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3.13.2011

Find a way

I had wanted to tell you on Friday about a new project we’re working on.
(It is NOT a baby.) (I know the way you think.)



But then there was an earthquake, and a tsunami, and I think it’s fair to say that there are more important things to talk about right now. I found out tonight that the mother of one of our friends lost her home, and that her village has been destroyed. It’s hard to talk, or think, about anything else. (Though I very much like Ruth Reichl’s thoughtful post on the topic.) I hope that, wherever you are, you and your loved ones are safe. And I hope that those of us who can will find a way to help. The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, whatever we can do.

39 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Stiles said...

Amen. Reach out a hand in which ever way is possible.

No matter where and who you are, this is close to home.

10:20 PM, March 13, 2011  
Blogger Nicole said...

I agree with Ruth's post. Everyone should give it a read. I read it out loud to my boyfriend and got choked up. A great response indeed.

10:30 PM, March 13, 2011  
Anonymous brianne @ the ravenna girls said...

I think for those of us in Seattle and the pacnw it hits especially close to home. We need to help as much as we can because next time it could be us needing the help. Thanks for the link to a great article.

11:08 PM, March 13, 2011  
Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

We are certainly trying here. There are a lot of Japanese tourists here who just want to go home, and I know that airlines, staff, consulates, etc are doing everything they can to make this happen. These are people who don't know if they have a home to go home to, or if their loved ones are OK. I encourage everyone to be eternally grateful for what you have, and hug your loved ones tonight. Also, if you possibly can, make a donation to help, no matter how small or large. Even if all bloggers gave up making one dish this week and donated the money instead it would make a huge difference.

11:26 PM, March 13, 2011  
Blogger GirlSavorsLife said...

I wrote about this topic today as well-- it just seems trivial to dinker on about something "inane" even though the inane continues to exist. But to take a moment out of the thought process to bow our heads with compassion and thought and share a common heaviness of heart is humanity. Thanks.

1:05 AM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous richa said...

We really need to help the homeless. It is such a bad situation out there. We, the world citizens by our small donations can make things a little better for these people.
Please join hands in this noble act and help in every way you can.

1:24 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Ribbons said...

I loved Ruth's post. I know it sounds incredibly facile, but I was out for lunch today and ate in a Japanese restaurant. It seemed like a rather trivial way of showing support to my local Japanese community, but the intention was true.

2:04 AM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Rossella said...

You're 100% right.

5:36 AM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Lauren @ Spiced Plate said...

Thank you for this, Molly. It's so true. The news coverage of the earthquake and tsunami make me choke up. It puts the trivial things that I worry about into perspective. Thanks for sharing Ruth's post with me...Being grateful will definitely be something I focus on more this week, and hopefully always.

5:36 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger gia said...

thx for the link I have to agree, this disaster is gut wrenching and so are so many disasters, it's unbearable sometimes. Even as this year began, i couldn't help wondering what disasters would fill the news in the coming year... I didn't have to wonder very long. A priest said in a homily last year that the exchange among the congregation during mass 'peace be with you' means extending a wish for peace within ourselves. so much else is out of our control. anyways happy cooking, enjoy your blog

6:29 AM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Molly said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friend's family. Ever since Friday morning, I've found myself stopping whatever I am doing to sit for a moment and think about Japan. It's absolutely heartbreaking. I really appreciated reading Ruth's post this weekend. I found it so helpful and helped me put things in perspective.

7:42 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Denise | Chez Danisse said...

There is so much sadness to take in right now. I too appreciated Ruth Reichl’s post on the topic.

8:55 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Junglefrog said...

I could not agree more. Friends of ours live in Tokyo but have now decided to come back to Holland for a while... My thoughts are with all the victims there!

9:04 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Tammy said...

I think the finger-wagging righteousness brigade needs to realize that people respond to disaster in different ways, some of which aren't and might never be posted in one or the other public forum.

We have the right to give, care and help how we want. We can do that best when operating from a strong base. Thanks for pointing us to Ruth's post.

10:13 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Glee said...

Thank you, Molly, for your compassionate focus and the honesty of your words. Amen indeed. We'll find a way to help.

11:00 AM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Anita said...

Molly, I have read your blog for a few months now and have not posted anything yet but I have tried and loved many of your recipes. I felt compelled to post tonight. My sister-in- law is Japanese and lives in the UK (as do I). Her family are all in Japan and we waited with baited breath on Friday to see if they were all ok and thank God that they are, but thousands of others are not so lucky. I've cried watching it on TV and reading about it in the newspapers. We all need to do whatever we can - my very small gesture has been to offer to take some time off work to look after the 4 children so that she can fly over to look after her parents. I will also donate to the Red Cross. I salute the man who floated on his roof for two days out in the Pacific Ocean. His courage humbles me.
Thank you for your post x

12:13 PM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger vwc said...

