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.

Lately the storylines on YouTube revolve around marriage. The majority are about husbands’ cheating, getting rid of their wives, insulting them, and even throwing them out with nothing.  I don’t know who the writers are but they are quite emphatic about cruelty and unfairness of men towards women. What I really don’t understand is why men marry when they are going to cheat.  Is it for extra income, a free maid? For example, there are stories about men who cheat and then decide they prefer the girlfriend or mistress over the wife so they throw her and possible children out so the new woman can move in. Then there was the story about a man who moved his mistress in and made his wife the maid.  Most of the women are pushed so far down, that at first they have no idea what to do.  Then, they pick themselves up, dust themselves off, and in the end are extremely successful. I particularly love the stories where the man   was actually supported by the wife and took all of her money.  Once he gets rid of her, and of course, not realizing it was her efforts and her money that made him look rich to his girlfriend, he ends up with nothing.  Primarily, because the girlfriend was only with him for the money.  When he goes crawling back to his now ex-wife, asking for forgiveness and another chance, she lets him know in no uncertain terms, that she was the reason he was so successful and she is in the money now and has no intention of going backwards.  It’s almost a sweet revenge.  In the Good Gus series, there were some characters who were married, single or widowed.  The series is online and would be great reading in America for Thanksgiving tomorrow.  You can find it on Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” had characters who married for money.  They didn’t always win in the end.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

  Everyday I see videos about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man is generally a jerk.  He is nasty to his wife, children, and his coworkers or employees.  The rich man always feels they are entitled.  The poor man tries to do his best but in the videos the rich man usually treats him as if he is beneath him.  Today, however, I saw a different type of video.  There were two men in a coffee shop.  The poor man ordered a single cup of coffee.  The rich man ordered a newspaper, a coffee and biscuits (cookies to those in America). The poor man reached out and offered his card for payment.  The rich man asked why did he do that?  He went on to say that how did the poor man know whether he could afford it.  The poor man said, “Once in a while it is nice to be kind to someone.”  The rich man eyes welled up.  He said, “No one has ever done this for me before.  They automatically assume I can take care of myself.”  He thanked the poor man and told him he had made his day.  Sometimes a small act of kindness is all it takes to brighten another person’s day.  In the Good Gus series, there were no defining economics for the citizens.  I felt it was better if everyone focused on good deeds, adventures, helping others and promoting reading.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  I just discovered we are sold out of “The Special Gift.”  I will have to work on this immediately.  “Misplaced Trust” is a self help book that truly makes anyone planning to update or start a new estate plan think before acting.   It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Today there was an article about domestic violence in Oklahoma. A man beat his wife to death. There are many forms of domestic violence and I saw a video today of a passive type, but it’s still wrong. It’s not only against women, it can be the other way around or even man against man or woman against woman.  The video was interesting.  It was about a blind woman who met a man who became very attentive towards her.  Since she never knew anyone else, they began dating and eventually married.  She had a happy life although she often wished she could see. The husband was very attentive and she liked her life.  One day she went to the doctor’s for a check up.  He said there was a new procedure that could restore her sight.  After she had the operation she had to take specific pills for one month.  She was also on birth control pills as she was afraid to have a child because she couldn’t see.  The husband wanted children. After the operation, she could finally see.  She loved it.  She realized her husband was not attractive and older than she thought.  She didn’t care.  She started going out, shopping, getting her hair done as she felt she was plain.  Men began noticing her and flirting with her but as much as she liked it, she never cheated.  Suddenly, her eyesight began to deteriorate.  Right about this time she also discovered she was pregnant.  She wanted children, but she now wanted to go to college.  The husband began to become distant to her. They even had their first fight.  As her eyesight lessened, she went back to the doctor for tests.  He checked her blood and her levels of Vitamin C were quite high.  She didn’t understand and told him she only took his pills.  She stayed in the hospital for a week and went back on the pills.  Her eyesight returned.  She began to think something was wrong at home.  The husband collected her and she pretened she still couldn’t see.  That was when she discovered he had been exchanging her eye pills for vitamins.  One day, when he was at work she left him along with a note.  It said, “Now I see everything.”  She had a beautiful little girl, started college, and finally became a person with sight.  In the Good Gus series, the only person with a disability is Katie.  She has a wheelchair but it doesn’t stop her from participating in activities.  All the children include her in whatever they do.   They modify some games so she can participate.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Before you get to shopping for Christmas, think about an estate plan.  “Misplaced Trust” can guide you through the dusty road.  It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 In many relationships, the woman always ends up as the maid.  The husband expects the wife to cook, clean, wait on them, do the laundry and take care of the children.  Many of these women have full time jobs.  As mothers we start out taking care of our children.  If we don’t teach them the basics of life, we will end up as their maid.  They need to learn how to cook, clean and do laundry.  They aren’t difficult tasks but they are the basics.  The schools used to have home economics that taught girls how to cook and sew.  It was expected that they knew how to clean from their parents.  As families become more successful, the cleaning industry grew along food delivery.  Suddenly, there was no reason for children to learn how to do these tasks.  In many of the videos that I watch, the women are always at home and are basically the maid.  I even knew a man who moved his girlfriend into his home pretending she was a business associate and needed to be always available.  Of course, his wife was the maid.  In a recent video that I watched,  a woman began to realize that even though she loved her husband she was his maid..  He also brought home various girlfriends and referred to her as his maid.  One day she woke up and realized that not only did her husband not love her but he was using her.  She stopped cooking, cleaning and doing his laundry. She began going to the salon and even attended a flower show.  She became friends with a man and asked him if he would help her teach her husband a lesson.  One day when the husband was out doing the shopping,  when he came home and heard her with another man he was furious.  He begged her for forgiveness.  Instead, she packed his suitcase and told him to leave.  She obviously began dating the friend because he treated her with love and respect and not like a maid. In the Good Gus series, there was never a home with a maid.  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.

