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#1208 Dance your heart out

By Cathryn Wellner / February 27, 2015

Every parent has gone to some version or other of the dance recital. Cuteness trumps talent. A few of the munchkins in pink tutus and tap shoes show an aptitude for dance. A few more remember the steps. Everyone of them is totally delightful. And then once in a while some child bursts out of […]

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#1200 Young poets on fire with the power of words

By Cathryn Wellner / February 9, 2015

Large homes, beautiful clothes, exotic travel, exclusive schools, comfort and ease are not the lot of many young people. But every single person born into this crazy old world deserves the best. In a world of rising (and dangerous) inequality, how can the playing field be leveled enough to give every young person a chance […]

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#1195 Bring on the young musicians

By Cathryn Wellner / January 28, 2015

The television station, France 2, sponsors a program that features talented young musical prodigies in music, dance and singing. Like so many other broadcast competitions, the young people compete and one of them is declared The Prodigy. In October 2014 dozens of these young whiz kids descended on Paris’s Beaugrenelle shopping centre. Two boys began […]

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#1193 A joyful tribe of hope-filled people

By Cathryn Wellner / January 23, 2015

Regular Hope visitors may remember I wrote about Nimo Patel in April and June 2014.  He is the high-flying rap star who chucked the excesses of the material world to share his music in an open-hearted, generous way. His lyrics reflect that. In November 2014 he posted yet another of his joyous songs, “To My […]

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#1186 Our love can save the planet

By Cathryn Wellner / January 7, 2015

Shane Koyczan has appeared on this blog before (The people’s poet, The poet who speaks our hearts). His poetry bypasses any resistance to loving poetry and drills right into that heart-open, word-loving part in all of us. Now he has joined David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour with a poem about safeguarding our glorious planet from […]

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#1183 “Write for whatever holy thing you believe in”

By Cathryn Wellner / December 31, 2014

Even in book stores with only a shelf or two of poetry books, one author will nearly always be represented. Mary Oliver is the people’s poet. Those touched by her words can quote whole poems or favourite lines. They copy passages into their journals and post them on Web sites, likely to the dismay of […]

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#1181 I’m Enough!

By Cathryn Wellner / December 26, 2014

Not many bands start off with a hit single, but The Mrs. did. The new group, out of Austin, Texas launched their group with a song that hit the zeitgeist right on the noggin and set bells ringing. Their first song, “Enough” has lyrics any woman can relate to, including this chorus: “I’m enough, I’m […]

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#1179 Artist Mariëlle Coppes gives us 1000 reasons to smile

By Cathryn Wellner / December 22, 2014

I learned of Mariëlle Coppes through KarmaTube, which delivers a weekly video treat to my inbox. She had folded 1000 origami cranes, tucked a loving note inside each, and handed them out to 1000 strangers. That was reason enough for me to want to feature her here, but after I surfed around and discovered her […]

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#1170 Cosmic Happy Ass on the spiritual path

By Cathryn Wellner / November 28, 2014

In her pursuit of meaning and transcendence, Diane English follows the path of laughter. With her Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co., she shares her spiritual odyssey with irreverence and playfulness. For those willing to take themselves and their spiritually yearnings lightly, she is a beacon of humour. English owned a successful bookstore but says in […]

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#1161 If you saw birds on wires, would you hear music?

By Cathryn Wellner / November 7, 2014

It all started with a newspaper photograph of birds sitting on electric wires. To Jarbas Agnelli they looked like the pattern of musical notes. He says: I knew it wasn’t the most original idea in the universe. I was just curious to hear what melody the birds were creating. The award-winning Brazilian multimedia artist turned […]

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