Welcome to my web-site/Blogue… I’m Dr. Joe. I’m still under construction so if you find any misspelled words go easy on me.
My logo denotes that I’m a writer. I’m more of a hacker but nevertheless I built this site to showcase the stories I’ve written. Hit the link, “Thoughts from Dr. Joe,” you’ll find about 400 stories. I’m also trying to get the word out about my private practice. I have a link that will describe what I do.
I’m about 6 months out from publishing my book consequently I’m trying to increase my readership.
I have a penchant for stories. The words, “Once upon a time,” opens the door to infinite possibilities. What I have learned along the way is worth tellin’. I’ve been teaching and advising college students for 38 years. Before that, I worked the docks in New York City, was a boxer, a student, got my ass kicked, a writer, a teacher, a street gang worker, hustled peanuts and beer at Yankee Stadium, failed, hopped an east bound freight, fought a war, been a friend, been a sinner, a mid-night dancer and a sweet romancer, fell in love, been a dad, and all throughout I’ve raised some holy hell. My boots have been over the dance floor a few times, so I’ve learned a few things along the way. I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the University of Hard Knocks. There’s a lot of rhetoric bottled up in side of me, and if I don’t have a few stories somewhere in me…who does?
I began working with adolescents as a junior in high school. I was a street gang worker, trying to keep the gangs of the South Bronx from killing each other. We used athletics particularly boxing as a means to mediate wayward souls.
I graduated from Mount Saint Michael High School and attended the University of Dayton. After graduation, I became an Officer in the Marine Corps. I did 9 years in the Corps. My experiences as a Marine shaped who I am today. After a tour in Vietnam I will never be the same. I am a Marine through and through and I still wear the colors of the Corps.
After the Corps I received a Masters in Science in counseling and was hired as a teacher and counselor at Glendale Community College. For the past 38 years I’ve been a professor at Glendale Community College. I’ve taught English, Psychology, Social Science, Western History, Leadership and created an Outward Bound Program teaching Wilderness Skills and Western History. I retired last December and have my nose to the wind and my eye to the ridge-line for the next adventure.
This past summer was the 30th year of taking students on mountaineering adventures and living off the land. This year we’re going to canoe the Upper Missouri in Northern Montana. We’ll follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. I have a link to this experience. Check it out later as it is still under construction.
I am married to Kaitzer and have two daughters, Sabine 15 and Simone 15.
I’ve been changing lives for a long time… My students refer to me as the Mechanic of the Soul. But I like Dr. Joe better.