Try and Be Somebody: The Story of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason
Becky Hatcher Crabtree with Merri Jackson Hess
It Won't Stay Light Forever
Becky Hatcher Crabtree with Merri Jackson Hess
The life of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason, first president of Bluefield State College and early leader of Black education, is documented in this biography.
Dickason was born two decades after the Civil War ended and grew up in a log cabin on Peters Mountain near Lindside, West Virginia. He learned about slavery from his grandparents on both sides of the family, all four were slaves, his father's parents on the farm where Dr. Dickason grew up and his mother's parents on a farm at Gap Mills, West Virginia. He learned about the oppression of segregation, especially the limited opportunity for black children to get an education from the struggles of his own life. He became a driving force in racial pride and in ensuring that education was available for all those in southern West Virginia who desired to learn.
Dickason's own thirst for knowledge led him from a rural agricultural community to an academic world, earning degrees at Ohio State University and being awarded doctorates later, one presented by Eleanor Roosevelt. He rose quietly above racial inequities and personal tragedies to hold the door open for others to have better opportunities to be educated.
He began teaching at Bluefield Colored Institute in 1914 and was part of the evolution of the school through several roles as it became an accredited college in 1949. His fight to maintain the college and its facilities and to expand the campus to include new areas of study spanned nearly forty years.
The story of a twenty year old enlisted in the US Navy before Pearl Harbor; his flights as turret gunner in torpedo bombers, perilous flying from aircraft carriers, bombing flights from Guadalcanal, attacking and sinking of a Japanese aircraft carrier, and the burial at sea of a German submarine captain in the North Atlantic.
From the foreword by Robert Mrazek, author of A Dawn Like Thunder: The True Story of Torpedo Squadron Eight: "This is the story of a true American hero, one of a small group of Americans from every part of the country who joined Torpedo Squadron Eight in the early days of the Second World War. Through a combination of courage, sacrifice, and fate, these men helped to change the course of history at the momentous battles of Midway and Guadalcanal. Their story is truly one for the ages."
Ski Kowaleski's account of Navy life provides a unique view of what it was like to be a pilot during and after World War II. The book profits are donated to the Good Sam Fund of the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. Available now on BarnesandNoble and Amazon.
A wealthy old gentleman who cannot speak and a cabbie who drives him around every week share an experience that leaves the shocked cabbie with no explanation. A little boy's innocent gesture sets in motion a Sunday morning of terror. A cleaning lady's childhood artwork inspires her at a critical moment. A humiliated carpenter secretly nails his customer's front door shut. A mentally-disabled teenager tries to help a frightened child. A mysterious woman moves into a neighborhood and turns it upside-down.
These and other stories offer solid entertainment along with luminous moments of heartache, humor, fear and hope.
You can see and hear Ed read the story The Hundred-Dollar Tip, included in It Won't Stay Light Forever, on C-Span's program Book TV.
It Won't Stay Light Forever
Paperbound, 6.25 x 9.25,174 pages
ISBN 978-1888215-25-0, Published 2017
Handsome and quiet, Mbasa Kilu walks with difficulty. He was born with two club feet, and there are many things he can't do well, but he can kick a football like a champion. When he was a little boy, playing by himself, his grandmother gave him a football to kick, suggesting he aim for a big tree nearby. Over the years he has gotten expert at this, and when he is with his friends on the local soccer team, he kicks his football up into a huge tree on the sidelines while they practice.
One day a visiting American is amazed when he sees Mbasa Kilu kicking the football with precision high into the tree. Soon a scout from an NFL team visits, and Mbasa Kilu is off to a very different life in the United States. After a spectacular beginning, his career abruptly ends. But for many years his record will stand for the longest field goal in NFL history.
All his life girls have mostly shied away from him or ignored him except for Ofi Leiya, fond of him from their school days, but in love with his best friend. His fortunes in love change, but not before he has to outwit a corrupt gang which is robbing and terrorizing people in his village at home.
Speaking from the Heart
Paperbound, 6.25 x 9.25,164 pages
ISBN 978-1-888215-24-3, Published 2013
continues the love story Stella and Jonas, her Inupiat boyfriend for nearly three decades. It spans the distance from Lindside, a rural community in West Virginia to Atqasuk, a small town in Alaska.
His elderly mother, suffering from the beginnings of dementia and her brother, committed to a state hospital awaiting trial for murder, both create a bumpy road for the new marriage and the lives of Stella and Jonas.
Comparisons between Appalachian and rural Alaskan lifestyles lead to more commonalities that would be imagined. Love of nature, subsistence, hard work, caring for family, independent thinking, respect for one another, and a generous helping of humor link the cultures.
Unusual relationships develop and circumstances based upon revenge threaten the lives of several characters. Unlikely heroes, a dark secret, and a country sheriff are part of the story, but those cannot resolve every challenge.
