Author: Cathryn Wellner

For all the quiet people


The Internet is a friendly place for us quiet people to hang out. We can take our time, think about what we want to say, before jumping into a conversation. Valerie Hathaway has written a poem we can tuck into…


Small miracles

This business of being an introvert can be very tiring...but it is not a choice. It is a birthright.

Wahoo! I’m exhausted but flying high tonight. Why? Because I sold a lot of books today. My partner, Robin, spent the whole time with me, from 10:15, when we left home, to 3:15, when we arrived back here again. He…


Spread your wings and fly


A couple of quotes came into my inbox today, one from BrainPickings, the other via The Conversationalist. The BrainPickings quote is by Jane Kenyon: Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too…


Saying goodbye to Al


We all say goodbye in our own way. Al died too soon. He was born in 1942. If cancer had not quietly eaten away at him, then burst into full and frightening control, he would have been checking his calendar…


Taxation as storytelling

Filing My Taxes - 1040 Form; photo b PT Money (, via Flickr Creative Commons

Uncle Sam is re-writing my story, and I do not like it. Expats have many reasons for living outside the boundaries of the 50 states. Although some may want to escape taxation, most are ordinary people whose lives took unexpected…


Of dreams ended


  Somewhere in the beating hearts of those who read these words will be a soul stumbling through the darkness of a relationship’s ending. We all bear the scars, at some time in our lives. If we are fortunate, we…


The Information Highway

Bex Ross took this photo of the traffic light tree, in the middle of the roundabout near Heron Quay, Isle of Dogs; via Flickr Creative Commons

Overwhelm is spreading like a contagious disease among the bits and bytes of social networks. So when my friend and fellow writer, Sterling Haynes, sent me this poem, I laughed out loud and asked his permission to share it. The…


Monica Lewinsky reclaims herself

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The comments began even before Monica Lewinsky left the stage of the Forbes Under 30 Summit, where she gave a talk on cyberbullying. Some came to her defense, others repeated the same litany of trash talk that has followed her…

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