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Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr. Preserves Family Stories for Future Generations in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families” by Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.

This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing shares the life and times of six families connected to the author, as well as historical facts and his original adages and poetry.

History is created by the individuals who move through it, whether they experience triumph or tragedy. This new book chronicles the lives and accomplishments of author Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.’s extended family, covering his direct line and that of six families related to it: Scarboroughs, Clarks, Westons, Wrights, Shivers and Scotts. As well as revealing true personal stories, Dowdy puts his relatives into historical context, describing little-known facts and people from the past.

Dowdy’s family contains blood ties from at least three ethnic groups: African-American, Irish and Cherokee, leading to a rich heritage. “Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families” reveals some of that heritage with such stories as how the mulatto son of a white man became a plantation owner and sent many of his 21 children to college; how a university dean and president ended up at the center of first sit-ins at Greensboro, N.C.; and how a man who started high school at the ripe age of 21 went on to become a renowned research scientist.

Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.  Personal commentaries and more than 35 original poems by the author show the true value of family and its lasting effect on individuals and the world.

Photographs, historic documents, family trees, family medical history, family bloodlines, and a listing of achievements by family members enhance this book, which was 22 years in the making. Dowdy, born and raised in South Carolina, now lives in Mitchellville, MD.

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The book is available at www.HarryDowdyBook.com; the site contains additional information.

Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families

Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2097-6                        380 pages                        $25 US

Also 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

B. Timothy Pennington Sheds Light on UFO Sightings in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Science, Skeptics and UFOS: A Reluctant Scientist Explores the World of UFOs” by B. Timothy Pennington

A retired scientist with nearly 40 years of experience as a chemist shares his perspective on UFO activity – including some he witnessed in the 1970s in central Mississippi – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A farm in central Mississippi might seem like an unlikely place for UFO activity, but that’s just what the author and his family saw in the 1970s. Decades later, author B. Timothy Pennington began to research what he and his family experienced now that he was retired and not afraid of what speculation might do to his career as a scientist. In this new book he shares his observations and conclusions about UFOs, including some history about the field of UFO study. He draws on personal recollections and interviews with family members to supplement his own research into the phenomenon.

“Science, Skeptics and UFOS: A Reluctant Scientist Explores the World of UFOs” adds a unique voice to those who have reported seeing an unidentified flying object. The author writes that he found six widely reported Mississippi UFO cases, most of which he had been unaware of previously. Of the four well known Mississippi cases that occurred in the 1970s, each shared some aspects of what his family experienced. And his family had plenty of experiences. Pennington writes that the ongoing sightings – almost 40 of them – took place over more than a decade, and most were within six miles of the family farm in Smith County, Mississippi. The sightings began in the mid-1930s when his paternal grandmother and her children saw a shaft of light 30 to 40 feet in diameter coming from the sky while on an evening walk. There was no conceivable source for the light as the area didn’t have electricity until after World War II and helicopters with spotlights were decades away. Since a sighting in the early1980s, there had been a lapse of over 25 years before the sightings resumed in 2011. The sightings ranged over a period of nearly 80 years and four generations after a spectacular set of sightings occurred in the summer of 2013.

In the 1970s, the author himself saw a silent white light in the sky repeatedly flying back and forth between two hovering lights. Other relatives were startled by a large object with bright lights noiselessly hovering over them as it blocked out the nighttime sky.  Family members saw numerous instances of a light at low altitude slowly crossing and lighting up a field, a flying saucer and series of lights at a community dump, a light that seemed to follow someone’s car, and there was even an account of an abduction. Pennington examines the scientific and skeptical points of view and freely explores alternative explanations for the sightings ranging from high-tech military aircraft to the tectonic strain theory as well as ball lightning, skyhook balloons, the auto-kinetic effect, and psychological causes. Charts, illustrations, and statistical analysis add up to one conclusion for Pennington:  Millions of people on our planet have witnessed UFO phenomena, which are real and unexplained, – and the phenomena continue unabated while most of the scientific establishment looks the other way when someone dares to say U-F-O.

Author B. Timothy Pennington, a member of the American Chemical Society for more than 35 years, has 21 U.S. patents as an inventor and co-inventor. He spent 30 years working in the chemical industry near Lake Charles, La., after teaching and writing scripts for chemistry videotapes as part of a National Science Foundation grant. Pennington has seven publications in scientific journals and two trade industry publications. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Southern Mississippi and spent two years of postdoctoral research at the USDA Eastern Regional Research Center near Philadelphia and was a Robert A. Welsh postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Arlington before teaching at Navarro College. He and his wife, Esther, have three adult daughters and live in Sulphur, La.

