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• Rome and London


• Art in Pandemic • Food for Thought

EC Magazines | London-Tucson Edition 2022 58 ANN COVELL Know more about Ann Covell the author of the famous books The Other Angel and Remembering the Ladies .


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Project Manager ALEX ROSS Marketing Fulfillment Manager MATT ALASAGAS Graphic Designer/Artist CARLO RIVERA Editor EDGE JAVIER Art Director

JOMAR OUANO Graphic Designer/Artist

HARVEY ANCAJAS Graphic Designer/Artist

Evangeline Evershine is a bright and curious young girl who won- ders where the sun disappears to every night and how it reappears every morning. So she and her father, who fortunately is an astro- naut, blast off in a spaceship deep into space to investigate and to follow the sun’s travels. What they discover is both amazing and simple. Evangeline learns a great deal about the sun, the earth, and space. The story of Evangeline arouses curiosity about heavenly bodies and provides rewards with fascinating information about space.

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12 editor’s note thoughts from the editor 14 trends the new hue of 2022 trends of the new year 21 fashion paris fashion week favorites 38 dining food for thought wine pairing guide 46 feature meant to tea kindness and friendship 58 coverstory ann covell 63 feature pandemic but art 68 travel rome and london itinerary london must eats 99 tucson special life in tucson



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VER EXPERIENCED THAT LIGHT BULB MOMENT that needed bolt of energy, or that sudden groove once the clock strikes one in the morning? You’re up all day thinking and imagining all inspirations you could get from everywhere. This issue is an example of one, burning candles at night to give us these ideas—especially in this issue that has been so special to us. It has been on our second year we are releasing this London-Tucson issue and for the second time it has always been wonderful. In this issue, as well, we sought out places, thought, and people that thrive in our era right now. Traveling into places that gives us all the ideas and inspirations we need in life. The definition of fashion, travel, and trends comes through and through in our issue—we crafted stories that suits life from making friends to being healthy—everything is where it seems to be. So this month we share the spotlight with London- Tucson issue giving us a peek on food, fashion, and slightly travel. There’s an ode of the “Good Life” on page 48, it dwells on a new analysis that when we are kind to others, we are healthier, and yes, happier. We also dish on some tips on choosing friends wisely, because just as the iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the mind of each other. Ain’t this issue something good? And wait, take a peek as we release artworks centered on the events brought by the pandemic. There are also good things we share on travel and food—be sure to read that on. With everything that has been going through in our time, we remember these times—the outburst of moments we were able to appreciate life and that we’re only given one. E Outburst



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TRENDS What’s up and coming for the first quarter of the hopeful year of 2022.


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Faithwalk: AWalk fromDarkness to Light


Faithwalk: AWalk from Darkness to Light is an inspiring story of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual struggles that the author encounters while developing a strong relationship with God. The story highlight is when she meets and befriends Greg- ory Oliver, an inmate serving a walking death sentence in prison. Their story is complex with so much to be told. Their life and love story are one of a kind. They’ve hurdled many challenges along their way and come out victorious as they move forward, leaving the darkness of their situation to the light of victory. Faithwalk: A Walk from Darkness to Light is an inspiring story of spiritual, emotional, and intellectual struggles that the author encounters while developing a strong relationship with God. -Bonnie Lou Oliver

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A NEWHUE FOR ’22 With Pantone declaring Very Peri as its color of the year, we can’t contain our excitement by bringing you the best this color has to offer. From gadgets to home essentials, even beauty—Very Peri, transform yourself a new you.

1. POKETO NAIL POLISH The days can be stressful, but Poketo’s Georgia nail polish set offers you an opportunity to sit back, relax and enjoy a manicure at home. You can also relax knowing the vegan product is 10-free, meaning it has no toxic ingredients. $48 for the set or $18 for just Georgia Lilac. Stores at Row DTLA and in Little Tokyo. 2. STAUD CARDIGAN Everyone loves a cozy cardigan, especially one this colorful. Boxy and cropped, this periwinkle sweater from Los Angeles-based brand Staud has a youthful vibe that rivals its wonderful shade of blue. $315. Available at . 3. VANS’ SNEAKER Vans’ Old Skool unisex sneaker in chalk violet and white is not just delightful for its whimsical color scheme; it also features the iconic side-stripe created by Vans co- founder Paul Van Doren. 4. MIDLAND BEANIE Keeping your head warm while looking stylish can be challenging, but the unisex Big Sur beanie in Thistle cotton manages to do both. 5. LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON Who can resist a gift that is christened the “Snuggle Monster”? Functional, comfortable and stylish, the Late Sunday Afternoon thermal knit scarf is handcrafted in Venice using locally sourced deadstock fabric. 6. HEATH CERAMICS Glazed in Dusk — a limited-edition glaze from Heath Ceramics’ Winter Seasonal collection — this single-stem bud vase measuring nearly 7 inches high is a lovely accessory alone or adorned with flowers.








