Exploring Our Exciting World Book 8: Europe is Out!

Well, finally, for  those of you have been waiting for the Europe volume to be released, it is now out! Like some of our other recent releases, it’s not on our site yet, but it is on Amazon. Contributors to the true adventures in this one are Dee Hall, a familiar name from the East Asia book, and author of children’s book, Can You Imagine? Cyndi Wallace-Murphy, wife of author Tim Wallace-Murphy and a gifted writer in her own right, now living in the South of France, Terri Thomas St. Clair, author of the Mountains trilogy of Christian romance novels, and blogger and webmaster from the island of Corsica, Pamela St. Clair Naylon. It is full of exciting first-hand information about first-rate spots in selected European countries!

Here is a description:

This volume, BOOK 8, Europe, is the third to be released due to completion and availability of material. Places featured include Rosslyn Chapel, pictured on front cover, which was prominent in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown which was a 2006 blockbuster Ron Howard film starring Tom Hanks; Sterling Castle; the Cave of William Wallace; the Reykjavík Summit House (Iceland) in which President Reagan and Russia’s Mikhail Gorbachev met; Iceland’s volcano, Eldfell, which erupted in 1973; the Leaning Tower of Pizza, Italy; the Roman Coliseum; the Vatican; Old Town Tallinn, Estonia; Michelangelo’s David statue with two replicas, one in Italy and one in London; Hampton Court and the Tower of London; Rennes les Chateau and the French Languedoc; Espéraza and the Pyrenees; the Catacombs at Palermo, Sicily; unique resorts on the Mediterranean island of Corsica; the Swiss Alps ; the Castle of King Ludwig II, Chiemsee Lake, Bavaria, Germany and much more.

Get yours today for only $12.50 on Amazon.com.

The Incomparible James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

Many times when I have enjoyed immensely the score of a motion picture I have watched the credits to confirm that the composer was none other than James Horner. I consider him the best classical motion picture score composer of all time. I was shocked and deeply saddened this just minutes ago while watching CBS This Morning to learn of his death in a plane crash near Santa Barbara yesterday.

Horner, a humble genius, composed the sound tracks for so many great films over the past three decades that I can’t begin to mention them all. He won two Oscars for his efforts. Among them were A Field of Dreams, Brave Heart, Apollo 13, Aliens, A Beautiful Minds, the Star Trek movies, and what I consider his crowning achievement, Titanic, even co-writing the Celine Dion smash hit, My Heart Will Go On. The Titanic soundtrack was the best selling of all time–27 million copies sold worldwide!

James Horner was the greatest! He will be sorely missed, not only in Hollywood, but by millions who loved his music around the world.

Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks!

This saying goes back to a song by that title released in early 1964. A detailed entry is found on pages 315 and 316 of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions.

Great reviews keep coming in on Amazon for this book. I am very grateful. Yesterday there were two new ones. One I was expecting because I had been told it was coming. The other one, like many of these reviews was totally “Out of the blue,” (page 413- from 1837). Both showed five out of five stars. I’m posting them here:

ByKathy A Barneyon June 16, 2015
Rarely a book like this comes along that becomes a staple, no, necessity, in your library. This book should be on your bedside table for fascinating reading and not just on your “bucket list” of things to do or get. Remember the game Trivial Pursuit? This is the embodiment of a published version of everything–and I mean everything–you need to know of the origins of everyday expressions that have become part of the fabric that make up the language of our society. I feel as if this book was written expressly for me, to my utter delight, as a trivia fan and a life-long knowledge hound! The author has done such a thorough job of researching, I would trust no other. Many of the expressions come as delightful surprises to me and provoke thoughts of the human language as it has evolved–or not! through the centuries.

Reading this book automatically makes you more interesting and knowledgeable than any other Joe or Josephine in the room and is a great ice breaker. Who knew you knew the origin of “living high on the hog?”

What surpised me the most is that these phrases are not as old or ancient as one would think. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly reccommed it to everybody and “strike while the iron is hot!”

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By Robelias Miller on June 16, 2015
As a review comment, I will copy for you the first paragraph of a 250-word email that I sent to the author of this book.

Dear Mr. St. Clair,
Your magnificent book “Most Comprehensive Origins of Clichés, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions” was indeed a pleasure for me to read. It’s so thorough on those specific topics. I especially appreciate your massive bibliography, which indicates lots of detailed research work.

Note: I didn’t get the email from Mr. Miller,so I don’t know where he sent it, but I looked him up online and he is a retired Professional Editor, and I’m sending him a letter of thanks.

