Reconsider the Stories

Nov. 26, 2020

Hi Everyone,

As we image and language our new normal, the normal we are making via this site and our journals, we must consider the stories we carry with us.

All cultures, all communities, families and individuals have their stories. For example, the Santa Claus stories or the Creation stories.

Some of these stories are true; some are traditions; and, some have been made up to justify/explain certain actions or events.

Thanksgiving Story of the United States

Recently, the Thanksgiving Story of the United States has had another version told about it.

Find that version here:

Thanksgiving: A Day of Grief and Gratitude | Opinion (

Please take the time to read this.

Important Questions

This story has caused me to question the other stories I have in my life.

Are they true?

Do I want to bring them into my new normal?

Are there stories I’m ignoring? That need to be re written?

Are there new stories to write and make part of my new normal?


The truth is that stories are part of what makes us human.

Without stories, our lives would be less happy and less complete.

This Native American version of that first Thanksgiving makes all of us stop and pause.

Let us carefully choose the stories we bring to our new normal.

And so it is.

Dr. Barb

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Warmth of Heart

Nov. 2, 2020

The day before the US presidential election

Hi Everyone,

In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal Weekend, Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2020, Peggy Noonan in the Opinion section, page A13, writes, “Only from warmth of heart–not with it alone–but it must be there—can you build what will last.”

As we continue to build our foundation and bridge to our New Normal, we must develop and maintain our “warmth of heart”, and, perhaps most important, find and support those who have warmth of heart.

As Peggy Noonan writes, ” Sometimes you just have to hold up your hand and say “no” to bad choices, bad paths and people who have no warmth of heart.”

So. I slow down, listen deep, look hard.  I want to see warmth of heart before I select what goes into my New Normal.

You do likewise.

And so it is.

Dr. Barb

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