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Jo Ann Richards is a native Californian. She has Associate of Arts degrees in film production and Accounting. She is the mother of a successful grown daughter and is the proud grandmother of three. She is married to Captain Mark Richards, USN. She enjoys reading, needlework, travel, and spending time with the family. She is owned by her three cats. She is an international speaker on the topics of UFOS, extraterrestrials, and military involvement with such topics. MIDLIFE MAGIC is her first book.

Wisdom Conference

I am honored to be speaking at the virtual Wisdom Conference this weekend. My talk is “Embracing the Crone” at 1 pm on Sunday.

This conference has an amazing lineup of speakers. Tickets are by donation or free. Doesn’t get any better than that. http://www.wisdomcon.com.

Living on My Terms

A Glennon Doyle quote from UNTAMED that I resonate with: “…what the world needs right now in order to evolve is to watch one woman at a time live her truest, most beautiful life without asking for permission or offering explanations.”

I was an active Mormon for 30 years. I thought the right way to live was to follow the Mormon rules, marry a Mormon man in the temple, and raise a lot of kids.

I didn’t follow that path very well. I followed most of the rules. I married five Mormon men trying to create my forever family, some in the temple. All of those marriages ended in divorce.

I have one fabulous grown daughter whose father was not Mormon and he died shortly after her birth.

My current husband is a pagan and in the California prison system for a crime he didn’t commit. As we spent time talking about spirituality – not religion – I realized that the Mormon Church no longer served my needs and I walked away from it. Imagine my bishop’s surprise when I told him that I was choosing to spend time with an inmate vs attending church.

Twenty-plus years later, I have come to embrace new interests and new beliefs while remembering gifts that I possess and developing gifts that had been dormant. I speak freely about topics that some find weird and woo woo. I have given myself permission to be strong, to make time for self-care, and to speak my truth.

You and I don’t have to agree on everything even if we’re married or related or good friends. The greatest gift I’ve given myself is that I now know I don’t need anyone’s permission to be me and to be on my path.

Find out more about my journey. Buy Midlife Magic at www.dragonhillbooks.net.

Midlife Magic is now available to pre-order…Order your signed copy!



Midlife Magic takes you on the transformative journey of Jo Ann Richards’ life, from her typical suburban childhood, through six marriages involving abuse, divorce, and death, to her current marriage to a military intelligence officer incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Jo Ann had been an active member of the Mormon Church for nearly 30 years before leaving it behind to fully embrace the paranormal world of UFOs, elementals, and magic which had long spoken to her soul. Through her many struggles, she found her strengths, gifts, and inner power, and learned that dreams can, and do, come true. Today she is a warrior who proudly carries the title, Wise Woman-Crone.

Jo Ann has placed an order for print copies of Midlife Magic book and can now take pre-orders. They should arrive within the next two weeks.

Prices are:
$15 includes media mail postage or
$20 includes priority priority postage

The paypal address is dragonhillbooks@yahoo.com. If you need me to send an invoice, let me know.
I can also take Venmo: Jo Ann Richards or @Jo-Richards-3

If you have any questions, email me at dragonhillbooks@yahoo.com.

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Midlife Magic takes you on the transformative journey of Jo Ann Richards’ life, from her typical suburban childhood, through six marriages involving abuse, divorce, and death, to her current marriage to a military intelligence officer incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Jo Ann had been an active member of the Mormon Church for nearly 30 years before leaving it behind to fully embrace the paranormal world of UFOs, elementals, and magic which had long spoken to her soul. Through her many struggles, she found her strengths, gifts, and inner power, and learned that dreams can, and do, come true. Today she is a warrior who proudly carries the title, Wise Woman-Crone.

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Midlife Magic book soon to be released

Midlife Magic takes you on the transformative journey of Jo Ann Richards’ life. The path follows her ‘normal’ childhood to six marriages involving abuse, divorce, and death to Jo Ann’s current marriage to a military intelligence officer who’s incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit. Jo Ann was an active member of the Mormon Church for about 30 years then left the Church without looking back. Add to that Jo Ann’s introduction to the world of UFOs, elementals, magic, and the paranormal and her deep dive into such a world that she now embraces whole-heartedly. Through it all, she’s learned about her strengths, gifts, and inner power. She knows that dreams can come true. She is a warrior and wears proudly the title of Wise Woman-Crone.