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1. SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP 3 The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 is a real eye-catcher for its sleek clamshell design that comes in four trendy colors, which include lavender. When folded, the full- sized smartphone measures only 4.2 inches, making it easy to slip in your skinniest jeans. It comes with a 1.9-inch cover screen that allows you to view notifications, read messages — not to mention take photos and videos — effortlessly without having to open the device. 2. IPHONE 12 Just when iOS users thought the iPhone 13 Pro Max was the most colorful the premium smartphone could get, Apple released the lilac version of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini. This youthful variant of the 2020 iPhone serves as “another bright and fun option to the lineup” in time for the vernal season, said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Start fulfilling your fitness goals with flair using the Fitbit Versa 3’s Thistle variant. The smartwatch features a slew of improvements from the Versa 2, including the addition of Google Assistant and its built-in speakers so you can take calls, dictate messages, and play music hands- free. It packs a battery that can last for up to six days and can make up for a good swimming watch, as it is water-resistant for up to 50 meters. Get on track to a healthy 2022. Marketing. 3. FITBIT VERSA 3 4. SAMSUNG GALAXY BUDS 2 Add purple power into your binge- watching and music streaming sessions, with the lavender Samsung Galaxy Buds 2. The wireless earbuds sport the line’s iconic curved shape with a glossy finish, paired with a white clamshell case that has lavender highlights matching the earbuds’ color. 5. FUJIFILM INSTAX MINI 11 Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 11 in Lilac Purple is the one to get if you want to add some nice eye candy to your photos. Its pastel violet design makes it a good accessory in your OOTD shots, while its compact size allows you to print credit card-sized snapshots basically anywhere. 6. JBL TUNE 215BT WIRELESS HEADPHONES Zoom meetings can be unboring this 2022, with the use of stylish audio gears, such as the purple JBL Tune 215BT. These wireless headphones are equipped with a pair of 12.5mm drivers backed with JBL Pure Bass Sound that promises punchy audio and an immersive listening experience for long hours.







PERI DIGITAL We’ve gathered gadgets we like to fulfill Pantone’s color of the year 2022. After all, it’s the happiest color, we deserve to be happy, yes with these gadgets.


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COMFORT ADVANTAGE Give a new look and new vibe to your comfort space that is your home. We’ve rounded up essentials on what you can add to your humble abode.

1. EXCLUSIVE FURNITURE COSMO NAVY SIDEBOARD/BUFFET Add gorgeous color to your home with the Cosmo Sideboard Buffet. The elegant navy blue lacquer will bring any room to life and bring endless compliments. 2. HOME SOURCE FURNITURE IRON PANEL WALL ART If you’re into the art scene or unique wall decor, the Iron Panel art would be a great addition to your home. The colorful sculpture of smashed paint cans will add depth to any space. 3. EXCLUSIVE FURNITURE BARAGA OFFICE DESK AND CHAIR With companies being more open to working from home, it’s best to transition with a dedicated space to conduct business. The Baraga Office Desk and Chair by Exclusive Furniture, upgrades your home with a luxurious look, and a better way to get work done. 4. MIDINMOD ILLUSIONS BLUE WATERCOLORS RUG If you need to fill up space in a room, a rug can definitely help. The Illusions Blue watercolors rug brightens up any room and will tie the living room together. 5. MIDINMOD THE DECKER SOFA With the new year, comes a new sofa. Swap out your vintage couch with a brand new golden Decker Sofa by Houston’s Midinmod. Plus, it’s pet friendly for those with four-legged friends.







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Too Faced Light My Fire Eyeshadow Palette

Dior Medium Bobby Bag Gray Box Calfskin

INWITH THE OLD F 2 We’re calling it: These colors will be everywhere this year. With the new Pantone colors enter the year, Ultimate Gray and Illuminating will most likely here to stay. Besides, it’s such a good color combo! And if like us, you’ll take anything to feel like speeding ahead, here’s a list of things of these It colors for you to check out: Marc Jacobs The Logo Strap Snapshot Small Camera Bag in Dust Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Cologne Sephora Collection Sephora x Stabilo Felt EyeLiner in Back to School Charriol Bangle Celtic Coquille Gray

Manolo Blahnik Camparimu Grosgrain-Trimmed Wool Mules

Tory Burch Miller Canvas Quadrant Saddlebag Daylily

H&M Lyocell-blend Dress in Light Grey-Blue

Reebok Aztrek Shoes


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FASHION UP 2022 The fashion of 2022 and this year’s up and coming game of style. See it for yourself.



vivid colors and prints to bold silhouettes like bubble dresses, volume tops, cutouts galore, and ultra-low rises on pants and skirts. Accessories are in on the fun, too. Think: chunky-AF platforms, rainbow-bright bags, and a more-is-more jewelry aesthetic combining beads, pearls, and rhinestone- decked baubles. Oh, and if your New Year’s

OSTALGIA IS THE NAME OF THE GAME. With Y2K fashion peaking higher than ever, this new year

resolution is to adopt a new signature color, you better make it purple — it’s the 2022 hue in all tints, from Pantone’s Very Peri color of the year to saturated violet and lavender shades. Ahead, a deeper dive into the fashion trends we’re predicting will be big in 2022. Naturally, with an edit to shop.

has plenty of fun trends in store for the next reemergence wave. Spotlight-stealing attire with a joyous mood is taking over, from


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2022 FASHION TREND: sweats 2.0 Whether an oversize, fleece-lined

jogger is your jam or you’re more the elevated soft-pants type, preferring knitted flares and flowy culottes, we’re predicting leisurely bottoms as an early 2022 constant, mostly thanks to Omicron’s unwelcome emergence.