Bird Watching Can Be Rewarding

I’ve made posts here before about how much I enjoy bird watching. It started when I was a pre-teen and joined the Audubon Society to receive all of the books from which I could chart and stick in pictures off all the beautiful varieties of songbirds in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina where I was brought up. Here in the Cumberlands of Tennessee there are much the same feathered friends. I got away from bird watching as a regular sport as I grew up and got into the hustle and bustle of life in the fast lane. Now that I am retired from running a multi-state insurance agency, I can take my time writing and publishing and once again enjoy the beauty of nature which surrounds me.

As I mentioned on previous posts, I have spotted, and even view close up numerous birds from a Golden Hawk and a Kestrel to a seemingly really out-of-place Blue Heron.

This spring a pair of Cardinals nested and hatched young in a bush at the front of our house. There are plenty of Robins, Blue Jays, Mockingbirds, Starlings and Wrens about all the time. Lately I’ve been seeing a Wood Thrush apparently making its abode in our massive maple behind our house. I love the simple things in life.

I guess that’s why I still enjoy reading a good book (the old fashioned kind when you have to turn actual pages). We have a lot of them on our website at stclairpublications.com and Amazon has most of them in both paperback and the electronic version enjoyed by so many nowadays. Whatever your “cup of tea” is you’ll likely find it in the pages of one of our books!

So for those who, like me,like the simple things in life, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the reading of a great book!


Rock, Country or Soul food?

Well, each year at this time I am drawn to the activities in my part of the world by the ever-present media heralding the advent of CMA Fest in nearby Nashville and Bonnaroo just a skip, hop and jump down the four lane at Manchester, a lot closer. All the biggies always grace the stages at these flings. Last night while Rhonda and I sat with our son-in-law and granddaughter watching our grandson play baseball, our daughter, a bank exec who was in Nashville at a conference, sent a text about how much she was enjoying CMA Fest (from a privileged seat), and the fact that Kenny Chesney was going onstage at that moment.

Meanwhile, a close friend was posting on facebook that he couldn’t wait to hit the farm this morning at Bonnaroo. There Billy Joel is headlining a practically all-star cast of great performers through the next few days.

Here in our little town the McMinnville Main Street Live is kicking off Friday night with a five-member boy band called Bueller bringing back the hard rock sounds of such eighties groups as Def Leppard, AC/DC, Guns and Roses and  Van Halen. Well, I heard enough of them when my sons were teens.

So, once again I’ll be content with other stuff. This Saturday we will be driving to Georgia to help celebrate my aunt’s 95th birthday, and finding a restaurant where we can get some great soul food, and we’ll also find time for church attendance and quality reading, also food for the soul..

What will you be doing? The choice is up to you. Many find themselves highly entertained by a copy of my book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It is in a lot of libraries across America, and some colleges also chose to order one with no bidding or persuasion from me. I found  both a university in Arizona and one in Kentucky which have copies. Numerous folks have told me they used it in parties or gatherings, asking others for old sayings they wanted looked up. It’s also been used a lot on a local radio station in that respect.

Whatever you do, make it enjoyable and do it today. Remember, “Tomorrow never comes” (page 558, latest paperback version). Did you know that saying’s been around since 1826?


Exploring Our Exciting World Book Nine: East Asia is OUT!

Well, as promised, I am posting the release of the timely Volume 9 of the series Exploring Our Exciting World! Why is it timely? It features two areas which have recently been in the news due to disasters: Kathmandu, Nepal where a major earthquake and many aftershocks took thousands of lives and the Yangtze River in Southeast China where a cruise boat capsized killing nearly everyone on board. Both of these locales are in the book featuring the true adventures of Clayton and Anne Brannon who were there less than three years ago.

In all, five persons who visited East Asia including basically all sections of China and the SARs of Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Tibet, plus Nepal and Japan are here telling their true adventures plus things not learned unless a person actually visits this ancient and fascinating part of our Exciting World.

Below is a small excerpt from the writing of Emily Mahoney, one of the contributors, from an experience in Hong Kong in June 2014:

The tall buildings towered on either side, until we came out into a small courtyard type of area. The building on the right stopped and, around that corner, there was the entrance to a temple. Over a thousand years old, it was one of the oldest in the area and was still active. We were allowed to pause briefly to take a picture, but no longer, out of respect for the people. On the opposite side of the courtyard, there was a low door, just outside of which an old man sat smoking his pipe. He quietly watched us as we entered, paused, and continued on. The quiet scene was picturesque and felt almost homey, even though it was so very different from anywhere I have called home. I realized that this was indeed home for many, many people. The moment passed and we moved on. 