So sad. I go to sleep thinking about them and awaken thinking about them.
So, so sad...

12:39 PM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous kitchentinker said...

What happened to Japan is really devastating. Wish everyone can help in their own small ways. Help may not be of material things but prayers will make a big difference.

12:52 PM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Lorene said...

Molly, thank you so much for linking to Ruth's thoughtful post. The notion of cooking with love for loved ones, as an additional way to confront injustice and catastrophe is a very real and comforting way I can stave off the dark for my immediate household in addition to offering financial support, small as it is. I'm on it! Lorene

1:40 PM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Carolyn said...

Thanks, Molly. A reminder that any amount of help is possible if we just give it a whirl.

1:44 PM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Claudia said...

I finally heard from my friend in Japan. So much loss - the devestation just melts the heart. Thanks for spreading the word.

4:02 PM, March 14, 2011  
Anonymous Ilke said...

My prayers and thoughts go to all the people in need in Japan. Reminds us how fragile we are!
I was in a 7.2 earthquake in Istanbul in '99 and can not even wrap my head around an a 9 magnitude! Frightening...

Some bloggers are organizing a bake sale to donate money to Red Cross or Doctors without Borders on Sabrina's blog The Tomato Tart in case some of you want to bake or purchase.

6:04 PM, March 14, 2011  
Blogger Figs, Bay, Wine said...

Yes, with a base of gratitude, we simply have more to give. A friend's sister who was living too near Fukushima for comfort just managed to get to Korea with her baby and is safe.

5:26 AM, March 15, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to your words of wisdom, Molly, thanks for the link to Ruth's post. Let's take every opportunity, no matter how small, to support the Japanese people. Cathy

6:05 AM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger linda said...

we are so fortunate & lucky & however & with whatever means we need to reach out to those in japan…their needs are far greater than ours. thank you.

9:37 AM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger MaybeThisDoor said...

I was browsing the magazines nad came across your beautiful smile on the latest Where Woman Cook magazine. Such a lovely writeup on you. Of course I bought it. (I have never even picked up this mag before. Also do you have a twitter? I don't see a link posted so I was assuming if you do its not public. Which I can understand. Was going to link you in a tweet about the new article if u do.

9:38 AM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger Shimboon said...

Love it, Molly. Thank you. I donated to the Save the Children organization this morning... Now that we are parents...hard to think about all those children in the middle of it all...

10:07 AM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger bakedinmaine.com said...

Well, I like the way you think : )

Let's do everything we can to help.

Maybe we can do a "foodie disaster assistance blog"
and donate 100% of the ad profits. Just a thought.

4:55 PM, March 15, 2011  
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6:29 PM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger red ticking said...

this is so terribly sad and i feel the same...everything seems a bit trivial... except reaching out and praying for all of those wonderful people in need.

7:55 PM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger foodies at home said...

I am so sorry for your friend loss. It's easy to take the little things for granted but when hard times hit...we really learn to be thankful.

8:00 PM, March 15, 2011  
Blogger MoonstruckinMontana said...

I can't stop thinking about it and the confusion, chaos and utter despair they must be experiencing. I can only hope that through the tragedy, a glimmer of beauty begins to shine for them soon.

12:19 PM, March 16, 2011  
Anonymous Hospitable Scots Bachelor said...

The simplest plate of food in a warm room is cause for great gratitude these days!

4:43 AM, March 18, 2011  
Blogger jenmolin said...

Bless the people of Japan! Thanks Molly for never trivializing what's important...

7:30 PM, March 18, 2011  
Anonymous Tori said...

Hi! I just saw you featured in Elle magazine, and wanted to check out your site. It's really great!

8:27 PM, March 18, 2011  
Blogger james said...

Great Article in ELLE Magazine. Congratulations!

Jim at www.cafejondreau.com

10:15 AM, March 20, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Japan.
Sigh.
It's taken a week to get a hold of loved ones, but they are OK.
Homeless but OK.
And mauve.
Really.
A mauve stove? I am trying and failing in the visual department. ;-)

9:18 PM, March 31, 2011  
Blogger Kate Ramos said...

Thanks for linking to Ruth's post. What a prolific writer she is and captured my thoughts exactly.

1:20 PM, April 02, 2011  
Anonymous Belgie said...

Great stuff from you, man. I’ve read your stuff before and you’re just too awesome. I love what you’ve got here, love what you’re saying and the way you say it. You make it entertaining and you still manage to keep it smart. I can’t wait to read more from you. This is really a great blog

7:52 PM, April 11, 2011  

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