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2022 FASHION TREND: voluminous silhouettes

From oversize shirting to ballooned silhouettes and a continuation of the puff sleeve trend, dresses and tops retain their volume in 2022. If anything, the latter will spice up all the soft pants you’ll probably still be rocking on the bottom.


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2022 FASHION TREND: platform shoes From sky-high heels to flatform silhouettes, loafers, ankle-strap heels, boots, even clogs are amped up for a throwback-inspired lift. So, go ahead and give your micro-heels a break — 2022 is all about chunky soles.

2022 FASHION TREND: low-rise pants Dipping wayyyy below the belly button, the low-slung pant and micro- mini skirt are back in full force. If you’re not the snug ‘n’ stretchy thong- revealing style type, embrace the look via low-slung denim, leather pants, or cargos á la Jennifer Aniston in the ’90s.

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2022 FASHION TREND: the color purple From Pantone’s calming Very Peri to more saturated tones with a regal air, pieces tinged with purple will soon be everywhere — lock in your signature hue sooner rather than later.

2022 FASHION TREND: regencycore, continued

Corsets, pearls, lady cardigans, and prim florals show no signs of a slow-down in 2022. Embrace this form of head-to- toe elegance for polished occasions like work or a party. Or, flirt with the trend with a single frilled piece combined with leggings and sneakers.

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2022 FASHION TREND: cutouts No shame in the cutout game. If 2022 will prove one thing, it’s that skin is still in, and cleverly-placed cutouts on dresses, tops, even the occasional low- rise bottom will stick around as part of the Aughts 2.0 fashion movement.

2022 FASHION TREND: bra tops Pshh to real shirts, right? Whether dressing comfy at home or making a bolder statement for a night out, the bra has officially reached “real top” status. Layer yours under a shacket or oversize blazer for balance.

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2022 FASHION TREND: bright bags

Orange, pink, yellow, green, and bright blue are just a few ways to get in on the rainbow-bright bag trend. If not a single color to accent an outfit, go for a two-tone design or one swirling in several shades.

2022 FASHION TREND: mod print From A-line mini skirts to near-dizzying motifs — butterflies included — designers nodded to the ’60s on the runways while adding a dash of Y2K nostalgia to the pot. So, embrace your inner print mixer by combining bold with bolder — we’re thinking of a jacquard knit sweater and swervy skirt to start.

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PARIS FASHIONWEEK FAVORITES 10 ON 10 Well-loved couture from the recently concluded Couture Week Spring/Summer 2022



shoulders at Viktor & Rolf—couture week is once again the visual splendor and spectacle we deserve. Here, our favorite looks from the design houses show at Haute Couture Week Spring/ Summer 2022.

AUTE COUTURE WEEK calls for the highest form of craftsmanship in fashion, and with the Spring Summer Couture shows the high fashion houses of

Europe have once again pulled out all the stops with confections that conjure visions of cosmic exploration, the ethereal and and gilded extravagance. From Chanel’s Horse Girl, to cosmic reverence at Schiaparelli—and *those*

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT Our ode to new dishes to try and cook for it at home or anywhere you want.


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CHICKEN SOUP This chunky chicken soup from Adam Bennett makes a perfect family supper, let your child choose their favourite pasta shapes for some fun, or finish with a dash of cream and some freshly chopped herbs for a more indulgent touch.

METHOD 1. Add all ingredients, except the pasta, to a pan and bring to the boil. 2. As it boils, skim off any impurities with a ladle. Reduce the heat, cover, and leave to simmer for approximately 1 hour. 3. Once the chicken is cooked through and beginning to fall off the bone, remove the pan from the heat. Remove the legs and place in a tray or bowl to cool. 4. Strain the liquid from the pan into a clean pan and reserve. 5. Place the pan of cooking liquor over a low heat to simmer, stir in the pasta shapes and cook for 5-8 minutes until soft. Turn off the heat. 6. Meanwhile, mash the vegetables, making sure to pop the garlic cloves out of their skin. 7. Pick the chicken meat off the bones and roughly chop. 8. Return the mashed vegetables and chicken to the pan. Heat through and add a pinch of salt and pepper if needed. 9. Divide the chicken soup across 4 bowls and serve immediately.


