All posts in "Connecting"

#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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 […]


#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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