PETE BARBOUR'S WORLD
"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.
"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.
THE GUARDIAN OF THE WELL
REN WAS PROSPECTING FOR MINERALS IN THE DESERT WHEN HIS CAR BROKE DOWN. NOW, HE IS THIRSTY, DEHYDRATED, ON THE VERGE OF DEATH. HE FINDS A WATER-SOURCE BUT IS UNABLE TO DRINK WITHOUT FIRST BARGAINING WITH THE MAN WHO IS GUARDING THE WELL.
THE “GUARDIAN OF THE WELL” IS VERY LOOSELY BASED ON A NATIVE AMERICAN TALE CALLED “THE OFFENDED ROLLING STONE” THAT I FOUND IN “TALES OF THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIANS”, STITH THOMPSON, INDIANA UNIVERSITY PRESS, FIRST PUBLISHED IN 1929. THE STORY IS A PAWNEE TRICKSTER TALE.
GUS ON LIFE
Honor. Honor is finding the balance between too little, judgmental/rude, and too much, flattery/obsequiousness. With humility we strive to take up the right amount of space. Honor focuses on giving others their due. Sometimes by giving acknowledgement, even just saying hello is enough to show honor. Recognize the humanity in others.
What comes form the heart goes to the heart.
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my short stories in print through the 1990's. I stopped trying to get my stories published when publishing fiction was superseded by my real job.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 5 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'm a graduate of 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 Valley of the Black Dog
“The Valley of the Black Dog" is a series of stories that are fantasy adventures, portrayed allegorically. Justin, Jake, and Elan leave the Valley of the Black Dog to explore the world. On their way, they encounter people and situations that teach them about humility, simplicity, silence, patience, compassion, and others. The stories are aimed at middle school, 10-14 years, complete at 40,149 words. “The Valley of the Black Dog” is an introduction into the themes of mindfulness, meant to entertain the young reader with fantasy and adventure, but 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