Jo Ann Richards is a native of California. She has an Associate of Arts degree in film production and an Associate of Science degree in Accounting. She is the mother of a successful grown daughter and is the proud grandmother of three. She is married to Captain Mark Richards. She enjoys reading, needlework, travel, and spending time with the family. She is owned by her three cats. She is an international speaker on the topics of UFOS, extraterrestrials, and military involvement with such topics. MIDLIFE MAGIC is her first book.

Delicious Kiss

Written by a dear friend of ours….

Divinely formed with ease of entry

Who expects to feel this friendly-

The pass key to hearts responds with favour

Intimate souls who know their likeness

At Home where ever they go…

At this moment on the world stage

While we wait for the verdict, the outcome of our fate

What will it be, more disease, degrading slavery, the coup de grace for Humanity

Or likeliest of them all, and a sure bet (the best players of this Game have gone double or nothing since they were born)- the emancipation of our race entire

As foretold by our most passionate and rapt poets and prophets 

Into a global mood of inner Glory, riotous laughter and unimaginable Splendours…

It will make all of our past religions and politics look silly, and utterly insignificant 

Screaming electric have the eons rolled by looking for Lovers who scorn intervals!

(What or who could possibly be more sacred or divine than you or me?)

Beyond the world, myself surpassed, a vision of Immensity

Anchored fast to thin aired Grace, supreme creative Identity 

I rose to hear the trumpet notes, my Intimates among the Hosts

To search the searing gorgeous Blue, I gave my heart full force to You

What suffering prescribed on Man, received with strong desire

For aspirations cannot die and love to feel inspired

Along the spotted outstretched coast, past the highways filled with gravel

Earth is where we leave the nest, fake Death is how we all must travel

Repeating that the worst is best, investing truth dissolving sorrow

The Joy of Freedom flings the Soul, it’s Bliss is inexhaustible 

Dorian 04/05/2020

The above was called forth by my cherished muses (our shared beating Heart)

Kerry Lynn Cassidy, Jo Ann Richards, Captain Mark Richards,

And the Dragon Raptors who complete the Circle

An Open Letter to the Modern Judas!

As many of you know, Mark, I, and Kerry Cassidy have been under attack for over a year by Kevin Moore and his ‘team.’ They have yet to release the much-promoted hate documentary against us. Mark will provide his evidence after they do. In the meantime, Mark has written a letter to Moore et al about betrayal, especially intended for a former friend who is now helping Moore. Thanks for all your support. We shall continue with our efforts to share the truth about the ‘alien question.’

To Be Attacked by a Cyber-Space Troll, installment nine

By Mark Richards, 2019

“Philosophy” often is thought of as an impenetrable academic topic where “some rumpled guy in mismatched tweeds ambels up to the podium and starts lecturing on the meaning of ‘meaning.’” (Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein; Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar…, [New York; Penguin Group, 2007}, pg. 4.) However, some of history’s most influential philosophical thinkers also had military service in their resumes. Rene Descartes, for example, was a military man in addition to being a foundational thinker in the Enlightenment. Socrates fought in the Peloponnesian War, and Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius spent a great deal of his reign on military campaigns along the Danube.

A coherent command philosophy should keep subordinates pulling the oars together and on course, even when their leader is not present to give direction. People will listen and act on what they hear and see, so, written or unwritten, a command philosophy should contain wisdom. Philosophers have been capturing their views on wisdom in writing for millennia, so knowing where to start can be daunting. If you are commanding a military unit, you are leading a community with the larger nation. Thus, the place for an American to start is the Enlightenment, as this nation is a product of Enlightenment thought.

The Enlightenment was an intellectual rebellion against the establishments of the church and state and the control those institutions exercised over the lives of individuals. By our era, the idea that the individual is capable of making rational choices independent of direct state or religious control is fundamental to how the United States conducts military, police, and even civilian operations. Young men and women are deployed to remote postes, standing watch at night in ships and alone in aircraft with weapons, and expected to make rational, ethical, life-and-death decisions. The fact that the vast majority of the time they do make sound decisions under the most trying circumstances seems to validate the Enlightenment ideal.

