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  • Julia Gorban: Who’s that Girl?

    Julia Gorban recently scored the lead role in the popular musical, Les Misérables as Cosette. She nailed the high notes with ease; a milestone that seemed impossible a few years ago. “When you sing those notes, it is the greatest feeling; a feeling of achievement,” Julia said. The performer knew she had a long way…

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  • Saree: Dignifying and Alluring

    Once worn predominantly by Indian women, sarees have received rave reviews and are worn by women around the world. Hollywood A-Listers including Selena Gomez, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Julia Roberts and Madonna are no strangers to the popular Indian wear. The versatility and elegance of this quintessential garment is the main reason for its popularity…

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  • Simple Seaweed Salad

    Enjoy this simple and healthy Japanese seaweed salad. Seaweed is packed with soluble fibres such as alginates, carrageenan, and agar, minerals like calcium and iron and other nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E. Serves 8 Preparation and cook time total: 20 minutes Ingredients 1 1/2 ounce dried wakame seaweed (whole or cut) 6  tablespoons…

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  • Living and Dying

    With the work I do I often come in contact with doomed people, people who have been told by traditional text book doctors to prepare for their end, “You are dying”, they are told.  This is a lie. It is a lie on many fronts, first of all if we use the medical term “dying”,…

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  • Stomp Out Bullying

    Brenda Neuts, the mother of Myles and Dane wanted to treat her boys to lunch at McDonald's on her day off from work. Instead, she decided to make her way home from the supermarket to pack away her perishable goods. Upon arriving home, she started to unpack her groceries when the telephone rang. It would…

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  • Hand-knotted rug is not for me mommy

    In a little village in Pakistan, eleven years old Ameera lived with her mother in a house made of weaved branches. Her dad died when she was only 2 months old. Instead of going to school, she worked in a sweatshop where she made expensive hand-knotted rugs with her little fingers for a mere five…

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  • Child Poverty and Education

    I know most of us kids think that school is a hassle or that we don’t get enough allowance. However, most of us don’t realize the reality of other kids in other countries who would love to be in our position. Poverty is a global issue. Almost half the world lives in poverty! How many…

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  • Rice Wine

    “Some archaeologists say that as early as 7000 BC, grapes were mixed with rice to produce other types of fermented beverages in China. This is considered to be the precursors of what we call today, rice wine.”  Chinese rice wine or mijiu is an alcoholic beverage made from fermentation of rice starch that has been…

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  • Chinese History on a Budget

    I had always been fascinated by Chinese culture as a child. My mother’s grandfather being Chinese may have had something to do with it, but my mother’s family grew up in Ecuador though. My mother grew up involved in Chinese/Ecuadorian specific clubs and culture in her hometown. There was, and still is, a Chinese population…

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  • Summer Reading Challenge

    By the time this article goes to print, your child will probably uttered the following statement a dozen times by now…”I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” Our children look forward to summer vacation as early as June 1st. But, by July 1st, they miss everything about school. Well almost everything. They certainly don’t miss the…

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  • Nature Walk

    One of the challenges that most of us face is staying motivated to exercise. To stay motivated try exercising outdoors, people who exercise outside tend to stick with their exercise programs more consistently than those who train indoors. If you’re having trouble being consistent, consider going outdoors.The wonderful thing about getting outside and into nature…

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  • Celery and Food Colouring Science Experiment for Kids

    Have you ever wondered how exactly water gets absorbed into plants after you have watered them? Unlike us humans, plants make their own food through the process of photosynthesis. “Photosynthesis is a process used by plants and other organisms to convert light energy, into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities.”…

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  • Glimpse of Asia

    In a lot of fantasy movies, many people see amazing landscapes and complex cultures that they crave to experience. Sadly, the movie ends and they are left thinking that those fantastical views and cultures are false. Well fear not, because the real world itself is a wondrous place. One of the places that has an…

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  • Evergreen Eyes

    Those intricate stares from those obscure eyes of yours release into Hell's Heaven, for I cannot stay in the warmth of the cold rain. My senses are numbed with every drop, those icy lips blind my mind and all I recognize is your beauty. I will not destroy the only blessing left in my world,…

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  • The Colours of Jade

    Jade is hard stone, usually a green stone, made of jadeite and nephrite.  It is also found in other colours such as white, orange, yellow, black and lavender. Not only is jade stunning and beautiful, it's durable and dates back thousands of years, even back to the Stone Age, where weapons, jewellery and tools were made. The magnificent, dazzling stone was…

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  • Suicide: The Painful Truth

    Suicide has become increasingly disturbing in recent years, especially among teens around the world. In children, it is quite tricky and can make a diagnosis incredibly difficult. Some depressed children can appear to be happy when in fact they are immersed in suicidal thoughts. Many adults are terrible at hiding their depressive state of mind.…

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  • Football in Europe

    Football is a game of fierce competition, sportsmanship and massive international followings. Since it holds a title of debatably being one of the most popular sports in the world, many don’t know where its origins come from or the reasons why it’s played as it is. The origin of football can be traced back to…

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