Man of many talents and gifts

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joe's books and cd's, and learn more about his creative works.

Joe is retired, following 30 years of naval service and a decade in industry.

Joe now devotes his time to community volunteer work as a high-school mathematics tutor. He enjoys writing children’s books, poetry, song lyrics, plays (Joe’s full-length play “NHÀ” is based on his experience in 1970 Saigon, Vietnam), in collaboration with Teresa O’Connell and Mindy Simmons, the musicals “TREES!” “OLIVE!” and “OUT IN THE SNOW.” Joe has published a collection of nine math books in a series “The Math Tutor’s Friend” that include pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, statistics, and calculus written specifically for tutors to review particular topics in these subject areas. These, along with the second editions of several of his children’s books, are published by Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. The first editions are published in Sarasota, Florida, using Peppertree Press

Notes From The Author: Time for Special Thanks

  • Ramon E. Owen

    Credit please to those who have made it possible for me to write these books. To Ramon Owen (also known as “REO”, a Ringling School Of Art student I met and helped along the way. REO is a talented artist who has been the principal illustrator for my books. When I met him he was a struggling art student, who I helped with books and supplies while he worked on my illustrations.

    Now in L.A., REO’s current interest is in music production, poetry, dancing and character sketching. He is currently a songwriter and producer representing the music production company that he helped found, “The Soundkillers.” The group includes music producer Phoenix along with songwriter Dion Primo. Within the past decade, REO has worked with T-Pain, Teedra Moses, Juelz Santana, Keyshia Cole and Beyonce.

  • ron berringer

    Without Ron my songs would have no melody, only the words that I have created. Ron Berringer has brought my songs to life, and added not only his melodies and musical knowledge to them, but also brought his voice to give them life.
    Ron has sadly passed away, and will be sorely missed. His keyboards and other instrumentals earned him the names "Tropical Tom" when performing in the area. He performed to loving audiences in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and St. Petersburg, Florida for many years.

  • Enter Teresa O'Connell

    Teresa O’Connell is the owner/operator of TJO Music and Consulting. A composer/arranger, professional accompanist, and private music and language arts educator, Teresa has over thirty years experience as an Indiana public school and college educator. She is passionate about teaching voice and piano to students of all ages, writing and arranging music, adjudicating music events, and working as a musical theatre director. Teresa is married to fellow music educator, Paul, and they have two beautiful daughters. Find Teresa at

  • mindy simmons

    This talented songwriter and vocalist joined my team when she added her vocals to my musical "TREES". Initially, I had recordings for my presentation of the musical by Ron Berringer, but was always being told it would work much better with a female vocalist portraying the female parts. Mindy not only added her voice to "TREES!" as the female part, but also did numerous children's voices on the recording. Later, she collaborated with both Ron and Howlin' Bob Fieberts on my CD, "Jewett City Polka". Sadly, Mindy passed away suddenly in the spring of 2022. A voice that will be missed around the globe.

  • links to new play exchange

    Joe has submitted these links for songs on the New Play Exchange. TREES! and BOOK BY THE CRECHE have been loaded on the New Play Exchange, and Joe hopes to add more soon! You'll find them all on the MUSIC page.

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