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This angel makes thousands of sandwiches for the homeless

By Cathryn Wellner / August 31, 2015

When streets in Minneapolis’s Twin Cities fall quiet for the night, Allan Law begins his rounds. The retired teacher stops his vehicle wherever homeless people gather. From inside a van labeled “Love One Another”, he grabs socks, hats, gloves, coats, blankets and other essential supplies. Everyone who approaches receives a sandwich. The sandwiches are prepared […]

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The science is in: happiness improves health

By Cathryn Wellner / August 21, 2015

Happiness does more than improve our mood. It improves our health. Don’t take my word for it. The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, has put together a list of Six Ways Happiness Is Good for Your Health. The six are: Happiness protects your heart Happiness strengthens your immune system Happiness […]

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Changing life for women, one laugh at a time

By Cathryn Wellner / August 10, 2015

When Liza Donnelly was young and impressionable, her mother gave her a book of cartoons. That set her on her life’s path. As she told the TEDWomen 2010 audience: I drew, and I drew, and since I knew that humor was acceptable in my family, I could draw, do what I wanted to do, and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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