Barbara Bush: Remembering the Conscience of America

Like with so many other celebrity passings, there were reports that ‘jumped the gun’ (see page 307, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions) and announced this story before it actually happened. However, last evening we heard the true crushing report that Barbara Bush had passed from this life to the other side.

She was an anomaly in a world of hate and confusion. She showed love and concern when many ignored it. She worked to raise over $100,000,000 for charities to improve the lives of others. She was unique in many ways. Who didn’t love and / or at least respect Barbara Bush; both liberals and conservatives and those in between? Even when she disagreed with her husband, she spoke her mind.

Yet her most beloved roles were those of wife (73 years in that capacity when most fail to succeed in marriage), mother and grandmother. She was also only the second woman in history to be the wife of one president and the mother of another.

So, regardless to which side of the political scramble you subscribe, please join me in remembering this family in your positive thought and or prayers. We have lost a truly great lady.

Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies at 92

Ron Cunningham: A Tribute to a Great American

This past Thursday I was taken aback and very saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend, Ron Cunningham. Since I met him at a Scottish event in April, 2009, we have been very close. Right away, before even getting to know me Ron purchased one of my books and told me a little about his harrowing experiences as a small town sheriff in the late 1970s and how a contract out on his life brought in experts with the FBI, TBI and US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Information gathered in the FBI sting further incriminated the past Tennessee Governor, already under investigation, and got the present governor involved in the process. Right on the heels of the Buford Pusser saga which was made into the major motion picture, Walking Tall, he was sought after by the press and Hollywood wanting rights. He denied all at the time. Ron felt that the time had come and the story should be told. He came to my home and we made an agreement to co-write his story. The initial book, Conspiracy in the Town That TIme Forgot  was my first book to be heralded as an Amazon Hot New Release when it came out in October that year. He and I traveled around the region and even out of state on book signings. Two were at campuses of Motlow State Community College, which carried it in their bookstores and libraries and recommended it to Criminal Justice students. It was carried in several regional bookstores and other places of business, even some in other states. He and I co-wrote two more books and have spent a great deal of time together, During most of this time he was serving as Captain over investigations for the city of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Ron has treated me like a brother, having me take part in several family events.

 

Due to the fact that his wife, Linda, was in Guatemala at the time of his passing, services have been put off until next weekend. I salute Ron, and his wife and three daughters have lost a great example of American fortitude and courage. He will be dearly missed by so many that I cannot begin to say. Our books are still available at stclairpublications.com and on Amazon and other bookseller websites around the world.

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.

 

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