|Japanese for "hope" (source)|
Like the rest of you, my mind and heart have been in Japan for the past few days. I was working late when I got the news (via Twitter) of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated this beautiful country and its inhabitants.
My first thought went to my friend, Sanae, who lives in Tokyo. I met Sanae several years ago through my fiance's band. She's a huge fan and visits the U.S. to see them play at least once a year. She's also one of the kindest, most positive people I've even known.
|Sanae (center) teaching Heidi (left) and me (right) how to make |
the rock sign, the right way. New York City, April 2009.
I've experienced three earthquakes, all here in Chicago. Last February, I awoke in the middle of the night to my bed shaking and watched three books fall of the bookshelf. Robbie was on the road and it was terrifying (for Bubby too!), because I had no idea what was going on. That earthquake was a 3.8 on the Richter scale. Japan's was an 8.9. Looking at pictures of the destruction makes my heart ache.
|Tsunami in Kanagawa. Katsushita Hokusai, 1830.|
In the meantime, here is a list (below) of various organizations who are accepting donations to help in their efforts to provide relief for those affected (humans and animals) by this disaster.
Love and Gratitude,
Japan Earthquake Animal Relief
American Humane Association