1. The Magic of Life Dave Roberts 58:12

In the opening episode of the second season of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, Dave speaks with Michael Gershe . Michael is a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his mother and nearly himself when he was eight weeks old. Despite breaking almost all his bones in the crash, he went on to become a collegiate swimmer, a comedian, a speaker an author, a college educator and photographer.

In 2015, he founded the Magic of Life Foundation, a non profit organization that helps his mission in eliminating impaired driving, making communities safer, and empowering people to make better choices in life. In 2019, he published his memoir, The Magic of Life, A Son’s Story After Tragedy, Grief and a Speedo.

The reason I do my program is so you don’t have to. This is my life. I don’t want this to be yours

To find out more about Michael or to get in touch with him go to his website: themagicoflife.org , Facebook and Linkedin.

The Teaching Journeys Podcast is available on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms. To get in touch with Dave Roberts email him at : bootsyandangel@gmail.com To find out more about his work go to bootsyandangel.com and psychologyprofessorandminister.com

Dave Roberts LMSW, Author, Podcaster

David J. Roberts, LMSW, became a parent who experienced the death of a child, when his daughter Jeannine died of cancer on 3/1/03 at the age of 18. He is a retired addiction professional and an adjunct professor in the psychology child life department at Utica University in Utica, New York. Dave also teaches psychology classes at Pratt MWP School of Art and Design. He is the host of The Teaching Journeys Podcast, which can be found on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms.

Dave has presented workshops at national conferences of The Compassionate Friends as well as for the Bereaved Parents of the USA. He was also a keynote speaker at the 2011 and 2015 national gatherings of the Bereaved Parents of the USA. Dave also co-presented a workshop titled “Helping Faculty After Traumatic Loss” for the Parkland, Florida community in May of 2018, in the aftermath of the mass shootings at Stoneman Douglas High School.

Roberts has been a past HuffPost contributor and has contributed articles to Medium, Open to Hope Foundation, Mindfulness and Grief, Thrive Global, and the Recovering the Self Journal. He has also appeared on numerous podcasts, as well as Open to Hope Television. In 2021,he co-authored and published a book with Reverend Patty Furino titled, When The Psychology Professor Met The Minister.