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Experience A Medical Mission Into the Depths of South Sudan Through “Ajak’s Song”, A New Book by Kenneth Waxman

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Ajak’s Song” by Kenneth Waxman.

In Kenneth Waxman’s new book, “Ajak’s Song”, released by Dog Ear Publishing, a prominent American surgeon describes his journey to a small tribal village in South Sudan with Doctors without Borders on the eve the country’s vote for independence. He uncovers many truths; about his own life journey, about the courageous people of South Sudan, and about the devastating crisis in health care that the world’s newest nation is suffering.

Today, Dr. Kenneth Waxman announces the publication of his first book, “Ajak’s Song”, the narrative of a surgeon from Santa Barbara who travels deep into the bush of sub-Saharan Africa to discover many truths about himself and about the courageous people of our world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

“Ajak’s Song” begins with the story of Ajak, a 13-year-old girl bitten by a snake, leading to disastrous consequences. Traditional healing methods don’t work, and Ajak faces amputation, which would destroy her dreams of getting married and bringing fortune to her family through her bride price. Carried in her father’s arms for two days, she finds hope at a new international health facility being established in a small Dinka village near the border of North Sudan. There, she meets Waxman, who would be her surgeon, performing multiple operations in attempt to save her leg.  Each time she awakes from her surgeries, Ajak opens her eyes and begins singing a song of hope.

Waxman shares his awe of the beauty of his surroundings, the magic of the tribal culture, and the very different and fascinating perspectives the villagers have about disease and death. He shares stories about his fellow volunteers, South Sudanese children facing death from tropical diseases, patients with violent spear and gunshot wounds, and a young Dinka man who serves as his assistant, in hopes of someday becoming a surgeon himself.  These stories provide a very personal glimpse into the heart of South Sudan, and some of the challenges the young country faces.

Photographs in “Ajak’s Song” illustrate in stark reality the medical challenges South Sudanese villagers face. Although South Sudan has now become an independent nation after decades of revolution, it is left with a terrible lack of health care, without providers or resources to fight the world’s highest rate of tropical diseases, shockingly high rates of maternal and infant deaths, and tragically untreated injuries.

As Waxman works at the clinic and gets to know its patients and helpers, the surgeon finds himself forever changed and hopeful about the country’s potential. He becomes determined to make a difference. As he writes, “I came to understand that despite the pain of the past and the trials of the present, there is an exciting future for South Sudan.”

Readers can also help change lives in South Sudan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Future Doctors for South Sudan (www.futuredoctors.org), a nonprofit organization that works to educate young South Sudanese doctors.

Author Kenneth Waxman, a board-certified surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He did surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then joined the UCLA faculty. He helped develop the first organized trauma system in the United States after joining the University of California, Irvine, where as Professor of Surgery, he directed the trauma center, surgical intensive care and burn units. He moved on to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he developed the first trauma center on California’s central coast and directed the hospital’s surgical training program. Waxman joined Doctors without Borders in 2010.

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For additional information, please visit www.ajakssong.com

Kenneth Waxman

Ajak’s Song

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2475-2                        220 pages                        $15.95 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.

Meditation Guide Breaths Life into Self-Exploration; Kathryn Samuelson Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be” by Kathryn Samuelson.

A life coach and spiritual seeker shares her methods for meditating and exploring the inner self in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Meditation is one way to achieve inner peace and healing. This new book provides a tool for people who want to deepen their meditative experience and bring their hearts’ stories into the light so they can live in what author Kathryn Samuelson calls “a mindful and heartful” way, fully exploring the perceived dualities of life.

“Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be” offers 56 distinctive meditation images, corresponding texts and exercises to use along with the images and texts. The author’s goal is to help others bring openness into their life and heart, prepare the way for a journey unlike any other, learn how to travel into the heart with ease and build a new relationship with themselves. The text and companion meditation images allow readers to contemplate the duality of life, from the smallest quantum reality to the infinite universe. For instance, one meditative phrase implores “Go slowly. Take your time,” while its companion image reads “Embrace the swiftness of change.”

Expanded meditative prose, along with the exercises, facilitates inner exploration and consideration of how to live in relation to the world, families, friends, oneself and the divine. Vibrant nature photographs by David Steiner and dedicated space in the book to chronicle experiences through journaling, drawing and creating collages add to the hands-on aspect of learning to live in hope and from the heart instead of in competition with one another.

Author Kathryn Samuelson was born and raised in Illinois, graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. She practiced law in Illinois for more than 26 years before moving to Massachusetts, where she began working as a psychic and life coach. She has a professional coaching certification from the University of New Hampshire. Samuelson, a longtime poet and meditator, has led workshops based on “Opening the Heart.” She enjoys producing mixed media art. Linda Lewis is co-creator of the book.

