Monthly Archives: December 2011

New Collection of Essays Puts Focus on Politics, American Way of Life

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Where’s My Great Society?” by Jim Haas.

Award-winning educator Jim Haas presents a snapshot of American life and politics in this collection of essays originally published in a Kansas City, Kansas, newspaper. This new release from Dog Ear Publishing features writing that both inspires and entertains—often simultaneously.

Give a Midwestern educator column space in a newspaper, and he gains a new audience to promote the power of learning through his often droll and sometimes caustic musings on a wide range of topics. Author Jim Haas has revised and polished this new collection of essays originally published in The Record newspaper in Kansas City, Kansas, from the 1980s to 2011. Writing with “the candor of Andy Rooney [and] a dash of Dave Barry,” Haas crafts a progressive critique of contemporary politics while celebrating a vision of government as a “people’s union” and reminding us of “what we can become if we get our act together.”

Where’s My Great Society? includes essays in nine categories, starting with “The Politics of We the People” and “The Way We Were,” and featuring “The Bush Years: Lest We Forget,” “The Obama Era,” and the healthcare debate. From comparing celebrity political candidates to action figures, to writing about the first atomic bomb, code-named Trinity, to promoting Read a Banned Book Week, Haas isn’t afraid to tackle tough subjects. On the other hand, he reminds us that life isn’t all about sobering issues with essays on the benefits of root beer, a dog who becomes part of a science fair, and the origins of jazz. The author pokes fun at himself, too, writing about staying busy after retirement: “Maybe I’ll write more of these columns. Maybe one of you will offer me a job so that I won’t.” Entertaining, informative, and thought provoking, Where’s My Great Society? serves as a snapshot of American life.

Haas, a Milken Foundation National Educator and National Humanities Scholar, writes a newspaper column about schooling that has expanded into broader social topics. A former Air Force officer, he taught history and was a school principal in Kansas City, Kansas. After retiring from public schools, he became director of a university master’s degree program for teachers. He and his wife, Kay, live in Olathe, Kansas.

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For additional information, please visit www.jimhaasauthor.com

Where’s My Great Society?

Jim Haas

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0772-4                        284 pages                         $16.95 US

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About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Infectious Diseases Expert Sheds Light on the Influenza Vaccine in a New Medical Thriller by Tim Kuberski, MD

The Trembling Flu is a medical thriller inspired by two real historical infectious disease events.  This fictional novel combines fact with fiction which culminates in a hypothetical bioterrorism assault on the United States.  The author, an Infectious Diseases specialist, aims to promote discussion about how to improve the influenza vaccine

Hypothetical bioterrorism meets historical infectious disease events in The Trembling Flu, a medical thriller about infections and the dramatic impact they can have on the human population.

The Trembling Flu combines historical events with fiction in a three-part buildup to a hypothetical bioterrorism assault on the United States. Based on his experiences as a clinician and in the field, infectious diseases specialist Dr. Tim Kuberski writes this fictional story by drawing from two infectious disease events in history: the neurological disease “Kuru” in New Guinea in the 1950s and the pseudo-“Swine Flu epidemic” in the United States in the 1970s.

The first part of The Trembling Flu follows U.S.-trained physician Dr. Christian Graves to New Guinea where he is determined to discover the cause of a chronic neurologic disease called “Kuru”.  It is a disease spread by a very unusual mechanism which ultimately leads him to the discovery of “slow viruses” and a Nobel Prize.

 Section two follows influenza expert Dr. Jack Spencer as he gets caught up in the hysteria around a potential “Swine Flu epidemic” in 1976. This is the same swine flu virus that had caused the deadliest flu pandemic in history.  It was responsible for at least 500,000 deaths in the United States in 1918.  Unfortunately the pseudo-“Swine Flu epidemic” in 1976 resulted in more complications from the flu vaccine than the swine flu virus.

The final section is a culmination of the first two parts with a credible bioterrorism conspiracy involving a large number of Americans who were administered a contaminated flu vaccine.  The bioterrorism plot draws attention to issues surrounding the development of the flu vaccine and how it can be influenced by money and politics.

Through this fictional narrative, Dr. Kuberski hopes to shed light on the need for an improved flu vaccine, one that can be given once in a lifetime. He feels the flu vaccine is not ready for prime time and should not be made mandatory for the entire U.S. every year.

