About


My name is Joe and I am interested in sharing with others what stirs the sea of my mind. A being of love and light with a serious desire to make the world a better place. I am  open for suggestion and direction as to where I may best be of service.

I am not formerly educated and actually quit school to rescue the hostages taken in Iran hostage crisis and the Marine barracks bombing in Lebanon in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. At 17 I passed the GED test and followed my heart and one of my hero’s (Audie Murphy) path’s and joined the U.S Army.

The education after traditional schooling has been earned through millions of interactions with people of many various cultures groups and organizations as well as the day to day dealing with life. I have read and studied many things from which apple is tartest to why we still cage animals and show them at zoo’s. Religions and philosophy, psychology, politics etc.

Since my late teens, I have been across the great nation in which I live at least twenty times and have been to every state except Alaska. Being a lover of undisturbed nature I guess fate has seen to it that the last place I would visit, Alaska would be one of the most spectacular. I spent time in Germany, and have stayed in various parts of Holland, Canada, and Mexico. I also spent a few years of my youth on an island named Guam where my father was stationed during part of the war with Viet-Nam.

I have been very fortunate in life being born in the US has it’s privileges. For me money wasn’t one of them however access to books( I have read thousands of them) and people to ask questions of has enriched my life in a way that although a formal education would be nice can not match. I have planted trees with Tongan’s picked crops and planted crops with various kinds of Spanish speaking peoples from places like Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina. Worked with people from various Eastern European Nations, native American Indians the US has many different peoples. Most I have worked with were legal many however were not. The biggest lesson I have learned from all of them is that we are all very much alike in that for all of us Love is universal language and it doesn’t take words to share it.

I am as my blog is titled “I am for change “and positive change is the objective. I can and would help any cause that betters humanity, society and the environment. My hope is that through my blogs I may be so fortunate to meet others that have similar feelings that we may share ideas and come together to reach for positive growth and humanitarianism. We share the planet with many other nations and we as a global society have an obligation to all that share and will share it in the future to care for it.

“Take care of yourself first and all will fall in line” was one of my grandfathers favorite sayings  his other was” love yourself otherwise why would anyone else want to? “Lets Love our world and all that live on it with our hearts and share the light of our maker the gift of love.”  We will make our world a better place for all through the power of our hearts live a life of love and be the change positive share your light.

119 Responses to About

  1. wenwilder says:

    Joe, thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate the support for the newly formed Veterans Project starting in Nebraska. I would very much like to add your a link to your blog if you’d let me?

  2. iamforchange says:

    I would be honored and would like to do the same. Thank you for taking the time to stop by and including me in your thoughts.

  3. Dale Suslick says:

    Thank you for serving the USA … what a story you must have!!!

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment and thank you for the compliment. I am honored to be an American and grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.

  4. Tracy Lee Carroll says:

    Hello Joe,

    Thanks for stopping by my quiet corner of the web. Have our paths crossed elsewhere on the web? You’re name is familiar, but I can’t place it. You do seem to have a story to tell. What am amazing life you lead. Having not had a formal education either, I know firsthand that there are plenty of lessons to be learned just by living a curious life. We are not bound by books, but instead freed by them and all of life’s experiences.

    Keep up the good work! I’m going to go dig into your writings now for a bit.

    Thanks again,

    Tracy

    • iamforchange says:

      Tracy, I am honored and apologize for the delay in a return comment… I thank you and must say I follow your blog as well you are an amazing person and one of a very Beautiful soul!

  5. I have nominated you for the award please have a look as given below; http://justsimplyinlove.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/the-liebster-blog-award/
    Thank you
    Regards,
    Zahir

    • iamforchange says:

      Zahir, my friend I hope I offend you not for that is the farthest from my hearts desire.. I am quite honored and flattered that you choose to nominate me, I am quite Grateful and quite undeserving of such an award. It is my true reward that you have felt so inclined to share such with me and to be quite honest your reading of my posts especially my earlier ones that speaks volumes of your heart and being. Allowing me to share such things with you and sharing your comments and likes are the reward that touches my core and you have given me many smiles as I read and you share your posts as they give many smiles and fill my heart with love. Thank you Zahir! My heart felt wish for great love in your life here and beyond my friend!

