Written by Joan Bramsch

Saturday, September 22, 2001


The castoff child escaped 11 years ago, rescued from a hell called Orphanage No. 4.

An Orlando woman moved by a television report and a hole in her soul plucked him from a Romanian orphanage brimming with garbage and apathy.

He had a shaven head, piercing brown eyes, and white spots streaking across his thighs where injections of sedatives had scarred him.

Soon he was thousands of miles fromrepparttar smoldering reality of revolution, living in a safe, sun-drenched city where people only have to step through theme-park gates to experience lands of make-believe.

Day by day,repparttar 132647 waif grew into Nick Simon, a suntanned Florida boy eager to catch up on years of missed chocolate bars and loving hugs.

In June, more than a decade after he leftrepparttar 132648 orphanage, Nick stumbled upon a 20/20 TV special that captured his interest. ABC correspondent Tom Jarriel had returned to Romania to see if anything had changed forrepparttar 132649 orphans since his eye-opening 1990 report. It had: Thousands, now in their late teens and early 20s, were living inrepparttar 132650 sewers. Waves of haunting memories washed over Nick.

He searchedrepparttar 132651 despairing faces of children -- once warehoused, now turned out onrepparttar 132652 streets -- staring, knowing. Knowing amongrepparttar 132653 faces might be children with whom he shared a crib and a cry.

Knowing among those faces were children certain to barter their bodies to survive, sniff glue as an escape, die lonely deaths from AIDS. Knowing his face could have been among those flashed in a blur across a 32-inch television screen.

But he knew, most of all, something must be done. And so it was that a grass-roots campaign, "Backpack Carepak," a drive to collect and send winterwear and hygiene products in gently-used or new backpacks to street urchins in Bucharest was born inrepparttar 132654 heart of a 16-year-old native son.

"What really struck me," he says, "was, like, `Whoa! Hold up a second. They're living inrepparttar 132655 streets now? I was lucky to get out of there atrepparttar 132656 time that I did. I could have been one of these kids living inrepparttar 132657 streets. Not enough people are speaking out forrepparttar 132658 kids out there that need help."

Nick slides into a cramped booth at Panera Bread near Lake Eola on a recent afternoon and regards his lunch: tuna on honey wheat, Greek salad, a Pepsi.

With his nut-brown mop, bushy eyebrows, and an elongated face that narrows to a rounded "V" atrepparttar 132659 chin, Nick could pass forrepparttar 132660 shy, boyish cog in a boy band -- if he were shy. Truth be told, Hollywood is where his head is. Already he has appeared as an extra in films and starred as Jesus in a Godspell production.

He likes his girls cute and speaksrepparttar 132661 lingo. As Nick puts it, he is, "out there," which is, apparently, something desirable, inrepparttar 132662 way that bad means good.

By all appearances, Nick is your average red-blooded, American teenager. Nothing likerepparttar 132663 51/2-year-old who came to America unacquainted with Santa Claus. He stabs at his feta, looks up glassy-eyed.

"I still have dreams of Romania," he volunteers.

Sometimes when he sleeps, he says, his mind paints Jackson Pollocks, scored by Rambo. Flashes of white, blue, red. Dogs barking. Guns rat-a-tat-tatting. Sirens screeching across his mind.

It was only later, whenrepparttar 132664 woman he would come to call Mama told himrepparttar 132665 story behind his coming to Orlando, that Nick would tie his dreams torepparttar 132666 revolution in 1989 that swirled around Orphanage No. 4.


In 1992: They look like a typical family; Mom, Dad, kids andrepparttar 132667 family dog. But Connie & Paul Simon, with a young Nick and Liana, paint their own special portrait of that theme.

The brush, however, isrepparttar 132668 same:repparttar 132669 need to love and be loved.


It began inrepparttar 132670 summer of 1990, when Connie Simon, then a teacher at Howard Middle School in Orlando, traveled to Romania to distribute 14 boxes filled with toys, clothes, and medical supplies gathered by students, staff and others moved by a 20/20 segment on Romanian orphans.

