All posts in "Obstacles"

High school student designs pram for moms in wheelchairs

By Cathryn Wellner / November 6, 2015

The waterfront walk near my home is a favourite spot for running moms. They pop junior in an expensive pram and get their exercise while baby gets fresh air. Absent on the scene are moms in wheelchairs. Pushing a pram is not in the cards. Or at least it wasn’t. But a Detroit high school […]


At 102 Inge Rapoport earns doctorate denied by Nazis

By Cathryn Wellner / October 19, 2015

Inge Syllm-Rapoport is one of the most inspiring examples of feisty aging I have ever come across. She completed her medical studies in 1937, just in time for Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws (her mother was Jewish) to prevent her from taking the doctoral exam. The following year she emigrated to the U.S., where she achieved her […]


Homeless piano player’s new life

By Cathryn Wellner / October 16, 2015

Donald Gould looked skeletal in the video that went viral. Two months later he was playing the American national anthem at an NFL game. At the time, he was 80 days sober. That may not sound like much, but to someone in caught in the tentacles of addiction, it is a lifetime. The Sarasota, Florida, […]


You’ve got to have hope

By Cathryn Wellner / October 14, 2015

When the musical comedy Damn Yankees opened on Broadway in 1955, one of the catchy songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross quickly became a hit. A losing baseball team is standing around the coach. He urges them to believe in themselves by telling them “You’ve Gotta Have Heart”. The coach tells them, You’ve gotta […]


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 […]


Proud father of Malala Yousafzai

By Cathryn Wellner / July 27, 2015

Around the world, women grow up knowing they are considered inferior to men. Ziauddin Yousafzai was determined to give his daughter Malala a very different upbringing. Instead of accepting the patriarchal attitudes of many in his country, the Pakistani educator was determined to give his daughter a strong sense of her intelligence and power. He […]


She rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean

By Cathryn Wellner / June 15, 2015

The Atlantic Ocean can toss the largest cruise ships like toy boats. The idea of setting out alone to cross it in a rowboat sounds like madness, but that is what explorers do. They challenge themselves and us by taking on the impossible. Victoria (Tori) Murden McClure was 36 years old when she set out […]


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 […]

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