All posts in "Obstacles"

#1095 Upsee miracles: children experience walking for the first time

By Cathryn Wellner / August 20, 2014

When Debby Elnaton’s second child was born with cerebral palsy, he cried through most of his first year. She figured Rotem was frustrated because he wanted to move the way any other child could. Her therapist galvanized her when he said, “Your child doesn’t know what his legs are. He doesn’t have consciousness of his […]


#1093 Proud to celebrate growing diversity

By Cathryn Wellner / August 18, 2014

Canada made same-sex marriage legal nationwide nine years ago. Not only did the country not fall apart, the family crumble, and morality fade away, that act in support of equality and social justice has had a healing effect. While we still have miles (OK, kilometres) to go before we root out the vestiges of prejudice, […]


#1077 Jews and Arabs are refusing to be enemies

By Cathryn Wellner / August 2, 2014

How would the Arab-Israeli conflict change if Jews and Arabs just refused to be enemies? A Facebook page is trying to find out. That peace is elusive is no surprise, given the history of the region and the militancy on both sides. And no one is naive enough to expect a Facebook page and some […]


#1049 Oregon says YES to marriage equality

By Cathryn Wellner / July 5, 2014

In 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court made two historic decisions that moved marriage equality forward. Both found aspects of DOMA, the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, to be unconstitutional. On May 19, 2014 a federal judge followed suit, overturning Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage. Oregon began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2004, when […]


#1042 Feisty and funny, Stella Young shatters stereotypes

By Cathryn Wellner / June 28, 2014

Stella Young refuses to be anyone’s inspiration just because she is in a wheelchair. However, the funny, talented Australian can’t avoid being inspirational. She is funny, smart, articulate and a powerhouse advocate for disability rights. When Young debuted her show, Tales from the Crip, at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in March-April 2014, I’d love […]


#1036 A love so deep it will break your heart and feed your soul

By Cathryn Wellner / June 22, 2014

In 2010 I stumbled onto Kelle Hampton’s moving post about the birth of Nella, her second daughter, a child born with Down syndrome. It was an achingly honest and moving piece. It broke my heart when she wrote: I will never forget my daughter in my arms, opening her eyes over and over…she locked eyes […]


#1035 They beat their combat fatigues into healing art

By Cathryn Wellner / June 21, 2014

I wish there had been a project like Combat Paper when my father’s cohort returned from World War II, my own from Viet Nam. They needed some way to work through the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) so many carried home in their kit bags, pain that haunted their lives. Today’s veterans can shred the horrific […]

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