Category: Courageous youth

Glue for the shattered pieces

The amateur photographer in me saw Rich Lam’s photograph of the kissing couple in the middle of Vancouver’s June 15, 2011, riot and thought, “Wow, lucky guy. What an incredible catch.” I was considering the photographer lucky, not the boyfriend.…

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Learning a secret language

For a long time, I’ve known my communications deficiencies were deeper than being limited to English, with a smattering of French and German. My animal communication skills are weak. (I’ve written about some of my attempts on Catching Courage: Compassion…

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The music of possibility

This video of Patrick Henry Hughes was uploaded just over four years ago. It bears re-visiting. Born without eyes and unable to walk or fully straighten his arms and legs, Patrick might have become just another sad story. His father’s…

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Witnessing a miracle

Bicycle

by Lisa Bloom Regular readers of Catching Courage may remember that Lisa Bloom wrote a very thoughtful post on the nature of freedom that she agreed to let me post here. When the essay below appeared in her newsletter in…

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You can shine

My thanks to Gregg Morris for pointing me to this Pantene ad. I’m writing this through tears. I won’t give away the story, which takes only four minutes to watch. They are four minutes well spent. We’ve all met the…

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Go ahead—hug a stranger

Since nearly sixty million people have viewed this video, I figure I must be one of the last to discover it. With Sick Puppies singing “All the Same” to accompany the video, we watch Juan Mann holding a bit sign…

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Consent

Bicycle Hug

The young women in this YouTube video call their poem “Consent”. It’s a word too often used by young men who pressure their dates into “consensual” sex. Most women will understand first hand. They will remember a time their refusal…

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Perfecsheea

Michelle

Robin’s beautiful daughter, Michelle, is also the author of the poem that appeared here, “There’s a skeleton in my closet”. She is an articulate and deeply thoughtful young woman. This is a story she wrote for an art therapy course.…

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