The earliest reported celebrity death yesterday, November 19, 2017, was actor, singer songwriter and former teen heartthrob, David Cassidy. It turned out to be a hoax.The 67 year old Cassidy remains in a Florida hospital suffering from multiple organ failure. Cassidy is best known for his role as a member of the Partridge Family on TV in the 1970s.
Then came news of Country Music legend, Mel Tillis‘ passing at age 85. Turns out this was true. Tillis, who was extremely popular through the 1970s with hits like Who’s Julie, Coca-Cola Cowboy and Good Woman Blues died of natural causes. He also had an acting part in Cannonball Run (1981) which starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett.
About these true icons, I am very sad; but a third well-known American man died last night in Bakersfield hospital in California,cult leader and mass murderer Charles Manson, who was 83. I, for one of many, am glad that this un-remorseful criminal is no longer a burden on the California penal system. Perhaps this will bring some small closure to the families of his victims.
For the past few months I have been faced with two grossly different but equally scary situations. First my main computer hard drive crashed with some important files which had not been backed up. This proved to be a difficult recovery situation. Then I began having health issues, the origins of which also have been difficult to determine. In both cases original attempts proved futile.
After seeing three doctors, I am having my second procedure on Halloween to try to find out how to treat my tricky health problem.
The other issue, however, should be resolved that same day. The files were recovered through a nationally known, prominent recovery service, shipped out and scheduled to be delivered on Halloween. So, provided my health issues can be soon resolved I will be able to return to work on my third and final volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and the needed changes in Gerald Sinclair and Rondo B B Me‘s epic tome The Enigmatic Sinclairs, original volume!
In the meantime, my two associates, Michele Doucette, Editor in Chief of St. Clair Publications and Graphic Artist, Kent Hesselbein continue to do a splendid job of putting out great new books! More about that soon!
I just received a comment from a dedicated reader and owner of my popular cliche origin books asking me if a third volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches (etc) is in the works. It is time for me to notify everyone of the status of this effort. A few months ago the hard drive of my primary work computer crashed! I had done eight months research on a third volume which was on this devise and not backed up. I took it to a local shop which informed me that they were unable to retrieve the files. Later a friend in Utah volunteered to examine the drive and determine if he could do the work. Again, no luck. He did, however, provide me with information on two shops who do this type of data retrieval which is very expensive and time-consuming. One is less expensive, but takes longer to get around to each new job because of high demand. I sent the drive there, and hope that they can accomplish retrieval. Whenever this is completed, I plan on continuing work on this research as time permits.
I truly appreciate the thousands who already own my popular books, and trust that you will be awaiting the last one in this series when it becomes available!
To date, St. Clair Publications has published 106 paperback titles, the lion’s share of which are also available as e-books, mostly on Kindle, some on PDF through our website as http://stclairpunlications.com. This body of work may be attributed to a total of 44 authors, a few classics, and some previously published authors who felt that we were the best option for the next title. Most, however, were written and published by individuals who felt compelled to share their passion with the world. Authors, we salute you and appreciate you all! Our motto is “Small Enough to Listen to the Author, Large Enough to Reach the World”..
Numerous other titles are always in process of being written or in some phase of editing or publication. Our content manager, Michele Doucette, is currently in process of a major move, but will be thrilled to hear from you. Simply post a comment to this blog entry and I will have her contact you at her earliest convenience. In the meantime, visit our website or purchase any of our great selection of books of all genres at Amazon sites worldwide.
A popular 1993 Bill Murray movie titled Groundhog Day spawned a wave of use of the term to describe a day or time when something which had already happened seemed to play out over and over again. That story has now been made into a Broadway Musical. Another term, deja vu refers to an incident which to be seems strangely familiar, as if it had happened to one previously. Yogi Berra coined the term ‘Deja vu all over again,” which is a comical redundancy scoring high in his list of ‘Yogi-isms“.
For the last several years I have researched and published books about the meanings and origins of common sayings, idioms and expressions which we hear on a regular basis in America, the U.K., and other English-speaking countries. The most popular of these is the original volume (now with revisions) of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions.