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METHOD 1. To prepare the pork belly, add the salt and sugar to a bowl, then mix in the spices. Sprinkle some of the mix onto a tray and lay the pork belly on top, skin-side down. Sprinkle the exposed side of the pork with the remaining cure and place in the fridge for 24 hours. 2. The next day, preheat a water bath to 70°C. 3. Wash the belly for a minimum of 10 minutes, pat dry and vacuum seal. Place in the water bath for 24 hours. 4. Once the pork belly is cooked, remove from the bag, cut into portions and chill until required. 5. For the crackling, remove any excess fat from the pork belly skin and place in a pan of cold water. Bring to a simmer, cover with a cartouche and cook for approximately 2 hours, until you can pinch through the skin. 6. Preheat a dehydrator or oven to 60°C 7. Drain the liquid, allow the skin to cool slightly and place on a non-stick baking mat. Place in the dehydrator or oven until the skin is crispy and dry. 8. Preheat a deep-fat fryer to 180°C 9. Break the skin into small pieces and fry until very lightly browned and chewy. Drain and season as desired and set aside until ready to serve. 10. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. 11. To prepare the apple purée, sit the apples on a non-stick baking mat and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes until cooked and soft. Transfer to a liquidiser, process until smooth and pass through a fine chinois. 12. For the celeriac purée, roughly dice the celeriac and add to a pan. Pour in enough milk to cover and add the garlic and thyme. Cook on a steady simmer until tender, then drain off the milk into a jug. 13. Remove the sprigs of thyme, place the celeriac pieces in a liquidiser and blend until smooth, adding splashes of the milk to bring the purée together. Pass through a fine strainer, taste for seasoning and set aside in a piping bag. 14. Preheat a water bath to 87°C. 15. Peel the carrots and use a Parisienne spoon/melon baller to create small spheres of carrot. Add the spheres to a vacuum bag and seal with some seasoned butter, thyme and rosemary. Cook in the water bath for approximately 30 minutes. 16. Once ready to serve, preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. 17. Remove the pork belly portions from the fridge and add a dash of oil to a hot pan. Once the oil is hot, add the pork and colour evenly all over, then transfer to the oven for 4-5 minutes to heat through. 18. Meanwhile, remove the carrot spheres from the vacuum bag, drain and pat dry. Colour in a hot pan with a knob of butter, salt and pepper. 19. Before serving, heat the purées and the red wine jus in separate pans on the hob. 20. To serve, place the pork on each plate and dot the purées alongside. Scatter the carrots across the plates and finish with some pork crackling and a drizzle of red wine jus. Serve immediately.

Richard Davies shows off his full armoury of techniques in this sophisticated main, curing pork belly in an aromatic spice rub before cooking sous vide for an unctuous finish. A few carefully prepared autumnal accompaniments such as apple, carrots and celeriac round off this sous vide pork belly recipe perfectly. CURED PORK BELLY


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TURKEY PREMIUM Turkey breast can often be dry and overcooked, but by cooking it sous vide Shaun Rankin ensures a beautifully moist and tender finish. To give the dish a festive feel, the chef finishes the dish with Gorgonzola, chestnuts, red cabbage purée and caramelised pear tarte Tatin – the ultimate gourmet Christmas dinner.

METHOD 1. Preheat a water bath to 68°C

2. Place the turkey in a vacuum bag with the garlic, thyme and a knob of the butter. Seal in a chamber sealer and cook in the water bath for 2 hours. 3. Meanwhile, make the red cabbage purée. Place the olive oil, red cabbage and shallots into a pan over a medium heat and sweat for 10 minutes. Add the cranberries and port, bring to a simmer and braise until the cabbage is tender and the port has reduced by 3/4. 4. Preheat an oven to 180°C/gas mark 4 5. Whilst the port is reducing, prepare the pear tarte Tatin. Peel the pear, cut in half lengthwise and remove the core. Place the butter in a small pan with the caster sugar and vanilla pod. Cook slowly over a low heat until caramelised. 6. Add the 2 pear halves cut-side down and cover each pear with the puff pastry circles. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden. 7. Remove 6 of the cranberries from the red cabbage mixture and reserve for garnish. Blend the rest of the mixture in the food processor until very smooth, then pass through a fine sieve. 8 Remove the turkey from vacuum bag and carve into 2 neat portions. Sear in hot pan, basting with hot foaming butter, then leave to rest. 9 Peel the remaining pear, cut into wedges and heat with a blowtorch until scorched. 10 To serve, place a portion of turkey on each plate with a portion of the pear tarte Tatin. Garnish with the Gorgonzola, chestnuts, charred pear, baby basil and the reserved cranberries.


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WINE & FOOD PAIRING Should you serve a cab with roast salmon? Does pinot grigio complement your ribeye? What goes well with chocolate? Use this simple guide to learn which wines pair best with your favorite foods.