“This book is both interesting and thought-provoking,” says Dr. Alan Tice, a prominent infectious diseases physician in Honolulu, Hawaii. “It is a chilling reminder that we should pay strict attention to details in the development and use of any vaccine.”

About the author:

Dr. Tim Kuberski is an infectious diseases physician in Phoenix, Ariz. Early in his career he worked as a medical officer on a number of conditions unique to countries in the South Pacific, including the Papua New Guinea disease “Kuru”, described in The Trembling Flu. He has also conducted research on infectious diseases for the National Institute of Health and worked with the Center for Disease Control during his career, gaining insight into these governmental medical agencies and how they handle contagious diseases.

 

The Trembling Flu: By Tim Kuberski, MD

ISBN: 978-145750-242-2            232 pages            $20.00

For additional information, please visit:  www.thetremblingflu.com

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 A Dog Ear Publishing, LLC release

New Release Offers Daily Food for Thought to Keep Minds Active

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Magic Apples: Reflections to Mull” by Lee Steels.

This new daily reader released by Dog Ear Publishing offers a different thought for each day of the calendar year, with topics ranging from the human condition to God’s greatest gift. Each day begins with several quotations, followed by the author’s short analysis on the subject.

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a “magic apple” a day – new ideas – renews the mind with “fruitful thoughts,” notes author Lee Steels. In this new book, he provides sustenance for the mind, offering ideas to mull over to lighten the day. Steels draws on his experience as a parent, musician, coach and teacher to produce a thought for each day of the calendar. He includes a light-hearted story for each sixth day to promote “healing endorphins we all need to keep our equilibrium.”

Each reflection for the day begins with at least one quote as inspiration, ranging from religious leaders to literary figures, politicians and songwriters. For instance, Oct. 29’s reflection on “consistency” leads with, among other things, a quote from Oscar Wilde: “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” The section that follows sheds light on the author’s feelings of consistency – that instead of having negative feelings about consistency, perhaps those quoted were instead asking people to shake old habits and stop living life on autopilot. “Mullings” run the gamut from “procrastination” Jan. 4 to “vodka” Feb. 24, “singing” June 11, “bingo” July 24 and “the greatest gift” Dec. 24.

A short course in Christianity known as Cursillo inspired author Lee Steels to begin studying religion, including daily readers. The movement focuses on showing Christian laymen ways to become more-effective leaders and asks them to share that knowledge back to the world. Steels decided to write his own version of a daily reader when he saw the need for a broader approach than that taken by conservative writers. Steels writes that he hopes readers will find daily mulling “a useful, enjoyable and enlightening experience.”

For additional information, please visit www.magicapplesbook.com

 

 

Magic Apples: Reflections to Mull

Lee Steels

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0727-4                        376 pages                         $24.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Release Tells of Devastating Damage from Smoking; Book by Don Christensen

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Dance of the Cilia and the Smoke Bomb: Why Teens, Young Adults (and Parents) Should Never Smoke” by Don Christensen.

Learn about the dangers of smoking to not only the lungs but also the cardiovascular system and other organs in this easy-to-understand new release from Dog Ear Publications.

This direct “in your face” new book details the dangers of smoking for people of all ages. The author, in fact, compares smoking a cigarette to inhaling a smoke bomb that releases “an explosion of toxins” into the smoker’s lungs via “chemical shrapnel.” Cigarette marketing provides several “reasons” for someone to smoke, extolling coolness, rebellion and sexiness. The author works to offer many more reasons for people to quit, exposing the medical realities of inviting smoke laced with 7,000 chemicals into someone’s body.

“Dance of the Cilia and the Smoke Bomb” covers such important topics as addiction, tissue and organ damage, cancer, lung disease, effects on the cardiovascular system, and the financial cost of smoking. About 1,000 teens become daily smokers every day, according to the 2010 Surgeon General’s report, the author notes, at a time when lungs are still growing and maturing. Smokers may not realize that their habit doesn’t affect just their lungs. In fact, tobacco smoke also can increase peptic ulcers, osteoporosis, pregnancy complications, low infant birth weight, cataracts, gum disease and cancer risk for the bladder, mouth, lips, larynx, stomach and other organs. Smoke also is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the author writes, contributing to coronary artery disease, strokes, peripheral artery disease and high blood pressure.

