Positive reviews

I have been elated at the positive comments that readers of my most recent phrase origin book have posted on Amazon. Everyone so far has rated it five out of five stars. Earlier this afternoon I was mulling this over and the thought came to me to check and see if any new reviews had been posted since I had looked at the site. I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. It was a new review by a minister whom I was to find lives and works in Ohio.

He stated that this is “truly the best book of its kind”. I am humbled. He added the comment, “Buy it!”

The secret in writing a book that will sell is to find a subject that a lot of people want to read about, but not everyone has already written about. Then make your work the best that all of your time and effort can develop. That is what I tried to do with Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It took between two and a half and three years to bring together and polish up for publication this unusual tome. It is 730 pages in very fine print with wide margins and no illustrations. All of the long hours were worth it. It represents my finest work to date, and others seem to appreciate it.

If you don’t have your copy yet you may order one today in either paperback or Kindle on Amazon worldwide. Email me for instructions on getting an autographed copy at stan@stclair.net .


Zimmerman case was not about race

I have tried to stay away from controversial issues because I have friends of many opinions. However, this issue grabbed me because I felt that my opinion was valid. We need to stop making everything about race. All races are equal. Yesterday, a letter I sent to my local newspaper appeared on the opinions page at the top with the large headline I have on this post. Here is the article. I hope some of my friends let me know how you feel about it.

First let me begin by saying that I am far from a bigot. I have a bit of Cherokee ancestry myself. I have friends of various races, nationalities and religions. Several of my grandchildren are of mixed race, as neither of my daughters married “whites”.

Now let’s talk about factors which identify race. Is it primarily the color of one’s skin? Certainly not. Mariah Carey, for example, would pass for white anywhere, yet she is identified as “black.” One of my granddaughters, at about age 12, told me adamantly that Michael Jackson was not black!

Is it the origin of their last name? I think not. Jackson, Johnson and Martin were originally European names. Many years ago, African Americans began to identify anyone with “one drop” of black blood as being of the black race. Apparently for others of mixed race this does not apply.

George Zimmerman’s mother, who herself testified in her son’s trial, is Peruvian and she is obviously of Mesoamerican descent—probably Aztec. Her skin is far darker than many “blacks” in the U.S., and the skin of her son, George, is brown, not white. Nevertheless, the news media continue to identify him as “white” adding fuel to the flame of racial prejudice. I even heard it said that the “not guilty” verdict for Zimmerman “set back race relations by fifty years.”

In a letter to the Orlando Sentinel soon after his son’s arrest, Zimmerman’s father noted that George was of a Spanish speaking minority and “would be the last to discriminate for any reason whatsoever.” He also mentioned that some of his relatives are black.

Both sides were careful to select an all woman jury, most of which were mothers, so as not to have prejudiced persons listening to the many grueling days of testimonies by witnesses on both sides. Yet when this jury proclaimed him “not guilty,” cries went up across the nation that justice had not been done. One report was that if the tables had been turned and the killing had been done by a black, the result would have been reversed.

Do they really believe this? O.J. Simpson was tried for killing two whites and was acquitted. Afterward he even wrote a book practically admitting his guilt, and was convicted in a civil suit.

What all this does prove is the fact that the racial divide still exists in a nation in which it should have been erased decades ago. Whichever way this intelligent jury adjudged this case I would have accepted it. Even Trayvon’s parents asked for no violence.

Please, America, let’s keep our wits about us and move on. Yes, a young boy’s life was taken which should still be living. But under Florida law self defense is allowed and the prosecution failed to convince the jury that Zimmerman was guilty of either murder or manslaughter “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Our judicial system isn’t perfect, neither are our laws. But they are still the law, and we must move on.

Stan St. Clair

Royal Baby Watch

While the eyes of the world have been focused on St. Mary’s Hospital in London in great anticipation of the imminent birth of an eventual heir to the British throne, our family has also been involved in a baby watch in Toledo, Ohio. Well, our’s beat Kate and William’s little one.

On this past Tuesday, 16 July, at 2:59 PM ESDT, my granddaughter, Felicia Marie Thoele and her proud husband, Michael, gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Angelique Rene Thoele. To us this one is royalty. She is my sixth great-grand, and she is both great and grand. I’m looking forward to a trip north that my wife and I will be making shortly.

As for the other royal birth, I want to stick my neck out and predict that this one shall also be a girl and will be born next Monday or Tuesday. My top name pick is Wilhelmina. That’s all just conjecture, mind you, but it’s my opinion and everybody is entitled to one.

In the meantime, while you’re all waiting for either the royal baby or one of your own, be sure to grab a copy of The Best of Mother Goose and Other Nursery Rhymes recently published by St. Clair Publications. It will make an excellent gift for a little one!

Books and dogs

After the loss of our precious Pomeranian, Stardust, last December, it took us a while to adjust to the thought of letting another canine into our lives. Finally, about a month ago, we relented to adopt an eight-month old male Min-Pin puppy, full of vim and vinegar, whom I dubbed Brody.

At age 16, Stardust had lost the starry light of youth but was still as loving and devoted to us as ever. Her loss was, of course, devastating.

Brody has kept us hopping. Today a friend in the UK sent me some cartoons about dogs. One caught my attention like none of the others. It showed a couple of dogs lying on their backs between a couple, both reading books. One says to the other, “Don’t you just hate it when they get engrossed in a book? It really cuts down on belly rubs!”

I’ve learned to shuffle my time with books and Brody. He is demanding of my time, but I still take some out for reading and working on editing the one I’m working on now for a very talented author with a unique twist on a thriller. But more about that later. In the meantime, keep reading, while not neglecting your canine friends!

There are a lot of great works at stclairpublications.com!

Vacations, getaways and holidays

July is a month filled with celebrations. Tomorrow is a big one, both here in the US, and for our northern neighbors who celebrate Canada Day. A vast array of fireworks will remind us of our independence and love for country. A lot of folks will hit the road.

Rhonda and I got away a bit early, and rented a cabin in the mountains of Northeast Georgia, taking jaunts to Western North Carolina and a little farther south to meet with family members whom we hadn’t seen in quite a while. But we didn’t forget our reading material. We both took books and I also packed my Kindle.

As you escape the hustle and bustle of life in the fast lane this summer, be sure to take along a St.Clair Publication book. If you’re leaving for the 4th, you still have time to visit Amazon and download a Kindle e-book. Just head to our website and survey our selection first. And if you have a devise other than Kindle you can select one of our eVolve editions directly on the site.

So have a safe and happy holiday and relax by reading!