Full Cover Revealed: Most Comprehensive Origins Volume II




The new Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions Volume II will be out in just over 60 days!  The response for the original volume was far greater than I had ever imagined. Over the next few weeks I will be posting a few entries from this new one. It contains detailed definitions and origins of over 1,000 new phrases and sayings. If you haven’t yet purchased the first one, especially if you are a writer or public speaker, I think you will find it highly valuable. It is available at stclairpublications.com or Amazon sites worldwide.

Novel for women dealing with rape

The Darkness of the Sun

At times I highlight books which deal with subjects with which some of my readers may have had to deal. One such unfortunate subject is rape. The Darkness of the Sun by my wife, Christian author, Rhonda St. Clair, has been noted for the way this subject is broached  and openly handled.

The story begins when the protagonist, a nurse named Bella Fontaine, has traveled to Easter Island and seen for herself the mysterious monumental statues known as the moai. standing stoically in Rapa Nui National Park. But something else is occurring–a spectacle for which she came at this particular time–a total soar eclipse.

“Now, as the tiny circle which remained of the sun’s glory shouted out around the rape of the lunar body embracing it, chills permeated the length of Bella’s slender spine.

My life, she thought, has been like the darkness of the sun.”

Get your copy today on Amazon or at http://stclairpublications.com

Australia is a bit different

I consider myself fortunate to have friends as well as authors whom I publish living around the world in many nations. In Australia I have one friend whom I know from here, and several more I have met online. Two of these are the authors of The Enigmatic Sinclairs, Gerald Sinclair and Rondo B B Me, the first volume of which I published last October after which it was launched at the popular tourist attraction, Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland, at the book store. (A second volume is due out this October.)

That book has been labeled as “The most important book on the history of the Sinclair Clan in 300 years.” 

An obstacle “Down Under” is the fact that our printer and distributor, Amazon, does not print books in Australia. They do distribute Kindles through their Australian site, though. Every now and then I Google myself or our books, and today I found it interesting that Ebay in Australia has four copies of my childhood memoir offering, Beyond the Thistle Patch, mostly geared at teens and pre-teens. Here is a link:


I hope it works, nevertheless, they are indeed posted there. We do sell a lot of books outside the US. Though Australia is a bit different, it is really a cool place, and our books make it there “by hook or by crook!”


Michele Doucette – New Horizons

Michele Doucette was the first author other than myself to publish with St. Clair Publication. Since then she has written many amazing books, primarily centered around Mind, Body and Spirit. Already, she is one of our best selling authors. She has recently retired from teaching and is putting many more hours into research and writing. Here is the link to her updated Amazon author page. Enjoy it and check out her treasure trove of products:


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Do you want the bad news first, or the good news?

We have all heard this when we could find a way to ‘turn lemons into lemonade’ (there’s an entry on that in my big book). Lately a bunch of negatives have popped up in my life, as they have in the past. First my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and when she had surgery it had gone into her lymph nodes. She found out that she would also be facing chemo and radiation. Where’s the good in that, right? But, as always, there has been good. Her subsequent tests showed that if there were any more hot spots, they were microscopic. Also, many friends have shown great care, with bringing food and sending gifts, and offering their prayers and positive thoughts.

My smart phone has been freezing up, so I had to take it to the store yesterday an hour drive from home. The good news was that it was under warranty and a new one has been ordered for me. I needed a new case, so I got it while I was there. That’s good.

I had bought a new lawn tractor last year when the old one finally ‘gave up the ghost ‘. That’s on page 211 in my book. It’s been less than a year, and as I was mowing this morning, the gears quit engaging. No good there, right? Well, I called the store, and the service man was only 10 minutes away and came right out and reconnected the drive belt (also under warranty). I went ahead and purchased a 2 year extended warranty, so I won’t have to be concerned about huge repair bills for over two more years. And items which are not covered, I’ll get a 25% discount on.

Most people would be ‘crying foul’ but I am thankful that ‘all’s well that ends well.’  That’s on page 17 of my book. My regulars probably all have a copy. But if you don’t, now is the time to get it! Go to my website at http://stclairpublications,com and order it, and the first two to order there will get a personally signed copy direct from me! On October 1, the second volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions will be out with over 1,000 new entries with definitions and most likely origins, plus early citations.

