All posts in "Arts"

#1110 One of Anthony Hopkins’ dreams came true after 50 years

By Cathryn Wellner / September 4, 2014

Millions of people have watched the YouTube video of Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu playing “And the Waltz Goes On” with his Johann Strauss Orchestra. But if you have somehow missed or forgotten it, you are in for a treat. The composer of the waltz is Sir Anthony Hopkins, better known for his roles […]


#1091 You are beautiful just the way you are

By Cathryn Wellner / August 16, 2014

The pressure to measure up to some cultural standard of “beautiful” – to wear the right clothing and makeup, have the culturally accepted body type and convey sexiness (and, of course, accept blame if she’s assaulted) – is so powerful most women go through life feeling not quite good enough. Colbie Caillat has had her […]


#1062 One of the best peace songs ever

By Cathryn Wellner / July 18, 2014

We were driving a mountain highway, on our way to a meeting, when a colleague popped a Wailin’ Jennys album into the car’s CD player and introduced me to One Voice from 40 Days. I loved the group’s sound from the first note. As soon as I got back home, I bought the album and […]


#1059 Older ladies rock! And so does Donnalou Stevens

By Cathryn Wellner / July 15, 2014

If you’re feeling down, meet the irrepressible Donnalou Stevens. Her Older Ladies video will rocket your spirits right out of the doldrums. It is no wonder it has gone viral since it was posted on YouTube in early June. As an artist she creates joy and magic with her colourful art. She says in her […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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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