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He Visited One Of The World's Oldest Cultures And Came Away With These

He made a 370-mile,26-day trek through a place where there are no roads. Take alook as he shares some of what he saw.

He Visited One Of The World's Oldest Cultures And Came Away With These

A priest reading at one of Ethiopia's oldest churches in Lalibela, said to date in its current form from 1187.


A young boy in Ethiopia's Semian Mountains seeks the shade of a rare tree under which to read.

The "big drama" of the Simien mountain landscape made the photographer think of Genesis.

A woman takes an early morning walk to the rock church of Asheton Maryam. The church is carved into a cliff at over 13,000 feet above sea level.

Children share a meal spread out on the traditional Ethiopian bread, injera.

A farmer and bread-maker at work in her hut. Don't miss the chicken on the shelf.

Taking in the view on the way to church.

Mules carry food for the nearly monthlong trek into the mountains, still some five days' walk away.

The caravan of people, food, and supplies walked some 370 miles over 26 days from Lalibela, Ethiopia, into the Simien Mountains.

Talking with this woman was like "a visit to the library."

Traveling through this part of Africa, one walks the same trade paths as people did 3,000 years ago.

In the northern Simien mountains.

Making baskets and protecting ripening grain from the birds.

A young shepherd watches over his goats.

Photographer Mario Gerth has created postcard set of his images along with replicas of crosses made in the region.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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Seven years ago, Bill Murray shared a powerful story about the importance of art. The revelation came during a discussion at the National Gallery in London for the release of 2014's "The Monuments Men." The film is about a troop of soldiers on a mission to recover art stolen by the Nazis.

After his first time performing on stage in Chicago, Murray was so upset with himself that he contemplated taking his own life.

"I wasn't very good, and I remember my first experience, I was so bad I just walked out — out onto the street and just started walking," he said.

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