Life before and after smart phones

Recently my smart phone, which I had only owned for one year and five months, completely died. I had an old phone temporarily reinstated while I worked out a deal with my provider. I felt lost, because my smart phone is, and was, as my oldest son once said, “My link to the world.” Luckily I got an even better phone with a larger screen and 4G service capabilities. I have thought a lot about all the things for which we depend upon our mobile phones. We are going on a trip shortly and we will use it as a GPS. A lot of folks utilize them to play all sorts of games. It is our camera and we’ve learned a new word, “selfie.” Of course it is the means by which we keep up with family members and friends on social media whom we would not have a clue what was happening in their lives otherwise. We can vote on talent contests, and polls. It is our calculator, and our video viewer; we can read books on it, and use it to look up words and subjects like we used to in our dictionaries and encyclopedias. People even order copies of our St. Clair Publications books everyday on their phones at online booksellers around the world. Of course there is still a place for PCs like I am using to post this blog entry because of the quicker typing ability. Oh, by the way, we can also use it to make a phone call! And usually at a set monthly rate, not with the ‘long distance charges’ of the past. But a lot of folks find it more feasible to simply text, because they can do that at any hour and know that the recipient will be able to read it whenever it is most convenient.

But there were some great things about the “good old days” before modern technology took over our minds and lives. People even talked to each other on occasion, and looked at the road when driving. We enjoyed nature more and took walks in the woods and sometimes meandered along a bubbling stream, or sat by the stillness of a placid pond absorbed in an intriguing book. Would you like to do these things again? I think we all should sometimes. Enjoy life. It’s too short not to.

Some questions about celebrities that you likely can’t answer.

Here are some questions which are answered in 200 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names and How They Found Success. Maybe you can understand why some of these folks took pseudonyms.

What famous actor who was the son of impoverished Jewish immigrants spoke Lithuanian and Russian at home as a child and went to work in a coal mine at age 10 earning $1.00 for each ton of coal he mined to help his family survive?

What prominent 20th century Scottish author first married a captain and moved from the UK to Australia to legitimatize her name because her father was involved in a scandal involving the King of England, then later left her husband for another man, moved to the Caribbean and changed her name completely before writing two best-selling novels?

What famous actor when pressed on the phone for a stage name used a character from a movie showing at a nearby theater as his new surname?

What famous actor was credited under a stage name without permission and was forced to accept it?

What popular music singer changed her name to the name of a man at whose mailbox she has fallen off her bike as a child?

What well-known country music artist got his stage name as a child from the name of a donkey?

What famous actor’s real name was Albert Einstein?

What country music star traded rabbits he had trapped for his first guitar?

What famous American author was accused of embezzlement by the bank for which he worked and fled to Honduras where he took a pen name and wrote a best-selling novel; but when his wife became ill he returned, surrendered, and was sentenced, continuing to write best sellers in prison?

What popular singer cannot use his stage name in Germany because of objections from the family of someone who had the same name?

What famed American movie star’s father left her mother for another woman when she was small, then committed suicide?

What currently controversial rap singer and film star underwent great drama at age 12 when his sister was murdered by her boyfriend?

What popular modern American television talk show host was the son of a Jewish immigrant father who died when he was young causing his mother to go on welfare and him to go to work after high school to help support her, resulting in his never attending college and take a new name from a liquor store on the spur of the moment?

What award-winning actor was the son of an Indian doctor born in Kenya, and changed his name because it sounded to foreign?

What singer who later became a sensation was thought by a record company president to be too plain and dark to lead a group?

What popular actor and producer was so stressed as a child because of his mother’s suicide attempts that he wet the bed, then chose a stage name from a phone book listing?

What billionaire clothier designed a tie for his employer which was rejected causing him to make ties from rags and work out of a drawer until he could get his own company going?

What notable Italian actress waited tables in a pub in her grandmother’s living room as a young teen?

What World Heavyweight Boxing Champion had a speech impediment and was the son of former slaves who were sharecroppers?

What popular actress who was not Jewish took a Jewish surname to improve her career/

What well-known alternative rock singer was diagnosed with autism as a child, rejected for the Mickey Mouse Club, and then arrested for shoplifting?

What model and television host obtained her new name because of a clerical error?

What very well-known actor had both parents killed in separate accidents by his age one; then had a personal accident in college which ended his dreams for a football career?

What entertainer destined to become an all-time great was bullied in school because of his broken English; then dropped out of high school becoming a bootlegger and working in an illegal casino?

What famed female rapper got started by posting her songs on MySpace?

What multi award-winning British character actress is the granddaughter of a colonel in the Russian army?

What extremely popular 20th century actress was abused and made a ward of the state as a child, and then was convinced by her guardian that she would one day become a movie star?

What extremely successful restaurant owner took the name of a comic strip character and opened a restaurant under that name?

What popular Irish actor was expelled from Catholic school at age sixteen and raised in poverty by a mother who was a heavy drinker?

What outrageously popular current singer who dropped out of school at age 16 was the daughter of pastors who often had to use food stamps and supplies from church food banks to survive while she was growing up?

