Father, Hero, Dad by Jo Russell

“Help! Help me!” came a desperate cry within a rumble of voices, screams and shouts in the prison yard! Big Jake, one of three prison guards, sprinted, following his ears and eyes to a crowd where an inmate was being stabbed again and again by fellow prisoners. [stock...

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Mistaken Identity: Mosquitoes and Messiahs by Jo Russell

“The mosquitoes are really huge up here,” one visitor complained to an employee at the station as he filled topped off the tank of his camper-covered truck. “I also need some bug repellent that really works. Those pests are bigger than golf balls!” “That so, aye?” the...

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Where Does My Help Come From? by Jo Russell

  “Look at the balls, Robbie! It’s almost like the playland at McDonald’s,” Amy cried with excitement at the toy department display of balls inside a cage big enough for six kids. Older brother Robbie came closer and decided she was right. He stepped up to a round...

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But I Didn’t Order This! by Jo Russell

Brenda heard a voice protest someone in the fast food restaurant where she was a new employee, "But I didn’t order this!" Oh, no. Not again! She turned her attention to her current customer in a long line ahead. “Thanks for coming to us for breakfast!” chirped teen...

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Fleeing from Sin and Sofas by Jo Russell

  Fleeing from sofas and sin took puppy Sparky a long time to learn. The battle of wits with his owner, Marie, was long, hard and full of casualties--mostly the sofa. “Here, Sparky, this is a good thing to chew on,” and she handed over chew toys guaranteed to be tough...

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About Jo Russell

Jo’s humor, inspirational stories, articles and devotionals have spanned more than 40 years, with several national writing contest awards for humor. She's a contributing author in Chicken Soup for the Soul—Shaping the New You and Heavenly Humor for the Dieter’s Soul.

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Feeling Blue?

That can't last. Listen in on four talks of Jo's to banish those blues:

How Do I Count My Blessings When the Toilet is Overflowing?

The Choice We Have Between a Dead Egg and a Live Savior

Never Give Up!

Can Kermit and Miss Piggy Marry and Live Happily Ever After?