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope your blog can inspire all of us to make more peaceful world.

  7. gethappy says:

    I have been moved by your story/background.Your uniqueness gives me special interest in your blog.Have you ever been to Africa? I would love to know what you think or your experiences of Africa. We have humanitarian interest in common and I look forward to discussing humanitarian issues with you.

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you for the comment as well as the compliment, I am sure we will have much to share as far as humanitarian issues and being good people. I have not had the gift of having been to Africa. I will say that Africa and the issues there have been inspirational since my childhood. One of the greatest tragedies that we as human beings fail to act upon is that of helping those far less fortunate especially the children of Africa. I will share my feelings in a post soon as I redirect my thoughts to a much larger scale and inspire those of our world to make positive change. Thank you my new Friend and I look forward to sharing with you.

  8. Thank you Joe, for your visit in my blog. I highly appreciate it. What a wonderful heart you have for sharing your thoughts and for serving your country. I’ll be looking forward to all of your writings in your blog.

    Dolly

  9. Hanna says:

    Hi, Joe. Congratulations! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. http://goss-coaching.com/2011/12/23/a-wonderful-gift/

    Happy Holidays!

    Hanna

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you Hanna, I am honored for the nomination and must respectfully decline. The reward you give by visiting and commenting on my posts is a cherished one and the true reward I seek so thank you for the gifts!

      Happy Holidays to you as well!

  10. Congratulations! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. http://goss-coaching.com/2011/12/23/a-wonderful-gift/

    Happy Holidays!

    Hanna

  11. Hello! First I want to thank you for your service, truly honored to have met you through your writing. I count it a privilege to meet others of different cultures and backgrounds. I look forward to reading more of what you have to say and think. May we all be so willing to learn from each other. Blessings :)

  12. Hello Joe, Congratulations! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award, check it out here: http://allaboutlemon.com/2012/02/06/whew-more-versatile-blogger-awards/
    Enjoy and have fun :) You deserved it!

  13. Hi Joe, Not forgotten you my friend and glad to see you back, I have just nominated you to receive the Leibster Award and you can find the award here
    http://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/awards-and-away-time/ I hope this award bring with it many new visitors to your Delightful Blog.. Blessings Sue Dreamwalker
    I hope that this brings many more who are of like mind for Change into your Blog world Hugs Sue x

  14. Very eloquent. And a powerful mission statement. Where in Cally have you been? And…sprichst du Deutsch?

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you, your comment is a big smile in my heart. I have been meaning to edit the about section for a while and am working on it. As far as Cally mostly the southern half although this summer I hope to make the trip up the coastal highway. As far the Deutsch… a little. I am way out of practice, the last time I had the opportunity was in a bar in Manhattan while I and the visitors where totally intoxicated according to my friends I spoke fluently and my Italian wasn’t to bad either. Thanks for the smile and the comment I am grateful.

  15. I wish you every success.

  16. Joe, thank you for stopping and liking a recent post. Your blog looks rich and deep with the experience of a life fully lived in many ways. I look forward to following and learning more from you and about you.

    Take care,

    Ivon

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you Ivon, I enjoyed your pages that I have read and look forward to learning from and about you as well. We learn and grow together in a world of constant change it is an honor to have the compliment and the gift you share expressing it. Thank you, my friend.

  17. Ganesh says:

    Nice and inspiring blog, Joe! Thanks for following “Known is a drop, Unknown is an Ocean”. :)

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you my Friend I follow your blog as it is inspiring and enlightening. Knowledge and wisdom shared are gifts to be cherished. Thank you for sharing yours and the honor of sharing your thoughts and love through your words here. I am grateful and humbled for the gift.

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  19. once4always says:

    i have nominated you for one lovely blog award….have a look at
    http://once4always.wordpress.com/
    -smiles-

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you very much I am honored and at the moment quite busy and trying to figure out how to do this award thing is a work in progress I should be on track this weekend and will post it then. Thank you for the award and your understanding.

