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#180 Crazy Sustainable Commute

By Cathryn Wellner / November 8, 2011

Crazy? Yes, if you try this, you just might get locked up. On the other hand, people who see you might join in. At the very least they’ll laugh. Do the Crazy Sustainable Commute. It’s not quite a craze yet, but the idea from Vancouver, British Columbia, is a good one. The call went out […]


#176 Creating delight: Christy Schollen

By Cathryn Wellner / November 5, 2011

In the intricate maze of fleeting online connections, I often forget how I stumbled across someone. That’s the case with Christy Schollen, though I think it was through Twitter. What I have not forgotten is my delight when I scrolled through her blog and discovered her brilliant artistry and sense of whimsy. I remember shaking […]


#170 ‘Peak car’ making cities better places

By Cathryn Wellner / October 31, 2011

Cars may rein supreme in cities, but cracks in their supremacy are beginning to show. While car makers compete to build cars cheap enough to put drivers in poorer countries behind the wheel, a small but growing revolution is heading a more sustainable direction. Cities are designed for cars, as anyone who bicycles or walks can attest. […]


#165 Taxes bought me beauty today

By Cathryn Wellner / October 30, 2011

Walking around my Kelowna, British Columbia, neighbourhood today, I was reflecting on the beauty around me. Then I had one of those moments of gratitude that don’t come often enough. I remembered to be grateful for paying taxes. Everything I was enjoying was paid for out of taxes collected by various levels of government. Today […]


#160 Kitchen Scrap Composting in Boston

By Cathryn Wellner / October 23, 2011

OK, I confess. I don’t compost these days. I’m not proud of that because we eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Peels, cores and the bits that hide themselves in the back of the refrigerator until they turn into a fuzzy, oozing, green mass – they all go into the garbage chute just around […]


#134 An artist’s gift of poetry

By Cathryn Wellner / September 10, 2011

This is not what I expect to find sewn into my thrift-store trousers: “Life is a huge dream why work so hard?” ~Li po But if I were shopping in a secondhand clothing store in Miami, that’s what I might find. Artist Agustina Woodgate makes her art public in a lot of creative ways. This […]


#111 Forty years of fresh produce

By Cathryn Wellner / August 5, 2011

GrowNYC has been transforming the urban environment for forty years, and I just learned about it. They have greenmarkets dotting the city. Most of them accept food stamps, and a lot of them offer services such as textiles and battery recycling and compost drop-off. I counted 12 farm stands run by neighborhood youth. The Open […]


#84 Magic of an urban oasis

By Cathryn Wellner / June 30, 2011

The first time I stumbled onto Kelowna’s Kasugai Japanese Garden, I felt the city around it fall away. A waterfall hid much of the traffic sounds. Birds and butterflies flitted from branch to flower. Graveled paths crunched under my feet. Tucked into an enclosure behind City Hall, the garden is a tribute to the city’s […]


#53 She’s not “those people” – no one is

By Cathryn Wellner / June 3, 2011

Sometimes a poet hits it so right I feel the shivers right down to my toenails. That’s the way I feel when I watch the video of Danny Glover reading Julia Dinsmore’s poem, “My Name Is Not Those People”. “I am such a genius at surviving That I could balance the state budget in an […]

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