave you ever noticed how people’s ego gets in the way in so many areas? It can something simple such as playing a board game and they must win at all costs. This could include cheating, making up new rules, and lying. In life a person’s ego should be good but not over the top. Egotistical people rarely think about others and their needs always come first. Hitler had a huge ego and look how he turned out and what he did. There are people with such a huge ego, that they believe they are invincible. They go out of their way just to make sure you see that they are best at everything, have more money than you, look and dress better and have a finer social life than you do. Those people are best left to themselves in my opinion. As a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or guardian its important to take a solid look to make sure you don’t send the wrong message to children even if you do have an ego the size of Texas. Children have egos as well but they are fragile. They can be easily hurt and even destroyed by the wrong words, harsh words, and not considering their feelings. For example, if you have two daughters and one is in her teens and the other one is eleven, it is quite easy for the eleven year old to develop a crush on the older sister’s friends or even her boyfriend. If it’s not handled just right, the younger girl’s ego could be shattered. In book fifteen, “Girls Rule”, the twin boys, J.C and Bronco’s egos are temporarily shattered when the girls win a horse race. Their parents quickly put them in check by reminding them that the girls practiced every day, while they fooled around and played. Life’s lessons can be learned by reading a good book such as any of the Good Gus Series books.

catA couple of years ago I wrote book twenty, entitled “The Flying Cat.” I wrote it as I developed an idea from a cat I had seen on the news who had to be rescued. The cat had climbed up a telephone pole and couldn’t get down. Finally, the Fire Department was called to take action. A single truck went to the location with a hook and ladder and a fireman saved the cat. No one had any idea of how the cat ended up on the top of a telephone pole. I am guessing that once at the top, the cat looked at the seemingly long distance to the ground and was too scared to move back down the pole. In “The Flying Cat” a stray cat moseyed into Pecos. It was not a friendly cat, but the twins, J.C. and Bronco, left out a bowl of milk for it every day and when they checked the following day, the milk was gone. They tried to pet the cat, but it snarled at them. The story takes place the week-end right after Thanksgiving. Everyone in town is shopping and the families from the surrounding areas are also in Pecos as well. All the children decide to have a baseball game. They started the game near Sheriff Gus’s office and have a wonderful time. Then, the stray cat that the twins had been feeding, sat down on one of the bases and refused to move, Henry Kelly yelled at it to go away and it did right up the drain pipe connected to Sheriff Gus’s office and then onto his roof. The older boys, J.C., Bronco and Frankie then decided that the Sheriff would be really angry if they knew it was one of the baseball team player’s fault that a stray cat was on his roof. They formed a plan and went into action. The twins slipped quietly into their home for a few needed supplies. J.C. shinnied up the pipe, (he was originally nick named Johnny the Cat as he could climb almost anything). The next task was getting the cat to like him. Eventually, J.C. and the cat are saved but not by a fire truck. As with all the Good Gus Series, many people join together to solve the problem. Since there are only forty-six shopping days until Christmas and even less for internet deliveries, I hope you will choose a book from the Good Gus Series showing your child or children the value of cooperation.

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