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#950 After 2.5 years at the bottom of lake Tahoe, the photos came home

By Cathryn Wellner / February 21, 2014

Next time someone questions you about wasting your time on Facebook, tell them the story of Jana LeVitre. She had taken over 1000 pictures on her little, waterproof Pentax before accidentally dropping the camera in Lake Tahoe. She could see it in the lake’s clear waters, but it had slipped into the deep, and no […]

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#947 Kids knew she believed in them

By Cathryn Wellner / February 18, 2014

We all need it, no matter who we are, no matter how many years we’ve been kicking around the planet. We need someone who believes in us. So it is easy to understand why Rita Pierson’s 2013 TED talk went viral. Imagine what it must have been like to be in her class when she […]

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#943 Soup’s always on at NANA’s

By Cathryn Wellner / February 14, 2014

Remembering my Aunt Grace’s kitchen always brings on a wave of nostalgia. Gourmet was not on the menu, but good ingredients, prepared with love, went into every dish on her bountiful table. Anyone who showed up unannounced was offered a seat at the table. That same atmosphere of warmth and welcome is on offer at […]

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#942 A little boy with no friends suddenly has thousands

By Cathryn Wellner / February 13, 2014

Difference may be what sets us apart, allows us to soar, and spurs us on to achieve our dreams. But when you’re a kid who is different from classmates, any future payoff is too distant to ease the pain of exclusion. When 10-year-old Colin’s mother asked who he would like to invite for his 11th […]

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#938 Loyal friends find their forever home

By Cathryn Wellner / February 9, 2014

A cat with paralyzed back legs and twisted front legs and her dachshund pal were abandoned by a gated driveway. They could not tell their story to the Seminole County Animal Services staff who found them, but program coordinator Diane Gagliano told the Orlando Sentinel: We actually don’t know what’s wrong with her. We think […]

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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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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#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 […]

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