A couple different people have expressed interest in the little gift-wrapping mention that I made last Thursday, so I will be sure and post about that soon - maybe even tomorrow, if you're lucky. (It really was cute wrapping, if I do say so myself.)
But I felt like it would be shallow to go on blogging about silly things like gift wrap without even mentioning the recent tragedy in Japan. I'm sure by now you've all heard what happened, and unfortunately, is still happening, with the earthquake aftershocks still going on, the tsunami waters not receding, and the continual threat of nuclear meltdown at several plants.
The Japanese people are handling the whole thing with such order and poise, I'm amazed.
I was listening to a correspondent on NPR today, and he was making the point that, despite lack of basic supplies in the small town from where he was reporting, the convenience store across the street had not been looted. He pointed out how different that scenario would be if this had happened in America.
Sad, but true.
Anyway, I just wanted to take a little time here on the blog to acknowledge all the horrors that occurred/are occurring across the north Pacific, and to encourage you to help if you're able.
I know the American Red Cross is accepting donations for their relief effort, in minimum denominations of $10. And most of us have $10 to spare, so I would ask you to really consider helping out. If I remember right, the Japanese were quick to send us aid when Katrina struck.
Another great organization that I can personally recommend is World Vision International. It is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization, and I have given to them before and really trust them.
Not trying to push anybody. But those are two good options, if you feel compelled to help those fellow human beings who are suffering in Japan right now. And I hope that you will.