What Shook My Soul – Video and Images from the Japan Earthquake of March 11 2011

The Canadian Red Cross logoMore for myself than anything, this is a list of the videos and images that I found most arresting and frightening in today’s earthquake and following Tsunamis in Japan and its reverberations on North America.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before watching this let it be known I have already donated to the Red Cross in support of the victims of this tragedy; please donate too! I do not wish anyone to think I am making light of this disaster – it is unthinkable.  That said, I am in awe of the power of nature and this footage is incredibly profound to me.

An image of the devastation in Japan


1) The 8.9 Sendai Earthquake Hits

Some of the first video I could find which only alludes to a possible tsunami and rumors of tsunami damage.

2) Footage of the Tsunami Damage Occurring Live Continue reading

My Gram

Barely one month after my Pa passed, so did my Gram today; on July 27, 2010 just after 4 in the morning after a massive stroke at lunchtime the day before. My heart creeps up into my mouth when I think of so much loss in such a short time; it is barely manageable when I allow myself to think about it. Instead of just mourning, however, I feel I need to tell my story of my wonderful Gram.

When I was born my five year old brother, Mark, fell ill with a serious case of meningitis which put my family into a state of disarray; a new born plus a gravely ill child – what a nightmare. Thankfully, my parents had my Gram & Pa who looked after me when necessary; while my parents went to and from the hospital to watch Mark’s meningitis threaten to overwhelm him. It took a while but fortunately my brother survived and lives a wonderful life today. Throughout that time, I am sure my parents would never have known what to do without my Gram and Pa to fall back on. And so my wonderful connection to my grandparents began… I spent many evenings and many days in their home throughout my life and I enjoyed it immensely.

Their home was their children’s home. My Pa built it himself and it stands on a beautiful piece of property on Continue reading

The Longest Solar Eclipse of the Century – by the Boston Globe

The longest solar eclipse of the century

Earlier today, the moon passed directly in front of the sun, causing a total solar eclipse that crossed nearly half the Earth – through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and China. Today’s was the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting as much as 6 minutes and 39 seconds in a few areas. Despite cloudy skies in many of the populated areas in the path, millions of people gathered outside to gaze up and view this rare event. Collected here are a few images of the eclipse, and those people who came out to watch. (33 photos total)

A partial solar eclipse is seen through clouds in Hyderabad, Pakistan on Wednesday, July 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)People congregate on the banks of the River Ganges watching a total solar eclipse in Varanasi, India, Wednesday, July 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

You must go to this page from the Boston Globe to see more… what a wonderful collection of photos! Here is the link: http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/07/the_longest_solar_eclipse_of_t.html

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