Beyond the Thistle Patch now on Kindle

Beyond the Thistle Patch is based on the true story of my youth. Back in the day I was likely a fairly average rural boy. Though I had both plusses and minuses, I feel that the good far outweighed the bad.You might think that living in a rural area in the mountains with little convenience was a bad thing. At times it was difficult, true. But it was not bad. It taught me how to appreciate the blessings then and later. A big plus was the love and concern of my parents without smothering me. They always wanted what was best for me and didn’t hamper my opportunities. I was encouraged to take part in social functions, work for my own money and shown the difference between right and wrong. Note the use of ‘shown’ rather than told. 

My youth made me a strong, resourceful and caring individual who loved others and wanted the best for my own family. Go with me to a simpler time, wnen people were not judged by their college degrees or the size of their bank accounts. Learn the lesson found ‘Beyond the Thistle Patch.’

Now available on Kindle at .

You can even read part of it at the site!


Summer solstice

Today is the longest day of 2012–a year proclaimed by many to be a global game-changer. In olden days ancient tribes would meet on both winter and summer solstice for religious ceremonies. The summer solstice was to celebrate the positive energies associated with the blossoming of spring into summer. Some today still participate in these celebrations.

Regardless of this, summer brings hot temperatures and vacations in which we can enjoy the beauty of nature. When you have opportunity, drink in the values that reading a great book or e-book can bring this summer. St. Clair Publications is about to crank up a new program by which we will have available a number of e-books which may be enjoyed on a variety of electronic devices at one reasonable cost. More on this later. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer!

E-books – The Future of Publishing

When Kent Hesselbein and I were discussing directions for St. Clair Publications on Thursday evening, one topic was the fact that some large Publishing Companies have filed for Chapter 13 protection under the bankruptcy laws. This is a shame, but it is caused by two major factors: the weak economy and the shift to digital books. Even a great many of the textbooks used today are e-books.

We already encourage authors to have their work converted to electronic format, and have a great working relationship with Amazon on Kindle versions. One of the directions we are looking at is a generic-type e-book format which can be sold on our website and those of our authors which may be used for a variety of e-readers.

Our goal is to not only stay strong in our marketplace, but to improve both our products and services for a stronger future in our electronic world.