Introducing William C. Dixon, Jr., Ed.D. & La’ Toya Thomas-Dixon, Ed.D., authors of Mentoring Can Make A Difference: Establishing Relationships with African American Males

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Dr. William C. Dixon, Jr., served more than twenty years in public education, including district administrative roles in both inner-city and rural school districts in North and South Carolina. He was the founder of the Carolina CAGERS, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team for young males in grades three through twelve. He was married to Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon prior to his untimely death in 2015. He has two sons, Mitchell and Xavier Dixon. Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon is an educator with more than fifteen years of experience in public education. She has served in district administrative roles in rural school districts in North and South Carolina. She currently resides in South Carolina.

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Every Child Needs A Mentor, Especially Our African American Males! Mentoring young males, starting as early as kindergarten, is essential for success in school and in our ever-changing global society. Young males need support from positive, enthusiastic, and caring role models, particularly men. As schools continue to move forward with federal and state mandates, African American youth need guidance and direction that will forge them forward. Dr. William C. Dixon, Jr., shares snapshots of scenarios he has faced over the years as a school administrator. Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon contributes to the book as an advocate for the African American male, understanding and connecting to the whole child by providing glimpses of research and advocacy. This book is for anyone seeking encouragement and advice on how to mentor an African American male student or athlete who seems distant or is falling behind in school.

Introducing Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie, author of Osagie Book of Thoughts: Edo/English Dictionary

Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie is a Bini man (Ovbiẹdo Kpataki). Before traveling abroad in search of the golden fleece, he served in the NPF after graduating from police College Lagos, where he was the best all round student of his squad. He is the author of the Fate of a Nation, an enthralling account of the root of bribery in Nigeria and the putrescent and authoritarian personality of the Nigerian policeman; and the author of a View From the valley. He is a graduate member of the Institute of Transport. Admin. In Southampton; holds a BA(hons) degree in English and Social linguistics; possesses doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice and Justice Admin. from Walden and Bay view universities. He currently resides in Israel with his family.

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Words of wisdom; The deeper meaning of life; Gordianism and the cosmic energy that helps beat your enemy to submission are abound in this book. This book is more than just a bilingual dictionary because of its encyclopedic nature and the copious tales and allegories it contains. It provides the reader with a grand tour of Edo Cultural terrain in Occultism, Spiritualism, Superstitious Beliefs, Idiomatic Expressions; Social Linguistics and Esoteric Philosophy. It makes you feel the pulse of a bygone era when valiant men stood up to fight for what they believed was true and just. For the Edo reader, this book, through its semantic concept, reveals to you, who you really are among the nations of the world; it will relish and salvage your soul; it will resuscitate and revitalize your ebbing grip on your mother tongue; therefore, it is a desideratum for you and for every student (research) of ethnology and cultural anthropology. Holding a copy of this book in your right hand will give you a sense of pride as you look in the mirror, breathe a sigh of relief and smile to yourself, after all, you never thought a day like this would come, the day this book was born, the day you take complete control of your destiny. Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie, Esq.

Introducing Bernard J. Nebel Ph.D., author of Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

“I am more than pleased with the help provided by Jennifer through the publishing process. She was exceptionally prompt in responding all my questions and requests and her answers were always on target and helpful. Near the end of the publishing process, I had some unforeseen problems arise that demanded backing up and making changes in the cover and text. Jennifer was fantastically patient and helpful in getting me through these difficulties. Thank you Jennifer. I hope you will be my PR for my next book.”

A life interest and pursuit of science, including an A.B from Earlham College and Ph.D. from Duke University, and a passion for teaching (Catonsville Community College) led Bernard J. Nebel Ph.D. to write one of the early and highly successful Environmental Science texts. In turn, Nebel recognized the need for more substantial elementary level science education. These highly regarded BFSU volumes (see reviews of 1st edition on Amazon and elsewhere) are the result. Dr. Nebel lives with his wife in Catonsville, MD. He may be reached at: or through

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Science is such a vast realm of knowledge and skills, it is hard to know where to start or what direction to go. In these volumes, Nebel distills teaching science into distinct “learning progressions” that develop knowledge and understanding in systematic, incremental steps. Following these progressions will guide students toward a broad comprehension of facts, ideas, and concepts embracing and integrating all major areas of science. Furthermore, the described methods of presentation, which emphasize first-hand observation and reasoning, will guide students to practice and develop the mind skills that underlie all scientific discovery. The learning progressions and emphasis on “discovery learning” make these books valuable for older beginning science learners, as well as K-8 students, and serve in preparing them to master the Next Generation Science or other state science standards. A place for ongoing Q and A, discussion of problems, and sharing of ideas is provided at no additional charge (see:

Introducing Nichole Ellis, author of Entertaining Angels

“I am usually quite a skeptical person by nature. When the time came for me to start investigating and researching who I wanted to publish with, I was careful to do my research. Even after I purchased my initial package with Outskirts, my skepticism continued. I started to realize I wasn’t ready to publish, and that I wanted to upgrade my package. This went on for a year. Outskirts was very patient with me, and even allowed me to upgrade my package and “pay as I went.” I received all of the services as promised in my contract, and even some useful information not included in my purchase along the way. Finally the time came that I nervously hit the production button. My heart was in my stomach. A few days thereafter I was officially published, I began to find my book all over different search engines and different languages. I can find my book in Australia, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Japan, and more. I cannot describe the feeling of knowing that I have shared something important to me with the world, literally. I think the greatest asset that Outskirts contributed was their patience in dealing with my skepticism and their professionalism my production team carried as I went through the process. I was always well informed and knew what was happening every step of the way. Thank you, Outskirts for helping me share my story with the world.”

