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#997 Finding hope in a quirky, creative woman called SARK

By Cathryn Wellner / April 9, 2014

Are there writers out there who never suffer doubt, never question their talent, never look at their words and despair? If you are one of them, read no farther. But if you ever quake when you send your words out to a publisher, an agent, or the public space of a Web site, read on. […]

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#996 Wide open to gratitude

By Cathryn Wellner / April 8, 2014

When KindSpring launched a 21-Day Kindness Challenge, 6000 people from 98 countries signed on to consciously perform acts of kindness. KindSpring followed that up with a 21-Day Gratitude Challenge that inspired even more people in more countries to participate. Two talented musicians with large hearts, Nimesh Patel and Daniel Nahmod, took up the gratitude challenge. […]

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#990 Eric Whitacre lays song lines around the globe

By Cathryn Wellner / April 2, 2014

Shivers on a warm day. I have just been watching Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4, Fly to Paradise. This time the production is animated. The 5,905 singers from 101 countries appear in the windows of skyscrapers, while the young heroine gathers the courage to spread her wings and fly. The music lifts my spirits as […]

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#987 Pianist with four fingers and an irrepressible spirit

By Cathryn Wellner / March 30, 2014

A woman born with two fingers on each hand and the talent and determination to become a professional pianist is inspiring hope around the world. Born in 1985 in Seoul, Korea, Lee Hee-ah has no bones in her left thumb. Her limbs stop at the knee. What does not stop is her exuberance. Hee-Ah began […]

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#984 Facebook connects aging street poet with a global audience

By Cathryn Wellner / March 27, 2014

Hope is the heaviest weight A man can carry It is the bane of the idealist      ~ The Conditioned He was just another homeless old man living on the streets of Sao Paolo, surrounded by the detritus of his humble existence. Now, thanks to an open-hearted woman and the power of a good story, Raimundo […]

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#971 She turns plastic pollution into art for hope

By Cathryn Wellner / March 14, 2014

A simple walk along an Oregon beach became a life changer for Angela Haseltine Pozzi. She picked up what looked like a weathered bone. Examining it closely, she discovered writing and realized she was looking at a plastic item so tossed by the sea it looked like a natural object. Years later she moved to […]

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#964 The stories behind the goods

By Cathryn Wellner / March 7, 2014

In the leafy town of Berea, Kentucky, Warren May makes exquisite dulcimers and fine furniture. One day in 1990 my former husband and I wandered into his shop just at closing time. He chatted as if we had walked in at a convenient hour, demonstrating the mellow sound of his instruments, showing us the trademark […]

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#957 Draw your way out of any pit

By Cathryn Wellner / February 28, 2014

Words have always spilled more easily from my pen than images, but Hannah Hinchman awakened me to the possibility that even someone as art-challenged as I could find pleasure and satisfaction in drawing. Actually, she did more than that with her book, A Life In Hand: Creating the Illuminated Journal. She booted me out of […]

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#955 Happy to be here

By Cathryn Wellner / February 26, 2014

This is a love letter to my small city, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. All I need to do to remind me why I love it here is to look out the window. If I peer over my left shoulder, I look out at the foothills and low mountains to the east of town. If I […]

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#951 Plastic elephants are saving environments

By Cathryn Wellner / February 22, 2014

Kenya’s beaches are littered with discarded flip-flops. The good news is that many of them are being turned into colourful works of art. Ocean Sole was started in 1997 by Julie Church, a marine conservationist from Kenya. Working on a conservation project in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, she was appalled by the plastic-littered beaches. […]

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