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About Joseph F. Leonardi
"I'm a storyteller, an independent, self-published teller of tales, an author of scarcely any renown --- my stories will captivate you. I use the written word to tell tales. I am not a professional essayist nor English professor. My grammar is not always perfect and my sentence structure not always correct. To me, what is most important, all that is important, is the story."
As a storyteller, I know who I am, and with that persona, I am both confident and comfortable.
Additionally, a one-time candidate for congress, an educator and with greatest pride, a veteran (non-combat) of the United States Navy.
Despair - The complete loss of or absence of hope.
Two words. Opposite meanings. Come together to define a life.
The Comfort of Despair is a story of one such life, of a man perceived to be trapped beyond all hope.
Stranded in the ocean, he reflects on his one true love, what he lost and how he lived his life — drowning in the comfort of his despair.
Suicide, school shootings, bullying — In today’s media we hear of people who are damaged, and some broken. I write of those damaged and broken because that is the norm. For everyone one person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not — it is their stories I tell.
Sometimes, it is done suddenly and unexpectedly.
Sometimes, suddenly and expectedly.
Sometimes, it is done slowly, over time.
No matter the how or the why — it leaves those left behind with many more questions than answers.
It leaves those left behind with grief.
It leaves those left behind with remorse.
It leaves those left behind with unimaginable, unending and undeserved guilt.
This story is dedicated to those who could no longer survive, and to those who remain behind, and have no choice but to do so.
For every one person who overcomes their demons, there are hundreds, if not thousands, who do not.....
This is one of their stories.....
Sadly, school shootings have become the new normal. These horrific crimes and events lead us to ask -
Is a mass murderer born or created?
What makes a school shooter?
Is it availability of guns?
Is it mental illness?
Could it be something else?
Shouldn't we look for a cause?
This novelette explores these questions.
From the author. "Anyone who knows me, has seen me go through some ups and downs the last couple of years. I wrote this short collection of reflections to help myself stay positive, be grateful and enjoy life.
In helping myself, I hope to help others as well."
For some of us, the reason undoing addiction is so difficult, is because no matter how long we have lived, or how far we have traveled --- the broken twelve year old child remains ever present.
In his no holds barred style --- Doc Joe decided to go one on one with the ALmighty himself. He asks some tough questions, and comes to some interesting revelations.
Perhaps you are having a tough time in life and have many of the same questions. Read this essay today.
Please be aware that this is more essay than book. Although the paperback is only 28 pages long, what you will get in those 28 pages will hopefully get you thinking, and more importantly, asking your own questions.
One Day I Was is a work of historical fiction that follows the Old Man on a journey through U.S. history. During his expansive lifetime, The Old Man was an adviser to many U.S. Presidents, and for the first time, he shares with us his recollections. From the founding, through the great depression, right up through modern times --- the Old Man discusses what went right, and what went wrong.
The Old Man is interviewed by Dominique; a Pulitzer prize winning journalist in the mold of Ernest Hemingway, who while learning about The Old Man, discovers much about herself.