EC Magazines | London-Tucson Edition 2022 44 Chardonnay, viognier, roussanne, marsanne Food pairings: soft cheese, starches, fish, rich fish and white meat Bigger, creamier whites have the body to stand up to bigger, creamier flavors. That’s why DRY WHITE WINE Sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, albariño Food pairings: vegetables, roasted vegetables, starches and fish The world of dry whites is vast and varied, but generally speaking, they’re light, bright, and acidic and pair well with similarly oriented foods. Think: spring vegetables, lighter fish, grilled chicken, and citrusy, herby dishes. SWEET WHITE WINE Gewurztraminer, malvasia, moscato Food pairings: soft cheese, hard cheese, cured meat and sweets Sweeter whites get along famously with salty appetizers and rich desserts, but also (surprise!) with spicy Asian dishes. Why? The sweet can help tame the heat. RICH WHITE WINE

Food pairings: roasted vegetables, hard cheese, starches, white meat, red meat and cured meat Medium-bodied reds are pretty versatile, though there are many differences from bottle to bottle. They’re a flexible choice if your meal takes you from cheese plate through salad and a tomato-based Italian pasta to dessert. BOLD RED WINE Cabernet sauvignon, malbec, anglianico Food pairings: hard cheese, starches, red meat and cured meat Big bold reds are the classic steak wine — rich and tannic enough to cut through the fat. But they don’t stop there. Think BBQ chicken or any other seriously spiced entrée. DESSERT WINE Late harvest, port, ice wine, sherry Food pairings: soft cheese, starches, cured meat and sweets Dessert wines go with — you guessed it — dessert, which includes sweets, chocolate, cheeses, and salty nuts, the small bites that help you round out a meal.

chardonnay and salmon are such a classic pairing. Generally speaking, rich whites are less acidic and play well with a variety of leaner meats such as pork loin or chicken. SPARKLING WINE Champagne, prosecco, sparkling wine, Cava Food pairings: vegetables, soft cheese, hard cheese, starches and fish Sparkling whites are fun and festive, but they pair well with the most basic snack foods. Why? Salt. Champagne and french fries, anyone? LIGHT RED WINE St. Laurent, gamay, pinot noir, zweigelt Food pairings: roasted vegetables, starches, rich fish, white meat and cured meat Lighter reds are shape-shifters, depending on the dish and the varietal. They tend to interact well with leaner red meats, fattier fish or white meats, and earthier vegetable

flavors like mushrooms. MEDIUM RED WINE Red table wine, zinfandel, merlot


MEANT TO TEA Set on a verdat hill, friends gathered for the first time since pandemic over picnic and of course, tea.


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HE PANDEMIC HAS SINCE break us apart—physically though, from seeing almost every weekend and just casually going out to grab lunch, it has been, for the most part, cancelled by the pandemic. Thanks to the vaccines developed it has improved to more ways than none. It was a not so gloomy afternoon, my friends, Chyrel and Clark, and I gathered to finally see each other, and guess what we planned to do—an informal tete-a-tete to celebrate the moment, an outburst of just a random thought. Uncautious about the weather, we pushed our plan to do this “picnic”. While the sun is up, scorchingly hot by the way, we picked and bought food on our own for this gathering we called picnic. Driving an hour from the city, we look for a place uphill where we can set and sit for our afternoon picnic. We got doughnuts, cheese platter, some fruits, the cold cuts, and of course, tea. Moments later, we’ve noticed a cloudburst approaching—it was rain, we know. T

Setting in our midst that it’s not going to rain, we had our minds fixed while we’re preparing—that it’s really going to rain, what with the super gray clouds. While waiting for the rain to come, we immediately hurry to take pic, "It is in little moments we came to realize that whenever life throws lemons, learn to make a lemonade." celebrate like a picnic should be, takes a lot of picture and of course, devour beautifully the food and of course some tea party to pay respect. Five minutes in to that, it was raining cats and dogs, our food gets wet, the tea mixed with rain water, and our mats, soakingly wet. Thanks to some shade

of the tree and our little umbrellas our things were safe and dry, to say the least. Staring into the rain for more than 10 minutes we realized one thing, we can’t do stop rain and there’s nothing we can do about it—we have to live that moment— we danced in the rain. And besides, it’s another first time since forever that we’ve experienced bathing in the rain. It was past four in the afternoon the rain settles, the birds are back chirping, we packed up things neatly and clean the area leaving no traces behind because, Yes, #SaveMotherEarth. We ended the day nicely by taking photos of us with our wet clothes and with a chilled body. The rain came back just when we were about to go home, we had to rush to the car. It was fun, nevertheless, cold fun! It is in little moments we came to realize that whenever life throws lemon, learn to make a lemonade. We have enjoyed the time we had, after all whatever happens, happens, it was meant to be, or in this case, meant to tea. EC


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THE GOOD LIFE A new analysis of decades of research shows that when we are kind to others, we are healthier and happier.


