A place for everything and everything in its place

I have been expending so much time in research on my upcoming comprehensive dictionary of proverbial, figurative and curious phrase origins that I have had few additional posts on the blog of late.

One recent item I felt compelled to post. Have you ever heard the old saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place”? Well, it kind of reminds me of the ”Odd Couple,” which went from a major motion picture to a popular TV series. Those of you old enough to recall Felix and Oscar are aware that Felix was a ‘neat freak’ while Oscar was much the opposite, and living together after they both split from their wives drove them both crazy.

Here’s what I discovered about the origins of this proverbial saying:

This quote, indicating that being well-organized is important, is attributed often to The Book of Household Management by Isabella Mary Beeton, 1861. But it was around before Ms. Beeton’s book. It was most likely a quote from Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790), but the earliest printed nod for his coining the proverb seems to be on page 2 of Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, 5 February 1820. The first known reference to the actual saying is from a book published by the Religious Tract Society in 1799 titled The Naughty Girl Won:

“Before, however, Lucy had been an hour in the house she has contrived a place for everything and put everything in its place.”

A number of publications contained the proverb in the nineteenth century and then in 1857 a book titled A Place for Every Thing; and Every Thing in Its Place was published in New York by Alice Bradley Haven.

In Chemical News and Journal of Industrial Science, Volume 33, by Sir William Crookes, 1876, page 38, it has exact wording and calls this a ‘good old motto’:

“The pervading idea of these tabular studies is the good old motto — ‘A place for everything, and everything in its place’ but it is extremely difficult to construct any.”

 This is only one of many hundreds of sayings which will be in this 800 page tome scheduled for publication next year.

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.

Amazon pop-up ad on my book

I couldn’t believe it. I’m not feeling well today, and after resting a while, I came to my computer and checked facebook. While I was setting here minding my business, a pop-up add for my book, On the Origins of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms came up on my facebook page. I didn’t place an ad with them, so I guess it’s a freebee. I am very pleased, I might say, and thankful. Maybe that is one reason it is selling well. I tried to save it to my computer, and when that didn’t work, I tried printing it out. Still a no-go. Oh, well. It felt good on a day when I am feeling poorly! I wondered why sales were going stronger than usual…now maybe I know. It always sells a number of copies each month, even after nearly a year. I just made a few cosmetic inprovements and resubmitted the file to Amazon, and it didn’t miss a beat. It sold copies both the day I did the changes and the next. Many thanks to those who find it worthy of a read. I know a number of doctors have it in their homes.

Our international market

It never ceases to amaze me at the world market we reach with our books. By industry standards, we are small and new. We’ve only been offering works of other authors since 2008. But our set up and arrangements help us reach the greater world markets. A great majority of our books are sold online via Amazon and other book-sellers, so these we are unable to trace. But through personal connections and our own web site we have sent out copies of St. Clair Publications titles to 30 states, the District of Columbia, seven Canadian Provinces, two Australian provences, England, Scotland, Iceland, Sweden, Portugal. Equador, Dubia, New Zealand, and now Mauritius. That one stumped me. I found that this is a small island country some 540 miles east of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. And our books are offered on sites in several continents in continental Europe, Japan and India. I am proud of the legacy which we are able to create.

“Small enough to listen to the author, big enough to reach the world.”

Loss of a friend

For a number of years I held the position of Regional Marketing Director of the Final Expense Division for a large Salt Lake City company called Security National Financial Corporation. The Quist family, owners of this fine conglomerate, were wonderful folks to work with and I considered them dear friends. With them I managed in six states and traveled for meetings and conventions around the US and to several other countries.

My good friend, Nate Wolf, who was the VP immediately over me, and remains a close friend, called me yesterday and informed me of the passing of the patriarch of the Quist Family, George. He was almost 93, so he had lived a long and useful life. He will be greatly missed.

Celebrities love our books

I am always tickled pink when I get a note from one of our authors that some celebrity is reading his or her book and giving positive feedback. This has happened several times. The latest episode was yesterday when I received an email from VJ Mack saying that 60s and 70s Mo-Town pop superstar Gladys Knight (a 2012 participant on Dancing with the Stars) is loving her novel, Black Fog, a time-travel mystery which is a bit racy in spots. VJ is a personal friend of best-selling author, Catherine Coulter, by the way.

Other celebs which have enjoyed our books include country star, Lonnie Mack, a friend of StCP author Katy O. Ishee, and George Cummings, also known as Doctor Hook, which posted lauding praise for Katy’s Pieces of My Heart on-line. Katy is also a friend of Little Richard.

Our books are in the hands of a number of well-known entertainers, including actors and directors. Twice I have been contacted by TV networks, and someday, some of our authors hope to have movie deals. No one ever knows what may come for getting one’s book into print.

Improvements to the site

Many thanks to Kent Hesselbein for the updates and improvements being made to the website at http://stclairpublications.com .

Not only have the new releases been added, but a new catagory, Classic Authors, is now there. One day at a time we are becoming a more effective showplace and more work is being added regularly to our available offerings.

Also, thanks to all of our authors for being a part of our family. Each one is appreciated and we stand willing to help where possible to make your work better and more readily available to those who would benefit from its ownership.


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!