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#1058 Music finds the vibrant soul inside dementia patients

By Cathryn Wellner / July 14, 2014

The elderly and infirm may look empty, but they are Alive Inside. That is the title of a film being released this month that will make you look at people with dementia and major cognitive and physical challenges with new eyes. Dan Cohen is the visionary behind it. He is a social worker who volunteered […]

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#1053 It’s not over till the old lady dances

By Cathryn Wellner / July 9, 2014

Paddy began dancing when she was two and a half years old. She stopped to rear four children. Years later she and her husband moved to Spain. He died there 18 months later. She wanted something to do so began taking lessons at Nico’s dance academy. This was not just a whim. It was a […]

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#1052 First-time, best-selling author at 65

By Cathryn Wellner / July 8, 2014

When she began penning the books that would become one of the most successful children’s series of all time, Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65. Her homesteading family had not been particularly extraordinary in the heartland of late-1800s America. What made her fictional accounts of their lives into best-selling books was Wilder’s ability to turn the […]

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#1046 Salut Salon salts a classical quartet with the spice of fun

By Cathryn Wellner / July 2, 2014

My love affair with classical music began when I picked up a bow and started scraping it unmusically across the strings of a violin. In spite of my screeching renditions of simple pieces, I could hear the stories embedded in the notes. My mind would hear a waterfall, see deer bounding through the forest, pick […]

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#1045 My Writing Process Blog Tour: Blogging for hope

By Cathryn Wellner / July 1, 2014

Who can say no to a good friend? When Frithjof Petscheleit asked me to be next in line in the Writing Process Blog Tour, I thought about his generous spirit and eclectic interests and did not hesitate. His own entry, Blogging with a Passion, let me be a fly on the wall. Frithjof is a […]

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#1044 A Muslim and a Jew walk into a poetry slam and smash stereotypes

By Cathryn Wellner / June 30, 2014

A young, black Muslim youth and her Jewish counterpart, both born in 1996, reject the stereotyping and cultural blindness that slice life into neat packages. Performing at the quarter finals of the 2013 Brave New Voices festival, these two young women speak out for a world made peaceful through empathy. Hear more Brave New Voices […]

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#1031 Have piano, will play…for elephants

By Cathryn Wellner / June 17, 2014

The talented contemporary and classical pianist, Paul Barton, plays most of his music for people. He has, however, been known to bring joy to a rather different audience, elephants. Since 1996 Barton has been playing for elephants in Thailand. He respects and loves the great animals, who gather around to hear his music. In the […]

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#1026 ‘We gotta just keep painting, whatever painting means to us’

By Cathryn Wellner / June 12, 2014

Peggy Chun painted Hawaii. Primarily a watercolor artist, she was beloved for capturing the spirit of the islands. Animals, cottages, landscapes and whimsy were all in her colourful works. Then in 2002 she was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and began a five-year decline that led to her death in 2008. Family and friends gathered […]

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