A New Years Letter

1 01 2015

Dear 2014,

 

Thanks for a memorable year. You delivered me through rough times, and taught me much about myself. Because of you, I am stronger.

You introduced me to new friends and reconnected me with old ones. My friendships are stronger and more meaningful as you helped reveal the value of true friends.

You took a piece of my heart. I miss my grandfather. But you also gave me wonderful memories with him over the last 12 months.

You showed me a little more of this amazing world, forever shaping how I see life.

 

Thanks for everything,

Jessica

 

Ps – Please let 2015 know that I’m ready for anything it might have in store because of you, 2014.





The travel bug bites again.

4 08 2014

And it leaves me endlessly itching a scratch that can’t easily be satiated.
It’s time to travel, friends. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hong-Kong_skyline.JPG#file

I’m confident my recently reading the (quasi) travelogues Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With The Divine, A Cook’s Tour: In Search of The Perfect Meal, and The Sword of Heaven: A Five Continent Odyssey To Save The World  hasn’t helped this simmering need to experience the world.  Read the rest of this entry »





Three years later – Remembering 3.11.11

10 03 2014

Anniversaries serve as a time for reflection on, and celebration of, the passage of time.

Three years ago Japan suffered a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a massive tsunami, and a nuclear crisis which devastated a large region of east Japan.

Over 15,000 people died. Another 2,600 remain missing. Countless families were evacuated from their homes, and three years later many remain displaced.

In the face of such horror, the spirit of the Japanese people never wavered. Communities came together, cleaned up, rebuilt. Life goes on and the beauty of our humanity shines through.
On this (nearly) third anniversary of such a truly awful disaster I want to share a few stories of how good-hearted people are continuing to do wonderful acts of selflessness in the region.

This article from the Japan Times features a project to restore and scan photos found in the rubble.

This article, also from the Japan Times, features caring people who are feeding and caring for the animals abandoned in the mandatory evacuation areas around the Fukishima Nuclear Power Plant.








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