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After spending a significant part of my life teaching English in the secondary schools and colleges of upstate New York, I followed the advice of former teachers from grade school to graduate school and became a writer. Within the first two years, I had put together two collections of related short stories, Half -Past Nowhere, and Love Songs in Minor Keys. Each was accepted for publication by the first and only publisher I contacted.
Patterned after Hemingway's In Our Time, the first, Half -Past Nowhere, traces the growth of a young hero as he passes from the innocence of youth to the understanding that comes only with experience. Two of the included stories, "Mountain Men" and "Phineas Rising" were selected as finalists by Glimmer Train, o...more

I don't remember who it was who wrote,"I'd rather be a dissatisfied Socrates than a satisfied pig." It's been years since I first read the line; I've thought about it a lot since.
It's hard not to fill up on Life's special moments... ignore the flowers and the gentle breezes... the children at play daring you not to smile.
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Half-Past Nowhere
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 2008
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Half- Past Nowhere (Literature & Fiction)
3 chapters   —   updated May 22, 2010 07:25AM
Description: A collection of related short stories that reads like a novel.Patterned after Hemingway's In Our Time, it too traces a young hero(who looks suspiciously like the author) as he progresses from the innocence of childhood to the complicated world of the adult.Two of the included stories were selected as finalists by one of the countries most prestigious contests for the short story, sponsored by Glimmer train.
Love Songs in Minor Keys (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 23, 2009 09:15PM
Description: A critically acclaimed collection of short stories about Love,broadly defined. Each of the stories functions as a kind of minor chord in music. Strange. Unusual.At times surprising or upsetting. Sometimes even shocking.The new and the old.The bright and the dark.Fused in such a way as to create a most interesting music.
Love Songs in Minor Keys (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 23, 2009 09:13PM
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Love Songs in Minor Keys (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 23, 2009 08:56PM
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"Mountain Men" (Literature & Fiction)
0 chapters   —   updated Oct 08, 2008 05:49PM
Description: A moving account that may remind you of Faulkner's "The Bear."In this selection,Joey has disregarded the advice of his students who have warned him not to seek out the legendary woodsman and ginseng hunter,Luther Carver, who dislikes people and has been known to shoot at strangers.Over time, Joey has somehow gotten Luther to take him into the "deep woods" and instruct him about what lives there.Even more surprising, Luther has taken a liking to him and invited him into his dirt floor cabin.After the most surprising night of his young life,Joey realizes it is time to leave. "Joey rose from the table and placed a hand gently on Luther's shoulder.He moved to the door and took one last look at the old man who still stared out the window, the only sounds to break the silence the calls of crickets begging to come inside.How many nights would the old saint sit like this he wondered? Alone surrounded by nothing but the four walls which more or less came together,nothing to distract him until the twilight signaled it was time to sleep.Joey thought of him drifting off to sleep, his head against the wall,listening to the rain on the corrugated tin roof working its way down the gutter and into the rain barrell,lulling him to a deep sleep and dreams ,if not of lions like old Santiago, then of expanses of ginseng, gold in the glow of an autumn day.He closed the door quietly and walked to his car."( to be Continued.)
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“Capote's rejoinder to the Kerouac assertion that he never needed to edit his writing: "That's not writing .That's typing.”
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“It's often a matter of sitting in front of the computer and worrying. It's what writing comes down to--worrying that things aren't going to work out.”
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“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
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“I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.”
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message 21: by J.

J. Guevara Thanks for the add, Joseph. BTW, the j in my name is for Joe also. But being raised in an Italian neighborhood, when mom yelled for me half the block would show up. So I settled for j. Besides, it helps remind me of my insignificance.

Look forward to sharing some lit with you. Tired of reading about McNovels. (aka: most best-seller lists)

message 20: by Joseph

Joseph I suspect you have traded the heat and humidity for sleet and snow. Still, Saratoga is a wonderful place, and in August, there's no place like it. Best.