Order your copy today at http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Exciting-World-Book-Nine/dp/1935786946/

Triple Crown? Here We Go Again!

This time last year a lot of folks got their hopes up that California Chrome would be the first horse in the past four decades to take the Triple Crown, the highest honor in American horse racing. It didn’t happen. Now, here we go again! Some people think American Pharaoh has an even better shot at the coveted title. Tomorrow at the Belmont Stakes we will again have our eyes glued on a fond hope. I know I’ll be watching! Lots of luck, ole boy!

All of us, like these fine steeds, have a shot at greatness. Whether we make it or not, is not just in the “hand we are dealt,” but in how we play it. Now mull that over as you watch the race, and if you want to write a book, contact me at stan@stclair.net.

Powerful New Book Nearing Release

Final edits are being done on a special and powerful book! Normally I wait until a book’s release before making the announcement. But this one has unique qualities which have me excited. It’s early release was determined by timely factors. This is Book 9 in the series “Exploring Our Exciting World” and only one has previously arrived on the scene. What makes it so special?

1. The recent massive earthquake and those which followed have put Nepal at the center of current news. Firsthand adventures in Nepal are covered in detail in this book, with factors about the recent quakes.

2. It has several expert authors, or contributors, all of whom are relating their own personal adventures in East Asia.

3. Only areas visited by the contributors are included…history learned, geography, adventures and facts revealed to them on these trips which may not be reported through usual channels. I will post here as soon as it is released.

Below I want to include an excerpt from my own section which is particularly singular to my own visit to China:

I was very pleased when we reached the (Great) Wall at Badaling at dusky dark.

As we pulled up, a military maneuver was playing out. A unit of the People’s Liberation Army was marching in unison before the Wall, legs pitching upward, rifles upon their uniformed shoulders, and I felt that I was on a great world stage of a major motion picture.                                                                


Our dinner that evening was an experience like no other that I have ever had, or could even anticipate. My sole regret was that Rhonda was not there to enjoy this unique enfolding of time. If I had thought that our adventure at the Park City, Utah Olympic Park was unbeatable, I was overwhelmed at the grandeur and surrealistic awe that I felt in this particular locale. The temperature had held out so that we didn’t even need jackets, as is often the case on summer evenings there.

Nate, his wife, Kathleen, Spencer, A. J. (the agent I had met from Seattle), a lady named Sherrill (which I can’t now recall), a wonderfully friendly African American couple and I were seated around a table on the impressive pavilion upon which we were served. The full moon, burning a brilliant golden tone, arose like a blazing sentinel in the cloud-swirls of the welkin above. The ambience was beyond description. I cannot even remember the menu that night—only that it was uniquely superb. I do very vividly recollect when Scott, the President of the company, came to our table and I asked him, “Who is responsible for the full moon tonight?” and his smiling reply was a gentle and simple, “That would be me.” Though I knew he was not the keeper of the heavens, he could certainly plan that this exceptional farewell dinner was blessed by the incomparable presence of a bright heavenly body.

I shall never forget descending the Wall steps toward the impressive pagoda along with the smaller one and around the platform to the massive gate. It seemed that we had been granted temporary access to a surreal world, one which only exists in the minds of those who hope to dream.

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions trending on Web

It seems that when a book reaches some pentacle of success it comes alive on the Internet. Every once in a while I just “Google” Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions to see where it is showing up. I can’t believe what has happened online. Not only is it listed for sale on virtually every online bookseller’s site, in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia, it is showing up on blogs, newspaper and society sites, etc., It’s even called “outstanding” on Amazon Kindle’s British blog: https://ilmk.wordpress.com/2014/09/21/kindle-unlimited-dictionaries/ . 

I just found it quoted on a blog, though my name is misspelled, and they also misspelled breathe, which I spelled correctly, not a problem. It’s at the bottom of this site when you push the button to see entire script https://prezi.com/vqux3wccdnml/copy-of-the-origins-and-meanings-of-old-sayings/
Here is the quote which I copied and am pasting (bold type is my embellishment):

-the derivation of a word
“every tongue on earth is ever evolving, and that we often take for granted, the words and expressions that have come as natural to us and the breath we breath”

Stanley J. St. Claire, The Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs, and Figurative Expressions.

I am honored. Keep up the publicity. It never hurts!