Sunday, March 13, 2011


We have been glued to the TV watching the destruction in Japan.  Our thoughts are with all those who have had their lives turned upside down, not only in Japan, but by the flooding in the Eastern United States, and the earthquake in New Zealand.  There is a sense of hope with the fact that people are able to put their lives back together after such horrendous tragedies.

Living close to Lake Michigan we are constantly reminded of the fickleness of nature.  At one moment, the Lake will be so quiet you think you could paddle your kayak the 90 miles across to Milwaukee.  The next minute, the waves are so high that they are capable of sinking the huge lake freighters that ply the waters of the Great Lakes.

One evening a couple of years ago, we were walking family out to the car after a beautiful day at the beach.  The weather was lovely.  As we neared their car, the wind howled up the hill almost blowing us off our feet.  To the basement, a quiet evening had turned into flashing lightening and clashing thunder with the wind shaking the cottage.  Possible tornado?  The sky turned black and the power went out.  We just waited until the storm had spent its fury.  When it blew itself out, the evening was quiet again. 

May those effected by earthquakes, tsunamis, flooding, and storms find peace again in their lives. 

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