About Nichole Ellis: After losing custody of her children and enduring a lifetime of domestic violence involvement, Nichole knew she wanted to change her lifestyle. This story is about her journey toward a healthier life, her growth as a parent, and the spiritual awakening she would encounter over and over again.

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“Entertaining Angels” will open the eyes of community leaders regarding the youth lost among our society. This intense novel will tug at your heart strings as an outcry for families living in dire circumstances. Entertaining Angels begs for an understanding and commitment from our community leaders-not just to enforce justice but to educate and prove to down-trodden families that life can be different. Walk with the author on a spiritual journey that begins in childhood and stretches into adulthood. Stay with her as she struggles to find compassion in a life where she feels worthless and unloved. Although designed for professionals in the social services industry, Entertaining Angels is also a useful guide for families involved with their local child welfare agency, inmates, those participating in a court ordered activity, and especially the lost soul who is begging to be found. An example of existence without nurture rests in the pages of Entertaining Angels. Whatever your profession, position, or religion, this story calls for a healing in both our personal family lives and the services designed to care for our families. It is an awakening in what should matter most and a call toward reliving oaths taken to make a difference in our world.

Introducing Lewis McCaw, author of Now I Get It!

“Leona provided exceptional service! She even sent responses to my inquiries late at night and on weekends. I rate Leona 10 out of 10! This is my first publishing experience (age 80) and so far I would highly recommend Outskirts Press.”

Lew McCaw taught automotive technology for 33 years at high school and community college levels. He holds degrees from SUNY College at Morrisville, SUNY Oswego and completed graduate work at Cornell University. His students from Ithaca High School won state and national championships several years in Plymouth Troubleshooting Contests. McCaw kept current with technology by attending corporate training centers, both domestic and foreign. Time as a service manager and salesman of diagnostic equipment added to his expertise. Lew and his wife, Mary-Beth, live in a retirement community near St. Augustine, Florida. He enjoys providing seminars for residents and writes on various topics.

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“Now I Get It!” makes understanding your car as easy as brushing your teeth. Only on housing are you likely to spend more money than on your vehicles. This author uses his expertise in teaching to help you understand how things work. From that mysterious yellow “check engine” light to deciding whether you need Top Tier gasoline, what every driver needs to know is explained in ways that make learning enjoyable. No longer should you fear being ripped off at a repair shop because you will understand and be able to communicate with your technician. Whether your concern is replacing tires, figuring out strange brake noises or what causes your car to wander to the right, your newfound knowledge will empower you to make good decisions and save money. Learning new technical concepts can be discouraging if you are not mechanically inclined. Lew McCaw explains the unfamiliar by using analogies with everyday experiences you DO understand. An example is in comparing how your body’s central nervous system functions to how on-board computers control many systems in your car. Your five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch feed information to your brain. The brain has been taught and remembers how to make decisions based on those inputs from your senses. It then commands various body parts to perform. Numerous sensors on your vehicle send information to computers. They have been programmed to react to those inputs and command things to happen. Many systems on your vehicle are controlled by these computers. “Now I Get It!” is a wonderful resource for drivers of all ages.

Introducing Mark Ladas, author of Climbing the Ladder: From Firefighter to Fire Chief

“Everyone was professional and responsive.”

From the Author: It has always been my desire to make life better for the personnel who make up the fire service and most importantly for all those we serve. For 31 years I worked alongside people who have become life-long friends. I retired as the Fire Chief for Central County Fire Department overseeing Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae and San Bruno.

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Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the fire service, a motivated firefighter or a seasoned officer, this book will give you insights on how to become a desirable fire department candidate, how to perform at a higher level at every rank within the fire department as well as prepare you for your next promotional exam. Climbing the Ladder is geared towards the fire service, however elected officials, city managers, other department heads and all those who manage personnel will also find benefits throughout this read. My hope is that you finish this book feeling you learned a few new ideas and concepts you can personally use or pass down to someone in your organization. The cover picture was taken by my friend and co-worker, Firefighter Scott Stacey. All author’s proceeds will be donated to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. For additional support and mentoring see

Introducing Patrick J. O’Connor, Ph.D., author of College Counseling for School Counselors

“I couldn’t have asked for more from Leona. I was on a tight deadline, and her efficient approach to handling my edits, offering advice, and giving encouragement really kept the process– and me– going. I couldn’t have asked for more– and I asked for a lot!”

Patrick O’Connor is on the political science faculty of Oakland Community College, and is associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Schools, both in Metropolitan Detroit. A national speaker on all issues related to college admissions and education, Patrick teaches a college counseling course to both preservice and experienced counselors, and presents workshops on these topics to students, parents, and educators.

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With more college options and higher college costs, students and parents need the advice and support of a well-informed school counselor to guide them through the college selection process. College Counseling for School Counselors gives counselors everything needed to build a successful college counseling program, no matter how many students they work with. After creating a framework for a strong curriculum, College Counseling for School Counselors shows how to explore all college options with students and families, including options for students with special needs and talents. The follow-up activities in each chapter give counselors resources that bring the ideas to life, and a three year calendar shows counselors how to introduce every idea at a manageable pace, building to a comprehensive college counseling program and strong individual college plans for every student. Busy, caring counselors will find everything they need in College Counseling for School Counselors to improve their college counseling program, and reach every student they work with.