Life is all consuming. Sometimes we become overwhelmed with all the details.  For many people work is all consuming.  They become so involved that they forget about their families. They believe that by working late they are doing the best job they can for their families.  Sadly, they are not.  If they allow the job to overcome them, they end up with no family, poor health and very few friends.  There are videos all the time on the internet on Facebook about dads and even mums trying to earn money and working late just to please their boss.  In the end, many of the hard working people end up without the promotion, the raise or a corner office because they weren’t savvy enough to play the politics game. They thought that their work would shine and it did.  However, frequently a co-worker would take credit, claim that the employee was part of his or her team, etc.  It’s not fair but that is the real world.  There always needs to be a balance.  Respecting yourself and your family needs to placed above your job. My late husband would become all consuming on the few occasions he made breakfast.  He liked eggs over easy.  However, if it broke, he threw it away.  There were times he would throw out almost a dozen of eggs.  In the Good Gus series, children tend to be all consuming when it comes to playing.  In book twenty, “The Flying Cat,” JC becomes all consumed in rescuing a cat. He even risks himself.  The series is available at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” has characters who have one all consuming goal in mind.  That is to get all the money and cheat everyone else.  The book is available at these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.


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.

Many questions can be answered with either a yes or no. When you ask a person a question, the longer they talk the more they avoid the answer.  When you are listening to continual verbiage, you know not only they will not answer what you asked but they will circumvent whatever you asked.  Even if it is through a text, they can speak paragraphs without really saying anything.  The narcissist is really good at not answering and coming up with a variety of lies.  Their only problem is that they cannot always keep their lies straight. It is really true in life about almost anything.  For example, an employee decides to ask for a raise. They are entitled to one as they have worked quite hard and their performance reports state that they are doing an excellent job, always on time and stay late to finish projects.  The boss can easily say yes or not to his question.  Instead, he receives the basic run a round and his question is never answered.  He then walks away wondering what had just happened.  I have seen this in movies, court, the workplace, and even with family members.  You repeatedly ask the same question but never even receive a yes or no answer.  If we start now teaching our children to be truthful the world would be a better place.  In the Good Gus series, particularly in book four, “Johnny the Cat and Bronco Ride that Bull,” the boys skip off to see the rodeo and don’t even answer either their mother or father.  The point of that story was they were disobeying their parents and there were consequences.  The series is available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. Getting a yes or no answer by the characters in “Misplaced Trust” is close to impossible.  The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

  Have you ever met anyone who was an egomaniac? They are also known as a narcissist.  There are continual articles about women fighting in a divorce with an egomaniac. They are very good at acting and appearing like the perfect person or parent.  The reality is they want everything their way and they want it NOW.  They can make the women look really bad with lies, innuendo’s and general falsehoods.  They use more effort, time and money to destroy their ex.  They have extreme vengeance and have no empathy for their children.  They appear so innocent and act as if they have never done a wrong thing in their lives.  Their faces can portray humility when in reality they have none.  I have read about countless cases in a variety of states.  The women are always portrayed as bad.  The children really want their mothers but the female judges decline.  It takes years for the mothers to get their children back.  They fight, lose money and in the end the children need therapy.  Dealing with an egomaniac in the workplace is a nightmare. They are always right and tend to lose their tempers if anyone disagrees with them.  If they make a mistake it doesn’t matter, however if an employee does they are fired but only after being degraded and humiliated.  The egomaniac has a personality disorder that really needs therapy.  In the Good Gus series the only character who was an egomaniac was Bad Bart.  He turned around, though, which is the point of the story.  It’s also a good lesson for the children.  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is full of egomaniacs.  It can be found online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd 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.