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For additional information, please visit www.ufosbtpenn.com.

Science, Skeptics and UFOs: A Reluctant Scientist Explores the World of UFOs

B. Timothy Pennington

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2312-0                        328 pages                        $19.95 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Horse Breeder Shares Illustrious History, Pedigrees of Sports Horses in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “North American Sport Horse Breeder” by Kathleen Hiney Kirsan.

A sports horse breeder shares her tips for the trade – and details the industry in North America — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

North American sport horses bring a little-known history with them: Just how long North Americans have been creating and enjoying true sports horses, and the untapped potential that exists in domestic breeds. Kathleen Hiney Kirsan presents breeders with a fresh way to evaluate equine genetics and build dominant candidates in her new reference book devoted to sports horses – whether they are bred for racing, dressage or other competitions. Although her principles focus on Olympic-style sport horses, they also apply to other horse breeding efforts.

 “North American Sport Horse Breeder” serves as both historic record for sport horse breeding and as a practical guide. Kirsan is perhaps an unlikely heroine of the sport horse breeding industry because she only averages one foal per year. Her methods, however, have led to three national champions. The book’s first section describes the background of North America’s domestic sport horse industry, its history and successes. The second section provides a “how-to” of successful breeding choices, including the Tesio method, and the third section offers description of specific horses and their pedigrees, as well as their breeding value. This book, based on research and hands-on experience, helps identify key individuals with ancestries that can create winning sports horses.

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For additional information, please visit www.north-American-sport-horse-breeder.com.

North American Sport Horse Breeder

Kathleen Hiney Kirsan

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1774-7                        460 pages                        $45.00 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

New Book by Pat Seawell Shares Joy of Teaching at Big Bend National Park School

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Big Bend Schoolhouse: A Surprise in the Park” by Pat Seawell.

Learn about life in a small schoolhouse nestled in a remote national park in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. A teacher shares her love of the place and its people in rich detail, gleaned from the time she spent there from 2002 to 2006.

San Vicente Elementary School is unlike most other small schools. In addition to averaging only 20 students grouped several grade levels per teacher, it’s 100 miles from the nearest supermarket and hospital and sits in the middle of one of the most remote national parks in the continental United States. This new book shares the experiences of author Pat Seawell, her school volunteer husband John, and her young students at the tiny school in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Learning reading, writing and arithmetic was important, but just as valuable were re-vegetation projects, desert hikes and river voyages.

Big Bend Schoolhouse A Surprise in the Park showcases some of the history and natural wonders of the Big Bend region — one of the nation’s last frontiers. Seawell includes a behind-the-scenes look at park happenings such as park rangers hunting a tourist-attacking mountain lion and removing a rattlesnake from the school playground. In addition to their regular duties, the park rangers and interpreters shared their expertise with students whenever called upon. The park serves as an extension of the school, with its 450 species of birds and extensive wilderness. Seawell’s dedication to the children she taught shows in the dozens of ways she threw herself wholeheartedly into one of her life’s greatest challenges. She’s not afraid to point out missteps along the way, and it’s clear that the students, parents and park have created memories for her that will last a lifetime.

Author Pat Seawell has been a teacher for five decades in four states and across three continents, not including her first pretend school at age six. She retired twice from public school teaching and now serves as an assistant professor in the education department at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Seawell’s ties to Texas run deep: her grandmother taught at a one-room schoolhouse in what has become a part of Corpus Christi; she grew up on a southwest Texas cattle ranch; an ancestor fought — and died — at the Alamo; and she and her husband of 47 years live on a Texas ranch. Although Seawell’s book is regional in setting, it transcends region in humor, personal insight, and theme.

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For additional information, please visit www.bigbendschoolhouse.com.

Big Bend Schoolhouse: A Surprise in the Park

Pat Seawell

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1926-0                        216 pages                        $24.50 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Colonial Times Come to Life in Vivid Detail in Yvonne Hilton’s New Novel

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Century” by Yvonne Hilton.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Century” by Yvonne Hilton.

A first-time novelist transforms her curiosity about slavery in Colonial America into a compelling story about love and rebellion in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Set against the backdrop of history, it tells the story of a runaway slave and those whose lives are intertwined with hers.

A desire for liberty spans across time, race and gender. This new novel, set in the 1700s in West Africa, eastern North America and the British West Indies, centers on a runaway slave woman trained to use herbal medicine and in African religion who joins a group of American Indians fighting to keep their land. The book highlights a quest for liberty among blacks, American Indians and whites. Defying masters in loving whomever they please, whites, blacks and American Indians rebel against society by falling in love.