Stella Francis Boswell has lived the majority of her long life in a quiet town in West Virginia where her days are consumed with volunteering at church functions, selling wares at arts festivals, hiking with her dog Sugar, and occasionally sneaking into cemeteries after dark to catch flower thieves. When the abusive, money-hungry brother she fled from decades ago when she was Penelope Ann Davis shows up at her church, she has to fight to keep her world from falling apart amid accusations of embezzlement, assault, and murder. Though sanity prevails, Stella's brother isn't the only opportunist in the family and she turns out to be quite the unreliable narrator." US Review of Books
Eric Hoffer Book Award for the Small, Academic & Independent Press honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. See Hoffer Award.
The only national treatise covering all 50 states. "Ann Taylor Schwing has significantly elevated the democratic values of government openness, responsiveness and accountability . . . ."From the Foreword by Robert K Puglia Former Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, Third Judicial District (1974-1998).
Guide-book for CEOs and future CEOs at all levels from K-12 through university. It is a teaching tool providing experienced-based information for working with legal counsel in the educational setting.
Explores why business ethics is at a crossroads and what can be done to tip the scales toward trust and honesty. Studies are drawn from real experiences.
A short survey of fiduciary law in time and in space and the concept of trust. Problems are drawn from newspapers and other sources that reveal fiduciary relationships.
A comprehensive two-volume work combining the law with analysis of the process, highlighting practical issues, with a discussion of judicial and legislative legal material.
"This book isn't just about Alaska basketball – it's a behind-the-scenes look into the challenges of coaching and living in the Last Frontier. ... It's an only-in-Alaska journey that most people wouldn't experience unless they lived in a rural village. ... She writes with the grace of an effortless jump shot – nothing but net." – Van Williams, Reporter, Alaska Newspapers (former Anchorage Daily News Sports Editor)
"Crabtree has done an outstanding job of capturing the moment and sharing it through her personal basketball experiences in rural Alaskan villages." – Aimee Romeijn-Boen, Former University of Wyoming Basketball player; Sheridan College Junior College All-American
"With her characteristic quick-break humor both on and off the court, as well as her full-court mastery of the nuances involved in coaching and playing Bush Ball, Coach Becky Crabtree has scored from outside the paint using her unguarded respect for the nuances of culture and spirituality in the game ... Swish, trey!" – Randall Howell, Managing Editor, The Arctic Sounder, Alaska Newspapers Inc., Anchorage, Alaska
Alaska Hoops: Coaching Tips and Tales from the Girls' Locker Room
Paperbound, 6.25 x 9.25, 89 pages
ISBN 978-1-888215-11-3, Published 2009
Available from Amazon.com
"Few people I know have an ongoing love affair with the outdoors as Parish does. In this book he captures the essence of this unforgiving land in pen and prose." – Carl Sampson, Editor, Juneau Empire, The Capital City Newspaper
"Bob Parish knows Alaska as few others do. He also knows human nature. He weaves the two together in such a way that he provides far more than a gripping tale. he gives the gift of insight and wisdom. Everyone with an interest in Alaskan outdoors should read this collection with enormous interest." – Shiela Nickerson, Editor, Alaska Fish and Game Magazine
Robert Lee Parish came to Alaska in 1946 and settled in Ketchican. The years cast Bob Parish in a variety of roles: salmon trap watchman, construction stiff, sand hog, cook on cannery tenders, shrimper, beach seiner on the Alaska Peninsula, art collector for a steel tycoon, city worker in Juneau and cook on a bear hunting charter boat.
In retirement, Bob wrote freelance articles for the Alaska Fish and Game Magazine. Other books include Alaska's Creatures Great and Small and Birds You'll See by the Sea in Alaska.
Alaska Where Only the Tough Survive
Robert Lee Parish
Illustrated by the author
Paperbound, 6 x 9, 62 pages
ISBN 0-907358-7-9, Published 1987
$9.95 includes USPS postage
This informative book focuses on the world's largest gathering of bald eagles at Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Valley of the Eagles showcases this spectacular gathering along the Chilkat River and explains the historic controversy over establishing the eagle preserve near Haines, Alaska.
Valley of the Eagles is illustrated with expert photography and demonstrates why Alaska is the nation's best destination for viewing eagles in the wild. The text covers eagle behavior from eggs to adulthood and explores the eagle's role in cultural symbolism.
The goals and objectives of The American Bald Eagle Foundation are explained, including the foundation's educational and scientific efforts to preserve and protect the eagle throughout its range.
A writer, photographer and broadcaster, Cary Anderson has covered news and features for some of the world's leading media organizations. His photo credits include National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Photography, Outside Magazine, Astronomy and many other publications. He has written and narrated well over a thousand reports for the CBS Radio Network.
Valley of the Eagles
Cary Anderson in association with
The American Bald Eagle Foundation
Paperbound, 7 x 10, 20 pages
ISBN 0-9607258-9-5, Published 1995, (out of print)
A collection of 250 titles presented by Alaskan artists, authors and publishers including articles by Patricia Monaghan, Ann Chandonnet and Tee Loftin.
