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  • SubGenre:Inspiration & Personal Growth
  • Language:English
  • Pages:150
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781098385750
  • Paperback ISBN:9781098385743

Giving Back

Memories, Reflections, and Lessons Learned

by Edward A. Joseph

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COVID has not only damaged bodies but spirits. Giving Back: Memories, Reflections, and Lessons Learned fights emotional and mental negativity with short stories that inform, inspire, and give hope. A reader for a contest Giving Back was entered in wrote, "It is not often we get to peek behind the curtain and learn from someone who has done and seen so much. In this fascinating read, author Edward A. Joseph, former teacher, and administrator turned freelance writer shares his experiences. Get a cup of coffee and a blanket and listen to a mentor who will soon be a friend."


"There is a sense of intimacy to the articles that make Giving Back a thoroughly enthralling read...The more I read, the more I found myself immersed in Joseph's writings. His prose is minimalistic and flows smoothly. The rhythmic bouts of wit and humor throughout the book keep you entertained all the way."
—Pikasho Deka, for Readers' Favorite, Five Stars


"For a volume of short stories, essays, and articles that offer wisdom, tears, insight, and humor, Giving Back: Memories, Reflections, and Lessons Learned by Edward A. Joseph is the perfect gift to give yourself or someone else."       
—Tammy Ruggles, for Readers' Favorite, Five Stars

There is a subtle elegance in simple, good writing. Edward Joseph understands this. It’s what makes his book such a pleasure to read. I received an advanced copy and feel lucky that I did, because his brief and poignant essays are the written equivalent of a Norman Rockwell painting—touching, heartwarming, and purely positive. There are pearls of wisdom here. Joseph gives voice to the values we are so at risk of losing in the current historical moment. Be a good neighbor (and someone doesn’t need to live next door to be your neighbor). Be kind. Be compassionate. Be intellectually curious and seek the majesty in small things and all places. I thoroughly enjoyed this book on so many levels.”

—J Petes, Amazon review

About the author

The author has varied interests, including reading, bowling, golf, and challenging Sudoku puzzles. He has a life-long love of sports, and at the age of 76, finished first in the 200-meter dash at the Empire State Senior-Masters Games. He holds three academic degrees, and whimsically, also graduated from the International Bartender's School in New York City. He worked as a bartender part-time in a private tennis club and full-time one summer in a restaurant. He also worked in construction and as a security guard and has a United States patent (#5,732,952) on a baseball-related bucket game.


After retiring from the Yonkers public school system, where he was a teacher and administrator, he started working as a freelance writer. His nonfiction work has appeared in regional newspapers and magazines and national magazines and books, including Inventors' Digest, Elks Magazine, Vibrant Life, Angels on Earth, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and The Saturday Evening Post. His first book, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Teacher, about his career as an urban educator, is available as an eBook and a print edition at


He has two grown children and lives with his spouse, Susan, his love, with their French bulldog, Louie, in the Park Hill section of Yonkers. He can be contacted at [email protected]/.

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