March 15, 2011

Beware the Ides of March

Nature can be so beautiful…like these late winter waves breaking on the Jersey Shore this weekend.

Just a few blocks away from the idyllic scene, almost a year to the day of last year’s massive blaze, another windstorm spread one more devastating fire through the town on Friday. Miraculously, everyone survived.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. ~William Shakespeare

And thousands of miles away, our brothers and sisters in Japan have suffered the greatest of tragedies at the hands of nature. A few of my colleagues left Japan that morning, on a flight to New York just a couple of hours before the first quake hit. They were lucky. Ten thousand people, and the countless loved ones they’ve left behind, were not. If you can, please be sure to help the Tsunami victims.

How can something as beautiful as nature, so full of wonder, so at the core of what makes my world go around, betray us in such a way? Some things, no matter I hard I try to, I will never understand.

My heart goes out to everyone affected.

We had a couple of minor health issues in the family this past week so we’re especially hopeful that the arrival of the Ides of March marks the end of a tumultuous period. Spring is in the air in our part of the world, the temperature is slowly rising, and nature is once again showing she can be full of hope and promise.


Kwana said...

Beautiful post. My prayers go out to so many right now.

Purple Flowers said...

Beautiful post - so eloquently written. Life can be so bittersweet at times.

Maureen said...

The coverage is just heart-breaking. I can't even wrap my head around that type of loss and destruction.

Thinking of you (and family)- praying for brighter and warmer days.

Arabella said...

Lovely post - I hope that we all have a better Spring.

Anonymous said...

Just when we think that the worst has occurred, we find that there is more. What happened to the people of Japan was incomprehensible, what is happening now is a sin. It is a stunning betrayal that the country was so ill prepared for this. This was a good but sad post Laura. I hope they try to rebuild these homes, but I guess they will knock them down and start anew.....Happy Saint Patricks Day.
♥, Susan

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, I hope all is well now. I got your message, and I came by to tell you that I'm thinking of the Shorehouse crew and hoping that you have a Happy St. Patrick's Day. Sending you great big hugs. I hope to be blogging more regularly in the not too distant future. I've had "men" aka workmen (painters, gutter cleaners, lawn service men, tree men, Charles) at two places. We're having all sorts of things fixed. I've gone from one to the other. LOL! What can I say?


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

I hope everyone is feeling ok in your family. Such a weird time for everyone right now.
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

Joyce said...

A wonderful heartfelt post. I hope all is well in your corner. xo

PS yes the corn beef did turn out. First time made it with beer and brown sugar. xo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hope all is well, Laura. This has been a time of many disasters. It makes one realize all we have to be thankful for!

Shellbelle said...

Yes, I had the same thought as you on how the oceans that we love so much can cause such devastation and heartbreak.

The quote from Shakespeare is so true, you just want to reach out and wrap your arms around every single victim to comfort in anyway you can. Tragic.

Maria said...

beautiful photo & quote!

Calypso In The Country said...

Hopefully spring will bring new beginnings!...Let's start with the Stylish Blogger award! I would like to pass it on to you. Come on over to check it out!

Anonymous said...

My heart broke hearing about another disaster. It was not long ago we were blogging about Haiti. I hope you and yours are fully recovered.
Spring is here, my friend. The sun will shine again.

Your Friend,