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#447 Slow grandparents at play

By Cathryn Wellner / October 6, 2012

The sign made me laugh. At 70 and 66 Robin and I still see ourselves as active and engaged, but we are definitely slow by comparison with our newest granddaughter and her mothers. The grandparents sign is at Davison Orchards on the edge of Vernon. That’s a town at the north end of British Columbia’s […]


#441 Eclipse Awards: a business role model

By Cathryn Wellner / September 30, 2012

Rewarding people for exemplary work often entails bestowing some sort of engraved plaque or a chunk of glass inscribed with the details. The recognition is a lasting pat on the back. I hadn’t thought much about the companies who create the mementos until I was listening to CBC and heard an interview with Toby Barazzuol, […]


#398 Cougar Annie’s Courage

By Cathryn Wellner / August 19, 2012

The year Cougar Annie’s Garden was published, I was helping my then-husband read non-fiction books being considered for a prize. He asked me to read those with a female focus. Ranking them in order was difficult, as they were all windows into an author’s soul. Listening to an interview with *Katrina Kadoski CBC this […]


#381 One man’s wild dream

By Cathryn Wellner / August 2, 2012

In what must surely be one of the quirkiest stories of the 2012 Olympics, a Chinese farmer says he pedaled his rickshaw through 16 countries, to be in London for the start of the games. Nothing stopped Chen Guanming, who was 57 when he arrived at the Olympics. He rode over mountain passes, through blizzards […]


#364 The kindness of strangers

By Cathryn Wellner / July 16, 2012

I can still feel the skin scraping off my knees, shins, hands, arms as I skidded down the rough asphalt bike path. I can see the forest to my left, the highway to my right, the sun overhead, and the blood. I can remember the intense pain, as if my flesh had been burned off […]


#363 Mya has two moms

By Cathryn Wellner / July 15, 2012

My granddaughter Sunday has two moms. You can read about her on another of my blogs, Catching Courage. She’s been featured with the permission of her beautiful mothers. I’ll put links below the video so you can read about her, as well as her two gorgeous cousins, who have a mom and a dad. I […]


#338 Friendship like a mini-U.N.

By Cathryn Wellner / June 22, 2012

How we found each other in the city of Clermont-Ferrand, France, is lost in the muddy waters of my memory. Danielle, the French woman in the picture, was the only one of us not a student at the local university. Three of us – Gabrielle from Germany, Richard from New Zealand, and I – had […]


#323 Lucy Mathews Heegaard sprinkles story magic

By Cathryn Wellner / June 7, 2012

Stories have been manna to me since the years when being quiet and unobtrusive let me listen in on the best stories adults told. My mother, aunts, and their friends would open their hearts to each other when they forgot my small ears were near enough to absorb everything. So when I come across a […]


#301 Flea market treasure finds its way home

By Cathryn Wellner / May 17, 2012

Wang Weiguo, an award-winning actor with the National Theatre Company of China, was wandering through Bejing’s Panjiayuan Flea Market when he found a treasure, 20 exquisite picture frames. He bought them all. Inside the frames were a woman’s life story. There were pictures of her as a baby and a growing child, pictures with her […]


#132 A circle of love

By Cathryn Wellner / September 8, 2011

I grew up with a single parent back in the days when such family configurations were uncommon. To keep a roof over our heads, Mother worked five and a half days a week for a seed company in Twin Falls, Idaho. We would have had a hard time surviving on her meager salary, but she […]

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