Over 4,200 expressions with origins! This time it is really over!

In early 2010 I began a fascinating voyage to discover the most accurate origins of the expressions used by English speaking people around the globe. In 2011 I published my first small book on the subject titled On the Origins of the Cliches and the Evolution of Idioms. It was intended as a pun of Darwin’s famous work, but some took it wrong. Nevertheless, after sales took off I realized I had filled a need because most other books on this subject only gave the popularly held beliefs, and didn’t dig out the deeper nuggets of truth. I decided to continue this journey, so the next year I released a second volume of that title. But I had still only touched the surface. I then went into full swing  I made the print smaller, took out personal feelings and humor, and enhanced and included all of these entries and hundreds more in what I thought would be my final tome on popular English slang and figurative speech. It was titled Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Amazon officials immediately recognized it as a HOT NEW RELEASE. It was quickly added to the libraries of several colleges, high schools and elementary schools. It began selling in several foreign countries. It received much acclaim from college professors, public school teachers, librarians, newspaper columnists, pastors, and numerous others. It was used by at least one source to teach English as a second language, and referenced by a doctorate candidate in her theses in a major university. It was used regularly on a radio program and people would call in with expressions they wanted looked up. I began doing book signings in libraries and book stores. It was picked up by many online sites including Walmart. There became so many additional phrases that I knew I must add a second volume, then a third. Then I did an Index Book tying them all together. The first two were also put into Kindle e-book format. But I kept collecting phrases and researching them. Volume II was smaller that the others so I had room to expand it. Over the past nine months I completed the newly Revised and expanded Volume II and an expanded Index Book. Thy have both been released and are available on Amazon. It has about 200 additional entries, some cross references, with over 170 brand new expressions. I will give updates. Be sure to get whatever you need to complete your collection or as a gift for a student or inquisitive friend!

MCO VOL II REV & EXP COVER

Predictions of the Prophets: A Shocking New Book

It has been some time since I have made a post to this blog! I have gone through a very trying time with my health, but I am now doing much better, and looking forward to many changes over the coming year at St. Clair Publications. As for my personal work, last fall I released the final volume of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions: Volume III, along with an Index Book tying this series together. These books have set me aside as a serious researcher and garnered much praise from persons in the know in the literary world. For this I am eternally grateful.

Recently, however, I pulled out a manuscript which I had written 12 years ago, right after my release of Prayers of Prophets, Knights and Kings, a large full color tome about the history of Prayer in various religions around the world. This old manuscript was titled, “Predictions of the Prophets: Why has Jesus Not Returned,” and addressed the puzzling question of why so many well-meaning Christian people had been wrong about the “Second Coming” of Jesus which was expected around the turn of the century. My findings were a bit startling, even for me. I felt the world may not be ready for this book. But now there was someone well educated in this subject matter  whom I felt would give me her true opinion about the release of this sensitive material. After Rev. Dr. Jacqueline De Berry read and re-read the book,she convinced me that it was time to update the manuscript and release it. She even wrote a Foreward for it. Though still apprehensive about offending friends and others who felt differently, I spent a considerable amount of time preparing the work, getting it professionally edited, and getting it out. The final product is now available on Amazon worldwide and the St. Clair Publications website. Order yours today for only $9.97.

A children’s book 40 years in the making will now help kids around the world!

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.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/193578692X

St Clair Publications proudly presents…

Since our opening in 2008 to publications by other authors, both previously published and new ones entering the public arena, my associates spiritual writer and editor Michele Doucette and graphic designer, webmaster and author, Kent Hesselbein, and I  have worked to provide an array of genres in printed and digital formats. We are part of a community of personalities known for researching historical subjects, then exploding myths about misconceptions.

It is now my pleasure to introduce a groundbreaking new work by Australian theologian and researcher, Barry Page, entitled The Historical Moses Found. The title itself is intriguing. If you like exploring alternative history, purchase a copy today on Amazon in the U.S, U.K.. or Continental Europe. It is also available in Kindle format. It will soon also be available at the St. Clair Publications website.

Exciting New Novel Release – The Atlantean Identifier by Léopold Álvaro

Every once in awhile a new novel comes along that excites me. This is one of those! And it’s from a great new author, Canadian  Léopold Álvaro!

