137 Barbara Stark-Nemon

Barbara shares the story of her great aunt, who lived through the horrors of two World Wars. Her aunt chose resilience, found love in the most unlikely circumstances and shared that love abundantly with others. Barbara shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– choose resilience
– your resilience can be a beacon for others
– build it and it will come
– choose to find authentic relationships and to live the life that you want to live
– believe that you have the power to do it
– choose the person you want to be as opposed to being defeated by experiences
– we all have stories
– listen deeply to others’ stories
– we can choose how we react
– give yourself permission to feel what you feel
– the mouth laughs, while the heart cries

Every story needs a narrator and she stepped up early in life. She learned storytelling, and a fascination with the magic of language from her grandfather. He wove unforgettable tales of a former life in Germany to his family in America. She spent most of her childhood with her nose in a book, or flying around the neighborhood on her bicycle, and learned to speak the languages of her German family, and later, the signs of the deaf children with whom she worked. An undergraduate degree in English literature and Art History and a Masters in Speech-language Pathology from the University of Michigan led to her teaching and clinical career. Everywhere, there were stories. She’s come to appreciate the way different languages impact the form of narratives, and the need to be heard and seen that we all share. She lives and writes in Ann Arbor and Northport, Michigan.


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