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There are no words for what we have seen in Japan in the past few days. How they will ever recover, I am not sure. We continually hear stories about waves of bodies washing up on shore, numbering in the thousands; possible meltdowns from nuclear plants disabled by the tsunami and earthquakes; no food, power, even water for nigh on four days.

It is staggering, and the rest of the world watches in horror. But I wonder- what do the Japanese watch with? Or can they even watch? They take this disaster and blame it on no one, immediately picking up the pieces before they have all been thrown onto the table and sorted. I often wonder, would America- if, knock on wood, were to be hit with such a disaster on such a scale- take it with such grace?

Here’s a helicopter video of the actual tsunami waves:

Here are satellite comparison images from NY Times- definitely worth the look.

Satellite Images NY Times

And last but not least, here is a video I found on the internet today. At first it seems like a small wave, and then it gets progressively worse, until entire houses are being swept inland.

I do urge you to donate what you are able, or do what you can (Samaritan’s Purse and Red Cross are great ways to do so.)  I don’t believe much in God, so I’m sending my love; but please, pray to whatever you do believe in, because hope is more than nothing at all.

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Hello! My name is Kristina Drye and I am a senior at Piedmont High School in Monroe, NC. You may wonder why I’ve started this blog. So of course I’m going to tell you. ( :

Sometime last year after final exams, I read a book called Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. This book was about a guy (named Greg Mortenson) that attempted to climb the mountain K-2- the second largest mountain in the world. Unfortunately, he failed in his task and wandered, weary and cold, into a Pakistani village called Korphe- after these villagers nursed Greg back to health, he wanted to find some way to possibly thank them. When he asked where their school was, he was led to a group of children, writing figures with sticks in the sand. Greg vowed to build them a school, a proper school. After many years, this school was built. Now, Greg builds schools all over Pakistan and Afghanistan in an attempt to educate children- especially girls.

I was, to say the least, inspired. How could one man do so much? I wanted to get involved. Greg Mortenson’s institute, the Central Asia Institute, runs a program called Pennies for Peace. This program is geared toward not only raising money for their schools through students, but also teaching these students about other parts of the world, and how they are not that different, after all. My goal is to start a Pennies for Peace campaign in Union County, and not only raise money but also raise awareness.
Thus the blog ( :

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