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The woman who faced the Ku Klux Klan and won

By Cathryn Wellner / April 10, 2015

  Michael Donald left home the evening of 1981 and never returned. He just wanted a pack of cigarettes. What his murderers wanted was ugly and complex. The young Donald was 19 years old, youngest son of Beulah Mae Donald. He bought his cigarettes at a convenience store, then started for home. That same night, […]

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Muslim families invite you for dinner

By Cathryn Wellner / March 13, 2015

It sounds so Canadian. Concerned about widespread misconceptions about what it means to be Muslim, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community decided to invite people to their homes and mosques. Between March 1 and 14, anyone from Newfoundland to British Columbia could sign up online to be paired with a Muslim family. The idea behind “Meet a […]

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#1193 A joyful tribe of hope-filled people

By Cathryn Wellner / January 23, 2015

Regular Hope visitors may remember I wrote about Nimo Patel in April and June 2014.  He is the high-flying rap star who chucked the excesses of the material world to share his music in an open-hearted, generous way. His lyrics reflect that. In November 2014 he posted yet another of his joyous songs, “To My […]

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#1184 The sacred web of life

By Cathryn Wellner / January 2, 2015

Just before Christmas I received the letter below from my dear friend, Deepthi Jayatilaka. I read and re-read it, stirred to the core, and then asked Deepthi if I could share it with all of you. She graciously agreed. This feels like the right post to start the new year. This year, instead of my […]

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#1170 Cosmic Happy Ass on the spiritual path

By Cathryn Wellner / November 28, 2014

In her pursuit of meaning and transcendence, Diane English follows the path of laughter. With her Great Cosmic Happy-Ass Card Co., she shares her spiritual odyssey with irreverence and playfulness. For those willing to take themselves and their spiritually yearnings lightly, she is a beacon of humour. English owned a successful bookstore but says in […]

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#1105 Change your life, and maybe the world, in 3 easy steps

By Cathryn Wellner / August 30, 2014

Chade-Meng Tan has a rather unusual title. He is Google’s official Jolly Good Fellow. He acquired the moniker by taking advantage of the company’s scheme to encourage innovation: work on Google projects 80 percent of the time, spend the remaining 20 percent on whatever interests you. He chose to work on emotional intelligence, with an […]

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#1092 Dreams give us wings

By Cathryn Wellner / August 17, 2014

The poet Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri in 1902. Poetry took hold of his imagination in his early years. His poems, short stories, plays and novels are a rich exploration of nearly five decades of the experience of black Americans. This small poem is one of his best known. Its eight lines are […]

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#1090 They stand firm against the terror of Muslim fundamentalism

By Cathryn Wellner / August 15, 2014

Karima Bennoune, professor of international law at the University of California-Davis School of Law, is telling the stories of women and men risking their lives to counter right-wing fundamentalistm. She asks us to do the same. Always in her mind is the bravery of her father. In the 1990s the University of Algiers professor faced […]

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