Today marks another historic milestone

After a hotly contested presidential race and a narrow miss of going over what became known as ‘the fiscal cliff,’ America’s eyes today are turned toward the second public inaugaration of the first American President of African descent. It is also, coincidentally, Martin Luther King Day, celebrating the legacy of the most beloved non-violent leader for Civil Rights in America’s history. 

Yes, our nation is sharply devided, perhaps on a scale not equaled since the Civil War, a schism, like that of Dr. King, involving Civil Rights. Now, however, the sharp divide is more about other weighty matters.

My book, A Place in Time, available on Amazon.com, chronicles the divisions still existing in the reconstruction era, in a short, easy-to-read novel which puts you in the picture from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the first downfall of the Ku Klux Clan. Order your copy today.

Early voting

For some, early voting in the US Presidential race has already begun. Here in Tennessee, it begins soon. I have friends on both sides of this race, but I still feel like it is the duty of every American to get out and vote.

Tonight there is another debate being held, this time in a ‘Town Hall’ format in New York. If anyone is still undecided, listen carefully and make your choice based on the issues. This is too clear a choice, too closely contested and the stakes are too high not to participate if you are a registered American voter. Rhonda and I will be getting out early, as usual. 

So, if you don’t vote, you shouldn’t complain about our leaders. Who do you feel will do the better job of leading us out of the current economic crisis and getting our nation moving in the right direction? The choice is yours and mine. Express your rights or you may lose them.

 

Liger cubs born in China, and Antietam re-visited

How many caught this news story today? A female Manchurian tiger and an African lion are the proud parents. No this is not a gag based on the movie “Napoleon Dynamite.” According to Chinese zoo officials these beauties are only born in captivity and there are only about 20 in existance. Three liger cubs were born on May 13, and two survived.

When I was in Bejing, I was priviliged to visit the Panda Zoo where the majority of the pandas in captivity live. What cute creatures they are. But there are lots more than 20. The Chinese seem to have a knack for getting a monopoly on things. Now America is dependent upon them for a lot of the money our government spends. I, for one, believe this should change. America is still the land of oportunity. We need to grasp the vision and sprint forward to see that we remain just that.

And we still have lots of zoos in America which are special. Omaha, Nebraska has a very unique one with some wonderful bird spices. And Grant Park in Atlanta has not only a huge variety of animals from all over the globe, but the Cyclorama, portraying the story of the Civil War. It has been a century and a half today since the bloody battle in Antietam Maryland, September 17, 1862, which changed the country forever. 4.000 of our brave men died in one day, and over 19,000 more were wounded.  That battle was re-enacted to insure that those in the area look back to our hurt and see how far we have come.

May God bless America, and keep us strong.

Amazon Author Page: is America great, or what?

Amazon is a great partner in my books. My Author Central page has been up for a few years, but they are now making it even more easily accessible to my readers. It is now available at just a click of the mouse at amazon.com/author/stanleystclair . If you save this link once you are there it will be easy to see what’s there in my name. Amazon and St. Clair Publications; together we reach the world.

But enough about me. The weather is lovely and it seems that fall is almost here at last. Tennessee is a lovely state and I really enjoy living here. We in America should enjoy our freedoms because every day people from less fortunate parts of the world are risking all just for the hope of living their dreams in our great land. God bless America, and God bless each one who takes the time out of their schedule to read what I write.

Abraham Lincoln was wrong

There is no doubt that Abraham Lincoln was one of the most beloved presidents in American histroy…something that many members of both major political parties can agree upon, in a time when we desperately need to come together as a nation. But at another trying time in our history, during the most bloody war we ever endured, this great leader was wrong about at least one fact.

Standing in the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, four and one half months after that conflict in which my third Great grandfather, a Virginia Confererate who was taken captive by Union soldiers, Lincoln gave one of the most famous and rousing speaches in U.S. history. In that discourse he stated: “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…” Even today, however, people quote still from his speach. We do remember.

Recently we commemorated 9-11, another trying time for America, We will not forget.

For those of you who cherish the memory of what Lincoln accomplished, we now have available a great classic book on his life, beginning in his younger days. It’s titled, A Man for the Ages, and was written by Irving Bacheller, Get your copy today at http://stclairpublications.com or on Amazon around the globe.

Classic novels

One of the tasks that we are undertaking at St. Clair Publications is to publish in both high-quality paperback and ebook format a good number of classic novels which shaped our literary history. Already Men of Iron by Howard Pyle with a forward by Kent Hesselbein and Silas Marner by George Eliot with the forward by me are out in paperback, and I have prepared The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  by Mark Twain for future publication.

