All posts in "Connecting"

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 […]


Prank It Forward gave this waitress the best tip ever

By Cathryn Wellner / August 19, 2015 is a pretty crazy site, with lots of videos poking fun at the weird and wacky. For April 2014 they launched Prank It Fwd to use their prank powers for good. The prank below made me teary, and it changed the life of a hard-working waitress and yoga teacher.


Puppets bring a street performer and an aging activist together

By Cathryn Wellner / August 7, 2015

Ricky Syers has been performing on New York streets for years. He got tired of working as a laborer, turned to music, then began creating puppets that make even harried grownups slow down to watch. Recently, the 50-year-old performer met Doris Diether and made a marionette of the 86-year-old activist. The friendship blossomed, and now […]

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