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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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Kindergarten for the real child

By Cathryn Wellner / September 23, 2015

Real children do not sit in rows or at work stations, at least not for long. They jump up, run around, tumble, laugh and explore. Architect Takaharu Tezuka designed a kindergarten for real children. It is a big circle where children can rum and jump, climb trees, hang their legs out over space, move cubes […]

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Meet ten talented lifers

By Cathryn Wellner / September 21, 2015

These ten women are in prison for life without the possibility of parole. Their identities are reduced to the numbers assigned their cases and the convictions that put them behind bars. But these Muncy State Prison inmates want people to understand they are not just convicted criminals. They are women with hopes, fears and sorrows. […]

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Turn a boring commute into a sweet connection

By Cathryn Wellner / September 18, 2015

This is one day the people in this particular Perth, Australia, commuter train will never forget. Whatever weariness and anxiety came onto the packed car momentarily disappeared. Watch this and consider bringing it to your next commute. Thank you, Kathleen Comber, for the link to the video, which led me to Peter Sharp and The […]

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Ravaged bodies, intact spirits

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2015

Nation Swell keeps coming up with inspiring stories. That means a lot to me. As an expat, I weary of all the downer stories about my home country, the U.S.A. Nation Swell brings me regular reasons to be hope-full about America. On September 1st the site published a story about a competition for war vets. […]

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Germans greet refugees with outpouring of support

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2015

We hear so much grumbling about immigrants to western countries. So what happened in Germany is inspiring. Polizei München posted a Tweet asking for volunteers to help welcome 590 refugees who were arriving at the main train station. Within an hour so many people came forward with boxes of food, bottles of water, diapers for […]

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Her best friends are elephants

By Cathryn Wellner / September 11, 2015

The talented storytellers at Stillmotion Films call themselves “a filmmaking agency and a concept house.” They work with clients to help them “tell stories that make the right audience fall in love with you.” You can get a sense of their skills in this beautiful, short film about a woman in Chiang Mai whose best […]

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Hope spurs us into action

By Cathryn Wellner / September 9, 2015

“Hope moves us to become pilgrims. A hope-filled person is spurred into action when faced with something desirable yet hard to achieve.” Cardinal Vincent Nichols In this brief excerpt from a longer talk, Cardinal Vincent Nichols shows the difference between an overly simplistic optimism and a grittier, reality-based decision to hope. In a world rent […]

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Singapore’s pint-sized superheroes

By Cathryn Wellner / September 7, 2015

A Singapore pre-school is churning out pint-sized superheroes, all of them from disadvantaged families. When it comes time to graduate from their beloved school, these children have a unique graduation ceremony. Instead of parading in mortarboards, they don the costumes they have designed and announce their special powers. Superhero Me sends them out into the […]

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Everyone should know about this courageous anti-slavery crusader

By Cathryn Wellner / September 4, 2015

Biram Dah Abeid. Remember that name. When he is freed from his latest imprisonment in Mauritania, the courageous activist will once again take up the fight against slavery. Although in 1981 Mauritania finally became the last country to abolish slavery, the practice continues. Bowing to foreign pressure, the government enacted a law in 2007 that […]

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6-year-old orphan on a mission: to make people smile

By Cathryn Wellner / September 2, 2015

Jaden Hayes lost his father when he was four. Last month the Savannah, Georgia, boy lost his mother, who died in her sleep.  Jaden learned more than a six-year-old should ever know about sadness. But the youngster was still full of life and joy. When he got tired of all the sad faces around him, […]

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