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The NO Book

NO! It’s a highly overused and underused word in today’s society, especially when caring for and teaching young children. Beneath that two-letter word lies so much more. In her enlightening children’s book, “No!” author Barb Meidl hopes to convey a more profound lesson about how the word fits into a child’s development and perception.

This book is part of Barb’s vision and hope for honest interaction and understanding for all ages as children begin to comprehend and learn to react to the people and the world around them. It is a social-emotional storybook with a powerful message for both children and adults.


"Please listen to me, is all I need.
To let you kNOw, I’m learning my needs.
Believe it or NOt, one day you’ll be proud
That NO is a word I shouted out loud!"

“No!” is best used as a “read to” book that can bring up meaningful enlightenment for a child who may otherwise simply sit and ponder. The questions this book sparks are best explored within conversations between children and the adults who care for them. 

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About Barb's Brother Chris

Below, you'll read facts about my big brother, Chris. As his only little sister, I have had the unique gift of him in my life. What I want you to know is how deeply compassionate he is, his genuine concern for others, and the support he has brought many artists throughout his career. He is amazingly talented in photography, painting, writing, and gardening. He has a fantastic memory, a quick wit, and a seemingly endless recall of song lyrics. I hope you'll see an amazing man making astounding differences in the lives of others through advocacy, support, and love.

Barb's Big Brother, Chris, is a retired attorney and consultant in the arts and entertainment field. He received his bachelor's from Cal Berkeley and JD from Santa Clara University. He is glacially moving towards a master's in Marriage and Family Counseling via coursework at Trevecca Nazarene University

He passionately advocates for those who suffer from abuse, trauma, addiction, and mental and behavioral health challenges, having walked each of those roads. As lead plaintiff, he settled a three-year, multimillion-dollar class-action lawsuit against Aetna for their wrongful denial of depression treatment claims. As both a survivor claimant and expert consultant, he has been substantively involved in the Boy Scouts of America sexual abuse scandal and subsequent multi-billion dollar bankruptcy.

He has been married to his lovely wife, Holly, for thirty-five years, and they live in Franklin, TN. They have two sons and daughters-in-law, Wesley and Brooklyn, and Jon Hollis and Jane. Their middle son, Daniel, went to heaven as a baby.

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