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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.

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#9 Okanagan sunflowers

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Every spring the sunny faces of arrowleaf balsamroot dot the hillsides around Okanagan Lake. I’d never seen them with a double layer of petals so was particularly taken by these.

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#8 Thanks to a flood

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Robin and I were not looking for a relationship when we first got together. We just enjoyed each other’s company. Then came the flood. Untitled from Cathryn Wellner on Vimeo.

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#7 Swearing off plastic

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Kermit was right. “It’s not that easy being green.” His lyrics were about being happy with who you are, but it’s no wonder they’ve been adopted by environmentalists. It’s pretty hard to get through the day without making compromises of one sort or another. Take plastics, for instance. My partner and I both consider ourselves […]

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#6 Larry King campaigns for marriage equality

By Cathryn Wellner / May 14, 2011

Though not a poster child for “until death do us part”, media host Larry King has recorded his support for New Yorkers for Marriage Equality. King has lots of experience with marriage, having been to the altar seven times. He points out how silly it is to let men and women marry as many times […]

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#5 Missoula kids say, “Grow your own food”

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2011

I started smiling from the first frame of this video. The enthusiasm of the Missoula, Montana, Coyote Choir (elementary students) is infectious as they sing and dance their encouragement to eat local food. They give thumbs down to junk food with hand-made signs bearing slogans such as, “Grease Bombs, 800% of Daily Fat” and “Sugry […]

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#4 Reflections on Lake Okanagan

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2011

Reflections like these are rare on our beautiful lake in the heart of the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia’s southern interior. On most days at least some breath of wind ripples the water’s surface.

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#3 Believe Out Loud campaign

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2011

I have mixed feelings about this video but not about the impulse behind it. No child of same-sex parents should have to endure a gauntlet of stares, finger pointing, and whispered comments. The minister welcomes the boy and his mothers with a simple phrase and a meaningful glance at his congregation, but I doubt any […]

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#2 Gentle response to predator problems

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2011

When my ex and I had a small ranch in Cariboo (rural heart of British Columbia), we also had a major predator problem. We moved from Vancouver Island with a menagerie that included a full-meal deal for prey animals. For their dining pleasure we offered ducks, geese, chickens, lambs, and piglets. They responded with gusto. […]

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#1 Anne the elephant finds refuge

By Cathryn Wellner / May 11, 2011

It was a video that finally freed Annie. Watching a young circus employee beat and jab a 59-year-old elephant roused public anger. Thousands of people, from around the world, signed petitions protesting the cruelty. So the last circus elephant in Britain has moved to a wildlife park. For fifty years she was forced to do […]

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