All posts in "Connecting"

You can live in a happy city – here’s how

By Cathryn Wellner / November 9, 2015

Charles Montgomery has turned his research and writing talents to urban design and written a book that is fascinating from cover to cover. Casting his net around the world, he has pulled in examples of some of the most people-friendly places to live. These are places that are paying attention to the needs of walkers […]


Forget the divorce counselor; talk to this child

By Cathryn Wellner / October 21, 2015

Little Tiana offers sweet, insightful wisdom to her mother. It is clear she has witnessed the tension between her parents. She knows the score. She is not asking them to get back together. She is just asking them to be gentle with each other. Despite her young age, this little girl is able to articulate […]


Love beyond labels

By Cathryn Wellner / October 7, 2015

The video below, part of the Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, will have you wiping away the tears and feeling good about the many faces of love. The year-long campaign is tackling bias, the many ways we judge people without being aware of the harm we are doing. On the site you’ll find […]


Keep Loving

By Cathryn Wellner / October 5, 2015

Nimo has produced another song, filmed by Ellie Walton and Tanisha Christie, to connect people across barriers of gender, age, culture and all the “isms”. This one he calls “Keep Loving”, and this time he has added the lyrics to the video, which makes it even easier to follow. Just click and enjoy.


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 […]


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 […]


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, […]


This angel makes thousands of sandwiches for the homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / August 31, 2015

When streets in Minneapolis’s Twin Cities fall quiet for the night, Allan Law begins his rounds. The retired teacher stops his vehicle wherever homeless people gather. From inside a van labeled “Love One Another”, he grabs socks, hats, gloves, coats, blankets and other essential supplies. Everyone who approaches receives a sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared […]


Toddlers and oldsters play together in this care center

By Cathryn Wellner / August 26, 2015

Homes for the frail elderly can be some of the most depressing places on the planet, though residents like my Aunt Grace (Is your door open? I need to talk) brighten the lives of those consigned there. Splitting old people off from the rest of society may be convenient, but it is no better practice […]


Rescue horse now heals female inmates

By Cathryn Wellner / August 24, 2015

When Cannwyll was rescued by the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), he was so thin his ribs showed like an equine xylophone. The gentle horse responded to his rescuers with love. Now he is giving female inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution in Ocala, Florida, a chance to be rescued from whatever life setbacks led them […]

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