If you are only looking for cute anecdotes, don’t buy my books

“To be great is to be a nonconformist” is one of the entries in my new book, Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, Volume II,  being released on August 25. This is actually a misquote of Ralph Waldo Emerson, nevertheless, it contains much truth. Some nonconformists actually have little to offer, but among them have arisen those who have “turned the world upside down” (another saying from the book).

On Amazon.com, 19 people have posted reviews of the original volume of this book. Of those, 15 have been five stars. The other three ‘just didn’t get it.’ One didn’t like it because it didn’t consist of all cute little anecdotes. Another didn’t  like the fact that some expressions were not included. The other said there was ‘no index,’ thus he could not use it as a reference.

Give me a break…Oh, yes, that one’s in the first book. The very reason that some may not appreciate this work which took many years of research is that it IS NOT just cute stories. In origins, these are the commonly passed down myths about how something started. If this is what you are looking for, please don’t bother to buy one of these books. I spent all the thousands of hours in research because all I want is truth.  I plainly stated in thee introduction to the first book that all phrases could not be included in one volume. I can only print so many pages at a time. And what about an index? These are dictionaries. No dictionary has an index. They are in alphabetical order!  If you want to find out the most likely origins of the things we say every day, do buy my books. Thousands have loved them. I appreciate all of those who do!

One week from today – YOU are invited!

I fully understand that for some of you, attending my book signing is impossible–largely because you are too far away. But I wanted to send out a personal invitation to all friends of my blog and facebook.

One week from today, on 9-3-2013, between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM at Linebaugh Public Library in downtown Murfreesboro, TN, home of MTSU and the Blue Raiders, I will be signing my books and offering special prices on copies I have with me. If you are there and I have run out of the book you want, and you tell me you read this blog, I will offer you the same price and mail out your copy later if it is ordered that day. But only if you mention my blog! Here is the lineup:


                                                                                                                                                                                             Retail / Special

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches  $27.95  $25.00

The Best of Mother Goose                          $8.95    $8.00

Beyond the Thistle Patch and                    $14.95+

Before the Thistle Patch (NEW) set           $ 6.99   $1500

Prayers of Prophets, Knights and Kings  $25.99  $20.00


(early twentieth century novella based on fact)  $8.75   $7.75 

Hope to see you next Tuesday!