What popular American author changed her name the first day of Catholic school when a nun asked her what her name was, because her birth name was a male name?

What popular American singer/songwriter had a father who was a church deacon who sold bootlegged moonshine on the side and ran a nightclub?

What popular dancer, singer and film star was kidnapped twice by her father who was separated from her mother before her birth?

What famous 20th century movie star lived in a houseboat built from salvage lumber for several years as a child?

What famed 20th century movie star began his career at less than 1 ½ years old in a traveling vaudeville show?

What immensely popular modern actor regretted using a stage name because it upset his father, and never changed his name legally, his birth name still appearing on his legal documents such as driver’s license and passport?

What popular singer who went on to have her own TV show got her stage name when a DJ forgot her real name?

What currently popular musician and entertainer was a drug dealer and thief as a youth?

What popular television actress had an abusive father causing her to fear for her life as a child; then after getting pregnant in college, married the baby’s farther, then had an affair and divorced him, only to get pregnant again by a married man and have an abortion?

What hip hop artist deepened his appreciation for music while spending three years in jail?

What highly successful theater and film producer was expelled from sixth grade for running a craps game?

What award-winning actor hitchhiked to Hollywood from Texas to begin his quest for stardom?

What popular award-winning performer began singing in bars at age eight to help support her family?

What 20th century male sex symbol movie star before achieving stardom had an affair with a married heiress and after her divorce was arrested on vice charges, resulting in the heiress shooting her ex-husband over a custody dispute?

What top-selling pop singer began his career at age fifteen with a hastily assembled local group filling in for Buddy Holly immediately after he had been killed?

What popular movie star was forced to model as a young child by her mother to help pay bills because of her father’s death, causing a nervous breakdown at age nine, and a suicide attempt at age 12 after she was given a stage name when debuting on TV based on the way her young cousin mispronounced her name?

What wildly popular early star of stage and screen produced and directed a play titled Sex which was raided, leading to her arrest and conviction for corrupting the morals of youth?

What popular comedian who got his own TV show was abandoned by his mother at age seven and lied about his age to join the Air Force at age 16?

What multi-Grammy-winning musical artist, in spite of an absentee father and a huge natural handicap, was contracted at age eleven by a major record label?

What major motion picture star was taken to movies as a child and told by her mother that the cameraman at the end of the newsreels was pointing the camera at her; then believing this, was contracted as a child?

What child prodigy began his sports career at age two playing with one of the top athletes in his sport on national television; then went on to become one of the most winning players of all time?

What famed award-winning comedian and star of stage, television and motion pictures quit school and ran away from home at age fifteen, later adapting his middle name into a stage name to save his family the embarrassment of having “a lowly comedian” as a relative?


Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions trending on Web

It seems that when a book reaches some pentacle of success it comes alive on the Internet. Every once in a while I just “Google” Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions to see where it is showing up. I can’t believe what has happened online. Not only is it listed for sale on virtually every online bookseller’s site, in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, it is showing up on blogs, newspaper and society sites, etc., It’s even called “outstanding” on Amazon Kindle’s British blog: https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/kindle-unlimited-dictionaries/ . 

I just found it quoted on a blog, though my name is misspelled, and they also misspelled breathe, which I spelled correctly, not a problem. It’s at the bottom of this site when you push the button to see entire script https://prezi.com/vqux3wccdnml/copy-of-the-origins-and-meanings-of-old-sayings/
Here is the quote which I copied and am pasting (bold type is my embellishment):

-the derivation of a word
“every tongue on earth is ever evolving, and that we often take for granted, the words and expressions that have come as natural to us and the breath we breath”

Stanley J. St. Claire, The Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions.

I am honored. Keep up the publicity. It never hurts!

Smart Phones are “The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.”

It never ceases to amaze me all the things that smart phones can do! They can take the place of a host of articles from our past, if we so desire. Below is a partial list of the things they can replace:

1. Encyclopedia 2. Calculator 3. Date book  4. Calender 5. Weather Alert Radio                 6. Television 7. Camera  8. Video camera  9. VCR of DVD 10. E-book reader  11. Watch or clock 12. Radio 13. Computer 14. FAX machine 15 Record player 16. Recorder 17. Map 18. Tracking device 19 Address book 20. Closed circuit TV  21. Library 22. Magazines 23. Compass 24. Dictaphone 25. Telegraph  26. GPS 27. Oh, yes, some people even use it for a Telephone (or to text)! And there are many others.

The best (or greatest) thing since sliced bread is just one of the multitude of sayings found in my best-selling book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions which you can order on your smart phone or other electronic gadget! You can even have it delivered there if you have the Kindle app. Get your copy today and you’ll be in high cotton! (that’s in there too!)