All posts in "Taking action"

Sama Group is ENDING poverty for thousands

By Cathryn Wellner / November 20, 2015

What if poverty were not inevitable? What if your charity donations could help people become tax payers instead of tax recipients? Would that influence your thinking about immigration, poverty, and…why not…the future of the world? After watching the interview Marie Forleo did with Leila Janah, I’m prepared to throw my hat into the ring of […]


Sometimes the most generous people are next door

By Cathryn Wellner / November 16, 2015

Last week I took a friend for her birthday lunch at a small restaurant with a big reputation. Jason Leizert’s Salted Brick has made a commitment to fresh, local fare from the Okanagan Valley’s farms and artisans. I had heard the food was first rate. But a few days before that lunch, I learned Salted […]


You can live in a happy city – here’s how

By Cathryn Wellner / November 9, 2015

Charles Montgomery has turned his research and writing talents to urban design and written a book that is fascinating from cover to cover. Casting his net around the world, he has pulled in examples of some of the most people-friendly places to live. These are places that are paying attention to the needs of walkers […]


Watch this and stay true to your dreams

By Cathryn Wellner / November 2, 2015

For forty years Vijayan and his wife Mohana have sold tea from their tiny shop in Kochi, on the west coast of India. That is not a business with big profits, but that does not slow them down. The couple has visited every scenic spot in India. They have traveled to 16 different countries. They […]


Would you buy a $100 donut?

By Cathryn Wellner / October 28, 2015

Unless your finances are a lot more secure than mine, you would likely laugh at the thought. But what if you knew that $100 was making someone else’s life a whole lot better? I’m not kidding about the $100 donut (or doughnut or however you want to spell that tempting treat). Dolicious Donuts recently changed […]


Transforming Detroit, a bowl of soup at a time

By Cathryn Wellner / October 23, 2015

When I think of Detroit, I see images of abandoned houses, derelict neighborhoods, and rampant crime. I see an unloved city, site of America’s largest municipal bankruptcy. That is, I did see Detroit that way. Thanks to Life Among The Ruins, a new documentary from the good people at Nation Swell, I will carry a […]


At 102 Inge Rapoport earns doctorate denied by Nazis

By Cathryn Wellner / October 19, 2015

Inge Syllm-Rapoport is one of the most inspiring examples of feisty aging I have ever come across. She completed her medical studies in 1937, just in time for Hitler’s anti-Semitic laws (her mother was Jewish) to prevent her from taking the doctoral exam. The following year she emigrated to the U.S., where she achieved her […]


You’ve got to have hope

By Cathryn Wellner / October 14, 2015

When the musical comedy Damn Yankees opened on Broadway in 1955, one of the catchy songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross quickly became a hit. A losing baseball team is standing around the coach. He urges them to believe in themselves by telling them “You’ve Gotta Have Heart”. The coach tells them, You’ve gotta […]


Hope inspires the good to reveal itself

By Cathryn Wellner / September 30, 2015

“A great truth, attributed to Emily Dickinson, is that ‘hope inspires the good to reveal itself. This is almost all I ever need to remember. Gravity and sadness yank us down, and hope gives us a nudge to help one another get back up or to sit with the fallen on the ground, in the […]


Ravaged bodies, intact spirits

By Cathryn Wellner / September 16, 2015

Nation Swell keeps coming up with inspiring stories. That means a lot to me. As an expat, I weary of all the downer stories about my home country, the U.S.A. Nation Swell brings me regular reasons to be hope-full about America. On September 1st the site published a story about a competition for war vets. […]

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