  20. Ian Gardner says:

    It is pleasing to see yet another with commendable aspirations. May your journey continue positively. :-)

  21. hilarylust says:

    Hi Joe!
    What amazing experiences you have had in your life! Your idea for positive change is so inspiring! Can’t wait to sit down and read through more of your posts! Thanks for stopping by my site as well; I’m honoured by your nomination :)
    Keep up the blogging!

  22. jrosenberry1 says:

    Hi Joe – one of my early memories is watching the news about the Iranian hostage crisis. Thank you for everything you have done for us … and thank you for your wonderful blog. :)

  23. Julie Catherine says:

    Joe, I loved reading your ‘about’ page – you are a fascinating person with so much of yourself that you generously offer the world; thank you for being who you are and doing what you do! I am so remiss so be learning more about you just now, when you have been graciously following my blog for so many months – please forgive me for the long delay? I look forward to reading more of your posts and learning about your work. Sending you love and blessings for a wonderful day! ~ With much gratitude, Julie

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you Julie, I am honored that you sent such a wonderful comment. No apology is necessary there fore forgiveness is not required. I am however honored again for your sentiment, I love your pages and it is a great gift you share. It is I that am grateful and with love I share my wishes of great blessings and love in all your days.

  24. Joe, congratulations! I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Check it out here: http://wp.me/p2TeFs-gS! :D

  25. Hey Chook, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award, thankyou for your magic words :) Luv Dawny…Here’s ze link – http://littlebeut333.com/2012/12/20/oh-my-gaaaaawd-an-actual-award-thank-you-millions/

  26. Hello Joe,

    Happy Holidays, poet! Got a lil news…:) In lieu of an acceptance post for the meme you were kind enough to bestow, I’ve fashioned a blogroll–complete with intro post to it–on which you are included. If you want to come lookee loo…:) Berry Very Merry…

  27. tsizzles says:

    Hi I nominated you for the one lovely blogger award. Thanks for the 2012 award too! I am truly honoured. I will post that award next. Once again thank you so much.

  28. The Commonzense of Saint James says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you will find something that will interest you in the future.
    Be Blessed- David

    • iamforchange says:

      You are welcome and thank you for visiting mine and taking the time to share your thoughts. I am quite sure that I will find many things you share quite interesting and look forward to having you share them. It is an honor to have the privilege to read your works. Thank you for sharing them and your time spent here.

      We are both quite blessed,
      Joe

  29. Lovely to meet you Joe!

    Warmly,
    Jennifer

  30. Herman says:

    Hi Joe, thank you for following HoB. Much appreciated! I’ll be hanging around here…

  31. Hi Joe, thanks for following us. We definitely appreciate your worldview and your generous actions, and look forward to exploring your site further. If you’re a facebook user we’d love for you to visit our page. See you there! (p.s. I was born in Alaska so hope you have the opportunity to make it an even 50!)

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you and what an awesome comment! I am quite confident I will make all 50. I will be on face book soon and will look for your page. Thank you and I quite enjoy your pages! :)

  32. soumyav says:

    Wonderful to know about you and many thanks for being on my blog!

  33. evi says:

    hey joe! thank you for following my blog :)
    i wish you a wonderful day!

  34. petrel41 says:

    Congratulations, Joe!

    I have nominated your blog for the Best Moment Award.

    The rules of this award are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/best-moment-award-thanks-tazein-and-alice/

  35. Thank you kindly for visiting and following my blog. :)

  36. Hi Joe,
    I hope we can continue to share our thoughts and together make this world a better place for us all to live, a world filled with humility,kindness, compassion and love.
    Take care and thank you for being my cyber friend.
    Namaste
    Mark

  37. queenlorene says:

    What an amazing person you are. You make me feel very little. I have enjoyed reading your inspiring posts and look forward to more of them. Finding a blog like yours is a treasure.

