Bell Boys, Valets and Rhubarb by Jo Russell

“Wow! A trip to the city and the school district is putting me up in a nice hotel! And I get to see my friend, Carla! It’s a conference I’m loving already!” teacher Ginny told her coworkers in the teachers’ lounge. She was thrilled. Vacations had not been the norm...

I Honestly Love You Always! By Jo Russell

As her mother and father danced around the living room in each others’ arms, Shawn sat cross-legged on the sofa, flipping his skateboard while listening to the words in the music. “I love you, I honestly love you…” Her mother reached up and touched her dad’s face with...

Love Shining Through Rush Hour By Jo Russell

Though Paul and Carol had just settled into their hotel and took a breath, shaking the rain out of their hair and clothes. It had been a long drive to the city through rain, sleet, and snow. Paul felt like a modern-day Pony Express rider. He was ready to kick-back and...

Loving God and Others

While Jolene was getting ready for her next week in the classroom, she left her seven-year-old sons Trevor and Rick at home close by. They stayed busy for hours with their newest project in the living room—a camouflage tent or a giant spider web—as long as the yarn...

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.

Contact Jo

Find Jo on Twitter and Facebook. To schedule Jo as a speaker or to discuss your writing project and receive a free quote, call her at 928-536-2479. Or contact her using the website Contact Form.

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?