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They Were Not “Dumb Kids”

They Were Not “Dumb Kids”

(Post by Cathryn Wellner) When Jim McWilliams walked into the class, a room full of fifth graders fell silent. They knew something good was coming. Jim was “their” storyteller. Once a month the retired lawyer came read more

Digging Deep for Truths

Digging Deep for Truths

 Photo: Mississippi bluesman Son House (Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) The image still resonates for me. Bart Becker described a young fellow leading a frail old man to center stage. He sat the old guy in a read more

Why I Should Never Say Never

Why I Should Never Say Never

Feature photo: Cathryn’s Pioneer Ranch in British Columbia’s Cariboo    (Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) You’d think I’d learn, particularly since the lesson has pounded me on the head repeatedly. There’s even a “law” that covers it. read more

My Magical Belief in Books

My Magical Belief in Books

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) I have an almost magical belief in books. I expect to find guidance for whatever question or problem I’m wrestling with just by picking up the right book. And why not? I read more

Remember the 75-25 Rule

Remember the 75-25 Rule

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) Steep trail ahead. Small group of hikers: Robin, me, a guide and two young men, all in their twenties, two more men in their late 40s. I was the only woman. Robin read more

The Baby Brought Me Home

The Baby Brought Me Home

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) It was the Baby who brought me safely home. Mother tucked the tiny plaster figure into my hand before she left me alone, in a hospital bed. She couldn’t stay with me. read more

Stereotyping Wears Away the Soul

Stereotyping Wears Away the Soul

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) I don’t think I paid much attention to gender disparity until high school, when the differences began to annoy me. Boys could wear trousers, but unless the temperature dipped below 20 F., read more

My Name is Cathryn

My Name is Cathryn

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) Preparing for the first day of 5th grade, in a school new to me, I made a resolution. From that day forward I would be called by my given name. “Cathy” is read more

The People We Love Are Not Us

The People We Love Are Not Us

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) We had a cat, my mother, brother and I. She was one of many animals who paraded through my childhood. This one was special, a pure-bred Siamese. I have no memory of read more

Blogging is Sacred Space to Bring Hope

Blogging is Sacred Space to Bring Hope

(Post by CATHRYN WELLNER) On December 30 Michael Dahl posed two questions in the title of his blog post on Speak for We: “Does blogging matter? Does it create change?” He was responding to the question David read more