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Low – Santa’s Coming Over

Low offer a wonderful slice of creepy Christmas cheer!

From the 2008 7″ single on Sub Pop Records!

Another great cut from one of our most favourite groups of all, the mighty Low!

Amazing vid too- simple yet very powerful!

Yes lil kids, Santa’s Coming Over to rip your nasty hearts out!

We know they’re Mormon, but this sounds more than a tad satanic!

Yap, sounds like something from the magnificent original Wicker Man, sung by the mad islanders when burning the ‘outsider’ cop to death in the giant wicker cage (no, we shall not speak of the recent awful US remake!)!

We love it!

After Shane Mc Gowan’s majestic “Fairytale Of New York”, this is officially the best Xmas song ever!!

thanks to subpoprecords

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November 30, 2008 Posted by | Low, Music_Alternative, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

David Bowie – Live at 50


David Bowie – Live at 50


Interesting bootleg collection of live performances by Mr Ziggy with an array of other great artists such as Black Francis and Sonic Youth.

And Lou Reed, of course, who has always been, let’s say an “inspiration” to Bowie! No, we don’t necessarily mean Bowie ripped Lou off on countless albums!


Tracklisting

David Bowie & Annie Lennox – Under Pressure
David Bowie & Frank Black – Fashion
David Bowie & Frank Black – Scary Monsters
David Bowie & Jeff Beck – The Jean Genie (Ziggy Farewell Show)
David Bowie & Lou Reed – Dirty Boulevard
David Bowie & Lou Reed – Waiting for the Man
David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull – I got you babe
David Bowie & Nine Inch Nails – Hello Spaceboy
David Bowie & Nine Inch Nails – Scary Monsters
David Bowie & Sonic Youth – I`m afraid of Americans



Here be Bowie

DB-L_50.rar

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November 30, 2008 Posted by | Annie Lennox, Black Francis, David Bowie, Jeff Beck, Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Music_Alternative, Nine Inch Nails, Sonic Youth, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

The Cure – Live in Amsterdam (1979)

The Cure – Live in Amsterdam (1979)


Good bootleg from a post-punk Cure!


Cr_1979-12-12_AdamNl.rar

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Stand back, they’re gonna blow!!

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Denise Milani – Happy Holidays Video message !



Don’t dare stare at that cleavage!

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Denise Milani on WGN Morning News

This is one Czech that you don’t mind when it bounces!


Happy Milani-Ween !

Skip -I think the angel is looking pretty darned good!

Denise – Oh I love it! I’m a good angel!


The WGN Morning News and the fabulous Skip Parker had uber-booby Euro-hotty Denise Milani model some Halloween costumes, live on air!




Denise Milani models 4 sexy outfits. Which was best one? You decide!

French Maid will do for us! Oh mommmmaaaaaa!!!! Czech-mate, indeed!


One question! Where the fuck can we catch news shows like this?!


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Dana Hamm on Jenny Jones

I’m cut and I’m buff and I know I have the right stuff!

Dana’s not so skinny, anymore!

Stunner Dana Hamm on the Jenny Jones show some years back!


One of the most successful print models around, on Jenny Jones, confronting some white trash asshole bully who ironically used to make fun of her physique!!


Erm … we must admit that Dana was a lot more enigmatic and hot before we heard her speak!

Also if she’s supposed to be born in 1979, and she’s 25 here, was this made in 2004? Seems like something from the eighties!

The whole thing is very hicksville!!



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Yuko Ogura – Vitamin Love

Yuko Ogura – Vitamin Love

Yuko Ogura was born in 1983, and started her career as commercial model when she was only 17.

Later, after being chosen as Japan’s most Telegenic of the year in 2002 ,she quickly became very famous and started her career as a Gravure Idol.



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November 30, 2008 Posted by | Japan, Yuko Ogura, _BABE, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Stunning Dana Hamm


Dana Hamm was is a famous, international model, born on August 31, 1979 in Sanford, North Carolina.

