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.

Many people would love to find a way to obtain honest revenge.  As you all know I love the short videos on Facebook and the Irish Post.  There is one in particular that pops up frequently.  It almost seems like it is part of the book, “How to Outfox the Foxes.”  One day a wealthy man told his wife, who was with him when he had no money, that he was divorcing her.  He had found a younger woman and didn’t want her anymore.  The wife was devastated.  She contacted her attorney, and he fought for a reasonable settlement.  The soon to be ex was reasonable and at least gave her a decent settlement.  His girlfriend complained but he felt obligated to be at least fair.  After all, he had told his wife he was in love with a prettier, younger woman.  The wife was heartbroken but in the back of her mind she had started thinking of ways to seek honest revenge.  The new girlfriend demanded that the wife give up her home and so she packed all her things.  On the last day, she had one last meal of shrimp and lobster.  The shrimp was cold.  She had purchased a large portion of the shrimp as she had figured out a way to seek honest revenge.  When she finished eating, she had a great deal of shrimp leftover.  The following day she moved out.  Within a month the ex and his new girlfriend discovered a horrific odor that they could not find.  They had the house completely cleaned, checked all the ducts, yet the smell persisted and became worse.  Finally, they couldn’t take it anymore.  The ex offered the home back to his ex wife at a greatly reduced price.  She gladly accepted.  When she moved back in, the ex and the girlfriend were so greedy they even took all of the drapery rods.  The former wife was elated because her honest revenge scheme worked.  On that last night she took all the leftover shrimp and stuffed it in all the drapery rods.  She was delighted to be in her home again.  In the Good Gus series, there were no stories about honest revenge.  It would have been inappropriate.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Sales were slow today at Balboa Park but it was very cold.  There were numerous individuals who did seek honest revenge in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Special Gift, Good Gus Books, Christmas Bookchildren's book, children book, christmas book, christmas story Many women realize that they have a cheating husband but don’t know how to go about solving their problem.  I saw a short video about a woman who realized her marriage was falling apart.  Her husband continually argued with her and their lives were miserable.  Then one day she decided to follow him discreetly and find out if her suspicions were accurate.  She saw him with a younger woman in an expensive restaurant and he was kissing her.  Then, they left.  The next day she went to an attorney to find out how she could win a divorce.  She explained she had seen him with another woman.  The attorney said that was not enough.  She needed real proof.  She knew she couldn’t afford a private detective so she came up with a plan.  She knew as a cheating husband that he would be susceptible to flirting on the internet.  She developed an online profile and started emailing him.  He wondered how she discovered him but when she never really answered him he continued forward.  This was a new opportunity for him.    She continued chatting with him.  He freely admitted he had cheated on her before and he never really loved her.  It was all she needed.  She ended up with the home and all their possessions.  He received nothing.  It was a good lesson.  Cheaters never prosper was never a truer phrase.  In the Good Gus series, there are children who have two parents or one.  It doesn’t matter because they are well loved.  I think I solved “The Special Gift” problem today.  It had two blank pages at the end.  It was nothing serious.  Now to move onto Nook.  I am still waiting for Waterstones.  The UPS store continues to sell hard copies of the series. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

There are individuals who harbor ill will towards another person and refuse to let go. It’s abundantly apparent in the United Stated in the political arena.  If they cannot find a way to hurt a person one way, they try another.  It can be the political parties, the media, and even various groups.  Their intense ill will carries forth as far as it will take them.  This is also true in home owner associations.  There are two individuals in mine, for example, that cannot let go of their ill will.  One was forced to resign and is under police investigation.  The second one was forced down as president, but has a vehement hatred for another member.  It is so strong that whenever we have a meeting he cannot let go of past events even though they are not part of the meeting.  People who hold a grudge release their feelings and therefore, continue to cause problems, waste others’ time and in the end accomplish little or nothing.  It’s difficult to force people to stop.  If a husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend cheats on their partners, they may hold ill will for a while against the other person or they may end the relationship immediately.  In business, though, it’s not about forgiveness.  It almost appears that individuals will test the waters to see just how far they can go.  Either way it’s a waste of time and not worth it in my opinion.  In book one, ” Pecos Meets Bad Bart,” Bad Bart starts out having ill will towards everyone.  Eventually, he learns that kindness is a much better choice.  As November first is just around the corner you may want to consider the series for the children on your list.  It is online at Kindle, Waterstones and Nook. Remember Miss Patty will be at Balboa Park tomorrow with hard copies of the series and her credit card machine.  If you can’t make it to the park, they are still available at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” could be added to your adult gift list.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Often sudden personality changes are a sign of a physical illness. Most people think that a person is mentally ill. However, certain types of health problems can quickly cause personality changes in an individual. Recently, Denise Richards was told by a fan that she had an enlarged thyroid.  I don’t know if she had any personality changes, but it was an astute observation.  There was an article today on the net about a man who had personality changes over the course of a year.  He and his wife were steadily becoming unhappy in their marriage.  Even her mother began to wonder what was wrong with him.  The wife decided that they had procrastinated long enough and scheduled physicals.  Quickly, from a routine blood test, they discovered that the husband had Hyperparathyroidism.  It is a rare condition but easily curable.  Basically, the thyroid glands become over active and he had excessive levels of calcium in his blood.  The condition comes on gradually so it may not be even noticeable at first.   They symptoms are fatigue, headaches, depression, bone fractures, kidney stones, and even obsessive compulsive disorder.  Once he had the operation, he returned to his former happy self.  We all need to verify if a loved one or close friend suddenly has personality changes, even if you notice it over time.  There are many other medical conditions that can affect us emotionally.  Taking all the proper medical tests can at least rule out physical issues and focus on the emotional.  Often when people are going through a difficult period in their lives, they can become ill through no fault of their own.  When a person is sick they should be treated both physically and emotionally to solve the problem.  Miss Patty had a second successful day at the church bazaar.  Thank you to everyone who purchased books today.  Remember the series is online at Kindle and Waterstones and hard copies can be purchased at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Include yourself in special reading time with “Misplaced Trust.”  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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