Family travelss 13,000 miles to see the Pope

An Argentinian family drove 13,000 miles from their home in Beunos Aires to see the Pope in Philadelphia as the Pope visited the United States. They made the trip as a great adventure, taking six months to make the drive in a Volkswagen micro-bus. They not only got to see the Pope, they also met him and talked with him as an added bonus.

The family, Catire Walker, 41, his wife, Noel Zemborain, 39, and their four children, ages 3 to 12, got a phone call early in the morning and were surprised they had been invited to meet the Pope. They never expected to get the call, and they rushed to get ready and went to meet the Pope, still not quiet believing it was true.

“You are crazy,” the Pope, who is also from Buenos Aires, told the family as he joked with them, according to an article on the Washington Post.

The family said the Pope was very warm and friendly. The Pope had been following their journey on the Facebook account they had set up to keep friends posted about their progress on the trip. They made 13 border crossings during the trip.

To make the trip they drove across Argentina to Chile and up the west coast of South America, through Mexico, and went through New Orleans before heading to Philadelphia. They made many stops and saw a lot of sights. They home schooled their children along the way. There were a few breakdowns, one in Guatamala left them stuck for three weeks, and there was another breakdown in Delaware. There were several minor breakdowns, they said, and their faith that they would make the trip rose and fell at various times along the way.

They stayed with many host families along the way, and said they were grateful for financial support they had received as they made the trip. They had been hoping to make a long vacation trip, but were busy with raising children and working jobs that left them little time. When they heard the Pope was coming to the United States, they decided to take the plunge. They both quit their jobs, loaded up the micro bus and set out on their journey.

They will be going back to Miama and will fly home from there. “This was a trip of hope,” Noel Zemborain said last week just before they got to Philadelphia.


Reclaiming Wellness with Joseph Bismark

Joseph Bismark likely isn’t a household name, at least not quite yet. Bismark is the Managing Director of QI Group and he has been in the position for the better part of the last seven years. His work has been lauded thanks to his energetic approach in the office while his work outside of the office, focusing on health and wellness, has made him something of a guru. In fact, Bismark is getting enough attention that he got brought in for a feature on asPire Magazine, recently reported by Yahoo News.

Looking at last month’s profile on Joseph Bismark, you’ll see a serene man who is comfortable in his skin and more than comfortable working it until he sweats. Bismark told asPire Magazine that it is his dedication to mental and physical well being that allows him to keep going even when times are stressful and he is mentally drained. Bismark said that he believes in the “importance of immersing ourselves in as many physical and mental activities as we can.” Looking at his day to day routine it is easy to see that Bismark lives by that belief and that commitment. Let’s look at a few ways that Bismark keeps his body and mind in the right place.

To start, Bismark likes to focus on keeping his mind and his body in a flexible shape that allows them both to adapt to new situations as they arise. This means that Bismark focuses extensively on practicing Yoga and various cardio based exercises such as running, cycling, and even swimming. Bismark told writers at asPire that he “walks the talk” by focusing on “yoga asasnas, cycling, and swimming.”

Yoga, in fact, is such a way of life for Bismark that he is already considered a Yoga Master at the Singapore School of Meditation and Yoga. Bismark has focused on learning the ins and outs of the physical meditation and he is always ready with a book suggestion to to those that want to learn. His most recent book was “Anatomy of Yoga” by Dr. Abilgal Ellsworth because the title focused on diagrams, explanations, and work for both breathing and focusing on your spine. When he isn’t reading about Yoga he is practicing it with a SoundClound account that is uploaded with mantras and chants.

What Bismark does outside of the office, focusing on his well being, helps to impact the work he does inside. His commitment to physical, mental, and spiritual health has been an instrumental tool in his success.

A 100 Year-Old Message In A Bottle Finally Reaches Its Destination

Beach lovers often walk along the beach to reflect on life, and feel the peace that the sea offers its guests, or to find a shell or two that isn’t broken. Along with the shells, the seaweed, the carcasses of fish and the washed up jellyfish, there might be a treasure of some kind that other beachcombers missed so in the process of reflecting every beach lover’s eyes are constantly moving from scene to scene. Finding a message in a bottle is a treat that few beach lovers ever find, but that is exactly what happened recently when a couple spotted an old bottle on the beach of the German island of Amrum. The bottled looked old, and there was a postcard inside, so it didn’t take the couple long to open the bottle and read the postcard that was written in English.

