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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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You can live in a happy city – here’s how

By Cathryn Wellner / November 9, 2015

Charles Montgomery has turned his research and writing talents to urban design and written a book that is fascinating from cover to cover. Casting his net around the world, he has pulled in examples of some of the most people-friendly places to live. These are places that are paying attention to the needs of walkers […]

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High school student designs pram for moms in wheelchairs

By Cathryn Wellner / November 6, 2015

The waterfront walk near my home is a favourite spot for running moms. They pop junior in an expensive pram and get their exercise while baby gets fresh air. Absent on the scene are moms in wheelchairs. Pushing a pram is not in the cards. Or at least it wasn’t. But a Detroit high school […]

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The $70,000 minimum wage is working

By Cathryn Wellner / November 4, 2015

I confess when I wrote about Dan Price and his shocking minimum wage, I gulped, crossed my fingers and held my breath. The CEO of Gravity Payments had announced that over the next three years he was going to even out the pay scale. Everyone in the company would make the same salary, $70,000. My […]

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Watch this and stay true to your dreams

By Cathryn Wellner / November 2, 2015

For forty years Vijayan and his wife Mohana have sold tea from their tiny shop in Kochi, on the west coast of India. That is not a business with big profits, but that does not slow them down. The couple has visited every scenic spot in India. They have traveled to 16 different countries. They […]

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61 years later, they got the wedding photo shoot of the century

By Cathryn Wellner / October 30, 2015

Any loving couple, married 61 years, should have a granddaughter like Lauren Wells. She knew their story about the photographer who stood them up on their wedding day. Before the era of cell phones and digital cameras, no one arrived with a backup plan. Having only one snapshot of their wedding did not interfere with […]

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Would you buy a $100 donut?

By Cathryn Wellner / October 28, 2015

Unless your finances are a lot more secure than mine, you would likely laugh at the thought. But what if you knew that $100 was making someone else’s life a whole lot better? I’m not kidding about the $100 donut (or doughnut or however you want to spell that tempting treat). Dolicious Donuts recently changed […]

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Anti-Islam protester silenced with a hug

By Cathryn Wellner / October 26, 2015

It’s no wonder this story has gone viral. One lone protester turned up at an anti-Islam demonstration outside an Ohio mosque. She was clearly disappointed her comrades left her in the lurch. But she hesitated to accept offers of coffee and conversation. Then Cynthia DeBoutinkhar walked up and gave her a hug. That broke the […]

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Transforming Detroit, a bowl of soup at a time

By Cathryn Wellner / October 23, 2015

When I think of Detroit, I see images of abandoned houses, derelict neighborhoods, and rampant crime. I see an unloved city, site of America’s largest municipal bankruptcy. That is, I did see Detroit that way. Thanks to Life Among The Ruins, a new documentary from the good people at Nation Swell, I will carry a […]

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Forget the divorce counselor; talk to this child

By Cathryn Wellner / October 21, 2015

Little Tiana offers sweet, insightful wisdom to her mother. It is clear she has witnessed the tension between her parents. She knows the score. She is not asking them to get back together. She is just asking them to be gentle with each other. Despite her young age, this little girl is able to articulate […]

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At 102 Inge Rapoport earns doctorate denied by Nazis

By Cathryn Wellner / October 19, 2015

Inge Syllm-Rapoport is one of the most inspiring examples of feisty aging I have ever come across. She completed her medical studies in 1937, just in time for Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws (her mother was Jewish) to prevent her from taking the doctoral exam. The following year she emigrated to the U.S., where she achieved her […]

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