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#936 Waldorf Astoria honours a 66-year marriage

By Cathryn Wellner / February 7, 2014

Tony and Jo Fioravante met at a high school dance and married in 1948. In 2014 they celebrated their 66th anniversary by staying in the same hotel where they spent their first night as a married couple, the Waldorf Astoria. On their wedding night in 1948 they paid $15.75. For sentimental reasons, they kept the […]


#933 The train maker’s big-hearted love

By Cathryn Wellner / February 4, 2014

When I learn of something that gives me a surge of hope, I head straight to Ecosia (Plant trees while you search the Internet) to find out more. That did not work when I wanted to learn more about Will, a retired carpenter from California who makes trains for the children in his neighbourhood. Cara […]


#930 Music to still the beast

By Cathryn Wellner / February 1, 2014

Istanbul’s urban landscape is packed with roads and buildings. What it lacks are trees, flowers, bushes—the kind of green amenities we need to be fully healthy. The city’s Taksim Gezi Park is an oasis in the urban jungle, one of the last green spaces in the Beyoğlu district. When an urban development plan threatened to […]


#929 Finding happiness in less

By Cathryn Wellner / January 31, 2014

Filmmaker Tom Shadyac would likely have gone on acquiring possessions on the profits of comedies such as Liar Liar, Ace Ventura Pet Detective and Bruce Almighty if a mountain biking accident had not scrambled his brain. He recovered from the bad scrapes, the broken hand and even the concussion. What he did not recover from […]


#913 Botswana chooses compassion

By Cathryn Wellner / January 15, 2014

On December 12, 2013 the international Charter for Compassion (see A global golden rule) gained a new signature, this time a whole nation. With the Botho Declaration, Botswana joins a global movement to bring more compassion into the world. Many cities, organizations and individuals have signed the Charter, but Botswana is the first to commit […]


#907 Enrique Peñalosa’s dream of cities for people, not cars

By Cathryn Wellner / January 9, 2014

In the three years Enrique Peñalosa was mayor of Bogotá, Colombia he stirred up a lot of controversy by challenging some “norms” of city life, such as parking on sidewalks and forcing bicycles to compete with traffic. He had the radical idea that cities should be for people rather than cars. That did not make […]


#906 Brené Brown lightens our loads

By Cathryn Wellner / January 8, 2014

With less than 100 postings to go to reach my goal of 1001 hope-FULL reasons for optimism, I’m going through the thousands (literally) of possibilities in my files and trying to decide which simply must be included. That is not an easy task, especially since I add more reasons to the files every day. Today […]


#896 Figure out what you hope for

By Cathryn Wellner / December 29, 2013

Hope has been on my mind lately and not just because I am on a daily search for reasons to be hopeful. Friends are facing challenges that make hope seem like a shiny bauble on a Christmas tree—pretty but perhaps not relevant. And that doesn’t take into account all the horrors being perpetrated around the […]


#894 Digital storytelling can move us

By Cathryn Wellner / December 27, 2013

One of the best storytelling curators on is Gregg Morris. Recently he posted a link to an ad that relates a touching human drama in just 3.5 minutes. Grab a tissue, and watch “Reunion” (below) from Google India. Within this small production are major themes, both historical and emotional. It reminds us that when […]


#893 Son makes amends for dad’s crime

By Cathryn Wellner / December 26, 2013

If we need more proof that we are not consigned to the scrap heap of life just because we come from a troubled family, we should pay attention to the story of Christian Lunsford. His dad exited the family scene when Christian was two and spent the next 13 years in and out of jail. […]

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