John is on a quest to find the truth about the discovery of North America. His lead is the lost treasure of the Knights Templar and the legendary Henry St. Clair voyage to Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1398. John soon discovers that his personal quest is interlocked with the past life revelations of his son. Their collective search triggers an investigation of world events, leading them deep down the rabbit hole; a search fraught with intrigue, synchronicity, danger and murder. In the end, the treasure of the Knights Templar is finally located, but unbeknownst to all, its reach has always been beyond worldly measure.

Get your copy today on Amazon!

200 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names on Amazon today!

Just yesterday I gave the approval to release my truly unique new book, 200 Celebrities Who Changed Their Names and How they Found Success. I anticipated an Amazon posting by Monday, August 3rd. I checked this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find it already available there! What is so different about this book? Everything! There is not even a similar book available on Amazon. It also has photos of the entrants.

When I began my search for celebrities which had changed their names I was curious as to why so many would do so. There were not only movie stars, musicians, sports figures and authors, there were entrepreneurs, comedians, broadcasters and others who were looking to create a persona with which they could obtain success.I want to mention a few examples of what I found. I am only using brief excerpts from the text of each, with some changes for clarity.

Louis Burton Lindley, Jr. was born in Kingsbury, California and his dad was a dairy farmer.  Bored in his early teens he began making money riding broncs and roping steers. Against his father’s will, he went to compete in a rodeo where the manager told him there would be “slim pickin’s” for him. To keep his father from finding out that he was competing he entered his name as Slim Pickens and won $400 that day.

Born in Horfield, Bristol, UK, Archibald Alexander Leach was the only surviving child of a pants presser father and had an unhappy childhood. Due to the death of a previous child, his mother suffered from clinical depression, and his father put her in a mental institution when Archie was nine, telling him that she was on a long holiday. He later was told that she had died, and his father remarried and had a new family without him. Only at his age 32 did his father, near his death, confess that she was still living. We know him as Cary Grant

Eleanora Fagan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to unwed parents.By age 11 she dropped out of school. One day her mother found a neighbor trying to rape her, and had him arrested. Eleanora was then sent back to the reform school. After her release at not quite 12 she got a job running errands at a brothel, and was listening to Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith records. She joined her mother in Harlem working as a prostitute. The brothel was raided and both were sent to prison.  She was released at 14. She started singing, taking her stage name from Billie Dove, an actress she admired, and her probable father. She went on to become one of the most influential jazz and blues singers of her time as Billie Holiday.

Phoebe Ann Mosey was born to Quaker parents in a log cabin in Darke County, Ohio. Her father died at her age 5 and Annie began hunting at 8. Because of poverty and her father’s death Annie was placed in an infirmary at age 9, and had little schooling in childhood. She was soon bound out to a family who kept her in near slavery, mentally and physically abusing her. 2 years later she ran away. She continued hunting and selling game to restaurants. At 15 she returned to her mother and paid off her mortgage. She became famous in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show as Annie Oakley.

But let’s not ruin the book! Buy your copy today on Amazon for only $14.95.

Exploring Our Exciting World Book 8: Europe is Out!

Well, finally, for  those of you have been waiting for the Europe volume to be released, it is now out! Like some of our other recent releases, it’s not on our site yet, but it is on Amazon. Contributors to the true adventures in this one are Dee Hall, a familiar name from the East Asia book, and author of children’s book, Can You Imagine? Cyndi Wallace-Murphy, wife of author Tim Wallace-Murphy and a gifted writer in her own right, now living in the South of France, Terri Thomas St. Clair, author of the Mountains trilogy of Christian romance novels, and blogger and webmaster from the island of Corsica, Pamela St. Clair Naylon. It is full of exciting first-hand information about first-rate spots in selected European countries!

Here is a description:

This volume, BOOK 8, Europe, is the third to be released due to completion and availability of material. Places featured include Rosslyn Chapel, pictured on front cover, which was prominent in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown which was a 2006 blockbuster Ron Howard film starring Tom Hanks; Sterling Castle; the Cave of William Wallace; the Reykjavík Summit House (Iceland) in which President Reagan and Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev met; Iceland’s volcano, Eldfell, which erupted in 1973; the Leaning Tower of Pizza, Italy; the Roman Coliseum; the Vatican; Old Town Tallinn, Estonia; Michelangelo’s David statue with two replicas, one in Italy and one in London; Hampton Court and the Tower of London; Rennes les Chateau and the French Languedoc; Espéraza and the Pyrenees; the Catacombs at Palermo, Sicily; unique resorts on the Mediterranean island of Corsica; the Swiss Alps ; the Castle of King Ludwig II, Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany and much more.

