Francisco Frederico Murigo
Paula De Meersman
Guillermo el Carnicero
Maritza y Jonaton
Cesar el Chauffeur
Brian Meux – Marine Program Manager
Dr. Lorena Rios Mendoza
Seventh Heaven for Germany
Francisco Frederico MurigoOnce a high school baseball standout in his hometown of Loreto, Mexico B.C.S., Francisco played center field on the championship team of 1967. He continued to play ball until a car accident permanently damaged his throwing arm. When I met Franciso he was assisting in the coastal cleanup in Loreto following Hurricane Odile that devestated much of Los Cabos and Baja Sur. He mentions the key to a happy life is to drink herbal tea and spend time with your family.
Paula De MeersmanI met Paula in La Paz, B.C.S. Mexico on the peaceful eve of Hurricane Odile, September 13, 2014. Traveling alone from Belgium through the state of Chihuahua and Baja California Sur, she enjoys collecting shells from the many coastal countries she has visited in her life. Her Spanish is excellent and her positive attitude is wonderfully infectious. She was one of over 24,000 tourists evacuated from Los Cabos and surrounding areas to northern cities along the coast. Three days after the storm I bid farewell to Paula in the La Paz bus terminal as she awaited a ferry to take her east across the Sea of Cortez to Los Mochis, followed by an evacuation flight to Mexico City en route to her home in Belgium. She was most excited to see her 2 daughters and go back to work at the local hardware store.
Luis Aureillo Luis is a photographer. A photographer who still shoots film. We made fast friends talking about his prized Pentax that he carries everywhere he goes. Luis moved to Quito some time ago from Ambato, located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. He loves to photograph couples and families in Plaza Grande. The gorgeous Spanish colonial architecture of the square is dominated by the Presidential Palace. In less than 3 minutes he will digitally shoot a portrait and print the image on a portable printer he carries in his bag. How's that for smooth!
Guillermo el CarniceroGuillermo totes a bag of freshly trimmed costado for delivery to a client in downtown Quito.
Julio SierraFor 15 years Julio has tended the beautiful plaza garden at El Convento y Museo at La Catedral San Francisco De Quito. He says he is most proud of his son and his accomplishments working for the John Deere Corporation.
The StorytellerLindsey Ward of Lindsey Ward Productions is filming the documentary "Scientific Cannabis." The film tells the story of medical marijuana in Colorado amongst a changing American political landscape involving Cannabis as medical treatment for patients with cancer, epilepsy, and leukemia- specifically, children with these illnesses. These familes are now refugees of Utah and Arizona were it would be illegal to treat their children with cannabis. The parents of these children navigate an American HealthCare system where they face conflicting Federal and State laws, while attempting to save the lives of their children from a broken system. Federal law mandates years of continued chemotherapy even after scientific documentation proves their children are either in remission or cancer free after using cannabis oil.
Maritza y JonatonYoung Maritza helps support her family and son Jonaton by selling beautiful artisanal scarves to tourists in Quito, Ecuador. Little Jonaton is quite the handsome devil in his favorite basketball uniform.
Cesar el ChauffeurWhen he isn't grinning from ear to ear, Cesar is joking around with his buddies and clients on the avenue below the Roman Catholic Cathedral, Basílica del Voto Nacional located in the historic center of Quito, Equador.
florida paulPaul is the undisputed #1 fan of the AVP Beach Volleyball tour. He resides in Dell Rey Beach in southern Florida when he isn't following the tour, which he has done for the last 20 years! From all his favorite AVP memories, the one that tops the list is Phil Dalhausser's soft jump serve that barely eeked over the net to win the 2008 Manhattan Beach Open with partner Todd Rogers to defeat Nick Lucena and Sean Scott. @avp #AVPMBO #AVP2014
Kirk ForsterKirk Forster @kirkfforster is the man behind the enormous #EarthDay #garden project at the Blue Butterfly Village in #SanPedro, CA. The project benefiting the Veterans of America (VOA) is spearheaded by #HabitatforHumanity and the @homedepot Foundation.Over 400 volunteers turned out on April 22 to transform the VOA's new 9-acre development containing 76 town homes set aside for homeless women veterans of the US Navy. Environmental and bureaucratic clearances and permits delayed the $15 million #VOA housing project for years after the initial plans were launched 15 years ago. Kirk's #sustainable garden features 15 raised cedar beds containing herbs and vegetables, multiple citrus trees and rambling berry bushes, all maintained by #solar powered drip irrigation. @habitatforhumanity @teamdepot #DoingMore4Vets@natgeo #brentalex
Brian Meux – Marine Program ManagerLos Angeles Waterkeeper
Dr. Lorena Rios MendozaDr. Lorena Rios Mendoza is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin Superior. She is conducting environmental chemistry pollution of emerging micropollutants as synthetic microplastics debris in the Oceans and the Great Lakes environments. Her work has included the analysis of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in sediments, tissues, water, and plastic debris/microplastics ingested by fish. (source: Algalita.org/blog)
Seventh Heaven for GermanyA German fan looks to take home the cup as his country routed host country Brazil, 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.
Hanns ReiterI met Hanns while watching the Mexico vs. Brazil match at Alpine Village in Torrance, CA. A true football fan and world traveler, Hanns has visited 40 countries and 53 islands in his adventurous life. Fluent in Spanish from his 8 years living and working as a musician in Venezuela, it seems his adventurous stories would take yet another lifetime to retell. Still, with all that he has seen, he has never lost sight of where he comes from. This coming July he will travel home to Coburg, Germany along with 200,000 visitors who trek from all across the globe to participate in the International Samba Festival. Between watching corner kicks and freestyle flopping, if you're lucky enough to view a match with Hanns- you're in for a real treat. The free life lessons extend beyond the pitch into the game of life.
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