postaday 2011 challenge: has japan’s crisis effected a change in your life?

 

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The challenge by WordPress was for bloggers to think of topic ideas, since the staff feels it’s been a one-way street, with them coming up with the 99 ideas thus far. So I suggested the topic that’s in the title of my post. Here’s the comment I left on WordPress Daily Post Challenge blog.

Have the natural disasters in Japan made a specific difference in your life? If so, what and why? If not, why not?

Living in Washington State, one of the places in the “Ring of Fire,” I’m preparing myself physically, including learning CPR, and mentally, by figuring out what to do…in case. I’m also trying to appreciate everything about the present, loved ones, memories. I’m also reaching out to connect with others in my community…while I can. In the final analysis, people are more important than stuff.

that’s my suggestion for a topic…in fact i’ll be writing about it…hugmamma.

 

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Last night Father Brian hosted our “neighborhood” dinner. In attendance were probably 75-80 people who contributed appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts to the potluck meal. We took a favorite Hawaiian meatball dish, as well as a sliced tomato, mozzarella balsamic vinaigrette seasoned salad. Both were gone by night’s end… except for a couple of meatballs which I devoured at home. They were so good!

From the get go, another woman and I immediately connected. I overheard her telling an acquaintance something about ballet. My ears perked up. Stepping forward I asked if someone was involved with ballet, to which the woman replied that her 9-year-old grand-daughter was taking lessons at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Explaining that my daughter dances professionally, our conversation continued in earnest.

My husband and I shared a table with my new friend, her husband, acquaintances of theirs, a young couple, and another gentleman with whom we were already familiar. It’s not often we dine with new people, but my communication skills never fail me. I’m sure readers of my blog have discovered that for themselves. I can talk, and some.

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Having moved west 3 years ago from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Marilyn and Rich were happily settled near one of their daughters and her family, including 2 grand-children. Another daughter resides in Portland, Oregon with a couple of other grand-children. A very lovely couple, we spoke of life on the east coast, where we’d lived before moving here 13 years ago. We also learned that they had actively participated in their church community, and felt inclined to be a little more laid back now that they were retired.

Looking around at the other tables, I observed that everyone was engaged in lively conversation. Father walked about, chatting, laughing, very comfortable in his role as host. While expected, the transition to business was done without the usual moaning and groaning. In fact, people actively participated in discussions about making the church and its community more relevant in the lives of the church-goers. Some in the group volunteered to form a committee to move this neighborhood gathering to the next level of involvement.

Post church fellowship

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Funny thing is, my husband and I were at the wrong neighborhood dinner. Our zipcode gathering occurred last week. But, of course, we weren’t turned away. We enjoyed ourselves, and those we met. Now we’ll just have to find our neighborhood community, and work our way into their midst.

leave it to me…hugmamma.     

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6 thoughts on “postaday 2011 challenge: has japan’s crisis effected a change in your life?

    • I’m definitely an extrovert, but I also get nervous if I don’t “break the ice.” I’m happier when I’m talking with people, and enjoying myself, rather than sitting on the sidelines observing. So I try to get a conversation going on the smallest tidbit of information. Then I don’t mind having the whole thing go someonelse’s way. I just like feeling connected to some one, and vice-versa. Life’s more pleasant that way.

      glad you agree…am going to try and do a blogroll with your site being one i include…wish me luck on doing it…might have to get some advice from you…hugmamma. 🙂

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  1. I know it’s affected my life in that I now have one more thing to be paranoid about. I’m also furious at the fact that yet another huge energy company has put the planet in danger by not keeping their plants up to standard and not having a workable plan to prevent such a catastrophe.

    The whole nation is built on an island where portions of the ground can liquify at the drop of a hat due to earthquake. How can they not follow industry standards, nor have a proper plan to contain this? Just saying.

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    • I agree. I’m a little paranoid too. But it’s okay to use it to prepare. Here in Washington, it’s not if, more like when. And yes, unfortunately capitalists don’t think about the harm done, only the money made…until it’s too late…example, Japan, before that the waters off New Orleans, before that…the examples are endless.

      meanwhile, i do what i can do…where i have some control…hugmamma.

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hugs for sharing some brief thoughts...and keeping them positive

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