Conversations with My Muse: A Year with Calliope

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About Joseph Langen


Born in Dunkirk, NY, he moved to Rochester, NY when his father returned from his navy duties in World War II. He considered being a priest, and spent nine years in the seminary and monastery. He was married for twenty nine years and raised three children. He is currently in a wonderful relationship and lives in Leroy, NY.

When he returned to the world at large after his monastery stay, he decided to explore psychology and switched from a philosophy major in the monastery to psychology and received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He stayed in Buffalo to receive a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Then he moved to the University of Illinois for his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. Along the way during his training, Gowanda Psychiatric Center and Chenute Air Force Base Counseling Center gave him practical experience.

Work Life

After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for two years at Temple University Counseling Center. Next he spent two years at De La Salle In Towne, an experimental day treatment center for delinquent boys. Then he came back to Western New York and worked at Genesee County Mental Health in Batavia. Being in a rural area with limited resources, he learned to work with a great variety of people of all ages. After eleven years, he decided to return to Rochester where he grew up and took a job at DePaul Mental Health where he learned about family therapy, ending up as supervisor of the children's treatment program. By 1990, he felt ready to be more on my own and became an independent contractor at a practice in the Buffalo area. Eventually he moved the rest of the way into private practice and returned to work in Batavia. He recently retired from psychology practice and now writes full time and enjoys an AmeriCorps placement at GO ART! in Batavia, NY.


He began writing short stories in the 1980's for his own amusement and even published one. In 1990, when he began private practice, he started writing a quarterly newsletter for his referral sources. Eventually he converted this to a biweekly newspaper column which he still writes for The Daily News in Batavia. These columns formed the basis for his first book, Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life.

In light of his seminary and monastery background, he took an interest in the priest-sexual abuse crisis and thought back to his cloistered years. Pondering these years led to his memoir, Young Man of the Cloth. When he realized that no one had told the priest abuse story from the priest's point of view, he decided to write what he had learned from his research and personal experience about abusive priests as a novel, The Pastor's Inferno.

He has published the following books available at Amazon in paperback and Ebook formats:

- Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life, thoughts on the events of ordinary life,

- Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage, a book of reflections about life's joys and predicaments and what to do about them.

- Young Man of the Cloth- a memoir of the author's nine years in a Catholic seminary and monastery.

- The Pastor's Inferno- a novel about an abusive priest in search of redemption.

- Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life- a comprehensive look at what stress is, how it affects you and what you can do about it.

- Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It.

He has also maintains three blogs on Wordpress:

- Chats with My Muse Calliope

- Make the Best of Your Teen Years

- Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life.

He writes a biweekly newspaper column for The Daily News in Batavia, NY which appears in his free newsletter, available for free at

He welcomes your comments on his writing at

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