It's Always Somethin'

101 Sayings From an Old Rancher

Non-Fiction - Motivational
136 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2013
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Author Biography

Nancy worked in the corporate world for over twenty years in various industries including publishing, marketing, technology and even aerospace. In 1995, motherhood changed all that and brought about unexpected, but amazing opportunities.

A creative entrepreneur herself, Nancy discovered a new type of creativity after having a child. Before long, she was writing children's stories, poetry, articles, keeping a daily journal for their son, and spending hours doing crafts with him.

In 2002, the first Guess What? story was finished but it sat patiently waiting in her computer along with other ideas and manuscripts.

In 2005, she helped their son become an entrepreneur and manage his business, Pencil Bugs. More ideas and stories followed but her first priority was their son. When he decided to "retire" from his business in 2011 at sixteen, Nancy had time to bring her Guess What stories back to life.

Nancy lives in Temecula, California with her husband and son. In addition to writing her own children's books, she also helps other authors self-publish in a variety of genres. Check out her services at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

Nancy O’Neill penned down her father’s years of sayings in It’s Always Somethin’. A hundred and one sayings from an old rancher; we will learn valuable lessons of life from Paul Smokov as he himself also contributes his personal narratives in it.

The beginning pages introduce us to the rancher who has an old-fashioned talent forecasting the weather by using a pig spleen. We learn about his upbringing, his failed attempt to join the military and his family’s life in North Dakota. Chapter one is for common sense – “Everything in moderation.” I’m glad that one of my favorite sayings and one that I hold firmly in my life is one of Paul’s too. His witty but firm sayings continue on throughout the book regarding work, health, money, learning, humor and life.

I read it every morning before I start my day; technically, I listen to whatever Paul has to say to me before I face the world. Most of the times I agreed with him, other times I was humored. Several times I pondered on his aphorism and a couple of times I simply responded, “No, I don’t think so.” But his sayings often help and keep me grounded whether my day is good or bad.

My gratitude to Nancy O'Neill for introducing her father Paul to the readers. To solely classify this as a motivational book is not completely accurate. It’s Always Somethin’ is something more than that, but definitely easier and fun to read than other motivational books out there.

Nancy O'Neill

I read this review to my dad, Paul Smokov, and he was thrilled. At 88 years old, he's still surprised that people are interested in what he has to say. There is one sentence in this review that I think he will hold onto for a very long time because it meant so much to him. "I read it every morning before I start my day."

Thank you for the review and I hope others are interested in reading his book. ~Nancy O'Neill