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Dancer, cellist, and singer improvise magic

By Cathryn Wellner / June 24, 2015

Dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones steps onto the TED2015 stage. Joshua Roman draws the bow across his cello’s strings. Vocalist, composer and culturist Somi leans into the microphone. What follows is extraordinary. Together they improvise “The Red Circle and the Blue Curtain”. Like jazz musicians, the three artists pick up on each other’s music […]

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Watch out! Granny’s got a spray can

By Cathryn Wellner / June 3, 2015

They set out with spray paints, stencils, creativity and determination. Their intent is to enliven some of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. What is groundbreaking is that they are seniors, not youth. LATA 65 is an initiative designed by Cowork Lisboa in partnership with Wool – Covilhã Urban Art Festival. The intergenerational project brings together Lisbon, Portugal’s young […]

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Love those imperfect bodies

By Cathryn Wellner / April 20, 2015

Media images of perfection aside, the people walking around our neighbourhoods represent all the variations of body types and insecurities. “I’m not good enough” is a phrase running on a loop through our minds. Photographers Liz LaVorgna and Shanta Crowley of Brattleboro, Vermont want to break that loop with Perfect Imperfection, a photography and spoken […]

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#1210 Who’s under that turban?

By Cathryn Wellner / March 4, 2015

The guy under that turban could be comedian and writer Narinder Singh. Maybe it is jewelry designer and actor Waris Sing Ahluwalla, the “Chic Sikh”. Maybe it is business developer Sonny Caberwal, creator of (among other things) a robot that can hand write your personal notes. On the other hand, it might just be software […]

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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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