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#906 Brené Brown lightens our loads

By Cathryn Wellner / January 8, 2014

With less than 100 postings to go to reach my goal of 1001 hope-FULL reasons for optimism, I’m going through the thousands (literally) of possibilities in my files and trying to decide which simply must be included. That is not an easy task, especially since I add more reasons to the files every day. Today […]

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#896 Figure out what you hope for

By Cathryn Wellner / December 29, 2013

Hope has been on my mind lately and not just because I am on a daily search for reasons to be hopeful. Friends are facing challenges that make hope seem like a shiny bauble on a Christmas tree—pretty but perhaps not relevant. And that doesn’t take into account all the horrors being perpetrated around the […]

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#894 Digital storytelling can move us

By Cathryn Wellner / December 27, 2013

One of the best storytelling curators on scoop.it is Gregg Morris. Recently he posted a link to an ad that relates a touching human drama in just 3.5 minutes. Grab a tissue, and watch “Reunion” (below) from Google India. Within this small production are major themes, both historical and emotional. It reminds us that when […]

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#893 Son makes amends for dad’s crime

By Cathryn Wellner / December 26, 2013

If we need more proof that we are not consigned to the scrap heap of life just because we come from a troubled family, we should pay attention to the story of Christian Lunsford. His dad exited the family scene when Christian was two and spent the next 13 years in and out of jail. […]

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#890 Three F’s of a good life

By Cathryn Wellner / December 23, 2013

When a Facebook friend posted a link to the video below, I grinned and chuckled all the way through it. Sandy and Richard Riccardi capture the challenges of today’s dinner parties, where guests may have all kinds of diet restrictions. When the video ended, my thoughts turned to family, friends and food, three F’s that […]

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#889 The Hallelujah Chorus that went viral

By Cathryn Wellner / December 22, 2013

Tiny Quinhagak, Alaska, put itself on the map almost exactly three years ago today, when a video from there went viral. James Barthelman, a teacher who in 2005 moved with his wife from Nebraska to the village, had a creative, inclusive idea. Make signs with all the syllables of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. Have children and […]

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#886 Dolls for World Peace connects seniors and children

By Cathryn Wellner / December 19, 2013

The people who make the dolls are seniors in assisted living facilities in Sunrise, Florida. The children around the world who receive the dolls are victims of illness or loss. The soft, colourful, flannel dolls comfort the children. Making them gives people at the other end of their lives a sense of pride and accomplishment. […]

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#885 Smile! You’ve been tagged with kindness

By Cathryn Wellner / December 18, 2013

One of my favourite sites on the Internet is all about kindness. It’s called KindSpring and  uses the tag, Small Acts That Change the World. In 2003 two people concerned about the horrors of frat-house hazing (Nipun Mehta, the founder of ServiceSpace and a young college student) dreamed up a different kind of prank, one […]

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#882 Tweaking children’s Tastebuds in Hamilton, Ontario

By Cathryn Wellner / December 15, 2013

Part of loving children is feeding them the best possible food. In Hamilton, Ontario, a “student nutrition collaborative” called Tastebuds is showing the love. The program started as Hamilton Partners in Nutrition. That is the sort of utilitarian name I would probably come up with but definitely lacks the panache of the re-branded Tastebuds. They […]

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#878 Singing tunes up our brains

By Cathryn Wellner / December 11, 2013

Anyone who enjoys belting out a song knows how good it feels. And for those who still hear that voice from childhood saying, “Just mouth the words,” my friend Jay O’Callahan has this advice: “Sing in the key of free.” My partner, Robin Jarman, is a talented pianist much in demand these days to play […]

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