What d’ya need to know? Stunning, 36D-23-35 and Height: 5’8″?! Enough? If not, read on!

from http://people.famouswhy.com/dana_hamm

Biography and Career :

Dana grew up in Sanford and her father was en entrepreneur. While a child, she had a tomboy attitude as she liked fishing or riding her bike instead of playing with cute little Barbie dolls.

She did well at Arts and Science during highschool and after graduating she attended Campbell University where studied Psychiatric Social Work. Soon she started to practice fitness and quickly became addicted to it having James Brown as a personal fitness trainer.

Her career started in 2000 when she posed for several world’s magazines : MuscleMag, Muscular Development, Muscle & Fitness, International, Italian Fitness, Olympians Fitness, Pump, Planet Muscle, Fitness Rx, Oxygen, and Ultimate Athlete.

Dana Hamm has been featured in more magazines pictorials than any other fitness model.

Short Facts :

– Vital Stats: 36D-23-35
– Height: 5’8″
– Weight: 125 lbs
– Eyes: Green
– Hair: Brown
– Zodiac Sign: Virgo
– Ethnicity: White / Caucasian

Trivia :

– She is sometimes compared to Angelina Jolie

– Her skills and interests are : dancing, singing, writing, photography, wildlife, make-up artistry, Orchid horticulture, Gerontology, group therapy, counseling, weight-training, yoga, tennis, volleyball, and fishing

– Dana played in “The Scorpion King”, together with “The Rock”

Quotes :

– “Modeling is a way to express that other side of you that can’t usually be revealed.”
Dana Hamm Image Source : danahamm.com

Links:

www.danahamm.com
http://www.myspace.com/danahammfanclub


from http://danahamm.blogspot.com

Dana Hamm is one of the most well known print models out there. Her model celebrity status has landed her in top magazines such as: The Girls of FHM, FHM, Stuff, Femme Fatales, Maxim, Loaded, Muscle & Fitness, and more!

Thanks to a wonderfully sculpted body, hypnotic green eyes, and full lips, Dana has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most promising rising stars! Cited by popular media as one of the world’s most beautiful women, Dana is often compared to the likes of Angelina Jolie.


Dana began her career in fitness in 2000, gracing the covers of the world’s top fitness magazines including: Muscle & Fitness, Muscular Development, MuscleMag International, Italian Fitness, Olympians Fitness, Pump, Planet Muscle, Fitness Rx, Oxygen, and Ultimate Athlete. Dana brought a whole new light to fitness, because she was fitness model with mega curves and soft sex appeal. She opened doors for other models that preferred to portray an ultra-feminine version of “health”. Dana’s dangerous curves and exotic face earned her numerous layouts of up to over 32-pages!



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Mushi Mushi Yuko Ogura … again!

One of the cutest of all Japanese Goddesses, stunning idol Yuko Ogura!!


We note she dislikes Big dogs ! Is that some sort of euphemism?!

Here’s here Profile!

Name: Ogura Yuko (小倉優子)
Nickname: Yukorin (ゆうこりん)
Birthday: November 1, 1983
Birthplace: Mobara, Chiba, Japan
Blood Type: B
Height: 162cm
Bust: 80cm
Waist: 56cm
Hips: 83cm
Talent: Piano, flute, swimming, impersonations
Favorite things: Disney, karaoke, comics, pink, black, choux cream, pasta, strawberry chocolate, natto
Dislikes: Big dogs, vegetables, takuwan

More info: thePPN




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Let’s Not Fight This Christmas -by Chris Difford and the Decorations

Just a quick piece, trying to get the word out about “Let’s Not Fight This Christmas” by the great songwriter Chris Difford – from the sublime Squeeze, et al! – and the Decorations.
It’s released for download on December 8th, following a week-long launch on BBC1’s The One Show (every night at 7pm from December 1st) and all proceeds from the single will go to Children In Need, a BBC projct dedicated to assisting a variety of charities working with children in the UK.

It’s a great cause and we hope you all find yourselves singing along to the song over the mulled wine and turkey and amphetamines!

Chris Difford and the Decorations are making a concerted effort to put a new, original Christmas song (about Christmas no less!) in the charts this year, and appreciate all help and support in advance.