The researchers also found that people who were kind tended to be higher in “eudaimonic happiness” (a sense of meaning and purpose in life) more than “hedonic happiness” (a sense of pleasure and comfort). Perhaps this makes sense, given that being kind involves effort, which takes away from comfort but could make people feel better about themselves and their abilities, which would provide a sense of meaning. By understanding the connection between kindness and well- being, Hui thinks researchers can design better studies that take into account all of the relevant factors, and innovators could create more effective kindness practices. In the future, he hopes there will be kindness apps or online programs that could reach more people, generating a larger impact around the world. In the meantime, Hui says, the biggest take-home from his research is something he heard the Dalai Lama say long ago: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” “Helping others is a universal virtue and a very affordable and economic way to benefit others’ and our own well-being,” he says. “As the saying goes, helping others is helping yourself.” EC


E ALL KNOW THAT IT’S good to be kind to others. Kindness is an important virtue for sustaining

being. Lead researcher Bryant Hui was surprised the relationship was not stronger than it was, but he was still encouraged by the results. “Although the overall relationship between prosocial (kind and helpful) behavior and well-being is weak, given that so many people around the world act prosocially, the modest effect can still have a significant impact at a societal level,” he says. A small effect like this—an average of all the participants’ experiences—can sometimes hide other patterns going on below the surface. So, he and his colleagues considered when kindness might have a bigger impact on our well-being. One thing they found was that people who performed random, informal acts of kindness, like bringing a meal to a grieving friend, tended to be happier than people who performed more formal acts of kindness, like volunteering in a soup kitchen. It’s possible that informal helping may fill our more basic psychological needs for autonomy and close relationships, which is why it could lead to greater happiness.

relationships, which helps to build a trusting and cooperative society. You may have also heard that kindness makes you happier and healthier. But what does that mean for you? What acts of kindness will make us happiest, and who tends to benefit the most? A newly published review of decades of kindness research provides some answers. In this paper, researchers analyzed the results from 126 research articles looking at almost 200,000 participants from around the world. The studies they chose all had to meet certain criteria, such as including only adults and reporting good statistical data; some were experiments, where people did a kindness practice to observe its effects, while others just surveyed people about how kind and happy they were. The studies measured well-being in a variety of ways, including both mental and physical health. As expected, people who were kind tended to have higher well-

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Walking Free: From Bondage to Liberty follows the story of the author’s personal, spiritual, and emotional experience while being incarcerated for more than twenty-two years for a crime he didn’t commit. He struggled seeking justice amid the uncertainty of prejudices. It was unwavering faith that kept fueling his belief that one day he would be walking free. Fate brought a selfless woman into his life. A woman who became his strong support that eventually becomes his lifetime partner. The story imparts a lesson and shares the essence of indestructible faith, obedience to God, patience during adversities, character building, and redemption, mak- ing him win against the battle of injustice.


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CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS Just as iron sharpens iron, friends sharpen the minds of each other. Choose your friends wisely. by ZAIDA TAMBEST

minutes later, I heard some footsteps outside the room. Joseph must have heard them too because he suddenly stood up. He panicked and immediately unplugged everything from the electrical socket. He shoved the controller into my hands just in time when his brother opened the door. Stephen was so furious when he saw what I was holding in my hands. He screamed so loud that sent Joseph and me running down the stairs. Their mother just came in through the front door and asked us what just happened. Without hesitation, Joseph pointed at me and said, “He played with Kuya’s play station. I told him we shouldn’t enter his room, but he forced me.” I was so shocked that the words “Liar! Liar!” couldn’t come out of my mouth. Mrs. Lim called my mother on the phone and told her what happened. “Wait for your mother, so we can discuss this with her.” Mother came with my older brother, Kuya Raul. “Marvin couldn’t have done it. I have my own play station. I’ve tried teaching him how to play but he hasn’t shown any interest, even if he enjoys watching me play,” Kuya Raul explained. Joseph apologized and I forgave him because he promised he wouldn’t do anything like that again. But he broke his promise many times and I went home crying every time. “I think it’s time to spend more time with your other friends, Marvin,” Kuya Raul said. He knew that Joseph was my best friend but still he told me, “We should choose our friends wisely, you know. Let us spend time with those who are good and those who love us the way we love them.” EC EC


OSEPH IS MY CHILDHOOD friend. We share our toys with each other and whenever he comes to the house, he eats with

an hour so I started calling him, “Joe! Where are you?” He didn’t answer. I then started going up the stairs to his bedroom when I heard some music coming from his brother’s room. “Joe, are you in there?” I called again. “Sshh, come in here and close the door behind you,” he said. To my surprise, he was using his brother’s play station. “Are we even allowed in here?” I asked. “Ssshh, just don’t say anything.” I was amused observing how his fingers quickly pressed the different buttons on the controller and how the characters in the game moved. A few

us at mealtimes because Mama said he is like a son to her. Whenever his parents go out of town, he sleeps over. It has been like that since we were in the second grade. However, now that we are in grade six, he seems to have changed and it makes me so sad. We were answering our modules together at his house one morning when Joseph told me he was going to the bathroom. He didn’t come back for about


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MIRACLES Master the Art: Healing Medically Incurable Illness Nancy Lynne Harris, M.A.

