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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Light and Giving


Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Rabbi Michael Strassfeld



Yesterday, March 18, 2011 I participated in a day of blog silence with other bloggers around the world in honor of the people of Japan. That means I chose not to post anything, new but left a link on my post the day before to For Japan With Love, a fundraiser organized by two generous bloggers, Utterly Engaged and Ever Ours through Shelter Box . The goal was to raise enough to assist five families. “Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. A whole box costs $1,000 (US)”~ Shelter BoxSo far, they have raised $48,249! Enough to help forty-eight families!!! This humble, self-less act has brought together bloggers from all over the world to assist the people of Japan. You can still contribute through the end of the month of March. There is so much devastation, each kit a salty tear in the enormous ocean of suffering, but a salty tear of love and compassion. Who knows, perhaps by March 31st we can help another fifty families with emergency supplies? Mercy Corps, The American Red Cross, Church World Service, Save the Children, Global Giving as well as other organizations are also providing assistance. You may consider donating to several groups as they offer different forms of aid.



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PS my friend Martha mentioned in a reply the importance of giving all year round to a variety of trusted organizations, not only at a time of crisis in one place, as suffering is ongoing around the world and others are always in need of our kindness and generosity. I couldn't agree more!!! If you go to my Inspiring Blogs and Websites page (click the link or go to the tab at the top of this blog) you will find a much longer list of organizations that do lifesaving, heart healing work. This is listed beneath the blogs I visit most frequently as You Can Heal the World. Thanks for this gentle reminder Martha!

42 comments:

  1. Living in the light is our greatest blessing...love this quote.

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  2. Light and Dark..Shadow shots..Beautiful..Your in my thoughts.
    Katelen

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  3. Beautiful photos and wonderful info in the post.
    May we all remember those who have had all taken and continue to walk through what was their homeland.

    XXOO~~♥
    Anne

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  4. Those are beautiful light and shadow photos. And such a great cause!

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  5. This is wonderful. Congratulations on being part of such a successful fundraising and awareness raising initiative.It's amazing what can happen when a community comes together.

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  6. Great quote and interesting shots. I haven't heard the cover you mentioned during your visit to my blog. I'll have to check it out. Happy weekend.

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  7. Such a thoughtful post - but then, you always think about others.
    I love the photos, particularly the sun-ray shape of the first.

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  8. Love the quote, and the photos are stunning, especially the first one!
    I wish you a light filled weekend! xox

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  9. Yes, it's normal to feel badly for the people of Japan and to pray for them, but the practical, tangible assistance is very important as well.

    Your photos are magnificent. I am so impressed at your multiple talents.

    Have a great weekend Laura.

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  10. Oh, I love the light shots Laura, and they are terrific in B&W.

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  11. Marvelous captures and a great cause! Living in the light is indeed our greatest blessing! Beautiful words/post.

    Sylvia

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  12. Wow awesome! and wonderful tribute for Japan. Thank you.
    xo

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  13. Beautiful captures of the light and a heartfelt call to give to those in need.
    Might I suggest, though, that we use this as a reminder that there is great suffering each day all around the world. Too often we give for a specific tragedy, more than may be useful yet the organizations are required to use the funds for a specific disaster. I try to find charities that do good and trust them to use my donation where it is most needed. Love is unconditional. Just a thought.

    Shalom

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  14. Your abstract photos are full of light and motion. I wonder where you found such fascinating rays of light.

    I didn't post anything yesterday either.

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  15. A great tribute to Japan with very touching words and beautiful B&W shots!
    Thanks for sharing;o)

    ***
    Have a nice and happy weekend****

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  16. I love the play of light and texture in your photographs, Laura.

    Light - it's the essence of life.

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  17. The shadows are blurry and soft. I almost feel as they are in a still pool of water, the light shimmering just so. Artistic yet quiet, these soft shadows are to savor...

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  18. that is such a beautiful quote. and your subtle shadows are like polished steel. very lovely. I love the light. happy SSS, and I hope you're having a most wonderful weekend Laura.

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  19. I find myself feeling so much more deeply for the thousands of grieving families because of the events of my own last year. To know that each person's loss feels much like my own, to varying degrees of intensity, makes the whole tragedy seem closer to home.

    Adding my prayers and light to yours, opening my heart as wide as I can. So grateful to be able to come here and find my own thoughts expressed so beautifully in your lyrical words.

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  20. Very interesting these games of light and shadow.

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  21. What a wonderful initiative. Thanks for the overview of shelter box.

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  22. Love these pics of light. Yes we should remember Japan
    kim

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  23. A dream scenario where the world helps it's brothers and sisters...we can only hope all will learn it's lessons, wonderful post!

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  24. Beautiful shots!

    My Shadow Shot, have a lovely weekend!

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  25. Beautiful photos of light and shadows, Laura. Love the wisdom of the quote.

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  26. Beautiful images of purity....so much we're given freely with nothing asked in return...

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  27. Beautiful photos! I had not heard about the day of silence. It is so important to reach out to our friends and help them.

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  28. Laura, As I sit thinking about your post, it strikes me how connected your shots of light are to your words about aid for Japan. I've been thinking throughout the day about tikkun o'am, the healing of the world, the bringing of back together of so many pieces of light. Isn't that amazing to be able to do this on a blog?

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  29. DEAR LAURA

    I did not know about it

    In fact, I had lots problems on my blog it disappeared the link from SKYLEY, the comments, everything.... THERE IS WHO SAIS IT WAS HACKER...
    I DONT KNOW IF IT IS REALITY

    I came here now cause I am at home after a long journey with difficulties into South America.

    Have a nice day, sweetheart
    http://graceolsson.com/blog/2011/03/the-boy-of-rio-de-janeiro/

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  30. That quote is inspiriting. And thanks for the links to Japan aid and shelterbox...

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  31. thats lovely 'light' shots ...
    looks like a dream :)


    Shadow Shot Sunday

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  32. Your post about light is lovely and I am so happy that so many families will receive help! There have been so many natural disasters these past few years that I think people just don't know what to do to help anymore or who to help, but the idea to help through blogging is brilliant as anyone can do it!

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  33. Beatyful paterns the light makes..Nice pictures..;-0

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  34. I am intrigued with the softness of the shadows you've captured.

    I pray for the people of Japan. There are always so many people suffering in this world.

    I loved Wednesday's poem about gratitude ~ I envy folks like you who can write beautiful poetry.

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  35. Beautiful images and thoughts.

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  36. Lovely shadow and light play in your photos, and thanks for the inspirational post!

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  37. recherche photographique originale

    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge "Walk In The Street Photography"

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