Monday, December 15, 2014

The Social Workers radio talk show interviews Ogden Rogers

Lamar Romeo and Alyssa Lotmore in The Social Workers radio studio.
The Social Workers Radio Talk Show is a great resource from the University at Albany School of Social Welfare. It is a weekly radio show hosted by social work faculty Alyssa Lotmore, Eric Hardiman, and others on topics of interest to social workers and/or on social issues.

On December 11, 2014, Lotmore, Hardiman, and MSW student Lamar Romeo interviewed Ogden Rogers, author of Beginnings, Middles, and Ends. Listen to the interview here:


In the interview, Rogers talks about how he got into the social work profession, how he came to write the book, and the social work profession. After listening to this interview, one reader wrote on

"Read this book after hearing Ogden Rogers on a University at Albany radio station. His interview was amazing and when I read the book, it was even better than expected. Will definitely share with co-workers."

The interview is approximately 36 minutes. Enjoy!

Rogers' book, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, is available in print and Kindle formats at It makes a great gift for any social worker or future social worker.

For more information and to buy the book, see:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Social Work Podcast by Jonathan Singer features Ogden Rogers reading from Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

Jonathan Singer of the Social Work Podcast is a fantastic host as he presents Ogden Rogers in a reading of six excerpts from his book, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, accompanied by Jonathan's commentary, musical background, and sound effects. Ogden's reading of these stories might make you laugh, cry, smile, or think just a little bit. The podcast is just under 25 minutes and well worth every minute of your time. You won't want to miss this!

Listen to the podcast.
Jonathan says about this episode:
In today's social work podcast, we're looking at the beginning, middle, and end of social work. No, this is not an apocalyptic tale of burning towers of progress notes and zombie utilization managers... although that does sound kind of interesting. No. Today’s episode is much more innocent than that. Ask any social worker, first year undergrad or emeritus professor, “what are the most basic phases of social work?” They will tell you: beginning, middle, and end. In today's Social Work Podcast we hear excerpts from a collection of poems and short stories called Beginnings, Middles & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, written by Ogden W. Rogers, Ph.D., LCSW, ACSW, Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and published in 2013 by White Hat Communications. Ogden has written a beautiful little collection of stories from his 30 years of social work experience. Of the 99 stories in his collection, we’ll hear six, two each from Beginnings, Middles, and Ends.
Beginnings, Middles, & Ends is available at in print and Kindle formats. It is also available from White Hat Communications and other bookstores and ebookstores.
Visit the Social Work Podcast site for more of Jonathan Singer's very informative social work podcast series.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Audio excerpt: Why not Why

Listen to author Ogden Rogers read a short piece from Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work. This piece, from pages 57-58 in the book, is titled "Why not Why."

Beginnings, Middles, & Ends reviewed in Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics Fall 2013

Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work was reviewed in the Fall 2013 edition of the Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, released this week.

Reviewer Stephen M. Marson, Ph.D., who is also editor of the journal, said in part:
The mood that the author sets is the best aspect of this book. It reminds me of the mood set by the writers of the TV show MASH. There is a mixture of drama and comedy that is perfectly blended to capture the attention of a casual reader. I found the entire book a joy to read. Personally, I found it therapeutic. 
 He also called the book "a profound piece of creative literature that will reinstill idealism within senior social workers who are on the threshold of being cynical about their work."

Read the full review at: Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, Fall 2013 edition.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Ogden Rogers Interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio About the Social Work Profession and His New Book

Author Ogden Rogers was interviewed by Al Ross of Spectrum West on Wisconsin Public Radio on November 7, 2013. They talked about the social work profession, as well as about Rogers' new book, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work. Ross read a few of the shorter stories out loud as part of the broadcast.

The interview provides insight into the thought that went into the writing of the book. The interview is archived online. You can listen to it here

Then go to or White Hat Communications to order the book and read the rest of the stories!

More Reviews for Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

Since Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work was released almost a month ago, the book has continued to receive favorable reviews.

Today, we heard from Bradford Sheafor, author of social work textbooks over the past three decades. Here's what he had to say:
“Many textbooks, including my own, carefully describe social work and what social workers do. Few of these books, however, capture art and heart required when applying the knowledge, values, and skills of this important profession. Ogden Rogers, in Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, provides a masterful complement to the existing texts. Although usually not labeled as such, in each of his stories a critical value, principle, or guideline for social work practice is illustrated. My thought after reading each story was, “Yes!!! That is what social work is all about.” Further, Rogers’ unabashed enthusiasm for this profession is indeed a welcome addition to the social work literature.”
Bradford W. Sheafor, Ph.D. 
Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University 
A customer on, L.M. Ferro, said this about the book:
"LOVE THIS BOOK! I shared it with my interns who are young social workers. I would HIGHLY recommend it! Makes a great gift for social workers."
The book was well-received at the recent Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, where Rogers was on hand to autograph copies.

The book is available at in print and Kindle editions, as well as at White Hat Communications' online store. 
Order now for holiday and graduation gift-giving, or put it on your own wishlist!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today Is the Day--Beginnings, Middles, & Ends Official Release Date!

We are very excited to announce that today is the official release date of Beginnings, Middles, & Ends: Sideways Stories on the Art & Soul of Social Work, by Ogden W. Rogers!

This book of fun, funny, insightful, wise, and--yes--educational stories will make a great gift for any social worker or social work student.  Terry L. Singer, Ph.D., said, "This read is a gift to all, whether they are starting or ending their journey of service to others.”

We are very appreciative and excited that the book has received advance praise from readers. Also, reviews and interviews with the author have been published by Social Work Career Development blog and Social Justice Solutions. Thank you!

Author Ogden Rogers calls the book a mixture between "The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Social Work Universe" and "Everything I Needed To Learn I Learned in Social Work School."

To celebrate the book's release, the publisher is offering a 15% discount now through October 22, 2013.  Go to the White Hat Communications store and use coupon code LAUNCH15 to receive 15% off this book (and other social work books, too).

Beginnings, Middles, & Ends is also available at in print and Kindle formats.

Additionally, it is available in ebook format at the Google Play Store.

Enjoy, and thank you!