“Toby Saves The Day” is a story I wrote a few years ago about a baby elephant.  It was an unusual story in that Pecos is not near a metropolis.  However, a circus passed through town and Toby wandered off.  The circus staff didn’t realize he was missing until it was too late.  It’s a wonderful story in which the baby elephant saves all the children.  Eventually, Toby was transported to Austin.  I called it a zoo but it was actually a sanctuary.  Today I read about a true story of elephants in Africa.  They were a large herd and the matriarch had passed. The new head of the herd was not satisfied with any one location and traveled about causing destruction in her path.  They named her Nana.  A man, Lawrence Anthony, who later was referred to as ‘the elephant whisperer,’ had a large sanctuary in Africa.  He asked for the herd because if he didn’t they would have all been killed.  In the beginning Nana led the herd to the fence every day, but Lawrence was there.  Every day he told them their only chance of safety was not to cross the fence.  There were men waiting at the other side to kill them.  Everyday they stopped.  Then one day, Nanna reached out to Lawrence with her trunk.  She wanted to touch him.  Over time Nana kept the herd away from the fence.   The men left the area.  After all, the sanctuary had thousands of acres and the herd explored every part of it.  One day in 2012 Lawrence passed.  His wife and sons still lived on the sanctuary.  All the elephants were on the other side of the sanctuary.  Within six to twelve hours the entire herd was there.  She never understood how they knew he was gone.  They stayed for two days.  What most people may not know is that elephants mourn their deceased.  It was an amazing story and part of the reason I wrote “Toby Saves the Day” is because they are not fully appreciated and used primarily for entertainment.  The Good Gus series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Toby Saves the Day” has not been published yet which is why I have tried crowdfunding.  I have many wonderful stories that I used to read every Sunday to children around the world.  The crowdfunding site is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Many families look at the mother, wife, or female in-law as their servant. I have seen several videos where the mother and/or wife is the servant.  They pick up after everyone but are never appreciated.  If a mother ends up living with a child, particularly a daughter, it is automatically assumed that the mother is the servant.  It is her job to cook and clean and do the laundry.  After all, she did it when her child was young.  The same is true of many men.  They expect everything to be perfect and they rarely help with discipline so the children become lazy slobs that the mother or grandmother has to clean up after.  The sad part is whoever the woman is she is not appreciated.  In many of the videos, the women work at a job as well.  When they run out of time to go to the gym or exercise and their figure deteriorates, the videos show men finding younger, more attractive women.  Frequently, they leave the wife thinking things will be better.  Then, after a period of time, they realize that their wife was ideal and they made a horrific mistake.  When they try to win the wife back, it is always too late.  She usually finds a man who appreciates her.  The same is true of the mother-in-law or grandmother.  They reach a point when they realize they don’t want to be a servant any more, and they leave too.  In the Good Gus series, no one was a servant and there were no families who were wealthy who could afford a maid or a servant.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” definitely had characters who were so spoiled that when it was time for inheritance, they were in shock when they received little or nothing.  The book can be found at: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank you for your continued support for my crowdfunding.  The site is: https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading

 Frequently people listen to others such as their friends or associates. It’s easy because you are sure they have your best interest at heart.  However, often they do not and their personal goal is to ruin you.  I have seen several videos about this and here are a few examples.  Two women were best friends.  One was definitely more attractive than the other although the less appealing woman was more powerful and controlling over the attractive woman. She continually told her that any man she met was not the right one.  One day, however, the beauty met and eventually married a wonderful man.  The less desirable woman began accusing her husband of cheating on her and over time destroyed her marriage.  After a few years, the beauty realized that she had made a terrible mistake and ended her friendship.  Her now ex-husband hadn’t remarried.  She located him, asked for his forgiveness and the chance to start over.  He was a kind person and agreed to start over.  A second one was about a blind man who decided to listen to others.  He had a wonderful wife who never cared that he couldn’t see.  His friends told him his wife was ugly.  He believed them and began treating her poorly.  Finally, she couldn’t take it anymore and left him and divorced him.  A few years later a new technique was developed that gave the blind man sight again.  He was elated.  One day he accidentally met up with his ex-wife.  He recognized her by her voice.  When he saw her, he was flabbergasted.  She was gorgeous.  He spoke to her and she knew instantly that he could see.  He complimented her on her beauty.  Since she had left, she had also remarried and had a child.  He then realized how foolish he had been to listen to others.   There are many stories in the Good Gus series where it was important to listen to others such as in book two, “The Cattle are Restless.”  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who did listen to others which made their lives miserable.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding site at: :https://www.gofundme.com/f/multicultural-gift-of-reading



All children in all families believe that their parents have a favorite child. Today I saw a video about a favorite child.  The dad was extremely proud of his son who had just won another game.  Add to the fact that the reports arrived, and he was an honor roll student.  The dad worked with him every night.  When the daughter asked for help he always said he was too busy.  The dad also practised sports with the son every evening but never the daughter. When her report card was revealed, she was failing.  He had planned to go out for ice cream to celebrate, but he told the daughter no ice cream for her and that she had to go to her room.  Once both children were out of the room, the wife explained to her husband that the son was his favorite child.  The dad, of course, denied it.  She went on to say that whenever the girl asked for help with her homework he was always too busy.  However, he was never too busy for the son, his favorite child.  She explained further that possibly if he had helped her all those times she had asked, her grades might be much better.  All of a sudden he realized that he was not doing right by her.  He proclaimed he was a bad father.  The wife said no, but that he needed to stop favoring the boy so much and start helping and spending time with the daughter. When he went up to his daughter’s room she was sitting on her bed crying.  He apologized and asked her to forgive him. He promised to help her with her homework and sports activities.  Then he suggested that the whole family go out for ice cream. Not all parents realize that sometimes they do have a favorite child.  There are two families in Pecos, in the Good Gus series with more than one child.  J.C. and Bronco, who are twins, and Katie, who is in a wheelchair and her brother Andy.  Katie does receive a great deal of attention, but Andy doesn’t mind.  Actually, all the children are eager to be her friend.  The series is online at Nook, Kindle and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who believe someone else was the favorite child and wreak havoc while settling an estate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

I love the short videos on Facebook and the Irish Post. Many of them are quick little stories about women with a lesson to respect yourself. A frequent one has to do with a man deciding to divorce his wife for a younger, more attractive woman.  Frequently, the women are demanding so the husbands’ leave their wives. There have been several where the men lose their fortunes and realize they never should have abandoned their wives or families and try to come back.  Most of the women during their absence have felt it more important they respect themselves.  There are also the men whose wives leave them for another man.  They may have a family.  They ex marries and everything goes along smoothly.  The former husband meets a new woman and marries her.  Then the ex is dumped by the man she left her husband for and tries to win him back.  I saw a short video today where that exact scenario occurred. However, once the ex wife decided to return, the second wife discovered she was pregnant.  It didn’t seem to matter as the first wife knew exactly how to manipulate her former husband.  Before long, she convinced him to go on holiday with her and their children.  He literally left his pregnant wife.  When he returned he was no longer the same.  What was worse was the ex was at their home all the time or calling him day and night telling him she needed him and he would go.  Finally, the pregnant women was told by a friend, “You need to respect yourself.  He seems to only care about his former wife and family. ”  The pregnant woman realized she needed to leave.  He never stopped her.  The important lessons in the Good Gus series are always respect yourself.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are in limited supply at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  There are shops in parts of Texas that are interested in carrying the series after the New Year.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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