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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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Homeless piano player’s new life

By Cathryn Wellner / October 16, 2015

Donald Gould looked skeletal in the video that went viral. Two months later he was playing the American national anthem at an NFL game. At the time, he was 80 days sober. That may not sound like much, but to someone in caught in the tentacles of addiction, it is a lifetime. The Sarasota, Florida, […]

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You’ve got to have hope

By Cathryn Wellner / October 14, 2015

When the musical comedy Damn Yankees opened on Broadway in 1955, one of the catchy songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross quickly became a hit. A losing baseball team is standing around the coach. He urges them to believe in themselves by telling them “You’ve Gotta Have Heart”. The coach tells them, You’ve gotta […]

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See a movie through a blind child’s imagination

By Cathryn Wellner / October 12, 2015

Technology is giving differently abled people more access to the world around them. It is also giving those of us with just ordinary challenges a window into other ways of being in the world. Here is an example of a new technology that adds an auditory guide to movies so blind viewers can enjoy them […]

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Hope – for lovers, dreamers and me

By Cathryn Wellner / October 9, 2015

We can get pretty discouraged about the world and our human species when we read the news, but we are capable of making that rainbow connection. If you need a boost, watch Kermit singing this sweet, encouraging song. Thanks, DisneyVideo for making it shareable. undefined on Disney Video

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Love beyond labels

By Cathryn Wellner / October 7, 2015

The video below, part of the Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, will have you wiping away the tears and feeling good about the many faces of love. The year-long campaign is tackling bias, the many ways we judge people without being aware of the harm we are doing. On the site you’ll find […]

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Keep Loving

By Cathryn Wellner / October 5, 2015

Nimo has produced another song, filmed by Ellie Walton and Tanisha Christie, to connect people across barriers of gender, age, culture and all the “isms”. This one he calls “Keep Loving”, and this time he has added the lyrics to the video, which makes it even easier to follow. Just click and enjoy.

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Mindfulness for children

By Cathryn Wellner / October 2, 2015

When Julie Bayer Salzman and Josh Salzman overheard their 5-year-old son talking about things like the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex and how they were affected by emotions, they wanted to know more. The Citizens of the World Charter School in Mar Vista, California was teaching the children mindfulness. It was making a difference. You […]

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Hope inspires the good to reveal itself

By Cathryn Wellner / September 30, 2015

“A great truth, attributed to Emily Dickinson, is that ‘hope inspires the good to reveal itself. This is almost all I ever need to remember. Gravity and sadness yank us down, and hope gives us a nudge to help one another get back up or to sit with the fallen on the ground, in the […]

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A most compassionate child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 28, 2015

This three-year-old child does not want to eat the deep-fried octopus on his plate. Each question he asks moves him and his mother deeper into his ethical dilemma: He does not want animals killed so he can eat them. The octopus is an animal. So are chickens and cows and pigs. He insists humans must […]

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Designer spends each day’s 86,400 seconds well

By Cathryn Wellner / September 25, 2015

His mother was murdered when Elvis De Leon was 16 years old. He could have turned to gang violence. Instead, he turned to design and became a successful graphic designer. John X. Carey produced a short film, set in the gritty streets of Harlem, in which Elvis de Leon compares living purposefully to starting each […]

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