For the past several days when I have turned on the television newscasts, I have been hearing the same rhetoric about the North Korean threats and the responses by President Trump. I try hard not to get involved online with political matters, as I have friends on both sides of most issues. But I think that everyone agrees that this is not going to end well. In hearing the same things for days on end, it made me feel like coining a new expression, This all seems a bit like Groundhog Deja vu!
By the way, you can get my popular book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart, the St. Clair Publications site and many others! Happy reading. Read some different entries every day so it won’t be like Groundhog Deja vu!
Some years ago, just after returning from a business trip, I was walking through the Nashville Airport on my way to the luggage return when I encountered a pair I was not expecting. There, only a few feet away, strolling in the opposite direction toward a gate, Glen Campbell was in a lively conversation with George Jones. Towering above his friend, Glen’s melodious voice rang out clearly in that corridor. I could have reached out and touched either of them, but that was so unnecessary, for both of them had touched me many times by their unique musical styles and the rapture in which one was lifted by their lyrics, tunes and voices.
Yesterday, August 8, 2017, Glen, like his friend, George, left this world and left us all with a lot of great memories. He was 81.
A few years ago I read Glen’s candid autobiography, in which he spared himself no shame for his wild past, and no regrets for his new, fuller life. I learned a lot about a man I now admire more than ever. I, for one, will miss him dearly, but always cherish the Rhinestone Cowboy who was the Wichita Lineman, and the guy who went to Phoenix, leaving behind a broken heart.
About 40 years ago I wrote this story with the help of ideas from my young adopted son, Scott, who was sadly taken from us a few years ago because of a long-term, off and on drug addiction. Scott was one of the most loving people I have ever known. Thinking about it has been almost unbearable. During much of his youth I was away from home a lot of the time due to my work. I have partially blamed myself for his problems. I cannot bring back the past, but through my involvement with Kiwanis I have tried to make life better for the youth in my community, and through the work of various funds, Kiwanis International has had a great influence on the lives of countless young people, from infancy through university. They sponsor clubs in schools like Builders Club, Key Club and Circle K. In communities around the world they have helped to eliminate disease and hunger. The Kiwanis Children’s Fund donates funds responsibly to help children around the world. A portion of all sales of this book will go to this marvelous fund.
Today the book, The Choo-choo Clock and the Donkey, was released and Amazon is offering it on the Prime Day Special. Get yours today for a child near to your heart and help children around the world.
I was gobsmacked this morning to discover that Walmart is now listing my popular cliche origin book on it’s website! I suppose it is the dream of every author for their books to be sold at Walmart, or at least on their website. I could never have accomplished this by asking them to list it. This just goes to the overwhelming demand by the public for this work. When it was released in March, 2013, it was announced by Amazon as a ‘hot new release, it quickly became the number one work in its genre to be brought up by Google. It rose to near the top of millions of Amazon books. It has been praised by authors, poets, professors, teachers, and newspaper columnists, but this is a new milestone for which I am so thankful! Thank you Walmart!
A big thank you to patrons of our website and the readers of this blog! The St. Clair Publications site itself has had 202,600 hits since it was reformatted by our wonderful graphic artist, Kent Hesselbein, and the blog, put up later, has had well over 8,500 reads. Yesterday was the best day of all with 62 blog readers, and more already early this morning, thanks to the post about Michele Doucette!
More great posts are just around the corner. Wonderful books are in process of preparation for publication, and now, with the addition of 100 new ISBNs, we are ready to take off!
Stay tuned for more announcements, and go to our website at http://stclairpublications,com to shop our huge selection of individual paperbacks, sets, ebooks and gift certificates!
As mentioned earlier, big changes are happening at St Clair Publications! In addition to new titles being added and 100 new ISBNs being ordered, Michele Doucette has been appointed as Content Manager and Editor in Chief!
Michele holds a Master’s Degree in Literacy Education from Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia). A native of Truro, Nova Scotia (referred to as Cobequid during the time of the Acadian people), she has been living on the west coast of Newfoundland since 1985, and is in process of returning home to Nova Scotia. Previously employed as a Special Education teacher, she feels blessed to have worked with such Mighty Spirits. She is the author of a large variety of books, primarily related to mind, body and spirit, available from St. Clair Publications, Amazon and other retailers. Congrats to Michele on being appointed to this important position!