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you for your compliments and your comments, I am very grateful. I would not want you to ever feel little especially on my account, I truly enjoyed reading the pages of yours you chose to share and look forward as well to reading may more and learning from you and with you! Thank you:)

  38. Hi Joe, wow you have led an amazing life, I bet you have unbelievable stories to tell. I enjoyed reading a few of your posts and look forward to reading many more. Take care and enjoy today!

  39. bobet888 says:

    thank you for always supporting my blog. i went through some personal crisis…that’s when i seldom update. but i can not ignore this voice in my mind telling me to be persistent and never lose hope. reminding me that our God is a victorious God.

  40. Peg Richards says:

    Hi, Joe. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following it. We have one unusual thing in common. I actually lived in Iran in 1975. My oldest son was born there. I escaped before the Iranian Revolution. What a story you must have to tell! Thank you for serving our country. Blessings, Peg.

  41. luggagelady says:

    What a thrilling privilege for me to find YOU! Your perspective from having truly lived life “hands-on” is as beautiful as it is inspiring. Thank you for sharing and enlightening the world with your well-rounded mind!!!

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you for sharing such a lovely comment. I am grateful and honored you shared such wonderful thoughts. Thank you!!! for sharing with me the words and the smile! :)

  42. Hi there, Joe! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! There are a few rules, so zip to my blog and get started—wink! http://tinkerbellproject.com

    • iamforchange says:

      Awesome, Thank you I am quite honored and will be posting this soon as I am working on an awards apge it should be soon and congratulations. I will be by your page soon. Thank you again my Beautiful friend keep that dust flying please! :0

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  44. ciao! luvFAB blog.
    thebestdressup

  45. AP says:

    I’m so glad I came across your blog. Keep being yourself! I am for change too. :)

  46. tonight I was drawn back into your world…
    not sure why or even how…
    chaos seems to be my partner at the moment
    so many changes, so many lost moments coming back to haunt me
    Your energy always has a smile…a haunting one sometimes….
    I hope you are well in your world and know you are thought about
    with only best of yet to come for you….
    worlds collide here in cyberspace….and some would say imaginary friends for
    any energy can be anything they choose….
    your thoughts are of kindness…so I think you must be so very kind in deed
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    ladyblue

    • iamforchange says:

      I am both honored and touched. Thank you as you too matter and very much I am grateful you chose to share that with me, I kind of need it in a way. Thank you LadyBlue, I feel the love from you and hope you feel it coming back to you!

  47. Hi Mr.Joe
    Thank you for following my blog, also commenting on post.I really appreciate it. just a bit exploring your blog. you have an awesome blog. Will exploring more your stuff :) Blessing
    Regards
    Karina

  48. Thank you so much for dropping by wePoets, it’s much appreciated. :)

  49. Xena says:

    Paying it forward by presenting you with the Versatile Blogger Award. Information on the rules for accepting are here: http://blackbutterfly7.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/blackbutterfly7-versatile-blogger-award/

  50. Your grandfather was very wise, a man after my own heart… You have created a wonderful blog and I hope we can enjoy each others journey into being the change we want to see in the world… Barbara

  51. Ahmed says:

    There are many things cannot be taught at school, only life provide this kind of knowledge. People ‘s skills I call it; it’s what we learn every day through our interaction with others but If I may ask, many people have nothing to teach you, I mean if you knew they’d never add anything for you, would you still need to be in touch and deal with them?

    I like what you wrote here, it’s clear through your writings. I am so looking forward to read more of your poems. :)

    • iamforchange says:

      Thank you for your beautiful expression and the gift you share with your kind words. I am quite honored and quite delighted that you choose to share such positive and loving energy. Thank you again! :) Peace! Joe

  52. You have a very interesting blog here, continue the great work.
    Thanks for your visit, likes and following at my blog. Very appreciated.
    You also got a new follower.
    Irene

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Thank you Irene.. I had imagined you visiting my other blog.. I am grateful you chose to stop by and share your thoughts as well as follow my pages. I love to create as well. Painting and poetry are my favorite after smiles!
      I appreciate your visit as well as your time and sharing your wonderful words! :) Thank you!
      Joe