In “Century,” the spirit world influences lives just as society’s pressures and laws do. Anika’s mother, the result of the marriage between a black slave and a white indentured servant, sacrifices to save her family. As tensions mount in the years before the Revolutionary War, Tory sympathizers head back to England to wait out the conflict, changing lives forever. Death and separation bring pain but also the chance for Anika and her son to escape and begin a new life. Anika’s first husband, a slave taken from Africa as a boy, introduces her to the spirit world, an act that eventually allows her to fulfill her destiny. Anika, now a shaman for an isolated Unkechaug village on the run from Long Island, finds herself telling a visiting chief the tribe’s history, which is intertwined with her own. Equal parts love story and rebellion, this engrossing, detail-rich novel offers a glimpse into Colonial life for slaves, freedmen and American Indians, told from their point of view.

This is the first novel for author Yvonne Hilton, who lives in New York City’s Brooklyn borough. Hilton’s love of history and sense of intrigue about slavery in Colonial America led to research in New York, Virginia, South Carolina and Connecticut.  Armed with details from an urban anthropologist about day-to-day living by those who were enslaved in the 1600s and 1700s, she was able to locate fictional events in actual locations. She also explored the history of Long Island American Indians, including their relationship with runaway slaves from New York City and nearby farms.

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For additional information, please visit www.newworldnovels.com.

Century

Yvonne Hilton

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1520-0                        332 pages                        $16.75 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Neighborhood’s Character Emerges in Wake of Study; IUPUI Department of Anthropology Releases New Book

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ South Side” by Susan Hyatt.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ South Side” by Susan Hyatt.

A chance encounter with former residents of an almost forgotten community leads an anthropologist and her students to study one of Indianapolis’ neighborhoods and document its story in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Anthropology students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis participating in a project to collect oral histories, photographs and other memorabilia from what was once one of the most multi-ethnic neighborhoods in Indianapolis did more than just document a period in history – they brought the former residents of that community back together. As this new book documents, two of the groups from that community, African-Americans and Jews, had once lived side-by-side in that Southside neighborhood, sharing not just physical space but also bonds of friendship and fellowship. Their ties remained, despite the forces that scattered them including upward mobility in the postwar period and the construction of an interstate.  For the last 38 years, 200 to 300 former residents of that community, along with their families and friends,  have continued to gather annually  for a picnic near a park by Lucas Oil Stadium on the first Saturday in August..

The book, The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ Southside, tells the story of this neighborhood, focusing on the area bounded by South Street to Morris Street, and West Street to Madison Street.  The book covers the period from the 1920s to the construction of Interstate 70 in the early 1970s Although the neighborhood included residents who were African-American, Jewish, Irish, German, Italian, Greek and Appalachian, the book concentrates on two groups in particular:  Sephardic Jews, who came to Indianapolis in the early 20th century from Monastir (now Bitola) in southern Macedonia and Salonika (now Thessaloniki) in northern Greece, and African Americans, who hailed from the South or from other industrial cities in the Midwest. The near Southside was once the hub for the Indianapolis Jewish community, which also included Ashkenazic Jews from Eastern Europe and Russia; Shapiro’s deli is the last remnant of that former thriving Jewish presence in the neighborhood.

Fascinating stories emerge about the colorful neighborhood, from its religious institutions, neighborhood schools, community centers, businesses and jobs, to its musical traditions, death and mourning traditions and the devastating effect of the construction of I-70. Its cast of characters included Charlie Wiggins, “the Negro Speed King;” William “Bill” Owens, a Negro League baseball player; and Edward Bay “Babe” Denny, who worked for the Department of Parks and Recreation for 35 years and was devoted to youth activities. The interviews and photos reveal a neighborhood that – even today – provides, as the book notes, “a model for reaching across racial and religious boundaries to support one another as members of one community.”

Project Director Susan Hyatt, associate professor of anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, earned her PhD. At the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her master’s degree at the University of Michigan and bachelor’s degree at Grinnell College. Hyatt, who is on sabbatical for 2012-13, was named Distinguished Harman Scholar of Applied Anthropology, Long Beach State University, for fall 2012. Benjamin J. Linder and Margaret Baurley served as editorial and research assistants for the book.

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For additional information, please visit www.neighborhoodofsaturdays.com.

The Neighborhood of Saturdays: Memories of a Multi-Ethnic Community on Indianapolis’ South Side

Susan Hyatt

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1491-3                        228 pages                        $14.95 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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