 Many individuals believe that they have to prove themselves before they feel good about who they are.  Children continually try to prove themselves.  It may be because they want the parent to like them, say they are doing a good job, or to make themselves feel important and possibly even worthy of success.  It’s not necessary as we need to believe in ourselves.  We do not need to prove anything to anyone.  Frequently, married couples make the wrong assumption and assume the other person is being unfaithful.  If they aren’t then they look for proof.  If you married a person, you should have faith in them and believe that they love you and are telling the truth.  This also occurs in the workplace.  A lower level employee may be continually trying to prove that they can do a better job and need to be promoted.  Sometimes, if the boss is greedy and wants a higher promotion, they will tell their underling to work harder and they need to prove they are worthy of a better position.  However, the reality may be that they are using that person’s work to help move themself up the corporate ladder.  It’s not fair but it does occur.  In the Good Gus series no one had to prove anything.  Everyone already knew Sheriff Gus was a good sheriff because he always did the right thing.  Plus, in future stories, you will find that he was prepared for just about everything and he was an avid reader.  The series is available on Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also available 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:

children's book, children book, christmas book, christmas story We all deserve a medal for merit of success. However, many people don’t see it that way.  I saw a story today about a goat and a horse who were friends.  The horse became ill and if he didn’t heal after three days of medicine they would put him down.  The goat was upset as they were pals and he didn’t want anything to happen to his friend. The first day the horse wouldn’t get up. The second day after a second shot, the horse still laid in his stall.  On the third day, the goat convinced him to get up and start moving.  Slowly he stood and then the goat pushed him to run in the fields.  The owner was so excited.  He said it was a miracle and called for a celebration.  However, for the celebration he planned to cook the goat.  The goat deserved the credit as a merit of success.  Both at home and in the workplace, people are rarely recognized for their good deeds, achievements, hard work and assistance.  Even if they aren’t professionals, they should receive the recognition of the merit of success.  After all the Titanic was built by professionals and look how that turned out.  It’s important to look behind the success to see who contributed and how much.  They need to be appreciated.  In the Good Gus series, the merit of success reigned.  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.  Thank you for visiting my crowdfunding site at:

At one time or another, we all feel unwanted.  Frequently as children, our parents made us feel unwanted.  In reality, they probably just needed a break.  It’s a great ploy that is used in school for the “in” groups.  They go out of their way to make themselves feel superior and everyone else feel unwanted and inferior.  They are great for destroying confidence.  This also occurs in adulthood as well.  Many adults want to fit in at work, or even in college, so they behave badly towards others and make them feel unwanted while they are trying to make a name for themselves.  It’s very common in the workplace as there seems to always be a leader amongst the employees.  If you are in that situation, it is better to find another job with fewer workmates to contend with.  In an old ‘Andy Griffith Show,’ Malcolm Merriweather is a character in two different shows.  In the second episode, he returns to Mayberry and is looking for work.  He is from the UK and works odd jobs to subsidise his travels.  Andy hires him to help Aunt Bea because she is always so overworked.  Once Malcolm steps into the picture her work load reduces dramatically.  She became jealous and then started claiming to be sick because she felt unwanted. Fortunately, Malcolm recognized it and pretended to be drunk. Andy told him he had to leave but he quickly realized that Malcolm had been faking it to help Aunt Bea.  Not everyone is that understanding.  In the Good Gus series, no one feels unwanted or unappreciated.  The series is great for these warm summer days and can easily bring joy to a young reader’s day.  It is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” could be a good read on a lawn chair or hammock.  It’s online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Nothing is always easier. People often think it is, but its not. Taking the shortcut because a person thinks it’s easier generally ends up with the driver or walker becoming lost.  People do this all the time at work.  They may be working on a project and think that by cutting corners they are taking the easier way.  As we have seen in the auto industry, that is never the case.  If that was true there wouldn’t be nearly as many recalls not to mention fatalities because they took the easy way.  I can never take the shortcut particularly in driving as I will get lost.  Children frequently see their parents take shortcuts on all sorts of things in life.  They watch their parents lie to get out of work, cheat on their taxes, con others to get what they want, use sympathy to get their own way, etc.  All bad examples of showing children that what matters is a good moral compass.  It’s important to teach our children that just because something is easier doesn’t necessarily mean it is the right thing to do.  Students, particularly in high school and college think nothing of cheating.  It’s so much easier than studying.  Partying is more fun. In the Good Gus series, there are continual examples of right from wrong, and striving to do the right thing.  As many of the stories will show, what is easier may not always be correct.  The series is available online at Kindle, Nook, Waterstones and hard copies at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

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