All posts in "Obstacles"

#45 Beauty Night in Vancouver’s grittiest neighbourhood

By Cathryn Wellner / May 30, 2011

Yesterday I listened to an inspiring talk on “Beauty as a Spiritual Path”. It made me think of a project that focuses on celebrating the beauty that lies within all our souls, whether we are a celebrity or a sex trade worker. But acknowledging we all shine from the inside out does little to ease […]


#43 Saying YES! to life

By Cathryn Wellner / May 27, 2011

When I was working in community development, I often had the feeling I’d sat through the same meeting for years. Different faces around the table. Different issues being discussed. Different communities even. The way the meetings ended, though, was too often the same. We had talked all around a problem we were already familiar with […]


#39 Hey, kid, you’ll be all right

By Cathryn Wellner / May 26, 2011

A few weeks ago I was thinking about the rocky journey my adult life has been. Come to think of it, I remember some stones in earlier years as well. So I wrote a post with Words for a younger self. I wanted to offer reassurance to that young, uncertain woman that life’s unexpectedness is […]


#37 Neighbors pitch in for Leonard Fitch

By Cathryn Wellner / May 24, 2011

When I was growing up on a dead-end street in Twin Falls, Idaho, we used to shop at Dornell’s. It was one of those corner grocery stores where the proprietor knew his customers, discretely offered credit, catered to children’s love of penny candy, and kept a cooler full of ice-cold pop. I thought small-town stores […]


#36 Four-legged surfer with a big heart

By Cathryn Wellner / May 24, 2011

I first met Surf Dog Ricochet when I was aching over some tragic deaths. I wrote You are perfect just the way you are to work through my sadness over the suicides of six young gay men. I was angry with those who directly and indirectly drove them to feel so unworthy they took their […]


#14 Jessica Cox flies without arms

By Cathryn Wellner / May 16, 2011

Most of us waver when some rock comes crashing down on the path of our dreams. Jessica Cox never has. Neither have her parents. She was born without arms, into a family of twelve children. By the time she was ten she had begun tae kwon do lessons. In seventh grade she earned her black […]

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