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Cathryn Wellner

Writer, storyteller, foodie, enviro, animal lover, photo enthusiast, traveler - opinionated but open. I wake up eager to start the day.


So many reasons to be hope-full

By Cathryn Wellner / December 9, 2015

Although it’s been nearly two weeks since I posted anything here, new people keep finding their way to the blog. Welcome, and may you find many reasons to be full of hope in spite of what can seem like a world gone mad. Since I began this blog in May 2011, hundreds of thousands of […]


The best coffee your heart can try

By Cathryn Wellner / November 30, 2015

That first, welcome cup of coffee in the morning will taste even better if you know your purchase is improving the lives of women coffee producers in countries like Peru and Indonesia. Cafe Femenino was started by 464 Peruvian women who formed a non-profit in 2004. Their vision was to improve the lives of women […]


iPhone app links strangers for 20 days – a path to peace?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 27, 2015

I wrote about this app in May 2014 (see 20 Day Stranger below). That was long before the recent eruption of violent extremism in pockets around the globe. I think it’s time to bring this to your attention once again. Fear of The Other is nothing new. Neither is storytelling. This free app connects two […]


Sometimes you just have to dance

By Cathryn Wellner / November 25, 2015

Pharrell was doing a show in Leeds, singing his popular “Happy” song. He invited kids to dance on stage with him. 7-year-old Dylan didn’t hesitate. While the other kids jumped around with enthusiasm, Dylan totally cut loose, to the cheers of his proud dad, Pharrell’s amazement, and the enthusiasm of the audience. Dylan is one […]


Would you share a table with the enemy?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 23, 2015

The Humus Bar* does not consider Jews and Arabs enemies, but it cannot ignore the growing intolerance of extremists on both sides of that equation. So they decided to offer a 50% discount to Jews and Arabs willing to sit down together over a delicious dish of hummus. On October 12th, they posted a notice […]


Sama Group is ENDING poverty for thousands

By Cathryn Wellner / November 20, 2015

What if poverty were not inevitable? What if your charity donations could help people become tax payers instead of tax recipients? Would that influence your thinking about immigration, poverty, and…why not…the future of the world? After watching the interview Marie Forleo did with Leila Janah, I’m prepared to throw my hat into the ring of […]


Cooking can kill, but these Rotarians are changing that

By Cathryn Wellner / November 18, 2015

  For millions of people around the world, cooking is a deadly activity. Fire gets away and kills eight times more children than malaria. Fumes cause respiratory, eye and skin problems. Even finding the fuel to burn is a huge problem, and burning that fuel contributes a billion tons of greenhouses gases. Enter Stove Team […]


Sometimes the most generous people are next door

By Cathryn Wellner / November 16, 2015

Last week I took a friend for her birthday lunch at a small restaurant with a big reputation. Jason Leizert’s Salted Brick has made a commitment to fresh, local fare from the Okanagan Valley’s farms and artisans. I had heard the food was first rate. But a few days before that lunch, I learned Salted […]


Aging together in a chosen community

By Cathryn Wellner / November 11, 2015

As Boomers edge into their retirement years, many are contemplating an old idea: cohousing. Some are veterans of communal living experiments in the sixties and beyond. Others just prefer to age in good company, with more control than they might have in independent-living complexes. I’ve written about the Baba Yaga House in France and the […]

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