Cathryn W.'s Maps
Shortly before same-sex marriage was legalized in British Columbia on July 8, 2003, Bishop Michael Ingham of the BC Anglican Diocese of New Westminster gave authority to priests in some parishes to bless same-sex unions. Arriving at that point had entailed years of soul searching on the part of his entire synod. While not everyone approved, the majority did, and the first same-sex couple to receive church rites was married on May 28, 2003.
When Bob Erb won $25 million in the lottery, he did what he loved to do best - began giving it away to friends, family and charities.
Throughout the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, these young people are planting gardens - and selling the produce. They are also working with schools, to teach a new generation of children where food comes from. Thank you, Fresh Roots.
Young Muslims who love to make prank videos decide to do something different - and start a movement.
Peace seems so distant in this part of the world, yet this project brings it closer with something so simple: listening.
Everyone on this dragonboat team is a senior, and they truly "Lift What's Draggin'"
I was looking for hardware when I walked into the cluttered store. What I got was poetry.
One of the most extraordinary examples of interspecies friendships was between Bella the dog and Tarra the elephant.
Kevin Briggs was just doing his job, but his job was to talk Kevin Berthia out of jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge.
The photographer made a mistake, placing the children in rows and isolating a boy in a wheelchair. But the mistake is leading to some good conversations about inclusion - and perhaps some good chances.
A homeless woman and a woman without a job both found thousands of dollars - and did not hesitate for a moment to return them.
All the contestants for this pageant have special challenges. They are judged on what is inside instead of on their exteriors. It's a special pageant for special girls.
Three siblings are raising funds to save the endangered Tasmanian devils, spending their spare time helping these disappearing animals.
They are stylish and fun, and they look as if they would slip onto feet like a soft glove. They are the shoes made by Ethiopia's soleRebels, which has the distinction of being “the planet’s only WFTO Fair Trade certified footwear company.”
The company grew from the dream of a very creative, canny businesswoman, Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu.
When the tiny town of Magnolia Springs, Alabama decided to incorporate, they decided to do something even more important - enact bylaws to preserve the environment.
A lot of people move to Kelowna, British Columbia to retire. Robert MacDonald probably planned to slow down. Instead, he threw himself into efforts to add to the community's intellectual and cultural life. His contributions are enormous.
Through more than seven decades of marriage, Jack Potter has kept a diary of each day's minutiae. Now Phyllis has dementia and cannot remember their stories. So Jack reads them to her, one day at a time.
Plastic is everywhere, and that most useful product is clogging waterways and polluting the planet. GreenMantra has figured out a way to turn at least part of it into waxes and fuels.
Some are homeless, some struggling with addictions, but all have one thing in common: They are talented artists and their work is represented and sold in the online gallery, Indian Art from the Edge.
Thanks to a village leader, when a girl is born in the rural village of Piplantri, the community plants 111 trees for her and starts a fund that will gather interest until she turns 20. They are moving toward gender equality in this small village.
Who knew a little cardboard robot could elicit such kindness from helpful strangers?
- Leslyn K.
When 6-year-old Dylan's best friend was diagnosed with a rare disease, and his family could not cover the medical bills, Dylan swung into action. This sweet story is, as the boys say about anything good, "so chocolate bar."
- Leslyn K.
A little library in a phone booth is just one of the creative ideas John Locke and his students have devised for making the urban environment more people friendly.
High up on the Idaho panhandle lives a bear of a man, who goes by the online moniker of Kenpo. We connected on Twitter, where Kenpo posted a link to a poem whose title delighted me: "I infect the world with happiness."
Imagine what the world would be like if we all did that - or at least set out in the morning with that intention.
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