Tortured & Tormented Excerpt

Four  My mom wakes me. It is the first day of first grade. I still remember how excited I was about the first day of kindergarten. Today, there is no excitement. Mom is cooking up soft boiled eggs and Italian toast. In the background, the radio hisses and crackles The Harry West Show opening theme,... Continue Reading →

Is Suicide Painless – A Novella

Butterfly Femme 5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing & Poetic Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019 This is one of the most engaging books I have read in a long time. The descriptions are minimal, yet vivid. I kept holding out my plate for another serving, as I found it that compelling. I... Continue Reading →

School Shootings! Bullying! PTSD! Suicide!

The Damaged and Broken Collection are novella concerning real life suffering and mental injury. These stories are important now, more than ever.  Available on Amazon. Please get your copy today. Thank you, Joe click or copy and paste https://www.amazon.com/Joseph-F.-Leonardi/e/B00J6VZ0DQ   https://youtu.be/fwsf2RP4ed0 “Who am I?” I am an independent, self-published teller of tales, an author, as... Continue Reading →

A Question – Is It Possible The Pharmaceutical Industry May Be Contributing To The Mental Health Crisis?

In this post I am making no claims -- -- all I am doing is asking questions and maybe get people to start a dialogue.  I'm not even sure if they are the right questions, but I am asking them just the same.  There is a rush, it can be argued justifiable, to blame the pharmaceutical... Continue Reading →

I am often amazed…

...that when people discuss complex issues such as -- --opioid addiction --any addiction --violence --school shootings --mass shootings --mass murders --climate change --mental health --loneliness -infidelity --bullying --hatred --poverty --suicide --PTSD --war they genuinely think and wholeheartedly believe that these problems have but one simplistic cause and only one simplistic solution

Is It Possible — Pharmaceutical Industry Contributoring To The Mental Health Crisis?

In this post I am making no claims -- -- all I am doing is asking questions and maybe get people to start a dialogue.  I'm not even sure if they are the right questions, but I am asking them just the same.  There is a rush, it can be argued justifiable, to blame the pharmaceutical... Continue Reading →

Why write Creating a School Shooter?

We can't escape the headlines of mass murders occurring in our schools and now our churches. The very place where children are sent to be educated. The very place where they should be safe and free from danger.  Sadly, school shootings have become the new normal. These horrific crimes and events lead us to ask... Continue Reading →

Social Media Power of Positive-Thought, Pop-Psychology Poppycock

The social media pop-psychologists are out in full force. The self-righteous self-helpers offer unsolicited words with only one purpose --- to give themselves a superior sense of self. Lacking even a single request, they offer their self-aggrandizing wisdom - -To those they have never met. -To those they do not know. -To those they do... Continue Reading →

Future Damaged and Broken Novellas

In 2019 I am expecting to release at least five more stories in The Damaged and Broken Collection --- • “It Is Never Just A Slap,” which I am currently working on, a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. •“Abandonment and Addiction,” a girl from a broken home who becomes addicted to heroin. •“A Father’s Son,” the breakdown of... Continue Reading →

Another Mass Murder and…

...within hours, media and pundits and bloggers and morning coffee drinkers have already begun laying blame at the feet of everyone, but the person who pulled the trigger and why. I am often amazed at how quickly tragedy become politics and people start taking sides. I wrote Tortured and Tormented, and other novelettes in The Damaged... Continue Reading →

War Springs Eternal – Paperback Now Available

For those out there who, like me, appreciate reading a physical book, turning the pages as the scent of a ink wafts from the freshly printed page - War Springs Eternal is available on Amazon.com in paperback from. Just click the picture or this link and you should be directed right to the page. If for some reason, the link doesn't... Continue Reading →

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