Chris Difford

I have, along with Kevin Malpass been working on a Christmas single in conjunction with the BBC’s One Show.

Next week between 7 and 7.30 pm Monday to Friday you will see the story of our song. Please join us on our journey as we try to make this single a hit. It will be a download only track and the details of this will follow shortly.

I always dreamt of being on Top Of the Pops at Christmas, I’m sure it wont happen, but we can have fun trying. And, make some money for Children in Need.

Pass this on to as many people as you can so that when the download comes we can all suck it down from the internet and make this Christmas a bit of fun.

If we do get on the tele around turkey time, you can all come round to my house for a mince pie!

Thanks for taking part in advance….. Cd x

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November 29, 2008 Posted by | Chris Difford, Squeeze, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Loadsa Great Bob Dylan Bootlegs!

Especially for the simian moron who’s been leaving inane comments about our apparent views on Bob Dylan!

Yap, we are huge admirers of Dylan’s oeuvre …. how the fuck did you notice? You must be the bastard, great-grandson of Einstein! Or something!

We make no apologies whatsoever for that!

Yet Dylan – the one living artist who stands astride all modern music, nay culture – represents but a fraction of what we post!

If you don’t like it, that’s fine! Just fuck off!

Had you an acceptable level of intelligence and some little knowledge of modern culture – specifically modern music – you would perhaps have a far far less stupid view!

But, alas no, GW Bush Junior!!

So, just stick to Bon Jovi, motherfucker!

Ahem … anyway, here are some amazing bootlegs from the one living artist who stands astride all modern music, the living God that is Mr Robert Zimmerman!!

Mr Robert Zimmerman, since you are the one and only true God, please smite moronic assholes like GW Bush Junior!! And smite the motherfuckers now!

Bob Dylan – You don’t know me … Various live (1962-92)

http://rapidshare.com/files/39920127/1962-1992_-_You_don_t_know_me_CD1.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/39923376/1962-1992_-_You_don_t_know_me_CD2.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/39929634/1962-1992_-_You_don_t_know_me_CD3.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/39984641/1962-1992_-_You_don_t_know_me_CD4.zip


Bob Dylan – Isle of Wight (1969)

http://rapidshare.com/files/164976/Isle_Of_Wight_8-31-69.zip

Bob Dylan – Santa Barbara (1988)

http://rapidshare.com/files/72131146/1988santabarbara.zip

Bob Dylan – Paris, 30 & 31th live (1990)

http://rapidshare.com/files/841603/1990__30_January__Paris.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/867774/1990__31_January__Paris.zip

Bob Dylan – Mountain View, California (1993)

http://rapidshare.com/files/17888669/1993-10-09_Mountain_View-1.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/17894876/1993-10-09_Mountain_View-2.zip

Bob Dylan – Slovenia (1999)

http://rapidshare.com/files/12406685/Roadmaps_For_The_Soul_Disc_1a.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/12406679/Roadmaps_For_The_Soul_Disc_1b.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/12406732/Roadmaps_For_The_Soul_Disc_2.rar

Bob Dylan – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2000)


http://rapidshare.com/files/6889897/part_1.zip.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/6897964/part_2.zip.html
http://rapidshare.com/files/6907206/part_3.zip.html

Bob Dylan – Madison Square Garden (2002)


http://rapidshare.com/files/7542184/02_11_11_New_York_City_CD1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/7544438/02_11_11_New_York_City_CD2.rar

Bob Dylan – Berlin Arena (2003)


http://rapidshare.com/files/1773457/2003__20_October__Berlin__Man_Totally_Into_His_Music__disc_1.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/1774785/2003__20_October__Berlin__Man_Totally_Into_His_Music__disc_2.zip

Bob Dylan – Assago, Italy (2005)

http://rapidshare.com/files/20785786/2005_Nov_12_Forum_Assago_1.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/20787810/2005_Nov_12_Forum_Assago_2.zip
http://rapidshare.com/files/20789574/2005_Nov_12_Forum_Assago_3.zip

Big thanks to diariopocometodico

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November 29, 2008 Posted by | Music_ClassicRock, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Phoenix Marie rises from the ashes!

