All posts in "Obstacles"

Transgender widow wins victory for civil rights

By Cathryn Wellner / May 18, 2015

During World War II Robert Asti flew combat missions for the U.S. Navy. After the war he married and raised three children. He flew commercial aircraft, was a flight instructor, and became vice president of a mutual fund. Inside the male pilot and businessman was a woman increasingly uncomfortable as a man. She knew her […]


#1203 Autism and the infinite puzzle

By Cathryn Wellner / February 16, 2015

A special, free concert for families with children and young adults on the autism spectrum struck me as a generous gesture when I heard a CBC report about it. The conductor being interviewed said one of the things that would be different was that he would not talk so much before and between pieces. That […]


#1197 We shall overcome

By Cathryn Wellner / February 2, 2015

On Sunday mornings Robin and I have formed the habit of attending the church of Michael Enright. It is not a church in the ordinary sense of the word. It is, rather, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program that is always thought provoking. On the Sunday Edition for January 25, 2015, Enright talked about the Maclean’s […]


#1196 Thieves, murderers…and knitters

By Cathryn Wellner / January 30, 2015

They are kidnappers, murderers, thieves and, um, knitters…seriously. We have all heard of burly athletes who take up knitting without worrying about undermining their macho images. But prison inmates? Who on earth would come up with a scheme like that and expect anyone to come on board with it? Her name is Liz Zwerling. She […]


#1182 An impossible dream? Not for Danny MacAskill

By Cathryn Wellner / December 29, 2014

If you are afraid of heights and steep drop-offs, the Isle of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge Traverse will not be on your list of dream destinations. Though only 12 kilometres from start to finish, adding it to your bragging rights is gruelling. It requires peak fitness, a six-hour approach and descent, 9-15 hours of hazardous scrambling […]


#1165 Awkward…7 black kids on racism

By Cathryn Wellner / November 17, 2014

The clever young people behind have come up with anti-racism video that made me nod my head all the way through. The 7 black kids, aged 6 to 13, who deliver their lines with such flair are all from the Ferguson, Missouri, the same town where an unarmed black teen was gunned down by […]


#1136 First openly gay NFL player tackles stereotypes

By Cathryn Wellner / September 30, 2014

When Michael Sam rose to accept the 2014 Arthur Ashe Courage Award, he had the love of teammates, a cheering audience, and his beloved boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, sweeping him to the stage. His touching acceptance speech was punctuated with tears and gratitude. In the macho world of American football, his coming out as a gay […]


#1127 We all have a right to peace; someone must begin

By Cathryn Wellner / September 21, 2014

Today is the International Day of Peace (often called World Peace Day). Around the world vigils, prayers and parties are bringing people together to imagine a world in harmony. As I write, it is already peace day in Australia. It will move around the world with the sun, carrying with it the dreams of people […]

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