Immanuel Kent was arguably the most important figure of the Enlightenment and in the history of philosophy. If a non-philosophy professor is going to know anything about Kant, it is his categorical imperative (what one ought to do, because it is good in and of itself and conforms to reason). [Immanuel Kant; Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic Morals, translated by T.K. Abbot (Amherst, New York; Prometheus Books, 1988), pp. 41-42]. The first formulation is, “Act only on that maxim whereby thou canst at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” (Immanuel Kant; Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic Morals, translated by T.K. Abbot [Amherst, New York; Prometheus Books, 1988], pg. 49). While this might sound like a noble goal – even a secular version of the Golden Rule – this formulation sets a low standard. Ultimately, leaders want those they command to take actions that go above and beyond what we could expect as a universal law.  Kant’s second formulation is, “So act as to treat humanity, whether in thine own person or in that of any other, in every case as an end withal, never as means only.” (Immanuel Kant; Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic Morals, translated by T.K. Abbot [Amherst, New York; Prometheus Books, 1988], pg. 58). Certainly, the  U.S. military’s challenges with sexual assault, hazing, and revenge porn are the result of those who treat others to an end.

The challenge with both of these formulations in a military command is that when you follow the logic to its conclusion, you find “the idea of the will of every rational being as a universally legislating will. “ (Immanuel Kant; Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic Morals, translated by T.K. Abbot [Amherst, New York; Prometheus Books, 1988], pg. 61). As philosopher Joseph Brennan writes, “Kant’s constructed community is an enlightened philosophical anarchism.” (Joseph Gerard Brennan; Foundations of Moral Obligations [Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1994], p. 93). Military leaders want individuals they lead to make sound decisions, but  they do not want anarchy, even it if is an enlightened philosophical anarchy. The rational, ethical decisions we expect members of the military community  to make must be founded on and fall within the bounds of good order and discipline and the laws of conflict. Further, to be considered lawful combatants, military members must be subject to military discipline, as the ideal of every rational human being making sound, ethical decisions in all cases is not borne out by experience. The recent actions of English trolls against my family and myself being an object example.

The larger challenge with Enlightenment thought is the shift in focus to the individual independent of the state, which created a divergence of the value and identity of the individual as separate from and superior to the larger community. This tension can be found in the Constitution the U.S. military is sworn to protect. It begins with the words “We the people” and ends with the Bill of Rights. So, American military commanders are given a group of people raised on the Declaration of Independence’s “inalienable rights” of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” and in a society that increasingly views the community as existing for the purpose of enabling individual pleasure. Yet, these leaders must forge an effective organization where members must limit the size and location of their tattoos, restrain their speech and social media activities, and also swear that they are willing to give up their inalienable right to life in accordance with Article I of the Code of Conduct. Here is where Aristotle can help.

Most will agree that Aristotle did not get everything right; however, what has endured includes brilliant insights that are fundamental to an effective military (or business) command. First is his observation that the “city which is best adapted to the fulfillment of its work is to be deemed greatest.” (Aistotle, Politics, from The Basic Works of Aristotle, Richard McKeon ed. [New York; Modern Library, 2001], pg. 1, 293.) The single word that applies here is telos, the end to which something aims. (Joseph Gerard Brenna: Foundations of Moral Obligations [Novato, CA;  Presidio Press, 1994}, pg. 93.) Individuals in the U.S. military have joined and remained in the service for disparate reasons, but they all raise their hands and swear to support and defend the Constitution – that is a unifying force. Further, using authorities granted by the Constitution, the mission of each service has been defined in law as being prepared to conduct proper and sustained combat operations in support of national interests. That is the telos, and it is something that everyone in the command must understand and the end to which all effort ultimately leads.

The second useful idea from Aristotle is: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” (That famous quote is not Aristotle’s, but a summation of his thoughts in his Nichomachean Ethics by historian Will Durant in The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World’s Greatest Philosophers. Frank Herron, “It’s a MUCH More Effective Quotation to Attribute It to Aristotle, Rather than to Will Durant,” (University of Massachusetts, Boston \; 2013), found at the website: http://blogs.umb.edu/quoteunquote/2012/05/08/its-a-much-more-effective-quotation-to-attibute-i-to-aristotle-rather-than-to-will-durant/.) This is a point of which I am sure the scumbags currently assaulting my family and myself have not concept, as none of them have ever been ‘excellent’ at anything other than being failures. As Niccolo Machiavelli wrote in his 1513 work The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” Difficulty does not excuse complacency, of course; any more than selfish motives of momentary advancement by attacking an old friend who is temporarily an easy target can be forgiven.

To be continued…