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.

 During our lifetimes, we have all had to deal with difficult co-workers.  When we all worked together, it was frequently frustrating to have to work with a person who was rude, self absorbed, annoying and even the workmates who played practical jokes on everyone.  Then, there were the employees who would take credit for your work or someone else’s work.  Many people fail to realize that the workplace also has bullies.  They think its funny to put a whoopie cushion on a person’s chair, accidentally spill liquids on their work, tape their phones or keyboards with invisible tape, or in general be nasty at a low voice so no one else hears them.  There are many videos on Facebook about this type of behavior.  With COVID, though, many things have changed.  People in offices turn their work in directly to the supervisor or manager because they work at home now. This reduces the difficult co-workers from stealing their work or at the very least taking credit for it.  Plus, as you no longer see them on a daily basis, and interface is limited, they shine as the lazy, bad attitude individuals who previously hid.  Working with pleasant people makes our days better and go by faster.  Nothing in life is perfect, but if this is our income, then we need to make it as pleasant as possible.  I remember an incident on “Friends” where Ross’s lunch that Monica had made for him was taken by one of the difficult co-workers.  Ross was furious and the writers made a huge joke out of it.  Yet, sadly, people do that all the time with no regard for the fact that the lunch was made especially for a person or they cannot afford to eat out.  Either way, life is much better when everyone gets along.  That was one of the main points in many of the stories in the Good Gus series.  It is still available for last minute shopping online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  Difficult people is a part of the characteristic traits of the individuals in “Misplaced Trust.”  It is still easily available for last minute shopping online 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


Taking shortcuts can be fatal. If you decide to ignore directions and take a shortcut you could end up lost or stranded.  Frequently, you see articles about people taking shortcuts and ending up stuck in snow storms.  The shortcuts are the easy way out, but they often never work out.  When you take shortcuts while working, you usually end up doing the work over and spending double the amount of time.  Plus, your workmates and your boss may be angry at you for not doing it correctly the first time.  Many parents try to find the easy way out.  For example, rather than make homemade or semi-homemade meals they buy take away which over time causes gastric issues for their child or children.  There are so many products in the grocery that all you have to do is add a few ingredients, cook on the stovetop, bake, or boil and you can have a semi-homemade meal. The freezer section is full of fried foods, pizza, and prepared dinners that are loaded with fats and salt.  None of which is good for a child.  Taking the extra time to find good products while shopping for food is the best way, healthwise, to go.  There are also the people who refuse to work and find ways to collect from the government so they can have medical coverage and never have to find employment.  Then they take the shortcuts to make cash without the tax collector knowing.  Eventually, though, they do get caught.  In “Cory Returns,” Cory heads to Pecos to visit Sheriff Gus.  He ends up staying on the trail when his horse is spooked and is wise to not take any shortcuts so Gus can find him.  The series is online at Kindle, with a few copies on Nook and Waterstones. If you need a few minutes break from your children, consider my video at  I plan to read and record a second  book this week.  As you know, children love the same stories repeated.  “Misplaced Trust” is basically a self-help book to avoid probate.  The stories give you a better understanding about protecting your property.  It is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

