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Mbeesha, his son, Nichole Smaglick, & SissyMarySue a.k.a Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser

We go through life quite a while

Logging many an emotional mile

Before it becomes clear
The beauty of life has always been here

Inspired by Barabaig Tribe  

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Reviews above on back covers for MOM'S CHOICE AWARDED,

FIVE STAR, Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope (2014)



Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, Book 2 (2019)






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           Remastered SINGLE: One Child Cries 

Thanks to Anthony!  The lyrics/words for the song- in            EMPATHY AIRLINES (2019) FREE-YOUTUBE

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         Album & Singles
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April 4.5 2019!


Montainge Medal, Globally Mindful, Mom's Choice,

 Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope
















Directed by

Carrie Carlson

Script & Lyrics by SissyMarySue









Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is a play for our times.  I saw it in a children’s theater (Hanifl Performing Arts Center), but was aware that the audience, made up of many adults as well, were enthralled with the message of love and understanding empathy. We as a culture are hungry for this message.  The story embraced us all.

Karen Monson MA


A delightful musical play with a message of compassion that is a life's lesson for the young performers and audience of all ages. Sandy Schley PhD


(Virtual Author) CILC



Listed as:

Author SissyMarySue

(Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser)


The unlikely pairing of a sad little girl and a captured cheetah discover how much they share in common when they embark on an adventure in friendship. They've both experienced profound loss, but persevere through sharing empathy, kindness, joy, and love. Together they learn about their connection to the human family and to all, which provides for their self-esteem and a feeling of wholeness.

The book and plays empower youth with empathy to spring into compassionate action!

Compassionate action refers to the positive impact youth can make in their communities and in the world by caring about the plight of all people. Set in Tanzania, Africa with the Barabaig tribe, the book encourages youth to identify with the characters as they experience difficulty, persevere, model empathy, and then are shown empathy by the tribe. Together, these special friends punctuate our interconnections and further demonstrate our connection to all, including the endangered cheetah, showing that we all belong.



Feature Article by Rachel Anderson

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Rachel Anderson interviewed Wendy and reviewed the Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope children's book. 

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Read All About it


Read all about the author Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser and how Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope story began as a tool for teaching EMPATHY!

APA Citation

Muhlhauser, W. J. (2021). Creative Play for Teaching Empathy to Young Children: an Inner Exploration of an Instructor's Process, a Visual and Narrative Journey (Doctoral dissertation, Fielding Graduate University).

See documentary HERE 



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Listen to SissyMarySue's Poem/Song inspired... 
 by Barabaig TRIBE- TO SIMPLY BE

We go through life quite a while

Logging many an emotional mile 

Before it becomes clear 

The beauty of life has always been here

We had been too consumed to see

The simplicity and beauty

to simply be!   

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Barabaig Tribe

         Following an inspirational humanitarian trip to Tanzania, Africa, I was compelled to offer programs, in schools to teach about the beauty of the Barabaig tribe's culture, as well as, to inform about the scarcity of basic needs for most in the world. I wanted to inform too about the need for clean water-that we had provided in the form of an earth dam. I also sought to punctuate our shared humanity that we are the human family as well as, having a heart of service to others. This tribe had much to teach us about the beauty of knowing, how to simply be. They were emotionally available, loving, grateful, peaceful and harmonious people, living simply, in a village. 
    First, I taught about the tribe, in schools for four years. Next, I found myself compelled to write a children's book offering a unique, fictional main character to interest and ignite student's imaginations. My hope was that this book could more effectively teach empathy in general, as well as, how it relates to caring about the plight of all people, to a wide age range. I featured the tribe in the book. I included the earth dam in the illustrations and culturally, specific details to the Barabaig tribe, for further reinforcement of the messages. 
I believe there is profound healing potential for the developed and developing world in learning from and helping one another. It offers wholeness through connection. Encouraging and  implementing a heart of service offers the potential for so much growth.  We are sitting on such abundance in the developed world and yet often our youth and adults don’t feel whole or fulfilled. We have resources and knowledge to share with those in the world who don’t have the abundance we have, nor even basic needs met. No people should be without, there are enough resources for all. In turn, we have much to gain in learning another way of being, to be exposed to deep gratitude, to simply be, to being alive, that I experienced with the Barabaig tribe. The joyfulness among those in the tribe was comforting and beautiful to behold. There is a connection and a beauty to being that we in the developed world would benefit from processing and then emulating. My existence made sense to me, as my heart felt more whole and one with mankind, in Africa. I actually found myself in culture shock when I came home to  the developed world. The love here did not feel readily available among people as compared to how it felt being, among the emotionally available, deeply loving people in the Barabaig tribe and in Tanzania. 

 I am confident that if youth could get on a band wagon about recycling, we need only inform them about the needs in our world for them to “spring into compassionate action.” “Empowering youth with empathy” brings about this compassionate action! 
I also believe the messages, about the power of love and kindness are universal and of paramount importance to reinforce! I believe that where we teach love, kindness, empathy and that we are one in humanity, there is tolerance and acceptance. In teaching if we hurt someone else, we are really hurting ourselves, how could a person choose violence who understands this? How could someone not love and accept every human being who, really understands, we are all part of the human family, we are one? 

National Brain Injury Association- January 29, 2015 (web)

SissyMarySue Paves the Way for Empathy and Hope June 27, 2019

(search SissyMarySue for article)


Fargo Forum (Books)- February 8, 2015


Defying the Odds

UND Alumni Website

October 2019



Brooklyn Center Sun Post- September 4, 2014 (front page) 


- June 23, 2019

Burnsville-Eagan SUn Week- (front page) September 5, 2014

Minneapolis Star Tribune-February 22, 2015

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