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For additional information, please visitwww.kathrynsamuelson.com.

 

Opening the Heart: Meditations on How to Be

Kathryn Samuelson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2430-1                        178 pages                        $26.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Cast of Characters Star in William G. Tierney’s New Novel Set at University

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Academic Affairs: A Love Story” by William G. Tierney.

There’s much more than academics going on at Smithfield University in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The author, a university professor, creates a sexy, intriguing, and poignant campus world populated by passionate characters who make love, make mistakes and make millions.

For the bored professor with a roving eye, the striving student with a secret, the all-powerful president and the humble gardener, campus life is a daily drama full of twisted relationships, pleasure, passion and pain. And sometimes, lessons learned. Set at the fictional Smithfield University in California “Academic Affairs: A Love Story,”  weaves a narrative both tender and turbulent, examining all variations of relationships in this loosely bound academic family: sociology professor Bill Massy’s clandestine affair with the brilliant and powerful provost; President Roger Turner’s strange partnership with the eccentric mogul who donates $250 million; and graduate student Jim Hagedorn, who jeopardizes his love affair with Kevin for casual sexual encounters. As these too-human characters struggle to make sense of their lives and their work, some relationships end and new ones start, thanks to luck and the lure of love.

For all readers who went to college filled with dreams of enlightenment, passion, and change – and for those readers who wish they had –this powerful novel will stir memories and capture hearts.

Author William G. Tierney is co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a professor at the University of Southern California. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Tierney was academic dean at an American Indian community college, a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright Scholar in Australia and Central America and scholar-in-residence in Malaysia. This is the first novel for Tierney, who has written 12 books on higher education.  He devotes his time on and off campus to helping boost college readiness and opportunity for low-income youth.

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

 

Academic Affairs: A Love Story

William G. Tierney

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2302-1                        516 pages                        $24.00 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.

John LaRizzio Releases New Book Celebrating Nature’s Hold on Humanity

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature” by John LaRizzio

In a series of essays and black and white photographs in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, a former corporate engineer shares his experience of soul searching in relation to the natural world.

Writing allows people to express themselves, sharing their innermost contemplations both mundane and extraordinary. In this new collection of essays and poems, author John LaRizzio shares the deep connection he feels to nature and his years of searching to uncover his inner self. He describes his work as the “unprompted prose of a plain man’s contemplation” and urges others to explore their own spiritual and philosophical tendencies.

In “Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature,” chronological notations provide a context and authenticity to the thoughts and emotions expressed. His writing ranges from comparing a lonely commute home from work to the journey of life, to a poem lamenting the last eve of October or an essay about a search for his faithful (and necessary) eyeglasses. Despite their seeming disparity, LaRizzio stays true to his vision, offering what he calls “an open view of a seeker’s heart along the path toward authentic self-expression.”

Flowers show off their petals and trees line a lonely wooded path in the striking black and white photographs LaRizzio took that accompany the book, adding their own voices to his message of nature’s connection to inner selves. As he writes, his essays and poems “display the ruminations of a mind in soulful contemplation, complexities of thought that lead (him) to connect the world without to the one that dwells within.”

Author John LaRizzio spent 35 years in the corporate world before pursuing other things such as writing and nature photography. LaRizzio, a graduate of Penn State University, is a former project engineer, engineering manager and director of engineering for a major U.S. company. Although nature has had a large role in his life since childhood, once he read the works of Henry David Thoreau, LaRizzio’s view of life changed forever.

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

Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature

John LaRizzio

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2270-3                        188 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.

Mrs. D. Releases First Book in Series Starring Mouse with Taste for Adventure

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse” by author.

A children’s book author pens her latest book featuring a young mouse who doesn’t like to follow the rules in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Carlo the Mouse, who was born inside a Florida hospital and lives within its walls, longs to see the outside world. This charming new children’s book, the first in a series starring the rascally little fellow, features his first adventure. Although his parents do their best to teach him how to follow the rules, his desire to explore leads to nothing but trouble.

 In “Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse,” the young mouse’s parents are running themselves ragged to feed their hungry child, evading mousetraps and tricking the staff in the kitchen. Carlo imagines that the kitchen – which smells delicious – is a fun place to hang out, not realizing the danger it holds. His favorite food is Italian, and he wants to visit Italy – just for the food. His parents try telling him the rules for living in a hospital, but Carlo wonders if he really has to follow them. Their only hope is that their son can use his wits and can remember to follow the rules if he wants to explore. Younger children can follow along with colorful cartoon images by Chanoa, a talented freelance illustrator who works on children’s books and anime.

