All posts in "Taking action"

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 […]


#1199 Rising Tide Car Wash Staffed by Young People with Autism

By Cathryn Wellner / February 6, 2015

A family-owned and operated car wash in Parkland, Florida, offers a quality service that gives special attention to detail. John and Tom D’Eri, a father-and-son entrepreneurial team, started CanDo Business Ventures out of concern for the future of Andrew. Tom’s brother Andrew was turning 21 in 2012. Fearing the young man’s autism would limit his […]


#1198 From food waste to generous meals

By Cathryn Wellner / February 4, 2015

  Food waste is a problem worldwide. Statistics give varying pictures of what that means, but generally number crunchers agree around 40 percent of all food ends up being tossed away in one form or another, from field to plate. Behind the percentages is a staggering waste of land, seed, water, storage, fuel, transportation, and […]


#1197 We shall overcome

By Cathryn Wellner / February 2, 2015

On Sunday mornings Robin and I have formed the habit of attending the church of Michael Enright. It is not a church in the ordinary sense of the word. It is, rather, a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program that is always thought provoking. On the Sunday Edition for January 25, 2015, Enright talked about the Maclean’s […]


#1196 Thieves, murderers…and knitters

By Cathryn Wellner / January 30, 2015

They are kidnappers, murderers, thieves and, um, knitters…seriously. We have all heard of burly athletes who take up knitting without worrying about undermining their macho images. But prison inmates? Who on earth would come up with a scheme like that and expect anyone to come on board with it? Her name is Liz Zwerling. She […]


#1190 Missouri students raise funds for ailing custodian

By Cathryn Wellner / January 16, 2015

Their high school custodian is 72 years old, a fixture at Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri. The school’s building manager Scott Bolamn, told CBS St. Louis, “Our students look at him like a grandfather figure.” When they learned he was facing serious health issues, they rallied around him, launching a GoFundMe campaign to […]

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