All posts in " Australia "

#1126 People power saves man with leg trapped by train

By Cathryn Wellner / September 20, 2014

The surveillance video clearly shows the man boarding a train in Perth, Western Australia. Suddenly his leg slips between train and platform. With the train soon to pull out of the station, he is unable to pull his leg back out. As soon as train staff realize what has happened, they empty the train and […]


#940 Music for the masses

By Cathryn Wellner / February 11, 2014

If you have followed this blog for a while, you will know I am a sucker for flash mobs. Joy, love, creativity, and community are all mixed in together when people gather to bring something special to a public venue. The Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s “pop-up” guerrilla performance of Ravel’s Bolero moves onto my list of […]


#918 Couple’s future rescued by social media

By Cathryn Wellner / January 20, 2014

The NaPaul Photographics Web site shows two talented young people skilled at capturing special moments and special places, even if what is before the camera’s eye would look ordinary without their powers of observation. The Adelaide, South Australia couple recently expanded beyond photography to offer social media marketing and Web hosting. Aside from talent, the […]


#726 Kids raising funds to save Tasmanian devils

By Cathryn Wellner / July 12, 2013

Tasmanian devils need all the friends they can find, and the three Blackwell siblings have stepped up to volunteer their efforts. Louis, Alice and Isaac began their fundraising efforts in 2011. The Blackwell family lives in Perth, Western Australia and began their fundraising efforts in 2011. The link is nearly two years old so their […]


#604 Words can hurt…and heal

By Cathryn Wellner / March 12, 2013

by Michelle Jarman As a Canadian living in Australia, I abide by Australian laws.  As a lesbian living in Australia, I deeply struggle with the inequality that same-sex marriage is still illegal here. I cannot walk down the aisle on my father’s arm, and I cannot legally profess undying love for my partner of 11 […]


#518 Don Ritchie, Angel of the Gap

By Cathryn Wellner / December 16, 2012

Don Ritchie was the kind of guy who could make me believe there really are angels walking the earth. When he died in May 2012, he left behind a legacy of hundreds of souls saved from suicide. Some say he saved a about 160. Others say the true number was closer to 500. The exact […]


#505 Healed by books

By Cathryn Wellner / December 3, 2012

  Bibliotherapy has been part of my life since I first started to read. I just didn’t call it that. I wrote about it for my Catching Courage blog, in a piece titled, “Ask a question, and the right book appears.” So I’m thrilled to know British and Australian health systems are catching on. In […]


#468 Goat saves her farmer

By Cathryn Wellner / October 27, 2012

Long before I had a chance to become acquainted with animals other than cats and dogs, I fell in love with Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story of “Zlateh the Goat” (Zlateh Goat & Other Stories). In the story the beloved goat no longer gives milk. With Hanukkah approaching and money tight, Reuven decides to sacrifice her. […]


#335 Aboriginal elder opens door to another world

By Cathryn Wellner / June 18, 2012

When someone from a culture very different from my own knocks on my door and offers an insider’s glimpse, I’m deeply grateful. That’s what Wilfred (Willie) Gordon does with Guurrbi Tours in Australia’s Northern Queensland. I haven’t met Willie in person yet, but he and his partner Judy were among the first people to make […]


#286 The kookaburra really does laugh

By Cathryn Wellner / April 28, 2012

When Marion Sinclair won the 1934 Victorian Girl Guides competition for writing an Australian round, she likely never dreamed one day campers in Idaho would be singing it. And when I was belting out these words along with my fellow campers, I never dreamed I’d hear a kookaburra. Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree, […]

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