Heartsick for Japan--She Writers Respond (and HELP)

This is a disaster for which there are no words.  But process it--and help--we must.  Please use the comments on this post as a space to share links to writing, links to organizations in need of donations, and words for our fellow She Writers based in Japan.


For starters, please check out this post by She Writer Marie Cooper, "Hearts with the Japanese".  Marie mentions Sachiko, a blogger from Japan with family there, who is using her blog Tea Rose Home to implore the public to help in whatever way they can.  As Marie writes, "Financial contributions to reputable organizations seem to be the most efficient method of assisting.  Even donations as little as $10 are welcome."  Read Marie's post for links to charities organizing relief efforts, or see the list below.


She Writer Hollye Dexter has posted a beautiful "Prayer for Japan".


And New York Times writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett wrote a heartwrenching piece yesterday, "Memories Washed Away."


Japan, our prayers are with you.


Relief orgs:

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Comment by Mrs. Barbara Jean Fields on March 16, 2011 at 6:08pm

As for the people in Japan, I just want to express my heartfelt sympathy to all. The pain is so deep, you can't even imagine.  Its such a tragedy, my prayers are with you.  Even in your triumph times.


Barbara Jean Fields

Comment by Suzanne Linn Kamata on March 16, 2011 at 5:39pm

I have been blogging about our experiences from afar at http://gaijinmama.wordpress.com.


I've also been sharing news and ways to donate via Twitter - @shikokusue

Comment by Lauren Schultz on March 16, 2011 at 3:45pm

I wrote about finding a way to give and how I would personally give up my "book fund money," challenging other book bloggers specifically, but others as well, to find something to sacrifice in order to contribute.  I wanted to post so that others would be encouraged to donate to the relief efforts... http://laurenaliseschultz.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-opportunity.html


Thanks for putting up this thread.  I think it's great to connect with others who are moved to say/do something about this tragedy.

Comment by jessica lipnack on March 16, 2011 at 3:31pm
I posted "A thousand million trillion cranes" to my blog Endless Knots last night.
Comment by C.M. Villani on March 16, 2011 at 2:54pm
I'm not sure if anyone wants to do this or not but when Nashville had that nasty flodding last summer, the women over at Do the Write thing for Nashville held an auction to benefit the relief effort. They had a whole lot of authors, agents, and people from the publishing industry in general donate anything from a query critique to signed arcs/books to phone calls to dinners with their favorite authors! They made a good chunk of change to send to Nashville and it might be something amazing to benefit Japan as well.  
Comment by Claire Vorster on March 16, 2011 at 1:50pm

Just donated to Save the Children UK - they have a team on the ground helping with practical relief and emotional support for thousands of displaced children.

Life can change in a heartbeat. Our hells and our heavens can be so few inches apart.


Praying for everyone who woke up to a day that no one should ever see.  Thank you SheWrites community for your compassion in everything you have shared here.



Comment by Katharine Webster on March 16, 2011 at 12:42pm

Good cultural commentary by my friend and colleague Jane Harrigan here: 


Comment by Pat Sabiston on March 16, 2011 at 12:38pm
http://www.samaritanspurse.org/  This is another organization that is organized and quite used to Disaster Relief.
Comment by Marie Cooper on March 16, 2011 at 12:17pm

Thank you so much for referencing my post. It is such an overwhelming catastrophe and ours is, really, such a tiny planet.  The Japanese are us.


In today's New York Times I left a comment following a piece on how best to aid Japan.  I told of my grandfather, a New York City police officer, who had the highest regard for the Salvation Army.  After decades on the force and countless disasters, he observed the Red Cross had high visibility and gave out good coffee (he had a wry wit), but for quietly getting in and getting the job done, no one could beat the Salvation Army.  Just a thought.

Comment by Phoebe Wilcox on March 16, 2011 at 12:15pm

Thanks for putting this up.

--I'm afraid there will be no more Tokyo.  And Japan is such a small country too. . . .  All the no-nukers from my childhood are having no delight in being right, I'm sure.  Who cares to say, "I told you so," when there is so much suffering and devastation involved?  My tiny little spiritual-environmental effort to make an (infinitesimal) dent in this fuel/power problem that we have was to recently switch my electric over to all wind-generated. 

They are worried about the reactor unit that's got the Plutonium.  The half-life of Plutonium is 50,000 years, if I'm remembering correctly.  WE ONLY HAVE ONE PLANET.  And who do you know who has that kind of time?  It looks like Armageddon over there.  It's tragic and it PISSES ME OFF.  These politicians who never listen.  After the H-bomb fell that should have been IT for nuclear power.  These men in power all need to be put on a time out!



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