This is the fifth book for author Olga D’Agostino, also known as Mrs. D. She has a business school degree and immigrated to the United States from western Ukraine in 1992. Her other illustrated books include “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation,” “The Trees Have Hearts” “Good Morning, World!” and “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat.” “The Trees Have Hearts” was awarded a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award. She is already working on several other books for children, including more adventures starring Carlo the Mouse, and “Runaway Clothes,” “The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet,” “Everyone Needs Someone: The Royal Palm,” “Who Is Most Important in the Fridge” and “That Is How Things Are.”

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For additional information, please visit www.mrsdbooks.net.

Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse

Mrs. D

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1917-8            40 pages           $18.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Nature’s Bounty Abounds During Walk on Sunny Day; Mrs. D Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Good Morning, World!” by Mrs. D.

A toddler and his grandfather find plenty of things to see on a sunny day in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Few things are better on a beautiful sunlit day than a walk in the park. When young Thomas and his grandfather go out for a walk, they see the same things but from different perspectives. Thomas loves everything he sees, but his grandfather finds fault with everything in this charming new illustrated children’s book.

“Good Morning, World!” explores the wonders of nature and its colorful characters like the golden sun, pretty flowers, and squabbling birds. Thomas is delighted when ladybugs spiral up into the air, but his grandfather is worried about being bitten. Thomas loves seeing the jumping frogs and sweet lizards, but his grandfather thinks the park is dangerous. By the end of their walk, Thomas is delighted with all the happy things he saw while his grandfather is delighted to be able to finally take a nap. Dynamic drawings by Eladziem provide a powerful counterpoint to the whimsical story.

Author Olga D’Agostino, aka Mrs. D, immigrated to the United States from western Ukraine in 1992 with her two small daughters. D’Agostino, who speaks many languages, has written other illustrated children’s books, including “Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse,” “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation,” “The Trees Have Hearts,” and “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat.”  “The Trees Have Hearts” was awarded a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award. She is working on several new children’s books, including more adventures starring Carlo the Mouse, and “Runaway Clothes,” “The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet,” “Everyone Needs Someone: The Royal Palm,” “Who Is Most Important in the Fridge” and “That Is How Things Are.” She lives in Smithville, N.J., with her husband, and has a grandson to whom she has dedicated this book.

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For additional information, please visit www.mrsdbooks.net  

Good Morning, World!

Mrs. D

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2154-6                        46 pages                        $19.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Bedtime Story Stars Violin-Playing Cat Who Travels the World on Moonbeams; Anne E. Moses Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Gatos Musikos – A Secret Told by the Moon” by Anne E. Moses.

Author and illustrator Anne E. Moses presents the remarkable tale about a wondrous cat who plays for sleeping creatures the world over in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The Moon has a secret: His best friend is a magical cat who plays the violin and dances for all sleeping creatures, traveling on moonbeams around the world. This charming new children’s book shares all the places Gatos Musikos visits and the wonders he sees. No creatures are too big or too small, too urban or too remote for Gatos to play his little violin and dance his twirling dance for them as they dream.

 “Gatos Musikos – A Secret Told by the Moon” weaves a wonderful tale that showcases animals and cultures from around the world. When the Moon is young and dinosaurs still refuse to go sleep despite all his efforts to soothe them, a very tired baby brontosaurus finally drifts off. The Moon watches in amazement as a marvelous cat appears and begins playing his little violin and dancing a twirling dance, easing the baby dinosaur into his dreams. The Moon is so delighted he offers his moonbeams to the cat so he can play and dance for all of Earth’s sleeping creatures. Now Gatos entertains animals from a tiny spider in its web to great Indian elephants and everything in between. He even performs a Scottish sword dance on the banks of Loch Ness as a sleeping Nessie drifts nearby.

After a busy night of traveling on moonbeams, and as dawn breaks softly over the world, Gatos has one last song to play before placing his little violin back into its magical case – this one for his very best friend, the Moon. Children everywhere are invited to believe in moonbeams, secure in the knowledge that they will never be forgotten by this remarkable cat, for Gatos Musikos will play his music and dance his twirling dance for them in their dreams. Enchanting illustrations by the author bring this imaginative bedtime story to life.

Author Anne E. Moses, born in Rochester, N.Y., has lived for many years in Boston, Mass., the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy. She and her husband now live in Greece. Moses is a painter, designer and screenwriter, as well as a passionate renovator of old houses. She has also completed six volumes in The Gracie Guides, a series of travel and how-to books “paw-written” by their very clever English Cocker Spaniel, Gracie.

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

Gatos Musikos: A Secret Told by the Moon

Anne Moses

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2189-8                        58 pages                        $19.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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