All posts in "Connecting"

#982 The right stories can change our brains

By Cathryn Wellner / March 25, 2014

We know stories capture our attention and imagination, but Dr. Paul Zak’s research shows they affect us physically. Zak is the founder of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University, which studies the neurophysiology of our decision making. One of his areas of study has been the impact of narratives on our brains. […]


#981 Restoring justice, restoring joy

By Cathryn Wellner / March 24, 2014

In the 15 months I lived in Oakland, California, my heart was deeply torn by the young people I met from neighbourhoods so downtrodden they looked abandoned or bombed or even just spirit crushed. I met children from those neighbourhoods in schools that were almost uniformly labeled “under performing”. The unfairness was crushing. When children […]


#980 Moin Khan, motorcyclist for peace

By Cathryn Wellner / March 23, 2014

Moin Khan was five when he saw his first heavy motorcycle and went crazy for it. But the Lahore-born Pakistani Muslim did not have a chance to act on his passion until he went to the United States for university in 2005. Along with learning how to operate a motorcycle, he learned that many Americans […]


#975 Carly Fleischmann, the voice of severe autism

By Cathryn Wellner / March 18, 2014

When I first came across the Carly Fleischmann’s story on ABC’s 20/20, I was moved to tears. A child trapped in autism so profound she could not speak, a young woman who rocked and flailed her arms constantly, a daughter trapped inside herself yet peering out with intelligent eyes had the good fortune of being […]


#972 Teenagers return an old woman’s love

By Cathryn Wellner / March 15, 2014

A wave and a smile seems such a small thing to offer high school students, but they noticed, and they figured out a way to thank Tinney Davidson. She and her husband Ken moved into a home in Comox, British Columbia, seven years ago. Sitting in the window of their living room, they began to […]


#969 The unmatchable bond between twins

By Cathryn Wellner / March 12, 2014

My partner Robin is a mirror-image twin so my inner antennae wave in the wind whenever I hear or see something that explores the sibling relationship that is unlike any other. When Judy Edward told me she had seen a touching video of baby twins cuddling in a warm bath as tenderly as if they […]


#968 Dog with three legs and boy with genetic disorder are best friends

By Cathryn Wellner / March 11, 2014

A little boy with a rare condition and a dog with three legs have changed each other’s lives. The child is Owen Howkins, born with Schwartz-Jamel syndrome. Only 25 people in the world have been diagnosed with the muscle-stiffening disease that stunts growth, affects facial features and impairs vision. Owen is a bright, normal child […]


#966 Never underestimate rural communities

By Cathryn Wellner / March 9, 2014

In my city days, when I had no intention of ever, for any reason, living in a small town, I would have thought of Hazelton, British Columbia, as no more than a tiny dot on a big map. Then I met Alice Maitland and Anne Docherty, Doug Donaldson and Melanie Sondergaard. Every stereotype I had […]


#962 South African turns neknominating into a force for good

By Cathryn Wellner / March 5, 2014

Booze-related shenanigans have probably been around since the first fermented drink was discovered or invented. So neknominating (where someone films himself downing a pint in one gulp, then nominates two friends to do the same) sounds like just one more variation on a very old theme. Social media make it easy for pranks to go […]

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