The report priedrepparttar 132671 lid off a secret shame, born ofrepparttar 132672 tyrannical 25-year reign of Nicolae Ceausescu. In an effort to swellrepparttar 132673 Romanian population, he banned birth control and abortions and heavily fined couples that produced fewer than four children.

Unable to care forrepparttar 132674 offspring, many parents handed them over torepparttar 132675 state. According to estimates, about 100,000 children languished in Romanian institutions.

Pendulum Power

Written by joseph Robert Neil James

When a Pendulum was introduced to me on 1981.I was fascinated with its simple Yes and No signal. For many years pendulums have been used in various ways.

During our lifetime we all have ambitions and Goals, which we want to achieve. My short Article will introduce you to a UNIQUE way of working with a pendulum. You will learn, how to Solve Problems and Achieve your Goals, in a simple logical way. It is amazing how much you can learn, from a simple, “Yes” or “No” signal, whilst working with a Pendulum.

A pendulum is a device for communicating with our Sub-conscious. A pendulum is simple to make and easy to use. All you need is a length of chain or string 6" to 9" long. Attach a small weight torepparttar chain or string. You now have a Pendulum. There are several alternatives you may wish to try, such as a rosary, crucifix and chain, or any pendant. They are all suitable.

The pendulum I use today is my front door key attached to a length of chain. My wife’s pendulum is a gold locket and chain, after you make your pendulum, holdrepparttar 132645 chain or string between your first finger and thumb sorepparttar 132646 weight hangs freely at waist height. Now ask a question that requires a YES or NO answer. The pendulum will sway from left to right for YES and backwards and forwards for NO. Practice for a while.

Now askrepparttar 132647 pendulum to circle clockwise for YES and anti-clockwise for NO or visa versa. Practice for a while until you are comfortable with it and gettingrepparttar 132648 results I have explained. For some peoplerepparttar 132649 pendulum performs better when it just sways and for others it performs better when it circles. Choose whichever you feel comfortable with.

When asking questions, start off by asking these questions: Are you my Subconscious? Are you my Advisor? Are you ready to advise me? Should I work with a pendulum? Am I communicating with a superior intelligence? These questions will build a relationship between you and your Advisor. (Subconscious)

I will now introduce you to your Advisor (Your Subconscious). Unlike your Conscious Self, which is your Awareness. Your Advisor is void of any emotions or sensitivity of your body but takes inrepparttar 132650 same information through your eyes and ears, just as you do. Therefore, your Advisor will always respond with better logic than you do (Conscious self).

Your Advisor is also linked to an intelligence that is beyond our understanding, and from time to time, that intelligence channels information back to our Conscious Self via our Advisor. This information in turn teaches us many things to our advantage.

Even if you don’t communicate with your Advisor, via a pendulum, your Advisor is helping you make decisions minute by minute, every day. That is why we differ from all creatures great and small, we have an Advisor; and they do not.

Before you continue reading, please make surerepparttar 132651 pendulum is performing as I have explained. It is important that you recognizerepparttar 132652 intelligence within your Advisor (subconscious)

SOLVING PROBLEMS We are all computers. As we communicate with each other we program one another. We are all teachers and learners and as we mix with others, we gain our education. As we communicate with each other we learn many things that complement our life style and we gain information, which helps solve our problems. We all have problems and when left unsolved they begin to multiply. Life for us all is full of problems.

Most of us do not know this but our Advisor is there to keep reminding us to solve our problems. When they come up in your thoughts, treat them as urgent and solve them as soon as possible. If you ignore them you will begin to lose control of your life.

Atrepparttar 132653 end of each day make a point of sitting somewhere quiet and think aboutrepparttar 132654 happenings of your day. Go over your day within your thoughts and see if there are any problems to be solved. Your Advisor is your own built in friend and companion. It’s this advice you tap into when you solve problems.

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