Alaska Association of Small Presses Catalog
Constance Taylor, Editor
Paperbound, 6 x 9, 45 pages
ISBN 0-9607258-9-5, Published 1985
$2.50 includes USPS postage
More than a coloring book, this is a guide to Cordova activities, wildlife and surroundings. A map of the Copper River Delta is provided with wildlife symbols and selected page locations.
Mike Anderson grew up in Western Oregon, acquiring art skills from his parents. He received his B.A. in 1978 from Boise State University. Mike taught art in Idaho until he moved to Cordova in 1982.
Coloring Alaska's Cordova
Paperbound, 11 x 8.25, 32 pages
ISBN 0-907358-5-2, Published 1986
$10.95 includes USPS postage
In 1900, when one of the world's richest copper lodes was discovered in Alaska's Wrangell Mountains, Eyak was a fishing village of about 200 people between Odiak Slough and Eyak Lake. The flurry of activity set off by that discovery changed the little community forever. . . . The construction of the railroad to the copper mines drew hundreds of men to the little community of Eyak and it was soon bursting at the seams.
A new townsite, named Cordova, after the bay it overlooked, was laid out. The first lots were sold at auction in May 1908. The town thrived and its promoters unabashedly predicted it would become "the 'Frisco of the North." Cordova's Historic Buildings tells the story of some of the original structures.
Nancy Ross grew up in southern California and is a graduate of the University of California at Riverside. Since moving to Alaska in 1975, she has worked at the Anchorage Times and as news editor of the Cordova Times.
Cordova's Historic Buildings
Illustrated by Michael Anderson
Paperbound, 5.75 x 8.75, 27 pages
ISBN 0-9607358-1-X, Published 1983
$6.95 includes USPS postage
"Seventy-five years ago, the town of Cordova was just rising from the sawdust and shavings of its own creation. To understand why this town grew on this spot, a person needs a sense of its location. Situated on Eyak Lake with Prince William Sound at its front door and the Copper River Flats at its back, it has access to the rich Kennecott copper of the interior up the Copper River, and was adjacent to old and coal lands along the northern Gulf of Alaska. The Copper River & Northwestern Railroad headquartered here to take advantage of all these things, plus its fine harbor. . . . Cordova has been many things over the years; she still is many things. Her myriad different faces at work or play, in good times and disaster times, appear in the pages of this book." – From the foreword by Lone Janson:
Alaska photographer Rose Arvidson involvement with the history of Alaska in this photographic history of Cordova. Rose has been a participant in the Alaska Positive Travel Exhibit, All Alaska Women's Juried Art Show, All Alaska Juried Art Show, Alaska Photographers Guild and the Cordova Arts and Pagents Show.
Cordova The First 75 Years
Rose C. Arvidson
with Rose Weathers and Ralph Nichols
Paperbound, 8.5 x 10.75, 98 pages
ISBN 0-9607358-3-6, Published 1984
$25.95 includes USPS postage
"These are the poems of a man involved deeply in his work, his life, his loves. The rhythms and themes are those of an old northern tradition, that of Service and Beach and London. But in spite of archaisms of language and form, the words move in the voice of the poet himself, a contemporary man committed to the life of his community and his friends. . . . All of the poems in this book are reflections of the philosophy, love and thoughts of a man making his line and learning as he goes." – Gary H. Holthaus
Dewey Whetsell moved to Alaska in 1965 where he served for many years as chief of the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department. He was responsible for providing search and rescue and emergency medical services and headed the underwater rescue and recover team. He was recognized for his work in 1980 when he received the Alaska State Firefighters' Association Award as outstanding firefighter of the year. He was also selected as Cordova's Man of the Year.
Rose Arvidson has worked in photography throughout her life and has been an exhibitor in numerous Alaska art shows.
And the Fires Not Green . . .
Illustrated by Rose C. Arvidson
Paperbound, 5 x 7.5, 87 pages
$12.95 includes USPS postage
Didcot, just north of West Chester, Pennsylvania, was the home of four generations of Taylors from 1820 when the house was built until 1923 the year of the costly fire which gutted much of the interior.
This book concentrates on the histories of Lownes, Richard, Lowndes and Archer Taylor while actually in residence at Didcot.
The goal was to preserve the materials presently available and to share them. Margaret T. Lane's dedicated research into family history was organized into The Taylors at Didcot, a history of the people who lived on or visited the family farm near West Chester, Pennsylvania from 1820 to 1996 with assistance from Constance Taylor and Cynthia Taylor Burton.
A limited number are available from Fathom Publishing.
Reproduction of Gilbert Cope's 1891 Chart: Descendants of Joseph Taylor, of Kennet, Chester Co., Penna. traces more than 300 descendants of Abiah Taylor and shows five generations in America with some account of their settlement.
And booklet with list of 496 names on chart in alphabetical order, original order form and description of Cope's visit to Didcot, England in 1908. Chart is 19" x 27" printed on 100# Gloss Book stock. 8.5" x 11" sixteen page booklet contains name listing and additional information. Families include Temple, Jones, Woodward, Jefferis, Cope, Reynolds, Brown, Baker, McMillan, Peirce, Pusey, Seal, Way and Gibbons.
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