Speechless Devastation

The only hours that I get to watch any news programs are in the wee hours of the night or morning.  The news just shows too much and exposes too much information that I do not want to explain to the children.  Usually I by-pass the news for some fav TV show that I need to catch up on.  This time, as I was flipping channels, I came across the CNN news and the live coverage of the Tsunami from the Japan quake.

I was transfixed. I was speechless. I couldn’t believe it but I could believe it.

Then I started rooting for the cars and trucks, trying to inform then that they should go the other way, as they were not lucky enough to have the bird’s eye view that I had.  Then the wave washed them off the road.  Then I couldn’t look.  Then I did.  As my friend tweeted back to me “it’s almost mind-boggling”.

I am half-Japanese.  I do have relatives in Japan, even if I don’t know them that well or some at all.  I am also human.  I am also disturbed and in awe of the power of the earth.  I am also feeling helpless.

I knew that there was one thing that I could do to ease that feeling of helplessness. I texted the word ASIA to 30333 to make a one-time donation of $5.00.  It’s not much but it’s something.

$5.00 is not much but at least it is something.  Click here to view pictures from Red Cross’s Japan Disaster Relief on Flickr.

Donate to Red Cross online here. Or you can choose to donate to an organization from a selection that Yahoo News has put together.

As life has so many personal ups and downs, you really just have to hug your family and be thankful that we are lucky to be healthy and together.  Thank you for reminding me about that Mother Nature.

I hope and wish for Japan’s speedy recovery from this tragedy.


  1. Thank you for sharing the great information! I hope your family is doing OK.

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