The book’s easy-to-comprehend style puts information about the dangers of smoking into language everyone can understand, and is especially written for teens and young adults. It actually explains how the diseases caused by smoking occur. It also offers suggestions for quitting the potentially deadly habit while acknowledging the strong influence of addiction. The author backs up his anti-smoking message with facts from his own experience studying disease, as well as including government studies with statistics, a glossary of medical terms and a list of references.

Author Don Christensen is an instructor at Front Range Community College and Aims Community College in Colorado, teaching anatomy, physiology, cadaver dissection and pathophysiology, the study of disease and diagnosis. He graduated from California State University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, practicing as a Doctor of Chiropractic in San Diego.

For information, please visit www.danceofthecilia.com.

 

 

Dance of the Cilia and the Smoke Bomb: Why Teens, Young Adults (and Parents) Should Never Smoke

Don Christensen

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0541-6                        64 pages                         $9.99 US

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and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Ex-Criminal, Drug Addict Details His Journey to Forgiveness in New Release; Book by Anthony Ellis

Dog Ear Publishing releases “He Got That Package: H.I.V.” by Anthony Ellis.

The author discusses what it’s like to be in prison after decades of crime, drugs and not being true to himself. This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing details the inauspicious beginnings that led to his career as a criminal as well as describing the psychological and emotional changes Anthony Ellis must make before he can turn his life around.

Growing up without knowing his father left permanent psychological scars on Anthony Ellis, who spent more than 20 years in and out of prison before turning his life around. His mother’s abusive boyfriend only adds to his problems. Tadpole, his nickname when he was young, tells his story in candid detail in this new book, starting with the last time he entered the Penal Farm, a prison near Memphis that’s become a nightmarish home away from home because of the years he spent there. His latest incarceration, however, feels different, and he becomes determined to change his life.

In “He Got That Package: H.I.V.,” Ellis’ first step is admitting to himself – and the prison workers – that he’s a drug addict and needs to get clean. He also realized he must tell them he is HIV positive. His openness about prison life – from inmate domination to gang issues, pen pal love affairs, homosexuality and unsafe facilities – provides a glimpse about what it’s like to be penned up with men who hate themselves and others.

Ellis also candidly discusses what life as an HIV-positive prisoner, being shunned and humiliated by those who aren’t afflicted with “the package,” the inmates’ term for HIV or AIDS. Ultimately, with the help of a caring counselor, he learns that until he’s honest with himself and others about his past and present, he will remain in a prison of his own making. The author’s honesty about his situation and his hopes for the future will resonate with readers long after they finish the book.

Author Anthony Ellis was a street hustler, career criminal and drug addict before discovering his talent for writing. He grew up in Jackson, Miss., and enrolled at Jackson State University. An introduction to crack cocaine led to dropping out of college, homelessness and petty thievery. A prison counselor helped him turn his life around.

For information, please visit www.OneBrotherThreeSisters.com.

He Got That Package: H.I.V.

Anthony Ellis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0730-4                        148 pages                         $11.99  US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Poetry Volume Offers Emotional Insights into Relationships – Book by Hexin McPhee

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Vision of Love” by Hexin McPhee.

This distinctive collection of poetry and short stories released by Dog Ear Publishing focuses on relationships. Its distinctive artwork enhances the tender feel of the book, which includes relationships with parents and children, friends, and even God.

The author’s distinctive way of expressing relationships of all types provides a new way of looking at the human soul. From relationships with God to those of parent and child, this new collection of poetry and short stories offers a bittersweet tenderness, reaching out to those searching for answers and affirmation. The eclectic black and white artwork accompanying Hexin McPhee’s words ranges from photos to sketches, adding to the book’s unique feel.

In A Vision of Love, McPhee presents poems and stories from the heart. “The Prayer” speaks to those facing challenges, showing the way God’s love can bring peace. “Losing myself in this tapestry of God’s majestic painting, the brilliant colors of the flowers, the sound of the river’s gentle flow, the fragrance of a new day. The vibrant sounds of nature permeate my soul. It was then I felt the presence of God,” the author writes. “Hopscotched” features a moment when a young child realizes he has lost his father and “his mind hopscotched from one memory to another.” In the end, McPhee’s words provide inspiration, such as the sentimental “Hands,” which offers a heartfelt tribute to a mother’s hands, which offer protection, comfort, and love.

