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Carolina Avendano

Carolina is a Canada-based writer and journalist who enjoys learning and sharing information about how to lead a meaningful life. She is passionate about traditional culture, handmade crafts, the connection between humans and nature, and human rights.
Arepas – A Simple and Tasty Colombian Delight for All Palates
Growing up in Colombia, arepas were a staple in my family's diet. Versatile and easy to make, these tasty corn patties were an accompaniment to any meal of the day, or sometimes even a meal...
Food Allergies – Why We Get Them, and How to Alleviate Them Naturally
Food allergies are an increasingly common dietary fret that can make dining out a risky affair.  They occur when our immune system perceives generally-harmless substances as a threat, and  produces antibodies to defend against them. ...
Understanding the Chinese Calendar and Welcoming the Year of the Dragon
In 2024, the Chinese New Year falls on Feb. 10. Millions of people will bid farewell to the yin water rabbit year and welcome the year of the yang wood dragon.  Out of all the...
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Radiating Light Through the Darkness – 6 Steps to Becoming a Beacon of Hope and Inspiration
The world we live in is a chaotic place. With a torrent of bad news and lurking crises saturating the Internet, it is easy to feel both hopeless and helpless. The ever-increasing use of technology...
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Sesame – A Little Seed With a Lot to Offer (Recipes)
Despite its exotic origins, sesame is a seed that is hardly foreign to anyone. Used far and wide in baking, entrees, dips and desserts, sesame’s versatility has earned it a place in numerous cuisines around...
The Traditional Tea Ceremony, and Enjoying Its Essence at Home
First discovered in China, tea was spiritually embraced in Japan for its beauty and simplicity, and the tea ceremony became an enduring element of Asian culture – present in everything from protocols at imperial courts...
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24 Meaningful Resolutions That You Can Achieve in 2024
Another year has gone by in the blink of an eye. Both good and bad experiences have left us with memories and priceless lessons that inspire our resolutions for the coming year.  While achieving material...
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Hats and Headwear – A Timeless Accessory With Cultural and Spiritual Significance
Headwear has been part of human culture since the beginning of history. Covering the head and wearing hair accessories not only served practical and decorative purposes, but also played an important role in showing respect,...
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Daisugi – A Solution to Deforestation at the Heart of Japanese Culture
Rooted in the Japanese philosophy of living in harmony with nature, the practice of daisugi dates back to the 14th century, when the great demand for wood to build tea rooms in Kitayama Prefecture led...
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Ammolite – An Iridescent Gemstone Symbolizing Divine Assistance
In southwestern Alberta, where the vast prairies meet the peaks of the Rocky Mountains, lies the world's most abundant supply of a rare and visually striking gem. Ammolite, or gem-quality fossilized ammonite, is found almost...
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Reviving Chivalry, and the Timeless Character of a Gentleman
My first interaction with chivalry dates back to my childhood, when my father would gently wipe away my tears with his signature handkerchief. I felt privileged to be able to use the beautiful piece of...
Give Thanks! 20 Tips for Keeping Gratitude at the Heart of Thanksgiving
As Thanksgiving approaches, many wonder whether the spirit of the holiday has faded. Faced with the stress of preparations and the inclination for indulgence, we might forget why we gathered in the first place.  In...