Simone Jonker

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3 Touching Tales of Animals With Big Hearts
Beluga whale saves a drowning diver When cramps paralyzed a freediver’s legs in icy waters, and she was rendered unable to swim, a beautiful Beluga whale rushed to her aid, and, in the nick of...
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The Charm of Chinese Chopsticks
The Chinese-invented chopsticks have become one of the world's most popular and essential eating tools. Statistics estimate over 1.5 billion individuals worldwide use chopsticks daily. They are the most commonly used utensils in four Asian...
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Ye Xian – Ancient China’s Cinderella Story
Ye Xian, 葉限, is the story of a young Chinese girl living sometime between China’s Qin and Han Dynasties (221-206 BC and 206 -220 AD, respectively.) It is the earliest recorded Cinderella story and contains...
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How to Let Go of Unhealthy Attachments
It's no secret that nature, which includes our minds and bodies, follows well-defined patterns. All we have to do is go with the natural flow that already exists inside us. In order to let go...
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Pre-Raphaelites – Rebel Artists Clinging to Tradition as the Mainstream Approached Modernism
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (also known as the Pre-Raphaelites) was an art movement that appeared in 1848, after the industrial revolution. It was the same year that Marx’s Communist Manifesto was published in London, and revolutions...
Autumn Activities for All the Family
It is essential to keep our children active; physically, mentally, and socially. While fall is jam-packed with school-related events, shorter days and lower temperatures tend to drive some kids inside, glued to their electronic gadgets;...
Bubba the Rescue Bird Both Sings and Speaks
In the southeastern Australian state of Victoria, a kind-hearted gentleman taught an orphaned starling how to whistle the notes of a popular tune. Anthony Costa, 52, an opal miner, posted a short clip on Instagram...
Noble Metals and Bonding of the Virtuous
Usually, precious metals are only known to the public in highly refined and polished form, such as jewelry, coins, or great works of art. However, some of the most valuable and beautiful silver and gold...
Medieval Monks’ Secret to Reducing Distraction and Attaining Mental Clarity
An ever-increasing amount of electronic information in our everyday lives is causing us to become hyperstimulated and unable to focus or relax. Monks in the Middle Ages also had a difficult time focusing, and their...
Mānuka Honey – New Zealand’s Native Treasure
The term mānuka is the Maori name for the Leptospermum shrub, a member of the Myrtacaea family which is generally referred to as a “tea tree,” not to be confused with Melaleuca, the Australian tea...
Chinese Block Printing – A Dying Art
Woodblock printing has made significant contributions to the dissemination of information, insight, and creative inspiration. It is the simplest, and slowest of all textile printing methods; yet, it is able to produce fine artistic results,...
10 Teas to Enhance Meditation (Part 2)
Tea and meditation are an excellent combination, as both should be done slowly and calmly, and without pursuit. Tea's phytochemicals provide the ideal balance of stimulation and relaxation, allowing you to be fully immersed in...