Joseph Cavano

message 19: by Irene (last edited Oct 16, 2009 10:50AM)

Irene Hi Joseph, thank you for the friend invitation. I accept!! How interesting, my husband and I were living down the road a piece (Wilmington, NC), from 1982 to 1998. We moved to Saratoga Springs because the heat and humidity were too much for me. Also, Mom needed care, and I wanted to share that care with my siblings. Thanks again, Irene

message 18: by Alice

Alice Hi Joseph, Funny that you should say that about Italians and Jews making such good friends. My best friend was Italian. You'd probably understand why the bond if you read my book, Becoming Alice, and those early years in a lower class Italian neighborhood with those crazy, emotional, sincere, giving, and loving people.
Caio, Alice

message 17: by Rosanne

Rosanne Catalano Hi Joseph, thanks for being a friend on Goodreads! Also thank you for saying my interests are...interesting. In answer to your question, Middle Village is in Queens County, NY, right near Howard Beach, Forest Hills, Rego Park, Glendale (Queens), Ridgewood and Maspeth. In other words, Forest Hills & Rego Park are East of Middle Village; Howard Beach, Glendale & Ridgewood are South of Middle Village, and Maspeth is West of Middle Village. Let me know if you're familiar with these towns close to mine, okay? Thanks! ~Rosanne Catalano, publisher/editor/author, The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers Magazine,

message 16: by Maria

Maria Thanks for adding me, Joseph; I'm looking forward to reading your books


message 15: by Sanaz

Sanaz Hi Joseph,

Thanks for the friend request ,Nice to meet you!

Good Luck,

message 14: by Meen

Meen And hearing you play one day in NY!


message 13: by Meen

Meen Hi Joseph, your work sounds really interesting. I look forward to reading it!

message 12: by Rebbie

Rebbie Hope you got my message of thanks. Still learning how to work the site. Looking forward to reading HALF PAST NOWHERE.

message 11: by Hollis

Hollis Thanks for the add. Of course, I like fantasy fiction just as much as the next person, but proper literary fiction and classic writing will always be the most important thing for me.

message 10: by Beth

Beth Hi Joseph,
Thanks for befriending this mystery author!

Joseph Thanks, Melissa.And thanks to all my friends at Goodreads who listened in.I think improvised interviews are a lot of fun.The 45 minutes flew by for me. I hope you found something of interest or value .

Melissa Hello Joseph

Great interview on The Odd Mind. "Just because it's authentic doesn't mean it's relevant", very good advice.
I look forward to reading Half-Past Nowhere as well as your upcoming release.

Best wishes,

Joseph Audrey,
It was my pleasure.Have a lovely and healthful New Year. Best.

Audrey Happy New Year, Joseph. Thanks so much for the friend request and the book suggestion. I'm looking forward to reading your book, "Half-Past Nowhere", as well.

Dottie Joe -- I am thoroughly enjoying your comments in many places around Goodreads including groups of which I'm not a member and so cannot respond. But two recent posts touched upon Truman Capote and with each I found myself in complete accord. A fascinating human, a fascinating writer, and his work makes wonderful reading as well as re-reading.

I am also reminded how wonderful that original production of A Christmas Memory was -- why is it that the powers that be feel such beauty needs refreshing in order to appeal? People even those who are younger can find the appeal in the true and inherent wisdom of older works. Yes, I believe that, even now, or am I simply being a Pollyanna?

Thank you for your insights -- and I'll continue reading.

Victoria hi!
thanks =) you have a very wonderful selection also!


Sophie Hi thanks for the friend request I'll spread the word to the other Saratoga ladies I know. I saw you're from Kingston, I lived there most of my childhood. I can't wait to check out your book. I admit you've got me curious. :)


message 2: by Jody

Jody Scott-Olson Joseph, thanks for the friend invitation and thank you for taking the time to read the Chemistry chapter, I'm delighted that you liked it. I'm looking forward to checking out your work.

message 1: by Ilyn (last edited Oct 02, 2008 02:08AM)

Ilyn Ross Hello Joseph,

How are you? Thank you for accepting my friend-request and for joining “Happy & Brainy”. Good fortune on Half-Past Nowhere.

Please visit the “To the Glory of Man” group when you have a chance.

Enjoy the week. Warmest regards.

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