All posts in "Obstacles"

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 […]


#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 […]

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