The Lovers of Valadro

Thoughts from Dr. Joe They died young, probably during late adolescence. However by the looks of it, they were in love. Two 6,000-year-old prehistoric skeletons from the Neolithic period were found locked in an eternal embrace in Valdaro, near Verona, Italy, hidden from the eyes of humanity. It could be the oldest love story. Verona is where Shakespeare set the star-crossed lover’s tale "Romeo and Juliet." Incidentally Verona is the same area where Giuseppe Verdi set the opera Rigoletto, the story of doomed lovers. Archeologists believe the find has more emotional than scientific value. The lovers were adolescents of the Neolithic age, a formative period in the evolutionary development of society. It was during the Neolithic era when religious, societal and emotional sentiments were formed, particularly relative to family and village. Thus scientists and anthropological experts assert that the lovers’ embrace with arms and legs leave little doubt that their final connection was born out of deep sentiment. The remarkable story of the Lovers of Valdaro aligns with the aurora of love. Although we compose music, write love songs, prose and love stories we hardly scratch the surface attempting to intellectualize love’s phenomenology. Subsequently we encapsulate its mystery Read more

Channeling Father Flynn

Thoughts from Dr. Joe I first came face to face with Father Flynn in 1957; I was in the 5th grade. I had to answer for the D’s Sister Mary Judith gave me in behavior. Father told me I would hang from the flagpole at Saint Frances of Rome if I were to continue such antics. For the rest of that fall, I was his indentured servant. My servitude continued well after the fifth grade. I became his eyes and ears in the neighborhood, his muscle, and prosecuted his will in a tough Italian/Irish neighborhood in the Northeast Bronx. I was conscripted for life and couldn’t break the hold he had on me. Although Father Flynn has passed, I am linked to his memory. He was the reincarnation of Saint Ignatius Loyola and Genghis Khan. Saint Ignatius was a soldier before he found the Jesuits; Father served with the China Marines prior to ordination. It was rumored he became a priest to atone for the mayhem he cause growing up Hell’s Kitchen and what he did to the Japanese in the war. He was shrouded in mystery; that’s what made Read more

     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.