Phoenix comes from near Cairo and has been alive now for at least 10,000 years! (for creationist morons, that’s about when Eve fucked Adam in the garden of Eden, soon after the world was created – even though the world’s really at least 4.5 billion years old!)

Phoenix sure has at least one great Ass-set!

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We love apple pie babe!


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MMM … Looks delicious!

The apple pie looks OK too!

We hope this shot’s from a cooking instructional manual! Not from a real naughty porno!

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Bob Dylan on film and television 1962-1963


Some fascinating clips of “Folk Dylan” on film and television in the period 1962-1963, during which time Bob burst onto the scene like a meteorite, after his debut LP Bob Dylan released in 1962, closely followed by The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963 and The Times They Are a-Changin’ in 64.

30/12/62 & 4/1/63 – Madhouse on Castle Street – BBC-TV, London

Ballad of the Gliding Swan/Hang Me/Cuckoo Bird/Blowin’ in the Wind

Bob flew to London to make his acting debut. Lost forever by the BBC, the play was recorded over two dates, 30/12/62 and 4/1/63, and was broadcast on 13/1/63.

The play was written by Evan Jones and produced by Phillip Saville. See John Bauldie’s excellent article in The Telegraph 45 for more on this early TV appearance. The photo on the left is taken from a publicity shot for the programme.

click here for RealAudio clip (0:46)

2?/3/63 – ‘Folk Songs and More Folk Songs’ TV Special
WBC-TV, New York – **** 3 songs

Blowin’ in the wind/Man of Constant Sorrow/Ballad of Hollis Brown

Three Dylan performances are featured in an almost one hour programme which includes Carolyn Hester, The Staples Singers, The Brothers Four and others.

The Wicked Messenger (Isis 82/83) ran a couple of interesting entries on this appearance at Westinghouse Studios. The full show is now circulating.

click here for RealVideo clip (0:25)

6/7/63 – Civil Rights Rally, Silas McGee’s Farm, Greenwood – ***** – 1 song (3m)

Dylan whines his way through Only a pawn in their game at the Mississippi Civil Rights Rally. Caught on film by art-house film maker and science-fiction illustrator Ed Emshwiller, the clip was later sent to D A Pennebaker who used it in Don’t Look Back.

Don’t Look Back DVDOrder it now from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk

28/8/63 – March on Washington – ****3songs (10m)

When the ship comes in/Only a pawn in their game/Keep your eyes on the prize,400,000 turned out for this protest rally where Martin Luther King made his famous “I had a dream” speech.

Len Chandler is lead vocal on Keep your eyes on the prize with Bob Dylan and Joan Baez supplying backup vocals.

New footage of this has turned up recently with Bob and Joan also dueting on When the ship comes in. It’s mostly crowd shots, but a nice few seconds of Bob at the start.


click here for RealVideo clip (1:09)


25/2/64 – Steve Allen Show – NBC-TV, Los Angeles – ***1 song (14m)
The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

The 50’s style ‘interview’ and the song from Dylan’s appearance on this popular US TV show.

Click here for RealVideo clip (0:30)

Thanks to http://www.tvtalkin.com

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Oh Oh 7 James Bond naughty hotties

I like my babes shaken. Not stirred!

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We do love Brianna Love

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We do love Brianna Love Brianna Love Brianna ….

What an actress!

Bravo! Bravo!

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Bob Dylan’s Big Freeze – Bob Harris(BBC Radio 2)

Bob Dylan’s Big Freeze – Bob Harris(BBC Radio 2)

During the freezing winter of 1962-’63, Bob Dylan made his first trip to London. BBC DJ Bob Harris tells the story of his stay, with contributions from some of the people who met him.

Bob Harris tells the fascinating story of a significant but largely unknown chapter in the life of that living god, Bob Dylan.

In 1962 the newly famous Bobster came to Britain to appear in a BBC TV play called Madhouse On Castle Street.

