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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Life-Support Japan Raises $20,000 (so far)

It seems, these days, that we are being reminded all the time how small and insignificant we are when facing powers bigger and stronger than us, whether they are politicians or elemental forces of the Earth. It can be hard to find something positive to hold on to, and I think we all search for a way to connect to each other when things seem grim.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan was stunning in its devastation and is still unfolding in ways that approach apocalyptic. The images coming from this disaster have been stunning and almost otherworldly. Yet at some point I think the desire to help overcomes any other emotion and galvanizes us to action.

In that vein, the Life-Support Japan print sale is amazing for the speed it was set up and the incredible outpouring of both sales and contributions. To date more than $20,000 has been raised, and there is a backlog of hundreds of photographs to be offered. Aline Smithson and Christa Dix have done an extraordinary job of mobilizing and organizing this relief effort, and I am so glad to be a part of a community that takes action like this.

I urge all of you to find it in your heart to buy a print (or several). The money raised will go to Habitat for Humanity and Direct Relief International, for help with medical supplies.

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