All posts in "Taking action"

Proud father of Malala Yousafzai

By Cathryn Wellner / July 27, 2015

Around the world, women grow up knowing they are considered inferior to men. Ziauddin Yousafzai was determined to give his daughter Malala a very different upbringing. Instead of accepting the patriarchal attitudes of many in his country, the Pakistani educator was determined to give his daughter a strong sense of her intelligence and power. He […]


Pouring the oil of music over a bombed Baghdad neighbourhood

By Cathryn Wellner / July 10, 2015

  On the last Monday in April 2015, three car bombs ripped through busy Baghdad neighbourhoods. The deadliest of them killed at least 10 and injured 27 others and shattered shops and vehicles in the upscale Mansour district. Iraqi cellist Karim Wasfi defied the terrorists ‘ message of hatred and death. He came with his […]


World War II vet is running across the U.S.

By Cathryn Wellner / June 17, 2015

Ernie Andrus is making the run of his life. He started at the Pacific Ocean near San Diego in October 2013, two months after his 90th birthday. He plans to keep running until he touches the Atlantic Ocean. His goal is to earn enough money from sponsors to send the U.S.S. LST 325, a decommissioned […]


Transgender widow wins victory for civil rights

By Cathryn Wellner / May 18, 2015

During World War II Robert Asti flew combat missions for the U.S. Navy. After the war he married and raised three children. He flew commercial aircraft, was a flight instructor, and became vice president of a mutual fund. Inside the male pilot and businessman was a woman increasingly uncomfortable as a man. She knew her […]


Holocaust survivor forgives Nazi guard

By Cathryn Wellner / May 15, 2015

Eva Mozes Kor has good reason to despise Oskar Gröning. When she and her twin sister, Miriam, arrived in the Auschwitz death camp, they were met by Josef Mengele and became part of the ruthless scientist’s genetic experiments. Gröning was a junior squad leader at the camp. While he could argue he was not directly […]


Straight high school student and his gay prom date

By Cathryn Wellner / May 13, 2015

How can anyone believe the world is getting inexorably worse all the time when something like this happens? Jacob Lescenski, a student in a Las Vegas high school, stumbled over some youthful glitch for the upcoming prom. With no date, he was planning to go alone until he saw a Tweet. That Tweet was from […]


Eccentricity is good for us

By Cathryn Wellner / May 8, 2015

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden One of my favorite Seattle characters during my years there was a woman who called herself Dee […]


The first investigative journalist

By Cathryn Wellner / May 6, 2015

  Before the gutsy journalist Nellie Bly (born Elizabeth Jane Cochran) came onto the scene, no one had done the kind of investigative journalism we have become accustomed to today. She might never have become a journalist had Erasmus Wilson not rankled her so badly she had to respond. She began life in 1864, as […]


Love bombing the world

By Cathryn Wellner / May 4, 2015

As Director of the National Perinatal HIV Hotline, based in San Francisco, Shannon Weber devotes her professional life to women’s health issues and community health disparities. But it was not for this good work she came to my attention. It was for her determination to spread love around the world, one note at a time. […]

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