11 Children Removed From Texas Home: Who Is to Blame?

How well do you know your neighbors? Would you know if seven separate families lived in one home? Would you know if they tied their children to beds during naptime? Would you be totally caught off guard if 11 children were removed by Child Protective Services from a home on your street? It happened in Dayton, Texas, and neighbors were surprised. ...more
I like to think I would notice. But I don't know our neighbors very well. Everyone tends to ...more

Two Writing Prompts, a Bridge, and the Truth

Every Thursday I look forward to Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop meme..  She gives great prompts and the list of bloggers that link up is extensive which means a lot of good reading.  I have been contemplating this week’s prompts since Monday when they were posted.   I’ve had a few days to envision, imagine, muse, and choose a prompt to create something for this post.  And yet, I am stuck—not for lack of ideas but ...more

Letting Go of Fear

    Even though it is the middle of winter and there haven't been any feathers for weeks, Mandy brought a baby white feather home with her today and gave it to me with a kiss. I knew it was an important day when I got a feather message. ...more


I can handle the abusive drunks. I can handle the tweekers who are “talkin’ to the devil.” I can handle the annoying drug seekers who are being seen for their weekly “dental pain” fix. But what I can’t seem to handle are the “walk in the door with my dead baby” parents....more

Are Fat Kids' Parents Guilty of Child Abuse?

I was a little shocked to learn that a Cleveland, Ohio 3rd grader was removed from his parents' custody because he is obese. Granted, I need to lose weight, and perhaps that influences my opinion -- but it wasn't intuitive to me that having a fat kid is child abuse. By the way, I am using the term fat intentionally. It is all well and good to soften a message with politically correct terms -- but there are some topics that I think deserve the impact that the harsher words bring to the table....more
Portion sizes are much larger now than they ever were back in the day, even actual plates and ...more

NaBloPoMo Day 28: Balancing the Four Rooms

This is an excerpt from: Balancing the Four Rooms on TouchstoneZ...more

I am Woman, Hear Me Roar. My feelings regarding the recent sex-abuse scandals.

Read the full post here.  If you're a Momma like me, the recent scandals at Penn State, and now, ...more

Nov 18: Dreaming the Truth

Nov 18: Dreaming the Truth This is the final installment of my Iowa posts....more

I Am Not Giving Up

Yesterday, I got this email in my inbox:Dear Jo,Thank you so much for sharing your story on BlogHer.com – I’m so glad it was able to reach so many people. I’d like to feature your follow-up post today on the homepage of BlogHer.com....more
@Hopin2bHappy Thank you friend. You all supporting me helps me be brave.more