All posts in "Taking action"

She did on one leg what most people can’t on two

By Cathryn Wellner / April 17, 2015

When thieves attacked Arunima Sinha, one of India’s volleyball champions, in April 2011 she fought back. No one on the crowded train stepped forward to help her so they threw her out of the train. An oncoming train ran over her leg, crushing it below the knee. As she described it in her INK Talk, […]


These neighbours are not just bystanders

By Cathryn Wellner / April 13, 2015

The Strathcona neighbourhood in Vancouver, B.C. is the city’s oldest residential community. A mix of ages, cultures and incomes, it normally feels like a safe place to live, according to residents who spoke to CBC after a horrific rape occurred. On March 26, 2015 that sense of safety was shattered. Shortly after noon that day […]


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, […]


When the music plays, he has to dance

By Cathryn Wellner / April 8, 2015

Forget dancing like nobody’s watching. Young Peyton “Peanut” Henderson clearly likes being watched. When he hears dancing music, he has to move to the beat. At a Kentucky High School Basketball Tournament, Henderson heard Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” over the sound system and began dancing in the aisle between bleachers. That boy has talent. He was […]


Make No Small Plans

By Cathryn Wellner / April 6, 2015

The dream of saying goodbye to jobs and fixed addresses sometimes seduces adventurous people to sell their worldly goods and take to the road. Most people just talk about doing it, of course. Others take the plunge. Joei Carlton Hossack is one of the latter. She and her husband Paul were living in Toronto when […]


The champion of child slaves

By Cathryn Wellner / March 18, 2015

Kailash Satyarthi has a better idea than high-powered weapons and draconian security measures. He believes the best defense plan is education. If young people are taught to think for themselves, if they have the prospect of jobs and a good quality of life, they are less likely to go off the rails. He knows this […]


#1210 Who’s under that turban?

By Cathryn Wellner / March 4, 2015

The guy under that turban could be comedian and writer Narinder Singh. Maybe it is jewelry designer and actor Waris Sing Ahluwalla, the “Chic Sikh”. Maybe it is business developer Sonny Caberwal, creator of (among other things) a robot that can hand write your personal notes. On the other hand, it might just be software […]


#1206 A gift of memories.

By Cathryn Wellner / February 23, 2015

If you are not already a fan of Steve Hartman’s On The Road program on CBS, this story will persuade you to follow him. In Hillsboro, Oregon, he met a 64-year-old woman whose memory is being nibbled away. Then out of the blue she became the recipient of something that feels kind of miraculous. Sara […]


#1202 Would you walk 21 miles a day to work? He did.

By Cathryn Wellner / February 13, 2015

James Robertson leaves his Detroit home at 8:00 every morning. By 12:30 he reaches the industrial park, where he works in a factory from 2 to 10 p.m. When his shift ends, he reverses the commute, reaching home around 4 a.m. He sleeps until 6 a.m. and then begins the commute again. What is so […]

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