It is shocking lately how many people retaliate against their fellow human beings.  Everyone is complaining and taking out their frustrations on others.  Anyone who even thinks about trying to retaliate against another person, should think again.  I have seen videos where workmates think it is funny to retaliate against another person with mean tricks and unkind jokes.  Hurting another person does make you any better but rather less of a human being.  For example, I saw this video one time where the co-workers were doing terrible things to a man because he was quiet, kept to himself and did a good job.  Their cruelty led to ‘accidentally’ spilling coffee or a drink while passing by, putting a snake inside his desk drawer, undoing the screws in his chair so the minute he sat down it broke and more.  He remained calm and never reported anyone.  However, over time his supervisor saw the quiet strength and what he endured.  Rather than promote the other workmates who had worked there longer, he made the man they continually retaliated against their new boss.  He also had a meeting with all of them when the man was not in and told all of them that he knew what they were doing and if they didn’t stop they would be looking for a new job.  There is no character in the Good Gus series that would retaliate against another character in the stories.  I just finished “The Christmas Pageant.” I am very excited about it.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. The crowdfunding is expiring soon.  I hope everyone has had a change to view it.  It can be found at  “Misplaced Tr4ust” has characters who believe that the only answer to anything is to retaliate.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Many people are either  lackadaisical or become that way. If a mother continually allows her children to leave a mess and then she cleans it up,  she will give them the lackadaisical trait.  It’s easy if someone cleans up after you to become accustomed to it and revert to becoming lazy.  Why not if someone else will do it for you?  This is part of the problem with many younger children today.  They do not understand the concept of cleanliness, tidying up, putting away their clothes, dishes to the dishwasher,  dirty laundry in a laundry basket, and more.  The parents of today are building the maid industry of tomorrow.  I saw a video about two workmates.  One day their trash bin disappeared.  They each had one.  They sat at desks across from each other.  A bin was taken from another location for them to share until the company could order a second one.  I will give them names of Jack and Harry.  Within the first day, Harry threw trash towards the bin but missed.  Jack happened to also have trash but he stood up and put his in the bin.  He asked Harry if he noticed he had missed the bin.  Harry lied and said no so Jack picked it up and threw it away.  Over time, Jack gave Harry the habit of being lackadaisical.  Jack always picked up the trash that Harry knew was on the floor but had no desire to make the effort to clean it up.  Then, Jack started to go for coffee and out of  courtesy he  asked Harry if he wanted any.  As they both had their own cups, Jack offered to wash Harry’s while he was cleaning his.  Eventually, this turned into another phase of Harry’s budding laziness.  One day, the manager noticed how neat and clean Jack’s desk was and promoted him.  Before long, Harry’s area was a mess.  He had trash and filth everywhere.  This only made things worse for Harry because as Jack moved up in rank, Harry moved down.  It’s easy to develop a habit to let others do for you but the truth is it is better to do it yourself.  In the Good Gus series, not one person could have a lackadaisical attitude.  That is one of the important features of my stories.  It guides children in a way to understand that they are responsible and should do chores and clean up after themselves and each other.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.   Think about relaxing in the shade to read”Misplaced Trust” which  is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.  Thank you for you continued support for my crowdfunding.  The site is at:

  There are all types of bait. The first thought that comes to mind is bait for fishing. However, what I am referring to is the way people bait you to start an argument.  For many people it’s quite easy.  They generally dislike a person so they go out of their way to say things that will antagonize the other person and they will react.  As children, if you had a sibling, or more than one, they would try to bait you just at the right moment.  Then you would be in trouble with your parents and they would literally gloat.  It often happens in sports.  When Muhammad Ali started boxing, he really went out of his way for publicity but also to bait his opponent.  The worst part for the other boxer was that he would drop his concentration and automatically lose.  Ali knew that even if a boxer was better than him, that he had already won by controlling his opponent’s mind.  I saw it once in a “Frasier” episode.  He was riding a bike for the first time for a charity event.  His opponent, Julia, simply told him right before the race to watch out for the mailbox.  Sure enough he hit it before even getting a good start into the race.  This can even occur in the workplace.  A co-worker who may dislike you, but knows how to really irritate you, may continue to bait you and then at just the right moment say something that sounds innocuous but in reality is an extreme insult which instantly sets you off.  Then, you may be embarrassed, lose your job, be demoted, and/or be humiliated in front of all of your workmates.  Today I again received help from April Cox for the Good Gus series.  I am really excited to move forward.  The only type of bait that was in the series was for fishing.  The books are available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. Thank you for noticing and participating in my crowdfunding.  The site is:

