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#1173 Youth teach the old in Mentor Up

By Cathryn Wellner / December 5, 2014

The premise behind Mentor Up is simple: You know it. They need it. AARP, the American Association of Retired People, knows a lot of older people are stumped by the dizzying advances in technology. At the same time, younger people are born into the technology maelstrom and adapt easily to constant change. So AARP started […]

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#1172 Street Books, a library for Portland’s homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / December 3, 2014

“Read any good books lately?” would probably not be a conversation opener for most people passing a homeless person on the street. For the Street Books librarians, it would be a perfectly normal interaction. The bicycle-powered library started in Portland, Oregon in 2011 when Laura Moulton was given a three-month grant to establish a mobile […]

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#1167 Laura Bates wants Everyday Sexism to stop

By Cathryn Wellner / November 21, 2014

Karen was cornered by three drunken men in a train station. Sarah’s work colleagues told her she should be a stripper because she has big boobs. Aoife’s best friend told her family she had news. They assumed she was pregnant, but she had been offered a job in a law firm. A man on paternity […]

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#1164 Paper or plastic? The environment wants more from us

By Cathryn Wellner / November 14, 2014

“Paper or plastic?” That was the mantra a few years back, when people were arguing over whether tree- or petroleum-based products were the better environmental sacrifice. In her TED2013 talk, Leyla Acaroglu addresses the environmental complexity of a seemingly simple decision. What we are facing, when we opt for an electric car or choose paper […]

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#1152 Teacher with confidence, enthusiasm and Down syndrome

By Cathryn Wellner / October 17, 2014

Bryann Burgess just might blow everything you think you know about Down syndrome right out of the water. She lived on campus and studied music and theater at the University of South Carolina’s Carolina Life non-degree program. She was determined to become a teacher so worked with Kindermusik director Ally Trotter to acquire skills as […]

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Short Takes: Ellen Degeneres’s “common cement” speech

By Cathryn Wellner / October 16, 2014

Some things are too good not to share. I won’t blather on about them, as I am wont to do. I’ll just post them from time to time as “Short Takes”. Here’s the first, thanks to my friend Debbie Hartley and her daughter Kirsten. Have a short take you’d like to see posted here? E-mail […]

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#1151 A vaccine against addiction, crime and despair? And it works.

By Cathryn Wellner / October 15, 2014

You are a single mother, trying to prepare dinner for your three-year-old daughter. You have worked eight hours and commuted another two. You are exhausted. You ask her to pick up her toys, and she erupts, screaming and kicking and refusing to comply with a simple request. Every time she is angry or frustrated, she […]

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#1140 Lunch Ladies (and guys) to the rescue, in schools everywhere

By Cathryn Wellner / October 4, 2014

They are the unsung heroes of school cafeterias everywhere. They deliver nutrition and kindness, all on a budget that is nearly always ridiculously inadequate. For many children from families struggling in poverty, lunch ladies (and men) deliver the fuel that makes it possible for them to concentrate and learn in school. They get too little […]

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