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#65 Jessie Arrington’s recycled chic

By Cathryn Wellner / June 13, 2011

When Brooklyn designer Jessie Arrington was invited to deliver a TED talk in Palm Springs, she packed one very small bag. It held seven pairs of undies, one for every day she planned to be away. That’s it. Every other piece of her colourful, original outfits she bought in the same kinds of places where […]

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#64 Spreading good stories to inspire hope

By Cathryn Wellner / June 13, 2011

During my years combining storytelling and community development, I met many people doing inspiring work in their communities. These were real life changers. They were busy preparing meals for hundreds, teaching adults to read, offering shelter to homeless neighbours, knitting warm blankets for newborns, and generally inspiring people. Finding the time to write their stories […]

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#61 Korean singer’s Got Talent

By Cathryn Wellner / June 9, 2011

A 22-year-old man, Choi Sung-bong, is taking the world by storm, thanks to his June 6th performance on Korea’s Got Talent. The judges were gentle with him when he took the stage in jeans and a casual shirt. He was quiet and shy as he told the story of being left in an orphanage when […]

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#46 Utilitarian can still be beautiful

By Cathryn Wellner / May 30, 2011

All around my city, and probably yours, utility boxes stand like squat shipping trunks. Although they’re important, they would never win a prize for beauty. Graffiti artists like the blank canvas they offer, but Kelowna decided to spruce them up with a different kind of art. The wrapped utility boxes are part of the city’s […]

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#35 Big man with a soft voice

By Cathryn Wellner / May 23, 2011

The first time I listened to a recording of IZ, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, I felt my heart split wide open. I’ve loved the song since I first heard Judy Garland sing it in The Wizard of Oz, but Iz’s version was like hearing it for the first time. It wasn’t just […]

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#26 Shirley Buchan releases first CD at 78

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2011

No, that’s not 78 rpm (revolutions per minute), which people of a certain age will recognize as industry standard for early disc recordings. This 78 refers to the age of Langley, B.C., singer, Shirley Buchan. At 78 she released her first recording, a collection of jazz and torch songs she calls, “Standing in the Centre […]

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#24 The whimsy of StoryPeople

By Cathryn Wellner / May 20, 2011

I was going through one of those dreaded but inevitable Major Life Events when friends gave me a copy of Brian Andreas’s Traveling Light: Stories & Drawings for a Quiet Mind. I read the tiny tales in it with growing delight, laughing at myself, at some of the people in my life, and at the […]

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