PETE BARBOUR'S WORLD
"OSCAR AND GUS"
an Illustrated Children's Book
Gus tries to be a good host to his guest Oscar. Gus copes well with Oscar until its time to go to bed, when Oscar decides to sleep in Gus's bed. Oscar is a big dog with floppy ears and a wild tail. Gus is a soft coated wheaten terrier. "Oscar and Gus" is a story about sharing tolerance and compromise.
"GUS AT WORK"
an Illustrated Children's Book
I began drawing pictures of Gus and sheep when my wife and I were in our recreational sheep herding phase. I could get him to herd in my illustrations but not on the field. I wrote and illustrated, a children’s book, “Gus at Work”, based on our herding experience with Gus. The story is about the importance of doing your best, even if you aren’t the best. I published “Gus at Work” with CreateSpace, 2016, available on Amazon.
SET IN 1963, DOUG, SKIP, PAT, AND JIM WERE CRUISING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT, WHEN THEY WERE TAUNTED BY A DRUNKEN BOY IN ANOTHER CAR. A HIGH SPEED CHASE ENSUES. FINALLY TRAPPED, WITH NOWHERE TO GO, THE BOY MAKES A STAND. PAT TRIES TO INTERFERE IN THE FIGHT AS HE SEES THE CONFRONTATION FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE THAN HIS FRIENDS.
GUS ON LIFE
In the study of Mussar, Bitachon more specifically means trust in God. Although we may disagree on how God acts in our lives, Alan Morinis, "Everyday Holiness," suggests, that it is a wise person who internalizes an accurate sense of his or her own limitations and, to the extent they can, channel their burden of anxiety by trusting in God.
“Trust in God but tie your camel.” (Greg Marcus, variation on an Islamic theme.)
What comes form the heart goes to the heart.
Order, Seder, is how you put structure into your life, just like the Passover Seder. Too little order and you have chaos, too much and you may be smothered by obsessions (Greg Marcus). What is the balance, and how might you achieve it?
Silence is golden, and speech is silver. While you speak, you may not hear, so you should only speak when you have something meaningful to say; otherwise, you should always listen. That is a good way to learn.
Gratitude, Hakarat Ha’Tov, recognizing the good. That is mostly easy. The trick is appreciating good when things are bad and recognizing the opportunity it affords to make change. Show gratitude for what you have and to the people in your life every day.
Emet, truth is complicated, Truth is not always black or white but is somewhere in-between. The Torah says, “be distant from falsehood.” It is much easier to distance oneself from falsehood than to strive for a shifting and complex canopy of truth. (Greg Marcus) Is truth a perception with the potential for change? What is true today may be false tomorrow.
I published my first work, Loose Ends, in 1987, and saw several of my short stories in print through the 1990's. I stopped trying to get my stories published when publishing fiction was superseded by my real job. When I retired in 2014, I started to work on getting my stories published again.
I like to read and enjoy deconstructing stories to see how they are put together. I grew up loving the Wizard of Oz series, and dutifully read each book in the series to my children. I love the outdoors as you will see from my writing. I’m married and live in Allentown, PA. My wife and I love to travel, giving me a rich experience from which to write. I have five grandchildren now. They serve as my inspiration and test audience for Gus and stories aimed at them.
I'm a member of the Bethlehem Writers Group. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, BA Biology, Temple University Medical School, MD, and Stanford University School of Medicine, Neurology Residency.
The heartbreak and love that can bring families together and tear them apart. Joseph is lucky. He is blessed with a strong , supportive wife who is able to help him heal old childhood wounds and ultimately confront years of anger and resentment. With her help , Joseph is able to tie up the loose ends of his life and move on.
Loose Ends is written in the form of a memoir, told from the first person point of view. Available on Amazon.
LUKE AND DUKE
Dark Humor PG13
THINGS CAN ALWAYS GET WORSE
THE ALMOST ENDLESS SUMMER
WHOSE RIGHT TO DIE
HEAVEN'S DEVILS: PARTY NIGHT
Drama and Fantasy
ON A SUMMER'S DAY
THE FATE OF DICKIE PAPONOVITCH
"OUT ON A LEDGE"
"THE FAIRY RING"
"SHIPWRECKED AT SEA"
A MAN NAMED HAPPINESS
OTHER SHORT STORIES NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE IN PRINT OR ON THE WEB.
Stories and former locations
"Things Can Always Get Worse" Being 4:4; 9-10 1992.
“Big Rock”. Raconteur 1: 9-13, 11/93.
“Luke And Duke”, Raconteur. 1995; 2: 27-29.
“Henrietta And Lucinda”, Raconteur. 1995; 5: 5-8.
"The Fate of Dickie Paponovitch" Raconteur 1:10, 1994; 21-27.
“Fishing with Nick”, shortbreadstories.co.uk, 2015
“Dad Stories”, shortbreadstories.co.uk, 2015
“Earl’s Lake, Home to the Big Bass”, shortbreadstories, 2015
“How to Brighten the Night”, Short-Story.me, 2015
"Henry Smith's Seasonings", Artpost Magazine, September 1, 2018
PROJECTS IN PROGRESS:
“The Journey" is a fantasy adventure aimed at middle grade children (9+) complete at 50,132 words. The story is told primarily by Hank, who at seventeen years old, has to leave home reluctantly as a rite of passage according to the custom of his community. His younger brother, Ben, and cousin Wes sneak off to join him. They must scale the great eastern mountains. Their trek is challenging and full of adventure. Along the way, the three boys encounter people and situations that teach them about humility, simplicity, silence, patience, compassion, and others. "The Journey" is an introduction to the themes of mindfulness, meant to entertain the young reader with fantasy and adventure and aimed at provoking conversations about virtue.
I began studying mindfulness four years ago, in the form of Mussar, Jewish mindfulness/ethics. I was immediately struck by its universality and practicality. The aim of the study was to make one a better person. I started to write short stories that illustrated the virtues I was studying so that I could share what I learned with my grandchildren. They call these stories, life lessons.
HENRIETTA AND LUCINDA
Re-told from the Yiddish folk tale,“The Demon and Sosye”
The Starlit Path Magazine, Summer, 2019, page 52
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