Heal Yourself of Anything is a thought-provoking look into an amazing form of healing. The author tells how her nine-year-old son Michael was healed of congenital glaucoma (a high-pressure disease of the eyes) when she reversed her negative attitude toward a domineering (pressuring) person in her life. By reversing her way of dealing with this person, her son’s glaucoma literally vanished. By handling this problem in a new way, Michael’s eye pressure checked normal for the first time in his life, and after nine years of daily eye drops, they were no longer needed to control the pressure. Nancy explains the spiritual healing process, which can be used to heal any illness. She teaches that we are spiritual beings attracting the visible reflection or shadow of the thoughts we think. Your body is like a thermometer registering your positive and negative feelings and attitudes. Your problems can become mental harmony disturbers because they bring negative words to your mind. In order to heal, you must dislodge and dispel these harmful negative words from your thinking and replace them with the directly opposite positive words intentionally. You always know what your biggest problem is, so if you are facing a health crisis of any kind, you must look at your own feelings and attitudes about that problem and get them changed and literally reversed to heal your illness. Because your thoughts regulate your body chemistry, positive loving thoughts bathe your bodily organs in nourishing, healthy fluids. Negative thoughts cause a lack of nourishment to your organs and result in the breakdown of healthy operations in your body. By dislodging and dispelling specific negative words from your thinking based on your specific illness, you can heal yourself from most medically incurable illnesses. Anyone can use these techniques, which the author explains in detail to heal glaucoma or any other disease. This book will inspire you to get beyond the negativity that can weigh heavily on your health.

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NN MARRIED JOHN England Covell in April 1986, and has two step-daughters,

a step-son and five step- grandchildren. During the 1970’s Ann worked with a medical practitioner, assisting him with his work on a five-year research programme on the Measles Vaccine, working in conjunction with the Medical Research Council. That research helped to establish the pattern of future measles vaccination programmes within the U.K. Following a varied administrative and research career, Ann eventually became the Chief Administrative Officer of a Regional Ambulance Training Centre. This appointment led to Ann becoming a proficient trainer and consultant in Management Skills. In the early 1980’s, she was a member of a national Department of Health Team that considered and produced the first ever Ambulance Paramedic Training Programme within the UK. That initial paramedic training programme has been developed over the years to a University Degree standard. Ann is thrilled that her elder step-granddaughter has graduated from the intensive University course and is now a Paramedic in the U.K. National Health Service. In 1986, working with the NHS Training Authority, she was a member of a team that produced a syllabus for Management Training for the Hong Kong Ambulance Service. She visited Hong Kong during this period. She is still in contact with the many friends she made there. Later, she received a special merit from a pharmaceutical company for her work relating to drugs addiction in school-children and raising awareness of the problems; her thesis was published in Health Service journals. As a result of this work she was invited to visit the Los Angeles Health Department.

Ann Covell is a British citizen and had a long career in the U.K. health service research sector and has served as a Justice of the Peace. Her interests include history, writing, and politics. She is the author of Remembering the Ladies and First Lady Jane Pierce. ALL ABOUT ANN COVELL


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Since then, she has visited America several times a year on leisure trips, and later for research in connection with “Remembering The Ladies”. Ann served as a Justice of the Peace in the South West for 20 years. A keen beekeeper since her move to the South West, current hobbies include travelling and writing. She is a published writer (UK County magazines and Health Service Journals) and once ran a regular newspaper column, called “Health Matters”, in a local Devon weekly newspaper. She was until recently the editor for the “Decorative and Fine Arts Society Costa del Sol”. When Ann was widowed suddenly in October 2016 she suffered deep grief for a long time. During this period her greatest solace was to continue with her writing and to complete the novel that her husband, John, had encouraged her to write. Following publication of “Remembering The Ladies” and “Jane Appleton Pierce, First Lady,” both Ann and John had felt that sufficient background of the 19th century way of life in the U.S.A. had been garnered to enable her to write a story of family life within that era. Though Ann and her husband had divided their time between homes in Spain and England, with frequent visits to the U.S.A., Ann now lives permanently in the glorious countryside of South West England, though maintains links with the many U.S. friends she made during her research time. She intends to carry on travelling to the U.S. in the future. Ann’s novel “The Other Angel” was published in New York on 29 February 2019.