While he was here he stayed with that eminent British folkie, Martin Carthy, who opened Dylan’s ears to a whole new way of making music (Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright, and Bob Dylan’s Dream were heavily influenced by his exposure to traditional English folk music).

He also had the unequalled joy of living through the famously bitter winter of 1962-63, when Carthy was reduced to chopping up a piano for firewood.

I have a friend who swears blind he was at the Doors’ legendary Roundhouse gig, the Stones in Hyde Park, the Who live at Leeds and Cream’s farewell do at the Albert Hall – and maybe he was.

He’s certainly convinced himself. Memories mingle and fade – sometimes we think we’re remembering stuff when in fact it’s just the newsreels we’ve seen since. So when it comes to the visit to Britain 46 years ago of a rising but obscure American folk singer, there are bound to be differing perspectives.

“Whispering” Bob Harris narrates the story of the couple of months Bob Dylan spent in England during the long, cold winter of 1962-63. Halfway through there’s a collage of memories from various contributors: “Very youthful looking, tousled hair, slimmish … chubby little Jewish boy … like the rest of us, a bit scruffy … looked quite sophisticated … tight-jeaned, very tight–jeaned … shabby … I thought he was incredibly sexy … he was rather a lost kid … monosyllabic … a lovely, lovely smile …bohemian … very precise …” A different Dylan for everyone.

Some of the old folkies were sceptical. “He went down like a lead balloon,” says one. “He did a bad imitation of Woody Guthrie.” And Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, the king and queen of English folk, were sniffy about protest songs such as “Masters of War” because it didn’t name names.

The shiniest, least complicated memories come from a fan. Natasha Morgan had just done her O-levels, and was primed for the nascent new age – “we’d had the Cuban missile crisis, and I’d been on my first Aldermaston march”. There’s a lovely bit where she looks at some photographs of his visit that surfaced only last year. She’s at his feet, gazing up at him. “I can see that I’m gobsmacked,” she says, still gobsmacked. “My eyes are absolutely on him and I’m in awe and so thrilled. It’s so alive, how he is.”

The singer Martin Carthy, who put him up (at one point they smashed up a piano with a samurai sword for firewood), was one folkie who didn’t look down his nose. He has what appear to be the least varnished memories of Dylan. He was “an ordinary bloke”, Carthy says. “An ordinary bloke with an extraordinary talent.”

by Chris Maume

Sunday, 30 November 2008

www.independent.co.uk



Here be Bob and Bob, bop bop bopping along!

Thanks to DylanNL Blog / belubettlo

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The real "Good Samaritan" Maria Ruiz

“My heart went out to those kids. I couldn’t just cross my arms and turn away from it. I needed to do something.”

The sight of families living in homes made of wooden pallets pushed Maria Ruiz into action.

We have been known to be a tad cynical here on Stupid & Contagious – a normal reaction to over exposure to the bullshit of the world!

However, we were very moved indeed by the selfless people celebrated a few days back on the excellent CNN Heroes; selfless people who have given so much to those in direst need – the abandoned, the helpless, the poor, the sick.

All true Heroes, indeed. We stand in total awe before their humanitarianism, initiative and selflessness.

And none more so than Maria Ruiz, an El Paso native who has for years now, on her own initiative and at significant personal cost, financially and otherwise, has been bringing critical food and aid to hundreds of impoverished Mexican children.

Amazingly, she’s been doing this for 12 years! Yes, 12 years! Travelling for hours daily to and from her home, crossing through the border thousands of times, spending hours and hours cooking food for the needy, and hours serving the food to the very grateful poor.

She buys and prepares food and then crosses the border several times a week into Mexico, to the outskirts of Juarez. She is not herself wealthy yet has given, as well as incredible levels of time and effort, much of her own savings to this wonderful humanitarian endeavour. And all this while rearing a young family of her own!

It’s clear that Maria’s a woman overflowing with love, selflessness and goodness.

And a woman overflowing with supreme modesty, as evidenced by her emotive, beautiful and extremely moving acceptance speech.

