Two Great African American Women

It has been my extreme pleasure to meet two great African American women lately with a lot in common. Both of them have Doctorate Degrees, both are college professors in Tennessee, and both are fantastic authors..

Dr. LaNise Rosemond holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Tennessee State University, a Masters in Sports Management from Florida A&M and a Bachelors in Phys Ed from Norfolk State. She has coached basketball on all school levels including college. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Exercise Science at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, as well as being involved with numerous other worthy endeavors. While coaching, though doing a superb job, she underwent burnout. Now she has written a book helping others to avoid that scenario. I met her through another author whom I published, Tennessee Tech, Coach Allison Clark.

It was a great honor to be the publisher of LaNise’s wonderful book, Coach, There Is Hope! Avoiding Stress and Burnout About the Things You Cannot Control. For the final edits, we sat down together in my office and went through the manuscript with a fine-toothed comb. It is now available on Amazon worldwide in both paperback and Kindle.

The other remarkable lady is Dr. Carol Swain, PhD. From the area in which my paternal ancestors have lived for.the past 300 years, Southwestern Virginia, Carol arose from abject poverty to become a giant in Education and world-renowned author. After earning an Associates degree from Virginia Southwestern, she went on to attain her Bachelors in Criminal Justice at Roanoke College, her Masters in Political Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, her Masters in Law from Yale and her PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Carol is a professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and a television host.She is the author or editor of six books. Her scholarly work has been cited by two Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Her fields are race relations, immigration, representation, evangelical politics, and the US constitution.

I was privileged to meet Carol Thursday evening at a political dinner. I gave her information on LaNise Rosemond and her fantastic work and told her I felt they could be friends.

In my opinion, these two great ladies exemplify the positive spirit needed in America to bring unity, not division, among our struggling society. We would do well to take heed to what they say and do, and read their powerful work.



Family Circus Weighs in on Clichés

Our local Sunday paper featured a Family Circus cartoon in which the mother is on the phone. “After Mother’s Day I always find it difficult to get back down to earth,” she says. Standing at her side is her small son who pictures a space capsule floating from the heavens.

I immediately went to my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions and looked up the old expression, “Down to Earth.” Here’s what’s recorded there:

Down to earth

Meaning practical and easy to understand for the everyday person, this cliché is from about the 1930s as no printed citation appears earlier than 1932. It most likely came into being as a result of the screenplay and motion picture that year, Down to Earth, by Homer Croy with screenplay by Edward Burke.    

At every book signing I have no matter how many of these books I take, I always manage to sell out. The recent Warren County Genealogical Society signing and the one at the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival were no exceptions. I guess I just don’t order enough copies from my printer.

In the meantime, they sell extremely well on Amazon. You can order a copy there today if you haven’t already, either the latest version in paperback or the original on Kindle. Thank you all for reading my blog, and have a marvelous day!


Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games Success

I have just returned from the Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival and Games at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, where I hosted a tent for Clan Sinclair, my Scottish family Clan. My ancestor, Alexander Sinkler (St. Clair) of Glasgow, arrived in Virginia in 1698.

For the past 13 years I have been a Commissioner, and at one time, the Eastern Vice President, of Clan Sinclair, USA. My travels and duties as an author and publisher since my retirement from the insurance business have taken so much time that I have now turned over this post in Tennessee to Keith and Susan Sinclair of Knoxville.

At these Games I was privileged to be assisted by several other Clan members, and met the current Eastern Vice President of our Clan, Ralph Comp, who is also the President of Clan Skene, the honored Clan at this event. The entire experience was good, and I sold a number of books, particularly the full-color Prince Henry St. Clair children’s book by noted British-Scottish artist/author, Hazel Brown, and a booklet of Sinclair Barons and Earls as well as several of my own. We also handed out numerous brochures and applications for Clan Membership.

In the meantime, I am busy getting several new books released. Just go to for all those as they are available, and they may also be obtained in paperback or Kindle at, with the paperbacks being available at many other online booksellers.


Smart Phones are “The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread.”

It never ceases to amaze me all the things that smart phones can do! They can take the place of a host of articles from our past, if we so desire. Below is a partial list of the things they can replace:

1. Encyclopedia 2. Calculator 3. Date book  4. Calender 5. Weather Alert Radio                 6. Television 7. Camera  8. Video camera  9. VCR of DVD 10. E-book reader  11. Watch or clock 12. Radio 13. Computer 14. FAX machine 15 Record player 16. Recorder 17. Map 18. Tracking device 19 Address book 20. Closed circuit TV  21. Library 22. Magazines 23. Compass 24. Dictaphone 25. Telegraph  26. GPS 27. Oh, yes, some people even use it for a Telephone (or to text)! And there are many others.

The best (or greatest) thing since sliced bread is just one of the multitude of sayings found in my best-selling book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions which you can order on your smart phone or other electronic gadget! You can even have it delivered there if you have the Kindle app. Get your copy today and you’ll be in high cotton! (that’s in there too!)