Author: cathryn wellner admin

With a laptop and camera in constant use, I am on the hunt for what is right with the world. People doing things to make this planet a better place inspire my writing. The incredibly generous natural world attracts my trusty Nikon. Encouragement from you fantastic readers keeps me creating.

Homeless child

Storytelling lifeline for a homeless boy

  “Sol’s” story is true, though I’ve changed his name out of deference for the young hero. I met him while working as Storytelling Director for Stagebridge, the US’s oldest senior theatre company. This story first appeared on January 26, 2011, on StoryRoute. Missing a chance to shine Marijo Joseph, a talented performer who often worked with Stagebridge, was teaching Sol… Read more →

Advent calendar 2017

Advent calendars are such fun. These days I’m not acquiring much by way of physical goods, but the online world delivers gifts to me and allows me to make them. Thanks to the free software you can access through the link below the calendar, I could pull together my own photos and sayings, add some links to a few favourite… Read more →

Can a photo be sacred?

“Take a photo of us,” said Jem. She was sitting beside Henry (not their real names). Jem was his new friend, hoping to pick up some extra cash by throwing in with an experienced panhandler. As usual, I was walking with a camera slung around my neck. I always give Henry some change so stopped to chat. Photos as intrusion… Read more →

Book Giveaway: Remembrance of Things Present – Making Peace with Dementia

  This guest post by Peter Maeck will give you a taste of his wonderful book. He explores his father’s dementia through poetry, prose and photography. Dementia is achingly common. We need writers and artists like Peter Maeck to help us navigate the rough water. Below the post you will find an opportunity to win a copy of his moving… Read more →

Dementia book review and giveaway

Watch this space to win a free copy of Peter Maeck’s book. The giveaway starts September 12th, the same day Peter Maeck’s guest post appears here.) As did Peter Maeck, I railed against dementia and viewed its ravages as a personal affront. Maeck lost his father to it. I lost my mother. The raging changes nothing. This book might. I… Read more →

Robin Morgan standing at lectern

Distilled by Parkinson’s

In May 2015, poet Robin Morgan gave a TED talk that woke me up. She had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s and wrote poems full of life and humor and insight. Who but a poet would say of a disease like that, “I do not feel diminished by Parkinson’s; I feel distilled by it, and I actually like very much the… Read more →

Disappearing Pumpkin Cover

Small Scale Stories are only slightly off kilter

Though I’ve been invisible here, I’ve been producing like crazy. It’s time to share the goodies pouring out of this busy brain of mine. So this post is in celebration. Ta Da! Announcing…the third volume in the Small Scale Stories series is on Amazon in print form and as an interactive book for Kindle readers. Here’s the intro: Night falls.… Read more →

Book covers for Small Scale Stories

Small Scale Stories now available as books

One of my Instagram friends recently told me I see the whole world as stories. Guilty as charged. When I take my camera for a walk, I keep my ears, eyes and heart open. Stories are everywhere. One day I noticed a plastic bag caught in a tree. I thought some dog owner had scooped the poop and lost the… Read more →

Millie’s Farm Family book trailer

Millie’s Farm Family is growing. That sweet little Millefleur hen already hatched three books: Millie’s Feathered Farm Family, Turkey Baby and the Hungry Hawk, and Turkey Baby Finds Her Magic. She has a curriculum guide chock full of activities and insights for K-3 readers. And now…the newest member of the family is a short book trailer. Feel free to share… Read more →

Farewell to an extraordinary muse

Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese is gone. He has left on the journey whose destination is mysterious to those of us still plodding along in our earthly lives. When I heard the news on CBC this morning, I was devastated. He had fallen silent on Facebook. His last entry was November 26, 2016, when he wrote: Two men saw a pile… Read more →

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