Feliz Navidad

On this holy day in Christianity I arose early. Not because I was anticipating opening presents, but because I was wide awake and couldn’t go back to sleep. First, I want to wish my readers a very happy and blessed day. The reason for the celebration is remembering the birth of the Christ Child who came over 2,000 years ago–not on December 25– but that doesn’t matter. The remembrance is what counts.

Over the past two weeks, like millions of other people, I have had a mixture of emotions. While still reeling from the senseless slaughter of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, December 14, we were hit with the lingering illness of our precious little Pomeranian, Stardust, the dog which had been our special joy over the past 16 years plus, and her passing away on Tuesday, a week ago today. At first this was so stunning a blow that I could hardly communicate with others. And I shall always miss her. But we were blessed to have her. When placing this beside the loss of the parents and family members of the victims of Sandy Hook, I realize that it is paled in comparison. May God comfort them and give them tranquility of soul.

Today represents love and hope. The birth of the Prince of Peace. May his love give all a brighter tomorrow. Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noel, God Jul and may all receive His peace.

Pets are like family – a traumatic experience

Two years ago we lost our Himalayan kitty, Chelsea, who was sixteen years young. Her passing was like a wave of shock, for she had been with us almost all of her life. On Wednesday afternoon, 12-12-12, our precious little Pomeranian, Stardust, had a horrible seisure. We got her to her doctor as quickly as possible. He examined her and told us that she had had a mini-stroke, and that she had had a heart murmer for some time, He said that she was rather a ‘freak of nature’ because he had never seen another dog with as serious a heart murmer go so long without developing congestive heart disease. He further stated that she would continue having the mini-strokes, and that there was a risky treatment which may or may not work if we wished to try. We considered her age and opted against it. Early the next morning I bolted from the bed and rushed to her when she let out a blood curdling scream. She was lying in the hall on the hardwood floor. I picked her up and comforted her.

Major announcement!

If you’ve been hampered by the fact that you don’t have a Kindle and you want to own or give one of our ebooks to a loved one, the wait is over! Our eVolve eBook Division is now up and running at http://stclairpublications.com . The premier offering of 10 books is now live and may be downloaded to your Nook, iPad or any Anthroid electronic pad or mini pad. Simply go to the site, and open an account if you don’t have one. Click on eVolve on the left top of the Home Page and then click the title of the book, which will take you to ‘Add to your cart’ and either continue shopping or go to the checkout. 

Books available now are:

By Tammy Mentzer Brown, A Teacher’s Prayer (Best-selling true story of courage, faith and grace)

By Kent Hesselbein, Good to the Finish (True story of a missionary family) and Infidel (Great difinitive work on Howard Pyle’s classic Men of Iron)

By Rhonda St. Clair, The Darkness of the Sun (Moving Christian novel of a brave young girl)

By Chris Godwin, SHAKAR: Blind Ambition (British Adult sci-fi novel)

By Ron Cunningham and Stan St.Clair, Conspiracy in the Town that Time Forgot (Best-selling true crime drama)

By Stan St. Clair, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms (Best selling phrase origin book),  On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Volume II (New, more phrase origins), Beyond the Thistle Patch (True autobiographical children’s book)

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Tell your friends…more to come! 

 

A poet and don’t know it

I am wrapping up phase one of my final phrase origin book. The original, On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, continues to sell daily on Amazon both in America and also a number in the U.K. On the Origin of the Cliches, All New, Book II is also selling well.

The effort of the new book continues to consume much of my time. But the result is definitely worth it. I am now doing corrective formatting to agree with my new, larger page, smaller text version. It will approach 800 pages and is intended to be a trend-setter and standard-bearer for future books of its type. It will contain the phrases in my earlier books and many hundreds more. After this stage I shall begin first proofing, then two of my associates will also go over it carefully before I begin the final editing and proofing for publication, hopefully in late spring, 2013.

One of the entries is “Poet and don’t know it.” If you’ve ever made a rhyme without trying you may have had someone rattle off these witty words to you. Here is my entry for that phrase:

Poet and don’t know it

This sordonic statement is invoked when someone has apparently made an unintentional rhyme. It has been around in varying forms since the late-nineteenth century. The earliest known citation is from Niagara University’s (New York) Niagara Index, page 27, 1 October 1895:

“The author of that German poem, placed under our door must come to our office and identify himself with no less than three witnesses before we will pass judgement on its merits for publication.

“’We have a poet and don’t know it. If he had whiskers he’d be a go at.’”

The fact that the entire expression was in quotes leads to the opinion that it was already in use. Then in 1926 the following variation, which became more popular, appeared in Volume 20 of the Washington, DC, literary journal, Gargoyle Magazine as a part of a ‘Pat and Mike’ joke:

Pat: “You’re a poet and don’t know it, your feet show it; they’re Long- fellows.”

At St. Clair Publications we actually publish poets–the kind that KNOW IT and want to be read. Recently a friend made it known that she had a book of poetical prayers that she wanted to someday publish. We will be the ones with the honor of putting out her book.

If you have some poems that you believe are worthy of appearing in print, let me know and I will be happy to discuss it with you. I do have the option of accepting or rejecting anything, of course. We have guidelines and standards. Here’s wishing our readers a very merry holiday season.