      • Thank you too.
        Until now I didn’t write so much at my blog, but that will come, when I feel ready for that.
        I will visit your other blog too.
        Irene

      • Joe Bradshaw says:

        You are quite awesome! Thank you for your kind words and sentiment.. I thought I had visited your pages from my other blog it seemed apropriate as it is an art and creative blog. I am grateful you took the time and shared your thoughts. Thank you! :) :) Joe

      • I don’t remember your visit from your other blog, but now I follow that too :-D
        Thank you too.
        Irene

  53. Joe, you know the greatest thing about this world of blogging is the fantastic connections that get made. My rather long-winded (I am a Brit you know!) way of saying thank you for your recent decision to follow Learning from Dogs. Hope to see your comments and, even better, if you have a post that you would like to share on LfD, go for it! Best wishes, Paul

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Paul, thank you for such a wonderful comment and the compliments you share as well, I may take you up one day on sharing a post with you on your space and well the comments and compliments are assured I enjoy the visits to your pages and look forward to many. Thank you Paul for the smiles you bring they are indeed priceless… :) Joe

  54. Mary says:

    Thank you for visiting and following Reflections From the Heart http://maryaperez.com/about-mary/. I am honored to have met you and after reading some of your posts, glad to follow you. Blessings!

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Mary, I am honored as well and appreciate the comment and especially the compliment as your following and reading my pages is a great compliment. Thank you and I quite look forward to reading more of your posts and the thoughts you share from your beautiful heart! :) Joe

  55. Thank you for the visit, Mr. Bradshaw!
    I admire your message; I would say that I’m for change too, but my socks disagree with me.
    That was a joke.
    I change my socks.
    Promise.
    Wishing you happy days!

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Thank you so very much for your visit and your wonderful comment as well as taking the time to share it. I laughed as did your socks.. :)
      I look very much forward to many visits to your pages and hope to see you here again!
      Happy days and may they be peaceful as well,:)

      Joe

  56. I’m happy to nominate you for One Lovely Blog Award. The rules are the same as those for a Versatile Blogger Award. Check them out here: http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/ Congratulations! —Jadi

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Thank You Jadi, and congratulations to you as well. I am in the process of a new revised awards page and will post this wonderful award soon! Thank you for you kind sentiment and for sharing your time here with me and on your wonderful pages with us all! :) Joe

  57. Ian Gardner says:

    Welcome to the g+ page The Milk Is White, Joe.

  58. Khushbo says:

    Hello Joe, I didn’t realize you had already won the “very inspiring blogger award”. I have also nominated you for it. Irrespective, I truly believe you deserve it! Wishing you all the best going forward :) http://lifealight.com/2014/03/25/kintal-thank-you-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Thank you I will accept and share this award with some deserving bloggers as well. I appreciate and am grateful you feel I deserve the honor and will say you are deserving as well you are indeed very inspiring and very kind, the smiles you bring are priceless and cherished gifts!

  59. Meg Evans says:

    Hi Joe — I’m keeping a list of positive blogs on my site, and have added yours to it. I hope my readers will also enjoy your inspiring posts. Thanks for being a voice for kindness and peace!

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      Thank you so very much for your wonderful gift and the sentiment and kindness you share by doing so. I appreciate the gifts and cherish them as well as your taking the time to share and express such a beautiful sentiment! :)

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  61. aFrankAngle says:

    The vast majority of life is about goodness … now if more people understood that.

  62. darealztalk says:

    Joe, thank you for sharing your vision and visiting my blog and seeing mine. We both are on the same page with regards to life and making it a better place. Keep on inspiring my friend!

    • Joe Bradshaw says:

      I am truly humbled and do believe we are on the same page and am honored you took the time to share the comment and share the visits and follow with me I enjoyed very much reading and feeling what you share. I shall keep inspiring as shall you as in our hearts we must be true. You are awesome and it is an honor to have you as a new friend it will be even more so when we are old friends… in say 50 or so years :) Thank you my friend!

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