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Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a moment on this special morning and wish a Happy Thanksgiving to my authors, customers and numerous social media friends. May the love within us become ENTHUSIASM and reach out to all of God’s children around the globe. Inside there is no race or color. “All men are created equal.”

Yesterday I placed a cliche from my popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and a good number of copies sold on Amazon yesterday alone. To whomever is responsible, many thanks. My best to all of you, today and always!

Knowing which side your bread is buttered on

How many times have you heard someone say, “I know which side my bread is buttered on”? Or perhaps used this metaphor in relation to someone else?

Did you ever wonder where that came from? My popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions has the answer to this and hundreds of other phrase origins. This is on page 320 to 321:

Knowing which side one’s bread is buttered on

This was passed down by John Heywood in A dialogue conteinying the number in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

I knowe on whiche syde my breade is buttred.”

It means ‘I know where my loyalty lies. I realize who is responsible for my good fortune, and I will show that person or persons the greatest of respect.’ 


This 730 page tome has been called ‘remarkable’, ‘compelling’, ‘in-depth’ and ‘the best (book) of its kind’.

It would make a nice gift for that studious loved one on your Christmas list…or a special gift to yourself. It is available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon worldwide.

How to not gain weight during the holidays

We all do it every year. At Thanksgiving and Christmas we overeat because there is just so-o-o much delicious food and we just have to sample most of it. Then on  New Years we make a resolution (or at least a pledge) to lose the extra pounds.

Have you ever thought about it? This is like going to a party expecting to get wasted. But a lot of people do that too.

We don’t have to gain weight over the holidays. But that takes will power. We have to make a conscious decision not to eat too much. So if you don’t want to feel uncomfortable and filled with gas, and you don’t want to be concerned about your diet in January, just make a determination that you will eat sensibly this week and during the entire season. You can do what you determine you will. I’m making my ‘resolution’ now. Then I can be thankful that I was resolute. How about you?

Where were you when Kennedy was killed?

Fifty years ago today was a fateful day in our nation’s history. It was at the very moment when we heard the surreal news that our President had been shot that Americans of my generation realized that even our most revered leaders are not immortal.  I was a high school senior between classes. At first I thought that it wasn’t true: that someone was playing a sick joke. Then I reached my class and the radio was blaring the story over the intercom. My heart sunk. I seemed to grow up in an instant.

Quickly theories circulated that it was a conspiracy against our country, and even that our own government wanted him dead. The Warren Commission later ruled that it was the work of one lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald, who had himself been killed.

Today many are divided on this subject, with a majority of Americans still believing in some form of conspiracy. Whether or not it was, no one can be certain, but conspiracy theories sell more books.

As for Kennedy, he is now being heralded by the democrats as a liberal (he put forth new progressive ideals and helped the less fortunate). His New Frontier was rated with FDR’s New Deal. Conversely, the republicans as a conservative (he lowered taxes to help the economy). He is compared to both Lincoln and Reagan. But we must remember, the political parties continually evolve and their views are much different today than fifty years ago.

My little book, Beyond the Thistle Patch, talks in more detail about that momentous day fifty years ago. It contains dialogue from that day and a picture from Dallas. Check it out on our website at or Amazon in any country. Also available in Kindle format.


You never miss your water till the well runs dry

Last Wednesday night it was raining lightly at the St. Clair home. Our  Russian Blue Kitty, Fonzie, had been attempting to play roughly with our older feline, Shia. When this happens, our little doggy, Brody, defends Shia. That evening it wasn’t fazing Fonzie, and we scolded him harshly and drove him off. Fonzie must have felt that ‘the odds were stacked against him’ having any fun. At about 10:00 PM I opened the front door to see if it was still raining, and Fonzie ‘made a beeline’ for the great unknow. It being pitch dark and gloomy. I was unable to see him, and shut the door. Once before he had gone out at night and was waiting on our back stoop the next morning.

Well, morning dawned and no Fonzie. We searched everywhere to no avail over the next two days. I even printed out posters and took them to neighbors. Then, ‘lo and behold,’ Yesterday morning Rhonda heard a meow at our front door–the one at which he had made his getaway. She opened it and Fonzie came dashing in, looking gant and seeming to proclaim sorrow for his transgression.

Since then it seemed that his personality had done a 180. He has not attacked Shiah anymore. He has not tried to dash out. Before that he seemed to be looking for trouble behind every door. He has somehow seemed to realize how good he has it with us as his guardians. I guess even with cats, the old adage ‘rings true,’ “You don’t miss your water till the well runs dry.” This expression has been with us from the seventeenth century and was first recorded in Scotland, the land of my direct male ancestry.

In this entry, I have also included four other figurative expressions, All of these may be found in my popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and FIgurative Expressions, which has received rave reviews on Amazon. It wiil make a nice Christmas present for that inquisitive special person in your life who would like to know the true origins of their favorite expressions. Something about which there is much misinformation. Check it out today, and tell your friends if you like it.