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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.
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The Unhealthy Trend of Online Everything, and How to Recover Human Connection
The Covid pandemic marked a before and after in the lives of countless individuals. Not only did it modify our daily activities, such as the way we cooperate with colleagues or receive a school lecture,...
Yinghua Chen (right) with her husband, Wen Yu, in 2003. (Image: Courtesy of Chen Yinghua)
Chinese Persecution Survivor Warns of Transnational Repression in the West
Yinghua Chen is a Chinese persecution survivor who immigrated to Calgary, Canada four years ago. During her time in China, she was arbitrarily imprisoned three times, forcibly separated from her family, and subjected to torture...
Using Pectin – In the Kitchen and as a Supplement (Recipe)
Anyone who has ever made jams or jellies is surely familiar with pectin. This natural soluble fiber is famous for serving as a gelling agent which, when combined with sugar, acid and heat, can thicken...
Carolina’s Proven Guide to Natural Curl Care
As a South-American, curls have been an inevitable part of my life. Truth be told, embracing my curls has not been easy. I've gone through periods where I would straighten my hair every day, or...
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The Four Beauties of Ancient China, and How They Shaped History
In Chinese history, four beauties stand out not only for their exquisite appearance, but also for the significant role they played in the fate of their respective dynasties. Although their physical appearance was remarkable in...
Epsom Salt: A Game-Changer for Health and Household Alike
Epsom salt has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for many common complaints. Composed of essential minerals magnesium and sulfur, Epsom salt supports a range of bodily functions, and offers a number of...
Cormorant Fishing: A Millenary Tradition of Human-Wildlife Collaboration
On the ancient waters of the Lijiang River, surrounded by the enchanting peaks of the Guilin Mountains, a spellbinding scene continues to unfold, although less frequently than before. Veteran fishermen on bamboo boats churn the...
Fragrance Can Triple Memory Capacity: UCI Research Findings
A study published last month reveals that exposure to natural fragrances can increase memory capacity by 226%. The study points to a new non-invasive way to deter cognitive decline based on the long-known connection between...
Returning to the Peach Blossom Spring
Amidst the beauty and serenity of the countryside landscape, surrounded by books, wine, and farming fields, dwelt Tao Yuanming (陶淵明), a famous poet who lived during China’s Six Dynasties era around 1,500 years ago. The...
The Fascinating Process Behind the Beauty of Natural Fibers (Part VI): Fique
Our journey through the world of natural fibers takes us to South America, across the lively fields and picturesque streets of Colombia’s artisan villages. For centuries, the fique plant has been cultivated in the region,...
4 Things to Do in Colorful Milton, Ontario
After enduring all the trials of a seven-day road trip from Alberta to Ontario, we found our destination well worth the effort. My father and I had packed our entire lives into his SUV, and...
How Safe is Silicone? The Pros and Cons of the Popular Plastic Alternative 
Living a sustainable life has become a noble aspiration in many households today. Single-use utensils are gradually being replaced by reusable and compostable alternatives that keep waste materials out of the ecosystem that would otherwise...