Most of us either have been through a natural disaster of one kind or another, or know people who have. For this week's creative challenge, please share an inspiring story on your Red Room blog (not here in the comments, please) about a time when life was turned upside down by such a catastrophe and what happened afterwards. Please tag your post coming through disaster blog.
"IN THE 65 YEARS SINCE WORLD WAR II, THIS IS TOUGHEST AND MOST DIFFICULT CRISIS FOR JAPAN." –Prime Minister Naoto Kan. In the weeks since the catastrophic earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis struck, we've been horrified by the images we've seen and stories we've read. But through the horror have come miraculous stories of individual sacrifice and survival, and the brave determination of the Japanese people to overcome.
A few bloggers will win books or a DVD by Red Room authors:
Mitch Cullin and Peter I. Chang's film Tokyo is Dreaming is a "rich and evocative tableau of life in the Japanese capital set to a beguiling score by John Convertino of the band Calexico." Cullin and Chang, partners in art and life, have been working ceaselessy since the disaster to spread the word about ways people can help Japan during this time. One of their favorite relief agencies is The Japan Society.
Tokyo resident Leza Lowitz is a poet, fiction writer, editor and co-translator of Japanese. Her newest book, Yoga Heart: Lines on the Six Perfections, collects "sixty poems on the Buddha's six 'perfections,' or qualities for a meaningful life—generosity, kindness, patience, joy, stillness, wisdom." She has been helping raise moneyfor disaster relief through Chabad Japan.
The destinies of two microbiogists, a science celebrity with a TV crew, and, and a mad scientist hatching plans from thousands of miles away converge around a volcano's catastrophic explosion in Karen Dionne's newest scientific thriller Boiling Point.
So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week
"coming through a natural disaster"
For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term coming through disaster blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out the entries in our most recent blog topic on the subject of letting go. From a charming story about freeing a couple of hermit crabs meant as a gift to a harrowing but ultimately uplifting tale of a young marriage and divorce, Red Roomers showed that, as difficult as it can be to do, the effects letting something or someone go can surprise us.
Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room