Welcome to the World of Sliding Otter

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What  is Sliding Otter Publications?

Sliding Otter Publications is Dr. Joseph Langen’s publishing company. He has been writing for the past fifteen years on topics related to living a more productive and fulfilling life in harmony with others.


About Joseph Langen SAM_2123

I am a retired psychologist who worked with adults, teens, children and families in a variety of settings over 35 years. I now write full time.


I began writing short stories in the 1980’s for my own amusement and even published one. In 1990, when I began private practice, I started writing a quarterly newsletter for my professional colleagues. Eventually I converted this to a biweekly newspaper column which I still writes for The Daily News in Batavia and distribute free as Sliding Otter News. These columns formed the basis for two of my books.

I welcome your comments on my writing at jglangen@gmail.com.

Visit my Pinterest page at http://www.pinterest.com/jglangen/

What can you learn from my writing?

I offer help with three goals which might interest you:

  • Prune unwanted stress from your tree of life.
  • Live a more productive and peaceful life.
  • Learn practical ways to do both of these.
  • Learn to live in harmony with the earth and with your fellow citizens of earth.

How do you do that?  Here are 5 ways:

  1. Know what your life is about- Understand what is important to you. Decide what you want from life and how to get it.
  2. Find your obstacles- Discover what’s keeping you from living your life to the fullest.
  3. Sweep out the rubble- If you were a hoarder, you couldn’t walk through your house. Most of us leave obstacles lying in their way and trip over them every time they start to move.
  4. Use your tools to your benefit- You have a body, mind, emotions and soul all of which shape who you are and who you can be. Learn to keep these tools sharp and ready to use.
  5. Saddle up your posse- You have people around you who will support you. Share your goals with them and ask for their support.

Can’t I do that by myself?

If you can, great. You probably don’t need to read further. If you need a little help. you are in the right place. My writing is geared for more mature teens and for adults. My goals are to help you understand the challenges in your life, learn what you can do about them, and take practical steps to reach your life goals. Here are some tools to get you started toward a less stressful,  more peaceful life:

Dr. Langen’s Books are available for preview and sale at Amazon in paperback and Ebook format: 

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Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It–  A book for teens about the best and  worst parts of your life and how to enjoy or manage it. The book is based on  questionnaires and interviews with teens and also includes stories and poetry.


Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life A book to help understand what stress is, where it comes from, how it affects your body, mind, emotions and soul, and three ways you can  deal with it.

CSW coverCommonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life–  Reflections on everyday experiences and how to make sense of them.

Navigating Life

Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage–  A second book of reflections  which also includes life lab lessons, practical suggestions for you.


Young Man of the Cloth– A memoir of my coming of age through my nine years in  the seminary and monastery.

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The Pastor’s Inferno– A novel about an abusive priest coming to terms with his actions and his search for redemption.

Stress Briefly Noted – a nuts and bolts approach to how stress affects you and what to do about it.

Free Sites:

Release your stress and reclaim your life– A blog on ways you can make sense of stress and find ways to avoid or manage it.

Make the best of your teen years– A blog for teens about issues what pop up in your life. Parents and grandparents and teachers might also find it helpful in understanding the teens in their lives.

Chats with my Muse Calliope– Reflections on the author’s adventures in the writing life.

Sliding Otter Publications.– Regular posts on living a mindful life and managing its challenges.


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