Author Hexin E. McPhee was born in the Bahamas, the son of entrepreneurs. Inspired by Sidney Poitier’s acceptance speech for his Oscar, McPhee decided to explore acting, joining the University Players in Nassau. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, returning to direct the University Players. He studied theater at Pierce College and California State University Northridge. McPhee earned a role in “The Star Chamber” in 1983. He continues to study acting. He began sharing his poetry with others only a few years ago.

For additional information, please visit www.visionoflovebook.com

A Vision of Love: The Poetry and Short Stories of Hexin E. McPhee

Hexin E. McPhee

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0743-4                        104 pages                         $15.00 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

New Book Delivers an Insider’s Analysis of Wall Street Language

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Words on the Street: Language and the American Dream on Wall Street”, by Leo Haviland.

“Words on the Street”, written by Leo Haviland, is an experienced insider’s analysis of Wall Street language. It gives people a new way of looking at Wall Street and its marketplaces. This informative and entertaining exploration of marketplace rhetoric focuses on metaphors derived from the fascinating arenas of games, love, war, politics, religion, the fine arts, and natural physical science. This expose reviews that wordplay in the context of the American Dream.

“Words on the Street”, written by Leo Haviland, is an experienced insider’s analysis of Wall Street language. It gives people a new way of looking at Wall Street and its marketplaces.

This informative and entertaining exploration of marketplace rhetoric focuses on metaphors derived from the fascinating arenas of games, love, war, politics, religion, the fine arts, and natural physical science. This expose reviews that wordplay in the context of the American Dream.

 Armies of books describe marketplace structure and instruments, recount economic history, or unveil personalities and strategies of heroic (or scandalous) individuals and institutions.

 “Words on the Street” is different. It enlightens Wall Street professionals, Main Street audiences, policy makers, and academics regarding Wall Street talk and its implications.

 As Haviland writes, “Though Wall Street often tries to benefit the public, it designs its influential rhetoric to harvest money from the public. Thus clever and delightful metaphors, reliance on American Dream language, and a rationality edifice do not intend only to teach and impress others. Wall Street words want action.”

 Wall Street and American Dream rhetoric reflect and shape marketplace perspectives and thereby influence quests to make, keep, and manage money, the author writes. Therefore Wall Street propaganda has major financial consequences for both Wall Street insiders and Main Street. “Words” may change marketplace viewpoints, including dogmas related to investment.

 This cultural investigation shows how investors and other players are persuaded to venture into and stay within stock, interest rate, currency, and commodity arenas. The opportunity to make money is a very incomplete explanation.

 The book is extensively documented from financial sources and via references to literature, film, and music.

This study of Wall Street’s language and rhetorical methods benefits Wall Street professionals, Main Street residents, businesses, politicians, and regulators seeking insight on how and why Wall Street sermons attract and convince them. Enticed by the oratory of Wall Street and its allies, many millions of Main Street dwellers around the globe have marched into and remained within Wall Street, often to “invest”. The recent worldwide economic crisis underlines the importance of Wall Street marketplaces, even for those who have not carried their own money directly to Wall Street tables.

 “Words on the Street” demolishes the scientific ambitions and claims, not only of Wall Street, but also of economics and other social “sciences”. “Words” investigates and discredits the counterfeit science (alleged objectivity) of the influential armies of would-be Newtons, Einsteins, Darwins, and Fords roaming throughout Wall Street and economics. Its analysis of Wall Street language in the context of the American Dream will fascinate American history scholars and students. Finally, “Words” provides an innovative yet persuasive explanation of cultural reasoning and how it differs from scientific rationality.

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 Leo Haviland has three decades of experience in the Wall Street trading environment. Haviland has worked for Goldman Sachs, Sempra Energy Trading, and other institutions. In his research and sales career in stock, interest rate, foreign exchange, and commodity battlefields, he has dealt with numerous and diverse financial institutions and individuals. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (Phi Beta Kappa) and the Cornell Law School.

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For additional information, please visit www.havilandwords.com

Words on the Street: Language and the American Dream on Wall Street

By Leo Haviland

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0565-2  $29.95  (Hardcover, 624 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0804-2  $19.95 (Paperback, 624 pages)

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0814-1  $9.99 (eBook)

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