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Find Calm, Reach Out, and Then — Do Something Brave

Tuesday’s election was historic and the entire world is feeling it. As social media lights up and financial markets react and politicians, celebrities, and our friends and family express how they are feeling and what they are imagining for the future, let us take a moment to...

Find calm

Pay attention to others

And show our children what true Courage and Resilience looks like.


If we are shocked about the election, then there is something that we missed – something we didn’t expect – someone we did not talk to – and some connection we still need to make. We owe that to our children.

We cannot rely on social media, our favorite news outlet, charismatic celebrities, or religious leaders to “explain” this election to us. It is up to us to learn about each other, to learn about our country, to ask questions, and to listen.


One thing I know is that the people who listen to our Sparkle Stories all have dreams for a better world and they all hope their children can thrive, serve others, and feel at home wherever they are.

The children who listen to our stories live in every state of the United States, and in many countries of the world. They hear how Martin wants to make something beautiful and how Sylvia wants to help someone in need. They hear in So Many Fairies how the natural world is both precious and resilient. They hear how the Willowbee children empathize and connect with any animal anywhere on the planet. They hear how a mix of immigrants, Native Americans, and pioneers can overcome differences and create a life together in Dry Gables, South Dakota.

And we know that the people who listen to Sparkle Stories voted for Clinton and Trump and Johnson and Stein. In Sparkle Land, all are included.

We are here for you – all of you. Stories can help cultivate the calm you are seeking, help create compassion and empathy for those we don’t understand, and help you stand up for what you believe in.


Here are three stories that I think can help start this process.

They will land you in the present and so that you can see what is happening right now. They will help you reach out to others and listen. And they will help you to be truly brave and to be a part of the solution.


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In my experience, calm comes when I am present and see the world as it IS rather than how I want it to be. This story will help with that practice.



Thomas is a squire who hopes to become a brave and famous knight. The only problem is that the knight he serves seems only to care for the poor and needy. He has no adventures, no glory and no riches serving this humble man. But when he is finally knighted and learns what is truly “so” in the world, his picture of his former master changes to one of deep respect.

This Story is from the By Thistle By Thimble Series.


Download "What's So" Here.

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What's So

“The Fischer from the Top Branch”

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In this story the solution to a painful and divisive election is the authentic question – “What do you need?” It opens our experience to others – to those who are different from us, to those who we think are our enemies. Empathy, compassion, and real listening is the solution.



A water hole in the Serengeti plains needs a leader who will represent all creatures who need water. So, a “Prefect” is elected every wet season to monitor the water and make sure everyone is served. But choosing the “Prefect” is often contentious. This year the choice is between a Fischer’s Lovebird and a Leopard — and the election is emotional, riddled with conflict, and indeed, personal.  

This story is from the By Thistle By Thimble Audio Story Series.


Download "The Fischer from the Top Branch" HERE.

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The Fischer from the Top Branch

“Tadadaho and the Great White Pine” for blog centered wide border


This is a story of true courage that leads to healing, transformation, and then enlightened leadership.



This is the story of how the Iroquois Nation came to be and how peace, compassion, and unity is stronger than fear, violence, and war. Tadodaho is the fierce monster leading the Onondaga Nation – he lives in a swamp and has snakes in his hair. When the Great Peacemaker and Hiawatha come to him with a message of peace and unity, what happens next not only transforms a tyrant into a true leader – but creates a new nation.  

This story is from the Helping & Healing Toolbelt.


Download "Tadadaho and the Great White Pine HERE.

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Tadodaho and the Great White Pine

About the Author

David Sewell McCann
Story Spinner

David Sewell McCann fell in love with spinning stories in first grade – the day a storyteller came to his class and captured his mind and imagination. He has been engaged in storytelling all of his adult life through painting, film-making, teaching and performing. Out of his experience as a Waldorf elementary class teacher and parent, he has developed a four step method of intuitive storytelling, which he now shares through workshops and through this website.