The postcard wasn’t a long lost love letter or an SOS, but it was old. The postcard simply said: “Please send this postcard back to Marine Biological Association of the U.K. let us know when and where you found it and receive a one shilling reward.” The couple didn’t waste any time honoring the postcard’s request. They wanted to know the history of the bottle and the postcard like any inquisitive beachcombers would. What they found out was not what they expected.The bottle had been tossed into the North Sea more than 100 years ago. In fact, the bottle may be the oldest message in a bottle ever found.

According to the Huffington Post, a spokesman for the Marine Biological Association of the U.K said more than 1,000 bottles like the one found were tossed into the North Sea sometime between 1904 and 1906.The bottles were weighed down so they could float just above the sea bed. The bottles were actually part of a sea current study. Most of the bottles were recovered years ago by fisherman trawling for fish.

The Marine Biological Association is asking the Guinness Book of Records to recognize the bottle as the oldest ever found. The oldest bottle on record was released in 1914 and was found in 2013.

This story is a beach lover’s dream, and the couple on the beach in Amrum is now enjoying an “old Schilling,” and the bragging rights for finding the oldest message in a bottle.

Bravery Halts Terrorism on a French Train

In a world that is sometimes harsh and violent, I enjoy finding news that shows the inner strength and bravery in people around the world. Last week, there was a very good example of these positive traits during an event when a man tried to take a train hostage. Four train passengers, who were three Americans and one British man by nationality, foiled the terrorist’s attempt when they stopped him in his tracks by taking control of his assault rifle and restraining him before he could harm the train’s passengers. I see this as a true act of bravery and selflessness by these men whose actions assuredly saved many lives.
I am definitely not the only one who feels a great sense of appreciation for these valiant men. The President of France, François Hollande gave these four men the highest honor, which is called the Legion d’honneur. The BBC News articlehighlights the ceremony as well as the train terror attack. Hollande graciously thanks these brave men and goes on to explain, “The whole world admires your bravery. It should be an example to all of us and inspire us. You put your lives at risk in order to defend freedom”, in a quote included in the article.
This statement sums up my thoughts about these courageous men as well, especially in an era where too many people do not help others in need.
All people, regardless of race, nationality, religion or ethnicity, need help at one time or another. As a member of the human race, I feel it is my duty to help others when it is possible, and I believe these brave men must have the same thought process. They saw the danger at hand, but chose to protect the others on the train while putting themselves in harm’s way. Unfortunately, and more often than not, this does not occur.
Many people in the world are only out to save themselves, and that was probably what the Moroccan terrorist was hoping would occur on this French train. Now, we all know that was not the outcome, and can all see how positive our world looks when we take care of each other when faced with evil’s ugly head. The Los Angeles Times also wrote an article about the attack on this train in France. Again, praises for these positive heroes are given and with these praises come hope for a future of compassion around the world.

Blind Mother Sees Her Child For The First Time

I read an article about a blind mother who was given the chance to finally see her child with the help of special technology. In today’s world where technology is constantly growing, you never know what could happen next and what could be possible in the world. 

Kathy Beitz is a blind woman and suffers from Stargardt disease. This inherited form of juvenile oracular deformation. She was not born blind, but eventually she lost her sight due to the disease as a child when she was growing up. With the help of eSight, a brand new device that allows the blind to see and have some type of sight, she was finally able to see what her child looks like. She explained that it was the first child she has even seen, and that since it is her baby, it made it that much more special.

Kathy looked at the baby’s toes, hands, and what the looked like. For those precious moments, she saw her child and marveled at his existence. Kathy’s sister took video of the entire moment and the video was uploaded to YouTube. As the father held the baby, she got to see what he looked like as well. 

This technology is going to shape the world and change how people “see” technology. In fact, Kathy’s sister Yvonne hopes to raise enjoy money so that Kathy could now take home the device to use on daily basis to watch her child grow up. They hope to help spread the word to others so that more and more people who are legally blind get the chance to finally see again. The opportunities are endless in the world of technology, and eSight is changing the world one person at a time.

It makes me wonder what other amazing things can be accomplished to help humanity improve their lives. The power of technology is changing the world, and who knows what scientists and engineers come up next to help more people.

Kathy is just one example of a miracle taking place using eSight. Other people are finally getting the chance to see. The video of Kathy meeting her child is so heartwarming and exciting at the same time, and just witnessing a blind person seeing her child is so beautiful. Only time will tell before another history-making device or machine helps more people in the world to live an even more richer life.