Reflecting on 2014

Today is the last we will see of 2014, whether for good or bad. The years continue to fly by, for “Time and the Tide wait on no man.” As you will see on page 548 of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, that old saying has been with us since at least 1225–almost 800 years!

Thinking about the past year, I look back on it with ambivalent emotions. There have been sad times and good times. But isn’t this true with every year, and to some degree, every day? I missed my 50th High School Class reunion due to sickness, and two days ago was sent a package with a video. On it are memories of those who have, “Been promoted to that Big Classroom in the Sky.” The pictures of the 31 class members who are gone move forward on the screen while “Memories” plays.

But though I have lost a son, several class members, a dear friend and a beloved pet over the past year, I am still here to enjoy the blessings of life. Most Comprehensive Origins...has exceeded my expectations and Rhonda and I are in decent health.

So, my wish for my readers is “Have a happy and prosperous 2015, and reflect more on the positive than the negative. Don’t worry about things you can’t change, and change that which would be better by your doing so.”

Poetry in Memorandum

Today I want to again post a poem: one which I composed yesterday. But its roots go deeper than the memory of this horrid day in 2001–it embraces the life experiences of us all. Each of us has taken part in experiences, both good and bad, which have shaped our individual lives and set us apart as unique.

When in New Jersey recently, my cousin and friend, Steve St. Clair, took me on a special journey into Manhattan, and specified that he wanted to first show me the 9-11 Memorial first. Many thanks, Steve! This poem is dedicated to you! It will also appear in my future poetry book, I Walked My Dog This Morning.



I’ve trampled old bricks; the Forbidden City

And ambled up China’s Great Wall.

I’ve forged to the summit of grim Kilauea

And basked in the mist; Yelapa’s quaint fall.


I’ve roamed the mystical ruins of Mayans;

And dined with dignity; Halifax coast.

I’ve pounded the pavement in Lower Manhattan,

But mused at Ground Zero the most.


I’ve savored the chicory at Café du Monde

And ogled the dives on Bourbon Street;

I’ve chauffeured a coupe through Charlotte Amalie,

And trudged endless miles of soft golden wheat.


I met Jimmy Carter and Jimmy Doolittle,

Made friends with both nobles and peasants.

The rays of the sun have fallen around me

Upon the great shrines and the deserts.


The White House before me, the West to my right,

I’ve lifted my heart in great praise,

Remembering Old Faithful blubbering heavenward,

My love for creation ablaze.



Remembering 9-11

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 or on Amazon around the globe.

Bringing back the past – even the Big Wheel!


Big Wheel

The Big Wheel® was first developed by Louis Marx Toys and presented to the public at the 1969 New York Toy Fair. It immediately became a national success in the US. Now Alpha International in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is bringing it back.

Across America nostalgia is raging. 50s style restaurants with the appearance of Arnold’s on Happy Days are reaching a feverish peak. That’s partly because people like the ‘warm fuzzy feeling’ that comes from the that bygone era. In fact, facebook has been overrun by images of the past recently.

Classic autos are also very popular, and millions go out to see them at car shows each year, and prices of totally refurbished classics are prime.

The older I get, the more I like reminiscing and reading about the past. Not just my own lifetime, but topics of historic significance. I don’t want to live in the past. Heavens, no! We have to look to our future. But the past is certainly something we can learn from.

We have published a number books of historic significance. Books like SIlas Marner, A Man for the Ages, Men of Iron and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. If that story doesn’t take you back to a simpler time and make you feel warm and fuzzy, what can? There is also Beyond the Thistle Patch which draws from the 1950s and ’60s. Hope you get a copy of one today!