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BOOK REVIEW “This is a sprawling story, covering from a time before the American Civil War until after its conclusion. We start in Kentucky, learning about Rory and his desire to become a doctor. His father is greatly opposed to this and demands that his son take over the family’s hemp farm operation. Rory’s world is upended when his entire family is killed in a freak accident. Other key characters come into the novel, and the stories of these four main characters interweave and coalesce. It all breaks apart again for everyone once the Civil War starts. The book is neatly divided into halves; the first half of the story takes us up to the point of the Civil War, and the second half is about the Civil War with a brief amount of information about their lives after this. I find it interesting that an English woman has written this book. The four main characters in this book, as well as those added along the way, were fascinating to watch as they first lived their pre- war lives and then became a part of the struggle of that era. I enjoyed this view of the American Civil War written by someone who sees it as a time of historical interest, unlike American authors who tend to see it more emotionally, as the effects of the Civil War still ripple through American society today.” –Jamie BJ Mar 24, 2019


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REMEMBERING LADIES: WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT? In the 20th century and in this new 21st century, First Ladies have been immortalized under a blazing media spotlight. America’s First Lady is as well known as her husband due to world- wide modern technology. In the 19th century, however, it was difficult for the public to even know who the president’s wife was. Even today it is not easy to call to mind those pioneering First Ladies, many of whom were burdened with misfortune and ill health. They are a group of women who have been largely forgotten however – and not because their contributions were less or their lives less colourful. This compendium of individual stories brings these extraordinary people to life. Many were thrust into a political arena that was not always supportive. The book provides an insight into the lives of the 19th century First Ladies, in an undemanding, easy-to-read style, and aims to raise awareness of the historical significance of these women. Their abridged stories, sometimes joyful, sometimes sad, range from slavery, bigamy, duels, royal snubs, European conflicts, American wars, assassinations, suffrage, personal courage and the cruelty of gossip and rejection. It demonstrates how they might be seen as victims of history. The image of these trailblazers is one of remarkable spirit, loyalty and stamina and indicates a group of dedicated citizens, who deserve to be remembered. The text includes a basic review of the restricted evolution of the First Lady role during the first hundred years. The aim is that the book will encourage foundational study in colleges and schools, and inspire anyone who is interested in presidential history to deeper levels of publications and study. EC


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PANDEMIC BUT ART The pandemic has been a source of a sometimes overwhelming sense of uncertainty. We asked our readers to share how they have used art to document their experiences. by HANNAH STOWER and MARIANNE GUENNOT of NATURE.COM


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This painting depicts the outsized and overwhelming impact of COVID-19 on our healthcare providers and on our healthcare eco-system in general. I was artistically inspired by the lifeless streets in big capital cities, empty tall haunted buildings and incredible havoc created by a virus that was often depicted paradoxically by vivid colors with precise structures and features. Missing in all these early images was the human factor. This painting now hangs within our department offices as a reminder of our collective experiences. OUTSIZED, OVERWHELMING IMPACT OF COVID-19 by Lona Mody


I have used my own art as real-time documentation of the pandemic and my own impression of the workload. I consider this painting as physical evidence of my work to fight this pandemic as a lab tech working in a public-health lab. It is related directly to this pandemic, because I asked one of my colleagues to take a photo of me while pipetting SARS-CoV-2 nasopharyngeal swabs to prepare them for extraction. And I wanted to add my personal impression of this moment by painting it the way it looks.


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The ‘virus snowflakes’ shown here are a bit of both: they were created with science communication in mind, but I made as many as I did because researching and drawing them turned out to be a very good way to switch off. I wanted to show viruses as paper snowflake decorations because this emphasizes the beauty and regularity of their structures in a way that is accessible to anyone with a pair of scissors and some time on their hands. At a time when viruses can seem unknowable and scary, turning their structures into decorations, and including non-pathogenic viruses, is a reminder that viruses are only another part of the natural world.

In Colour Blind, a painting in gouache on canvas, I depicted how we can lose the color in our lives, replaced by darker shades in our mind. Hence, the brain is in black and grayscale. Near its completion, my poet friend Duke Al was inspired by the artwork, which then featured a completely dark brain, to write a poem on mental health, which I subsequently painted in the brain in the finished piece. The words loop around the structure like the folds of the brain, but are also reminiscent of the uncontrollable nature of mental illness. We wanted the painting and poem to raise awareness of mental health during these lonely moments of isolation. To try and encourage people that if you feel shadowed by mental health, talking to others may help you find each other’s colors again. Hence, the brain is surrounded by color. COLOUR BLIND by Sarah Racaniere, featuring Colour Blind, a poemby Duke Al Durham


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NATURARTE by Angela Araujo

Art has helped me to take my mind to beautiful places during my blue/ stressful moments and realize how science and art are not that different: both depend on creativity and can be gorgeous. Naturarte is a sunset made of ‘pieces of science’. The entire collage is made from small cuts from Nature covers. It represents the hope for new and better days during the pandemic, when science can save us all from COVID-19, and that we appreciate it like a beautiful piece of art.


I have always loved art and have used it to relax—constantly reading and writing about the disease while living alone and worrying about my family and friends who are frontline healthcare workers was starting to get to me, so every night I would do some type of art: knit, crochet, paint or embroider. I started working on this piece in the first few weeks of the pandemic and finished it right before our grant was awarded in April. It has been sitting on my desk since then while I have been researching the cardiovascular effects of COVID-19. I chose to embroider a heart to take my mind off work while reminding myself why I chose to go into the biomedical sciences and to do cardiology research in the first place.


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