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Lori Henry
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Peruvian Dance in the Arequipa Region

In a small village in the Arequipa region of southwestern Peru, children perform a Peruvian dance called the Wititi. It’s one of the most important cultural expressions in the Colca Valley, where the Collaguas and Cabanas peoples live. These inhabitants…

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Where to Find Kombucha On Tap at Vancouver Breweries

I live in one of the craft beer districts of Vancouver, but I don’t like beer. This gets tricky, as I love hanging out at the tasting rooms that dot my Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. What saves me, though, is that some breweries serve kombucha on tap. What…

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Waterfall: Cascade Falls Regional Park in Mission, BC

Not many people from outside of the Fraser Valley even know that Cascade Falls Regional Park exists. It’s a small (22 hectare) park near Mission, British Columbia (Canada), that has a showstopper: a 30 metre waterfall that surges down a rock face between…

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Natural Lip Balm: Epic Blend

My lips have been addicted to Vaseline for many years. I’ve tried different moisturizers but couldn’t find a lip balm that conquered my addiction. Until a few weeks ago. The lovely folks at Epic Blend sent me some samples of their natural lip balm. Now…

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Weekend Getaway from Vancouver: Harrison Hot Springs

Harrison Hot Springs is a resort village on the south edge of Harrison Lake in British Columbia, Canada. A 90-minute drive east of Vancouver, it’s a popular weekend vacation spot. Known as a place for romantic getaways due to its natural hot springs,…

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Can we not find a way to coexist, regardless of our religious beliefs or cultures or societal values...?

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Mardin, Turkey: A Photo Essay

The city of Mardin perches on a hill between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in Southeastern Turkey, approximately 190 kilometres east of Şanliurfa. The headwaters of these two rivers define ancient Mesopotamia, considered the “Cradle of Civilization.”…

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Celebrating Ramazan Bayramı in Mardin, Turkey

The first tray presented to me was covered with various brands of cigarette packs, each smoke neatly pulled halfway out of its box for display. Next up were bowls of ice cream, nuts, Turkish coffee, a round of tea, and finally a two-layer tray of sweets.…

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Harran, Turkey: A Photo Essay

Harran, Turkey is known for its beehive homes. The remnants of this former city in Upper Mesopotamia is located in a small village 44 kilometres southeast of Şanliurfa and 30 kilometres north of the Syrian border in southeastern Turkey. I arrived in…
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