However, given her unique nature, Maria’s not happy with the wonderful levels she has achieved and has further plans to develop an orphanage and a permanent food kitchen resource and a school for the neglected and impoverished children and adults of Juarez!

The word “Hero” actually does not come remotely close to capturing the essence, strength, goodness and valiance of Maria! What a supremely fine human being!

We stand in total awe before Maria’s unimaginably wonderful work!

More below from www.cnn.com


Maria Ruiz of Texas regularly crosses the border into Mexico with food, clothing and toys for impoverished families.

EL PASO, Texas (CNN) — El Paso native Maria Ruiz knows firsthand how different life can be a mere 30-minute drive south of her Texas home.

The sight of families living in homes made of wooden pallets pushed Maria Ruiz into action.

“Just by crossing the border, you’re in a Third World country,” Ruiz said.

For 12 years, she’s traveled several times a week to the outskirts of Juarez, Mexico, bringing aid to hundreds of impoverished children and their families.

Ruiz’s family has roots in Juarez, but it wasn’t until 1996 that she ventured outside the city.

There, for the first time, she saw poverty in the extreme. People lived in homes made of wooden pallets. The elementary school was built of makeshift materials and had no running water or electricity. Teachers told her that many children were failing because they were hungry.

“My heart went out to those kids,” Ruiz recalled. “I couldn’t just cross my arms and turn away from it. I needed to do something.”

Ruiz got donations from El Paso businesses, and within one week, she was running a food program out of her home. She cooked meals in her kitchen and drove the food south to the Juarez school.

The sight of families living in homes made of wooden pallets pushed Maria Ruiz into action. She fed approximately 1,200 children every day for three and a half years, until the businesses she depended on for donations shut down in 1999.

But that didn’t stop Ruiz from helping the children in Juarez. Now, working with her husband and two children, she gathers donations from around El Paso — food, clothing, toys, even furniture — and distributes them at local “giveaways” a couple of times a month.

This is no easy task. The Mexican government charges customs fees when large amounts of goods are brought across the border. To avoid this, Ruiz makes several trips every week.

“You bring the stuff little by little, like the ants,” she said.

Although the trip south can be just 30 minutes, long lines coming back into the U.S. mean the return trip can take a couple of hours. On top of that, Juarez is at the center of a drug war, so Ruiz needs to take precautions to ensure her safety. But for her, helping kids in need is worth the effort. Video Watch Ruiz describe why she takes risks to help kids »

“When you make a child smile,” she said, “it’s awesome.”

Although conditions have improved, most families that Ruiz helps still live in poverty, so the Ruiz family has plans to do even more.

They’re building a community kitchen with space to feed 500, an orphanage for 100 residents and a trade school. They work on the complex every weekend, and although there’s more to do, they’re hoping to be open this summer.

The very thought of seeing the orphanage up and running makes Ruiz smile. Video Watch Ruiz describe how she’s helping turn a hill into a haven »

“It’ll be a dream come true when it happens,” she said. “I pray that it is soon.”

Strong religious beliefs help keep Ruiz motivated, and her family’s efforts are part of their ministry, called JEM (Jesus es Mana) Ministries. Their Juarez complex even includes a small sanctuary where her husband preaches every Sunday. But Ruiz stresses that they’re happy to help anyone, regardless of their beliefs.

“We are open to the community as a whole,” she said. “It’s equal for everybody.” Video Watch Ruiz talk about bringing aid across the border »

Ruiz says the children have kept her coming back to Juarez. When she reflects on her work, she doesn’t consider herself a hero.

“I know I can do much more.”


The sight of families living in homes made of wooden pallets pushed Maria Ruiz into action.

Maria Ruiz| MY STORY

When I got the call I was barely getting home.

As I walked into my bedroom, he told me the great news. I was shocked, surprised, excited!

My feelings, emotions, and heart were going 100 miles per hour all at the same time!

As I talked on the phone tears ran down my cheeks. I thanked God. It was unexpected to hear such awesome news.. I couldn’t believe it!

I think I am still under shock and I think it still hasn’t sunk in yet!

Thank you for all you have done. May God bless you abundantly.

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