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#128 Germany’s last millstone mason

By Cathryn Wellner / August 30, 2011

Most Germans don’t give much thought to millstones these days. Wolfgang Strakosch does. The 58-year-old artisan from the Bavarian village of Zusamaltheim is the last millstone mason in the country. He hews millstones from the same basalt used for that purpose for more than 2000 years. He understands how to cut the porous rock to […]

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#112 Power of one

By Cathryn Wellner / August 6, 2011

Giving something every day…now there’s a good idea. Instead of keeping the focus turned firmly inward, Jacqueline set out to “create a movement that would mobilize people to give back every day of their lives.” She’s nearing the finish line. Every day she figures out some way to give something. Here are some examples: Day […]

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#105 Writing their way to friendship

By Cathryn Wellner / July 26, 2011

People send me links that give them hope. This one comes from the wonderful folk at Guurrbi Tours. For nearly fifty years Joan Rayment and Aunty Grace Dick have been pen pals. Through all the years of letters, through marriage and childbirth and shared confidences, they had only met once until recently. That was early […]

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#102 MotherGlow shares joy of pregnancy announcements

By Cathryn Wellner / July 21, 2011

Every pregnancy should be a welcome one, but life isn’t always simple or kind. So it’s wonderful to see the joy that greets the announcements on MotherGlow. The site posts “videos of expecting moms revealing the news to their families and friends”. These sweet little films make me smile and even shed a tear or […]

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#100 Lottery winners give it all away

By Cathryn Wellner / July 18, 2011

Most of us think about what we’d do if we hit the jackpot. Violet and Allen Large had to do more than think about it. In July 2010 they won $11.2 million in the Canadian 6/49 lottery. Consumer toys weren’t on their list. Neither was a replacement for their 147-year-old house or their 1987 vehicle. […]

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#98 They show up when we need them

By Cathryn Wellner / July 16, 2011

I’m totally amazed every time it happens, even though it happens a lot. Sometimes they arrive in human forms. Other times they appear as books or poems or paintings or a bird flying overhead. They are signs but only if we interpret them that way, and I do. I do that even though I don’t […]

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#97 Answering the call

By Cathryn Wellner / July 15, 2011

The premise caught my interest. Seven young Americans answering a call to serve humanity. They were Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. The filmmakers followed them “from their first days of training, through years of challenges, doubts, triumphs and surprises, and into their early practice as ordained professionals.” PBS aired the documentary on Independent Lens in […]

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#96 Country boy’s talent comes straight from the heart

By Cathryn Wellner / July 14, 2011

When Chooka Parker took the stage at Australia’s Got Talent, he was so diffident I wasn’t sure what to expect. At the same time, he had a quiet confidence that belied his sixteen years. When he said he had nothing prepared and was just going to play whatever came into his head, I ratcheted down […]

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#95 Architecture with soul

By Cathryn Wellner / July 13, 2011

After reading pieces Robyn Lawrence wrote for Care2.com and Natural Home & Garden about Quietude, a 280 sq. ft. cottage built in the hills south of me, I wanted to know something about the architect, Henry Yorke Mann. It wasn’t just the low cost that caught my eye, though $28,000 for a permanent structure is […]

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#91 The wonder of crusty bread

By Cathryn Wellner / July 8, 2011

Downtown Kelowna changed for me when The Bread Company opened its doors. A year of graduate studies in France had changed my relationship with bread. In the four decades since, I’ve gone out of my way to find crusty bread, freshly baked, with a texture that gives my teeth something to sink into. Supermarket bread, […]

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