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Traveling Off The X

Release Date: 10/19/2021


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Starting her journey behind the Iron Curtain in Romania, tracking Spider monkeys in Tikal, following the Green March in Morocco, working on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, riding horses in Umbria, training teachers in Borneo, to living under strict Sharia law in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan, Jo takes us with her on inner and outward explorations in exotic locations. She writes of ways to navigate physical, emotional, and even spiritual risks and pain while traveling to parts of the world few have seen or described.

“This incredible memoir takes us to places we are unlikely to travel to and gives us insights into situations we are unlikely to experience unless we worked in covert operations for government agencies. The book is written in first person, so despite when these events actually took place, the reader feels very much as if events are unfolding as they are being read. The author has a knack for highlighting and explaining things along the way, such as why communism doesn’t work. I also really appreciated her sense of irony such as this phrase, “the team posed taking pictures in front of instruments of torture and weapons displayed.” The book is filled with intrigue, information, and casts a light on human behavior. Loved it.” -Vanessa O’Brien, Adventurer and author of “To The Greatest Heights”

About This Author

Jo has been described as a unique individual who has lived a different life than most. She has been a professional in the performing arts, a teacher, an analyst, a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, a team leader, mentor, martial artist, a writer and a mother. She is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Massey University, and the New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Jo was named a "Texas Artist for Life" in 1999, for her work in the fields of choreography, poetry and storytelling. She was selected and completed training with the Human Terrain System, a US Army program; chosen as a Specialist and Fellow with the US Department of State, was a project coordinator for USAID, Peace Corps, universities and ministries of education.  She has survived years of working in remote locations and conflict zones including:  Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, Iraq and Ukraine. Jo was invited to work and live with Indigenous communities in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Africa, and the USA.   
Jo's first non-fiction book, "Traveling Off the X" published by Defiance Press, draws from her first hand experience. She describes living and working while balancing family life, multicultural communication, political pressures, personal danger and coping with the loss of colleagues, friends, and her son and his father.  Jo's personal website is:  She is a regular contributing writer for Communities Digital News (CDN).

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