Joanne's Personal Letter

And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires,
And I will put a new spirit in you.
Ezekiel 36:26

                              Circle of Positive Tendencies

Christmas 2021

Dear Family and Friends,

On Sunday, November 21, 2021, America, once again, was sadly united in grief when 5 adults and one boy child aged 8 were killed and more than 62 adults and children injured after an SUV driven by a man with multiple felonies who was just released on $1,000.00 bail plowed into a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. This close-knit community of 70,000, as well as people around the world, were shocked just days before Thanksgiving that a time for joy had instantly been transformed into a time of mourning by the unconscionable act of this deranged individual. Prayers were lifted up around the world and vigils held for the victims: the children, adults, families and community members traumatized by this heinous, callous act. The driver faces multiple counts of first-degree intentional homicide. His criminal record is a mile long. Any reasonable, law abiding person has to wonder what has happened to our society that such an individual was not already behind bars permanently

To say that we are living in very troubling times is an under-statement. Has any sane person in our country not been touched by this horrific happening? Who can measure the impending fear in the hearts of parents and grandparents as they accompany their children and grandchildren to other parades, wondering whether they will return home safely? And what of the children’s thoughts and fears?

Countless numbers of men, women, and children, not just in America, but around the world, are hurting and suffering, I believe, from the moral decay we are witnessing day after day, year after year in our world where lawlessness has become the norm. We simply must stop the madness and find a better way to live individually and collectively. My love for and professional work with children, adolescents and their families is why I developed the concept expressed as My Button-Eyed Spiritual Flock®. It is my belief that “we grown-ups” desperately need to restore kind into humankind so children everywhere will have positive role models to emulate. The buck does stop with us.

More than ever, at any time in the history of our world, it is essential for each of us to be accountable, as well as vigilant, regarding the tendencies of our own thoughts, attitudes, emotions, behaviors and relationships. We must be willing to take that daily eighteen-inch walk from our head to our heart and to be sure head and heart are connected. Why? Because this connection is vital to the outcome of how we interact with ourselves, with others, with all forms of life, and with our Precious Planet Earth. Kindness is required to live in the Circle of Positive Tendencies. One at a time or two by two, with head and heart connected, we must create a better way, a better life; a better society; a better legacy. Let us pray that our children will grow up to reap the benefits of our positive efforts and positive actions and that they will live to pass them on to their children and grandchildren. Imagine, with me, what types of societies could be built if the Circle of Positive Tendencies were the model; the blueprint; the cornerstone for each family. Without a doubt, we would and could create a kinder world, individually and collectively. We owe such an effort to our children, as well as to the memory of those adults and the child who perished during the parade from their injuries, as well as all the adult and child survivors whose lives will never be the same. We extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to each of them as we remember them in our thoughts and prayers daily.

Let us recall the wisdom of Heller Keller who said, “I am only one; but still, I am one. I cannot do everything, but still, I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." I invite each of you to please join me in restoring kind into humankind as one solution to preventing another tragic Waukesha Christmas Parade from ever happening again anywhere in the world. Just imagine that... if you will.

Kind, personal regards,


"And I will give you a new heart
with new and right desires, and
I will put a new spirit in you."
          Ezekiel 36:26

Joanne McCulloch BSN RN

Soli Deo Gloria (To God Alone Be The Glory)
Johann Sebastian Bach