  The world is always giving but mostly taking. Today I saw a video that started out about taking but then ended up giving.  I have seen several with the same theme in the past, but it’s always worth repeating particularly in these difficult times.  A young man worked for a pizza delivery company.  Every day he chose the homes in the expensive neighborhoods as he was sure of a sizeable tip.  In a sense, he was not that fair to his workmates as he was taking all the prime locations.  One day, however, he was out on a delivery, when they sent him clear across town.  When he arrived he knew instantly that his tip would be tiny or there wouldn’t be a tip at all.  To add to his irritability, he could clearly see it was a small home with a tattered lawn.  He found the small pizza and went up to the door to deliver.  The man thanked him and called his five children and told them to empty their pockets.  They gave him a dollar and some change.  Once the young man left, he realized that this family was having a difficult time eating.  He went back to his store and baked two large pizzas and cooked the largest serving of wings they had along with bread sticks.  He paid for all the food with his own money and returned to the home.  When the man opened the door, he immediately saw all the food and started to cry.  Then, instead of being the taker, the young man gave them back the tip they had given him.  Taking is not always the best option in life.  Giving has it rewards.  In the Good Gus series, giving was more important than taking.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  I have started a crowdfunding to begin book seven, “Lightning Strikes Pecos.” I also plan to do a non profit corporation so that I will be able to donate my books to smaller cities and towns who do not benefit from large donors to receive free books.  I plan to autograph each book given to a child in the hopes that they will begin to love reading.  The site is  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Many people are small minded. They think in small petty ways.  They don’t think ‘big.’  When they speak about topics, it’s generally about people.  They discuss celebrities, neighbors, workmates, friends, and even strangers.  Their lives revolve around putting others down.  It’s amazing how they can look at a person and their small minded thoughts go in a negative direction.  They may see an attractive man or woman and secretly wish they were with that person.  Yet, when they speak their words  they express hostility.  They criticize their appearance, their hair, how they speak, etc.  What good does it do, though?  They can’t feel any better because their inner thoughts are really wishing, and envy.  An average minded person generally discusses such topics as current events, work related issues, future plans they may have that in reality are boring.  They may say they plan to go home after work and make dinner and watch TV.  From what I have read, though, that is what the average person does on a daily basis.  When you then move on to great minds, do you wonder what topics they discuss?  It’s usually new and exciting ideas, ways to move forward, become successful or even thoughts for new inventions.  Great minds may even discuss new products, promotions, marketing ideas and thought provoking subjects.  Which one are you?  In the Good Gus series, the characters had average and great minds.  They were always moving forward and looking for ways to progress.  Miss Patty and the real Heather are now listening to book two.  If the video is reasonable, it will be online soon.  The series is online at Nook, Waterstones, and Kindle.  Remember, most children love to pretend they are cowboys or cowgirls.  “Misplaced Trust” is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

People tend to believe that it is alright to put down others, their beliefs, their religions, their political thoughts, etc.  What exactly makes them think their ideology and thoughts are better and in fact correct?  The people who believe they are superior to others are not.  They are just other human beings with their own thoughts and opinions.  It seems that the world today no longer allows anyone to have their thoughts or opinions without being criticized.  That is part of the problem.  The royal family is now in the headlines every day.  The idea that Prince Harry wants to spend time doing other things is upsetting and not popular with the queen and possibly all of the UK.  Shouldn’t it be that Harry can make up his own mind?  Just because he was born into royalty doesn’t mean he has to follow that course of life.  Many individuals talk about following their passion rather than work at a job they hate for their entire lives.  Could that be the case here?  Everyone wants freedom of choice and because it may not agree with their family, friends, workmates, etc. doesn’t mean they should be put down for it.  The goal of everyone is to be happy.  That should be the first priority.  In the Good Gus series, no one was put down.  It sends the wrong message to the young reader.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones with hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Sales were decent yesterday at Balboa Park.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

As the days go fleeting by, it’s important to value your time.  As seasons change for many parts of the world, we tend to go with the flow.  We are continually bombarded with media, technology, news, and many issues each day that we forget how quickly time flies.  Our days are frequently filled with work obligations that either keep us there too long or we bring it home.  Take a manager of a restaurant.  At the end of a twelve plus hour day they frequently go home and then spend a few hours on paperwork.  It’s not just an office situation anymore.  We have become a paper pushing society in every country.  What we really need to do is rethink about our priorities.  An income is extremely important.  It’s how we all exist every day.  However, is work overwhelming you both in hours and at home work?  Do your employers value your time?  Is it possible that they take you and many other workmates for granted and automatically expect you to do more than forty hours per week?  Take a moment and evaluate each day of your life.  Is everything slowly overwhelming you?  Do you tend to go along with everything even though it is not what you want in life?  It only takes a few minutes.  In free countries, there are TV shows that focus on individuals moving  to other countries.  In the states it’s ‘House Hunters International’ and in the English speaking countries in Europe it is ‘Location, Location, Location.’ All the people in the shows are choosing to move to another area.  They have decided that changes needed to occur.  Frequently, when they are making a final selection as to where and which home they wish to live in, they always consider the value of their time.  Sales were light today at Balboa Park.  Miss Patty doesn’t always score 100%.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  Hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  Next week is a short tour to west Texas.  You can enjoy “Misplaced Trust” as the weather cools at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.



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