PETE BARBOUR'S WORLD

Life Illustrated

"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.


 

JUST IN:

"WHY BATS LIVE IN CAVES"

MY SHORT STORY, “WHY BATS LIVE IN CAVES,” WILL APPEAR IN "FUR, FEATHER, AND SCALES," AN ANTHOLOGY OF ANIMAL STORIES, PUBLISHED BY THE BETHLEHEM WRITERS GROUP. "WHY BATS LIVE IN CAVES" IS AN AFRICAN TALE BASED ON THE STORY TOLD TO ME BY STEWART MATSOPO, NAMIBIAN GUIDE. PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE, HERE'S THE LINK.

HERE'S THE AMAZON LINK:
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GUS ON LIFE

Patience

Recognize what is within your power to change and what is not.  Practice patience with both.   Remember, “This too shall pass, and you have the strength to get by until it does.”  

            Ask yourself, does the watched pot ever boil? Eventually, of course, it does.

What  comes form the heart goes to the heart.

 
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TRUST

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.

 
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EQUANIMITY

Maintaining the inner calm of the soul.  Afloat on the sea of life, riding the waves, neither too high nor too low, avoid getting swept away.

 
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ORDER

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?

 
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SILENCE

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

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.

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TRUTH

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.

 
 

PETE BARBOUR

       STORIES

       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.  

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LOOSE ENDS


     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.

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SHORT STORIES

LUKE AND DUKE

Piker Press

THINGS CAN ALWAYS GET WORSE

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THE FORT
THE ALMOST ENDLESS SUMMER
WHOSE RIGHT TO DIE
HOLLYWOOD PHIL
HEAVEN'S DEVILS: PARTY NIGHT

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ON A SUMMER'S DAY

Rue Scribe

THE FATE OF DICKIE PAPONOVITCH

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"MESSYMAN"

"SIMPLICITY"

"ENTHUSIASM"

"OUT ON A LEDGE"

"THE FAIRY RING"

"SHIPWRECKED AT SEA"

"SILENCE"

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A MAN NAMED HAPPINESS

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OTHER SHORT STORIES NO LONGER ACCESSIBLE IN PRINT OR ON THE WEB.

"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

HENRIETTA AND LUCINDA

The Starlit Path Magazine, Summer, 2019, page 52

THE GUARDIAN OF THE WELL

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TERRITORIAL

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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.  

 
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CONTACT ME

 

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