A day in Pompeii

September 7th, 2015

Hope for paraplegics

June 1st, 2015

What a difference 45 cents makes!

May 18th, 2015

He lost everything to Super Typhoon Yolanda, including his wife and baby, and Negrense Volunteers for Change (NVC) gave him a fishing boat so he could get his life back. When Rolando Pamplona of Leyte heard about the devastating earthquake in Nepal, he donated P20 (the equivalent of 45 cents US). This led to 241 other beneficiaries of NVC’s Peter Project and Project Joseph to donate over $1,600 US. Nepalese medical students in the Philippines will buy blankets, medicine and food that they’ll bring to earthquake victims. Read full story of how the NVC examples of grace and love of touches those around the world.

Children’s Flash Mob-Paris

May 5th, 2015

He photographed sinking of carrier Yorktown

March 21st, 2015

If WWII interests you, you will enjoy this comprehensive blog post featuring a U.S. Navy photographer, Bill Roy. He captured some remarkable photos of the carrier Yorktown and other events surrounding the Battle of Midway.


Hyphens and Dashes

January 9th, 2015

Judy Vorfeld

DID YOU KNOW THAT when using the minus sign, you use a hyphen, not a dash. Word has all kinds of dashes that can pop up when you least expect them: em and em dashes, “named for the length of a typeface’s lower-case n and upper-case M respectively,” says Wikipedia.

Confused? Use the word “minus.” To indicate temperatures below zero, write “minus 10″ or “5 below zero.”

Latest newsletter published

December 15th, 2014

My latest business newsletter has been published and I invite you to check it out for tips that might help.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying the holiday season that is upon us!


Project Pearls brilliant documentary

October 14th, 2014

Thanks to social media, stories like this one can be viewed throughout the world. And thanks to social media, stories like these can become viral. Which they should.

School kids need footbridge

July 11th, 2014

Looks to me like a group of school children could use a footbridge to help them attend school every day, even in the rainy season.

This is another project by the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation.
This video explains it:

Wikipedia says this: “Sarangani is a province of the Philippines located in the SOCCSKSARGEN region. Its capital is Alabel. With a 230 kilometres (140 mi) coastline along the Sarangani Bay and Celebes Sea, the province is at the southernmost tip of Mindanao Island, and borders South Cotabato and Davao del Sur to the north, and Davao Occidental to the east.”

Here are some statistics from the Dept. of Education:



A yellow boat named Judy

July 11th, 2014

Boat Named Judy
July 2014. Feeling very honored this week. The Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBH) honored Josiah Go, Rick Passo, and me by naming yellow boats after us . . . boats designed to help the remarkable community of Great Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City, Philippines.

This particular project on Sta Cruz is a sustainable ecotourism project that aims to provide alternative livelihood to fishermen. By giving livelihood, YBH hopes they will protect their environment as well as improve their income so that their kids can continue going to school.

a boat named JudyHere’s what the foundation said (and posted on Facebook), “Our first three Yellow Boat Adventures boats for Sta. Cruz Yellow Boat. community is named in honor of 3 special people who helped YBH at very crucial points and until now are still very active HOPE PADDLERS! The board of YBHF unanimously approved to give them the honor. Our chief rainmaker Josiah Go, our chief connector Rick Passo and our Chief inspiration Judy Simpson Vorfeld! Thank you!”

To be so honored is humbling and exciting. This is a foundation whose volunteers work special kinds of magic on any given day, in order to help Filipino kids get their education and be challenged by what the future holds. I love volunteering for YBH, even though we are separated physically.

Yellow boats on the way to Great Santa Cruz IslandOne of many blessings given us is technology, so we can not only have worthy goals, but often the means to fulfill them. Social media, particularly Facebook, has been an unsurpassed tool for communication within and outside of the Philippines. It is bringing together many people who love to give with others who love to give, and the results are not just amazing, but sometimes wildly creative. People are finding methods for helping the disadvantaged in ways that encourage education, sustainability, and self-respect.

A shot of the turnover of the boats to the community followed by a shot of much of the community and YBH Volunteers.
turnover community

And another project underway that has enormous potential, The Yellow Dorm of Hope. It is under construction. Here are some links so you can see what the dorm is all about.



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