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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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Tradition and Spirit Behind the Day of the Dead
Remembering the deceased has been at the core of many traditional rituals and celebrations. This especially rings true in Mexico, where family and friends gather annually to pray and tell anecdotes about the departed, build...
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Tai Chi: The Daoist Martial Art of Winning Without Fighting
It is said that during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279), in the twelfth century, a man called Zhang Sanfeng (張三豐) walked the earth. Adept in Shaolin kung fu and incomparably skilled in other styles of...
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Mindful Eating: Slower Consumption for Better Health
With tight schedules and busy lives, sitting down to a meal free of distraction can be more of a luxury than the norm. Mindful eating gets pushed aside for many reasons. Taking a break to...
The Virtuous King Wen: Forging a Legacy for the Ages in an Era of Corruption
An important concept in the history of China’s many dynastic governments is tian ming (天命), or the Mandate of Heaven. A ruler who follows this mandate leads his people with virtue, allowing the nation to...
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Transformers May Improve Our Understanding of the Human Brain
Understanding how our mind organizes and accesses spatial information has been an ongoing challenge for scientists. Knowing where we are, what surrounds us and how to negotiate through our environment involves not only the issue...
Overcoming Artist’s Block Part V – Sharing Your Art
After a long personal journey to understand and overcome artist's block, it's time to let our new inspirations see the light. In this final part of our series, we will explore ways to let others...
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Chocolate Santafereño: A Traditional Colombian Treat
To truly understand chocolate Santafereño, imagine waking up to the sound of the morning radio, playing the news station your mother listens to faithfully every morning, with colorful music marking the high point of each...
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Overcoming Artist’s Block Part IV – Create Freely on a Schedule
In the last part of our series on overcoming artist's block, we explored how a few simple activities can help us let go of our worries, stresses and everyday thoughts by allowing our mind to...
Rethinking the Universe: Our Path to a New Cosmic Model
During the last decades, astronomers have been faced with a bittersweet reality: the more scientific progress we make, the more mysterious the universe appears. This is because with the development of technology, we are able...
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Overcoming Artist’s Block Part III – Simple and Fun Strategies
In parts I and II of this series, we have identified the possible causes of our artist’s block and have taken good care of our body. Now let’s look at some simple and effective methods...
Living Bridges: A Centuries-Old Tradition Making Its Way Into Urban Settings
Deep in the Indian forests in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, giant fig trees extend their sturdy aerial roots to the opposite bank of the river. A close look at these living bridges reveals tightly...
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Overcoming Artist’s Block Part II – Ensure Your Physical Well-Being
Artist’s block may seem like a mere state of mind. Since creativity is intangible, it's easy to assume that we just need to make some mental space for it to return. However, studies have shown...