Second Revision of Most Comprehensive Origins is Out and the Best Ever!

When I started collecting cliches, proverbs, and sayings of all sorts in 2010, I could not conceive what the hobby would bring to the world. My first book of them On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms was released in 2011, and each year I have added to that collection in print. My first edition of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions was released in March, 2013. From the beginning it has been my goal to make my work the most accurate of its type in print. I have striven to burst myths about the way that what we say and why came about. In a combination of formats, literally thousands of my cliche books have been sold worldwide.

I have found endorsements of my effort from most unexpected sources: from other authors and bloggers to doctors and ministers–not just in the US, but the UK as well.

Just a couple of days ago a gentleman did a review of it that I also didn’t expect, but it was surprisingly critical. He said that he was expecting interesting anecdotes about how words came into our vocabulary and gave an example which was inaccurate about an origin of an expression in my book. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone, but I am not interested in cute stories which do not tell it the way it is. I am a seeker of truth and historical accuracy,

That being said, I am announcing the release now of the second revision of this work. I have once again found origins of some sayings which are frequently reported one way and actually happened another. I have polished the book and added the maximum allowable pages, enclosing some slight revisions and twenty-three brand new additions. I have also changed the cover colors, though Amazon has not yet made that change. Ordering one now to be shipped after March 1 should give you the new revision and the new colorful cover. I am posting the cover here. Go to Amazon today for your copy. And I welcome all honest reviews.


There are always new discoveries to make about the past

King Solomon of ancient Israel, writer of several books in the Bible, wrote in Ecclesiastes 1:9: “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (New Living Translation).

History repeats itself is one of the expressions in my best-selling book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. Within the next day or two I will have an announcement about that book. But now I want to talk about something different.

A few weeks ago I was on a local radio show on which I am a frequent guest. I was introducing my new book, Exploring Our Exciting World, Book One, which highlights a lot of historical sites in the Southeastern US, including Civil War battlegrounds and monuments, cemeteries, etc.Not ;long after that broadcast I received a call from the local Genealogical Society asking me to speak at an upcoming meeting and be a co-guest on their radio spot before the meeting. I gratefully accepted and started looking for new material to present for them.

A few years back I made a trip to rural West Virginia to find the grave of my third-great-grandfather St. Clair who fought in the Civil War. It was wonderful finding out even more than I had already been told by a cousin about this man and his wife and their ancestry. One thing about which I was curious was why he and his family went to West Virginia from the family home in Virginia where the St. Clair had lived since the late 1600s.

I kept digging until I found that his brother had gone there earlier, and that his nephew, Gen. James William St. Clair, was a very prominent attorney in the area which was a State Senator and served as the National Commissioner for West Virginia at the 1892 Chicago World’s Fair. I even found a picture of him on the cover of the World Colombian Exposition for November 1891, Therein he was greatly praised as one of the most prominent lawyers in the South.

After doing family research for a number of years I had found a lot of connections to well-known individuals, but this one was closer than most. My great-great  grandfather’s first cousin. I am still ‘digging up bones’ from my family’s past. This one was a pleasant surprise. There may not be ‘anything new under the sun,’ but there is always a lot to discover about what already has been.

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It Always Makes Me Smile

Are there a few things that always make you smile? There are for me. When someone tells me how smart or how good-looking one of my grandchildren is, that sure does it. No one can resist a little ego-boosting comment, especially when it comes to our children or grandchildren. We all think ours are superior, and if we didn’t, we wouldn’t be exhibiting the natural pride that comes with having offspring.

Another thing that makes me smile is when I see or hear and unsolicited compliment about something I have crested. During my younger days it was my art work or poetry. Lately is is mostly one of my books. But Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions has raised the bar for me in that respect and made me thankful that I persevered and gave the work my all. Day before yesterday I was out driving and heard it being used on the radio. Of course I smiled. Last night I was doing a search on my phone and found a blog about Kindle books in which the author listed it as standing out, among all dictionaries offered on Kindle Unlimited in the UK. It was listed as number two among 16 outstanding dictionaries in all categories. Of course this made me smile.

I am presently researching more phrases for insertion in the second revision of the paperback version which will be released later this year. At the same time I am working on Book II of the Exploring Our Exciting World series, while writing is also taking place by others on Book VII which will likely be released early. Tomorrow I will be on a radio program talking about Book I which has already been released, as well as announcing some of the sayings which will be included in the next revision of  Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. My work is a pleasure. And when that is the case, we can smile more often. Visit our website at or see our great selection of books on Amazon sites around the globe.

Super Bowl XLIX Final Nail-Biter Leaves Both Sides Stunned

The fact that today is Groundhog Day and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow in spite of all the wintry weather we are experimenting, predicting another six weeks of winter, seems to “take a back seat” to last night’s unbelievable Super Bowl Game in Arizona. The weather isn’t the only thing leaving folks “biting their nails.”

The  action in the last six seconds of the first half in which Seattle’s Chris Matthews tied the game was unbelievable enough. After that, we had Katy Perry’s spectacular show to turn our thoughts in a different direction.

But the last few moments of the second half not only included what was called “the worst call in football history” and a brawl between the teams, but Patriot Rookie Malcolm Butler‘s goal-line interception left mouths hanging open and Celebrated Quarterback Tom Brady jumping up and down.  ”I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true,” Butler said. “I’m just blessed. I can’t explain it right now. It’s crazy.”

No matter which side you were rooting for, if you watched the game you “got your money’s worth!”

If you don’t have a copy of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions yet, rush to the goal line on Amazon. Owners agree that you do get your money’s worth. And if you have a copy I welcome honest Amazon reviews.