If this happened any other time in the last 17 years, I would have cried. Wept over a bowl that symbolized my connection and deep love of a small island country on the other side of the world. ...more

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: BlogHers Tweeting, Blogging and Taking Action

Like so many of you, I learned about the earthquake in Japan from Twitter, following the best inside news source I can find: BlogHer Makiko Itoh on her blog, Just Hungry, and on Twitter (@makiwi). Maki writes: ...more

I wrote a post about it today, adding links to charitable organizations collecting donations, ...more

Helping Japan

In the coming days, weeks and months, Japan is going to need our help. The 8.9 earthquake and following tsunami and aftershocks ravaged the area killing tens of thousands. Men, women and children, are lost, homeless, hurt, and scared.  Meanwhile, workers continue to contain the nuclear power plants in the area. Please, take a moment today and think of Japan and its people....more

Small, sad world

The power of the Internet to shrink the world and make neighbors of unknowns bowled me over yesterday when three strangers reached out to me about our shared connections to northeast Japan. ...more

Social networking vital help for natural disasters

 Our thoughts go out to all affected by the recent natural disasters such as the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the earthquakes in New Zealand, and the floods in Australia. 2012 seems to have had a particularly bad run so far, and global climate change does not bode well for the future. In disaster situations, social services like Flink12 can provide a quick way to:  - let your family know you're safe  - share your current location  - share photos or news...more


Seventeen years ago this summer, I moved to a tiny farming village near the northeast coast of Japan. ...more

7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Japan Today! Dropship Supplier.From Reuters:According to JMA (Japanese Meteorological Agency), a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.2 hit off the coast of northeastern Japan today! A tsunami advisory of up to 50 cm (about 20 inches) was issued for northeastern Japan after the quake hit around 11:45 a.m. (0245 GMT), JMA said.  ...more