What to do when it’s cold outside

It seems that predictions of a harsh winter for 2013-2014 are on target. The phrase ‘polar vortex,’ which first appeared in print in the 1970s has become a household expression. The US ‘Deep South’ is seeing freezing rain and snow, and temps hovering near 0 degrees F are as far south as Tennessee. Brrr! This pattern will repeat itself for the third time next week.

But the good news is that those who are running short on reading material have only to head on over to amazon.com and get a Kindle copy of a great St. Clair Publication book! And we have a vast supply of all sorts of goodies, and more cranking out all the time. I thought I would not have to go out this frigid morn, but my good friend, Kelly, at a local radio station, reran an old interview with me from about six weeks ago in which I offered a limited number of my popular book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions at a big discount. Being the softy that I am, I honored the price, even though I had oversold at my last book signing and only had one on hand. I had a box of them on the way from the printer (to cover my oversells) and had to order more now. I went out this morning and met one of the ones who called me about the replay of the show, and let her have my last book. More should be here today, and with the ones I have coming in the next two boxes, I should be able to cover present orders.

They are still selling well on line, and the good thing about those is that they are shipped straight from Amazon to the customer. Thank God for modern technology, and especially for the Internet! So stay in, stay warm, and catch up on your reading!

An eye for an eye? Where did this really come from?

There are a lot of people who obviously think this saying, and teaching came from Christianity, or more likely, from ancient Judaism. Some may even think it originated with Islam. None of this is true.

On page 171 of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions you will find the following explanation:

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This is an ancient Babylonian philosophy and legal code called the Code of Hammurabi (1780 B.C.). ‘An eye for an eye’ is found in several passages in the Hebrew Bible, and refers to just punishment based on the crime.  This principle has been a basic factor considered in the formation of laws of countries for thousands of years, including Judaism, ancient Roman law, British Common Law, and a consideration in the American Justice System.

Jesus, however, is quoted as saying in the ‘Sermon on the Mount,’ “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.” (Mathew 5:38-39, RSV)

The sentiments of Jesus have been carried forward by modern non conformists.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “An-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye-for-an-eye … ends in making everybody blind.” – Louis Fischer, The Yale book of quotations, Fred R. Shapiro, 2006

Martin Luther King concurred with Gandhi when he later used this phrase in the context of racial violence: “The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind.” – The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Coretta Scott King

This book, containing many hundreds of phrase, proverb and expression origins is available on Amazon worldwide in both paperback and Kindle e-book, as well as on http://stclairpublications.com.

Another 5 star review

Once again someone I don’t know has reviewed Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions on Amazon. Once again, like all of the others, it is five stars. But you can tell it is honest and unbiased. Check all of them out at http://www.amazon.com/Comprehensive-Origins-Proverbs-Figurative-Expressions/product-reviews/1935786415/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?showViewpoints=1 .

New Releases by St. Clair Publications

St. Clair Publications keeps cranking out wonderful works in many genres.

Several new books have just been released by St. Clair Publications that need to be announced. This process moves so fast that we often don’t get around to talking about one before others are out.

First, from Canadian author-webmaster and teacher, Michele Doucette, comes A Metaphysical Primer.

In this well-written back-to-basics look at the spiritual makeup, and purpose, of man, Michele Doucette deals, head-on, with the great philosophical questions that have continued to plague humanity from the beginning of their existence on this planet. After laying out the basics, she takes each question and explores it with genuine care for her readers; her stated purpose being to empower, motivate and inspire others to live happier (more fulfilled) lives. There exists a secret in this vast universe of ours: if you can change the way you perceive any given situation, then each context, thereafter, will have changed. In essence, if you can change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. In reminding us that thought is all powerful, that thought is creation, so, too, must we awaken to the importance of entertaining positive and uplifting thoughts for our own health and well-being. Drawing from both the wisdom of the ages, as well as views held by the great sages throughout history, she attempts to help others connect with eternal Source. Through extensive research, including her own analytical prowess, and wisdom, this author describes, and deciphers, what it takes to know thyself, the essential goal that we all strive towards. The intent of this book is four-fold; [1] to relieve the reader of worry, stress, fear and guilt, [2] to show the reader how to both embrace positive energy and reject negative energy, [3] to delve within oneself, thereby living metaphysical principles, and [4] to transform one’s inner world through spiritual metamorphosis. In conclusion, this stimulating, well-researched, well-documented, read, is one of Michele’s best.

Then there’s new author, keeper at the Arkansas Crystal Works, Genn John. Here work is titled, Understanding the Crystal People: A Handbook for Light Workers.

It is a working manual and reference guide to help Lightworkers and crystal lovers master their connection to the crystal world. Including a channeled message from the Crystal People, imparted is the knowledge that crystals are sentient beings. Genn takes you on a journey of discovery, following the crystals on their voyage from their inception deep in the Earth through their birth into the light and beyond.

This crystal reference book is a must have for people who desire to fully understand their connection with the crystal kingdom and who wish to enhance their working knowledge of these majestic beings. In this book, you will learn how to use self-directed, intuitive guidance in working with the Crystal People and how to understand them in your own way, rather than hearing their voice through someone else’s filter.

Understanding the Crystal People is a fun, informative and invaluable addition to any crystal lovers’ working collection.

Thirdly, Tennessee native, James E. Sandlin’s historical book, Clod Buster, U.S. Marine, Cumberland Presbyterian, Manufacturing Engineer, is a rich, photo-filled history of the families and people surrounding DeKalb and Warren County, Tennessee.

My daughter, Genevieve St. Clair is the director of a women’s inter-city rescue work in Toledo Ohio, called The Art of Hope. Her new book, Inside my Head, is a touching novel.

Constance is a wicked, judgmental lustful woman going to church every Sunday. The fun begins as she takes on the challenge of a Bible study she knows nothing about with the very women she has been secretly judging. Testimonies reveal the truth about those women and she discovers the truth about herself and her God.

Finally, just released this week, is my humorous offering titled, Limericks, Jokes and Other Such Rubbish. It is a rich mixture of comical topics, all clean, including original limericks, cute things kids said, names with witty connotations, strange true stories, blonde jokes, puns, Scottish jokes, unusual snippets from actual church bulletins, thoughtful quotes of famous folks and lots of passed-on humor. All is included that we may have a hearty laugh, and not intended to be hurtful to anyone.

All are now available at stclairpublications.com and Amazon around the world. Check them out today!



Phil Everly dies at 74

When I was a teen one of my favorite artists was the Everly Brothers duo. I loved their smash hits Let it Be Me, All I have to Do is Dream and Bye, Bye Love.

Today one half of that duo lost his battle with lung disease, dying at his home in Burbank, California. He is gone, but will never be forgotten by his loyal fans. RIP, Phil.

Mission Accomplished

The day before last Thanksgiving I posted that I would not be doing the normal weight gain over the holidays. The reason this was important is that at the beginning of last year I was up 20+ pounds from my average weight. At 6’2″ that didn’t show as much as it might have had I been shorter, but at my age I could certainly tell a difference in my energy and mobility. I determined to lose the extra pounds and at least stay within a selected 3 pound range. The weight was shed thanks to my wife’s going on the meal plan with me and preparing more healthy foods, as well as watching portions and exercise. Well, I used ‘will power’ enough to maintain during the past holiday period and am still within that range. We are again going on a regulated diet to try to drop a bit more and be healthy. Each of us only has one body and we need to take care of it.

So, my best to each one who reads this, and my hopes and wishes for a prosperous and HEALTHY 2014 to you all.