Now I am formatting and preparing the classic Abraham Lincoln novel, A Man for the Ages by Irving Bacheller (1919). Not much is known by many younger people about Irving Bacheller, but he was a great person in his day. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, where he was later granted two honorary Masters and two Doctorial Degrees, he founded the Bacheller Syndicate which popularized of such works as Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, and those of Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Conan Doyle. 

Bachelor was also the author of another popular novel titled Eben Holden. A Man for the Ages  is divided into three books; the first as a niave young man, the second dealing with his self-education, entry into the public arena, and the third with his rise to the presidency and his death. A lot of it deals with the division of the nation concerning the slavery issue. In my youth, my mother read this book to our family, and it had a powerful impact on my sense of values. Well worth the read when we get it out.

A few famous folk & 2 Jimmys

I guess one could say that I’ve been blessed to have some friends who are quite well-known, and I won’t embarrass any of them by dropping their names here. Among them are some best-selling authors, politicians who hold national offices in 3 countries, and even an Earl who is a Lord in the U.K. I’ve met and had conversations with some top-notch entertainers and song-writers whose names are internationally known, and a few sports celebs. I’ve even been in the childhood homes of some of them, including an astronaut.

But here I only want to mention two Jimmys. The first one was the future President of the US, Jimmy Carter, whom I met in Atlanta in the 1970s while working, of all things, in the campaign of his opponent. Meeting him was something, of course, which I’ll never forget. But the other Jimmy was Major General Jimmy Doolittle, a true hero who led the major Allied offensive against Japan on April 18, 1942.

I was in Omaha, Nebraska for a management convention in 1987. I met him at the Home Office of my company for which he was a spokesperson. Now of all the famous persons I have met and shook hands with, I value this experience most highly.

As always, our American military, who have undergone many harrowing challenges of late, always deserve our support. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

 

Anniversary of our Independence: July 4…or 2?

For our neighbors to the north, Canada, their birth as a nation is celebrated on July 1st, and it is called ‘Canada Day.’ To our immediate south, our Mexican neighbors call their special date ‘Cinco de Mayo,’ which means May fifth. Here in the good old US of A we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day because on this date in 1776, our forebears composed the ‘Declaration of Independence,’ the document by which we proclaimed ourselves to be a sovereign nation, free from the rulership of our mother country, Great Britain. But it wasn’t actally signed until August 7th.

And there is still a controversary among some as to when our independence should really be celebrated. That’s because July 2nd, two days before the drafting of the documeent of freedom, is the true day that the Continental Congress voted for our independence, in essence declaring it.

If you recall, John Hancock signed at the very top in his larger-than-life script. Most people fail to realize that this was because he was the President of the Continental Congress at the time.

But the most important factor about this or any other celebration is not the when, but the why. And that we all know. So happy anniversary, America. And long may you live, and long may we be free.

Leap year, Summer Olympics and US Presidential Election

In America we have the same senerio every four years. Not only is it leap year, it is our presidential election and the summer Olympics.

Leap year gives us an extra day to plan for the other two, as if we needed it or it made a difference in the grand scheme of things. But merely the fact that it happens in the same year every time the cycle rolls around is a topic for conversation around the water coolers.

This year the summer olympics in London coincides with the year of Queen Elizabeth’s 60th jubilee, so it gives citizens of the UK something to take the place of the fact that they aren’t having a presidential election. As the trials get underway for the coveted spots on the teams the athletes are putting their best (should be better) foot forward,

In America the debates rage on as to who is more qualified and will do a better job at firing up our national economy. And me? I’m sitting here using a number of cliches, the meanings and origins of which you can read about in my great-selling book, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, and its companion, On the Origin of the Cliches, All New Book Two. Have a great day and get your mind off the steaming temps outside by relaxing with a good book or e-book.

A reason to celebrate

As I type these words, the temperature outside my door is 103 degrees, and we are in severe drought. On the surface it would appear that I wouldn’t have much to celebrate. But our great country is about to enjoy the 236th anniversary of our independence. Now in spite of the problems we have today, America is still the greatest nation in the world, and I was born here and celebrate my citizenship as an American citizen. The fact that we still have our freedom is a reason to be grateful.

Every day we can look around us, both literally and figuratively, and see many who are not as well off as we. There is an old saying, “I was sad that I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.” These is always reason for gladness and celebration. All Americans should rejoice in their rights and freedoms and as this July 4th holiday approaches, greet it with gladness and thanksgiving.