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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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Germans greet refugees with outpouring of support

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2015

We hear so much grumbling about immigrants to western countries. So what happened in Germany is inspiring. Polizei München posted a Tweet asking for volunteers to help welcome 590 refugees who were arriving at the main train station. Within an hour so many people came forward with boxes of food, bottles of water, diapers for […]

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Everyone should know about this courageous anti-slavery crusader

By Cathryn Wellner / September 4, 2015

Biram Dah Abeid. Remember that name. When he is freed from his latest imprisonment in Mauritania, the courageous activist will once again take up the fight against slavery. Although in 1981 Mauritania finally became the last country to abolish slavery, the practice continues. Bowing to foreign pressure, the government enacted a law in 2007 that […]

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6-year-old orphan on a mission: to make people smile

By Cathryn Wellner / September 2, 2015

Jaden Hayes lost his father when he was four. Last month the Savannah, Georgia, boy lost his mother, who died in her sleep.  Jaden learned more than a six-year-old should ever know about sadness. But the youngster was still full of life and joy. When he got tired of all the sad faces around him, […]

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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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