Get yours today for only $12.50 on Amazon.com.

Exploring Our Exciting World Book Nine: East Asia is OUT!

Well, as promised, I am posting the release of the timely Volume 9 of the series Exploring Our Exciting World! Why is it timely? It features two areas which have recently been in the news due to disasters: Kathmandu, Nepal where a major earthquake and many aftershocks took thousands of lives and the Yangtze River in Southeast China where a cruise boat capsized killing nearly everyone on board. Both of these locales are in the book featuring the true adventures of Clayton and Anne Brannon who were there less than three years ago.

In all, five persons who visited East Asia including basically all sections of China and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Tibet, plus Nepal and Japan are here telling their true adventures plus things not learned unless a person actually visits this ancient and fascinating part of our Exciting World.

Below is a small excerpt from the writing of Emily Mahoney, one of the contributors, from an experience in Hong Kong in June 2014:

The tall buildings towered on either side, until we came out into a small courtyard type of area. The building on the right stopped and, around that corner, there was the entrance to a temple. Over a thousand years old, it was one of the oldest in the area and was still active. We were allowed to pause briefly to take a picture, but no longer, out of respect for the people. On the opposite side of the courtyard, there was a low door, just outside of which an old man sat smoking his pipe. He quietly watched us as we entered, paused, and continued on. The quiet scene was picturesque and felt almost homey, even though it was so very different from anywhere I have called home. I realized that this was indeed home for many, many people. The moment passed and we moved on. 

Order your copy today at http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Exciting-World-Book-Nine/dp/1935786946/

Second Revision of Most Comprehensive Origins is Out and the Best Ever!

When I started collecting cliches, proverbs, and sayings of all sorts in 2010, I could not conceive what the hobby would bring to the world. My first book of them On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms was released in 2011, and each year I have added to that collection in print. My first edition of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions was released in March, 2013. From the beginning it has been my goal to make my work the most accurate of its type in print. I have striven to burst myths about the way that what we say and why came about. In a combination of formats, literally thousands of my cliche books have been sold worldwide.

I have found endorsements of my effort from most unexpected sources: from other authors and bloggers to doctors and ministers–not just in the US, but the UK as well.

Just a couple of days ago a gentleman did a review of it that I also didn’t expect, but it was surprisingly critical. He said that he was expecting interesting anecdotes about how words came into our vocabulary and gave an example which was inaccurate about an origin of an expression in my book. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone, but I am not interested in cute stories which do not tell it the way it is. I am a seeker of truth and historical accuracy,

That being said, I am announcing the release now of the second revision of this work. I have once again found origins of some sayings which are frequently reported one way and actually happened another. I have polished the book and added the maximum allowable pages, enclosing some slight revisions and twenty-three brand new additions. I have also changed the cover colors, though Amazon has not yet made that change. Ordering one now to be shipped after March 1 should give you the new revision and the new colorful cover. I am posting the cover here. Go to Amazon today for your copy. And I welcome all honest reviews.

 

Now you can begin your journey Exploring Our Exciting World!

I have just approved and released Exploring Our Exciting World Book One: The Greater Southeastern United States Including Washington, D.C. It should appear on Amazon in one to two days. Years of forethought has gone into this series which will be global is scope and direct the reader to great vacation destinations, giving many directions and a lot of history of each featured area. It includes State and National Parks, Attractions, Festivals, Civil War Battlefields, Monuments, Old Cemeteries, Sports, Best Lakes, Institutions of Higher Learning, and lots of other features, much of which is from firsthand observation and experience. It has a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED notation on many locales. Photos and information passed on by family and friends are also included. It is filled with photos and illustrations.

Future volumes will include writing by other skilled contributors. Like Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, it is a unique tome built upon much research and study, and I believe each reader use these volumes for reference many years down the road of life. This one is 609 pages and covers featured areas in 12 states and the District of Columbia, all of which I have personally visited. So check Amazon soon for your personal copy!