"the nicest and the sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens, but just those that bring simple pleasure, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sunday, June 17, 2012

living in the echoes of my mind...


...as you may or may not know debris caused by the tsunami in Japan has reached our shores.  From the Oregon coast to the coastal towns in Alaska, and in between, it is washing onto our beaches.

Debris, some of it fascinating some of it haunting some of it a scientific nightmare.  There are worries whether or not the micro-organisms attached to the debris may be contaminated, not only with radiation but with unknown life that may be incompatible with our own Eco system.

rubble, wreckage, ruins, litter and discarded garbage/refuse/trash, scattered remains of something destroyed.  (wiki)

I prefer to call it something else.  Echoes, of the lives torn away in that moment.  The stories of the human spirit embedded in scraps of twisted metal and rotting wood.

Fortunately, it appears that the nuclear waste and the living micro-organisms are not harmful to us.  But there is more to come, much more.  And while we are strolling on our beaches we will become a part of the story of those lost, those echoes...

and it's the shoes, the little children shoes that haunt me the most.


  1. That is horrible about the debris.

  2. The risk of nuclear energy is profoundly horrific. That will continue to happen, but then be forgotten.

  3. I can certainly understand that.

    *hugs* ♥

  4. Oh my gosh...shoes? little shoes?? That would torment me also.
    It is interesting...how in Life when things happen OTHER PLACES, what seems far from us. We wrap ourselves up in a blanket of security and thankfulness that IT didn't happen to us.
    and YET........IT DID happen to us. All of humanity.
    What happens to souls on this earth, in all areas of the globe, we are all touched by it, in this human experience of LIFE we are living.
    We can't ignore it....We are One.
    we need to always be vigilant to help and be grateful.
    (sorry, not a soap box, I just feel like we are all in this together)No one can turn their backs on what is going on in the world.

  5. Oh Jojo, this is so moving! Your 'take' on this debris is very compassionate. I never thought of it in that manner....an echo of a culture and an instant of time. Very powerful image.

  6. Wow......this whole situation is so very tragic....can you imagine all the loss....this just points out how very connected we all are...who would have thought all this trash from Japan would reach your beautiful Oregon coast.


  7. Oh gosh...the shoe comment brought tears to my eyes. I can't imagine the grief they will be suffering for years and years to come :(

  8. I heard on the news that tourism is up because people want to "see." Makes me so sad for all the lives lost.

  9. Just gives me chills. Hugs to you.

  10. It's so sad to see the fragments of their lives lying here on our beaches. SO SAD! I still think of that day and how things changed for so many people.
    I hope you are having a great summer Jojo.
    Sending love...


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