Thursday, March 17, 2011

3191 Love

Are you a 3191 fan, too? I'm not sure why it took me so long to notice that Maria and Stephanie had started a little quarterly print publication. It's reminiscent of their blog and their book--and every bit as lovely as both. You know how you feel when you look at their photos--the way very simple, everyday things in life seem to attain a new but rightful level of importance? It's the same with the publication, which is not quite a zine, book, or magazine, but something delightfully (and simply) different. There are recipes, projects, stories, and--of course--photos. Somehow--again, with the simplicity--after you read it and look at the inspiring photos, you feel enriched, but not overwhelmed; you think, "Hey, I can do this! I can bake this bread, dye a scarf, and find beauty in concrete." Don't we all need to feel this way?

Trust me, each issue is a gift. I can't wait for the next one. They're all keepers.

By the way, I've been really sad all week about Japan and just haven't felt much like blogging. Thankfully, all our friends there are okay, as are other military and civilians on U.S. bases in Japan. I'll be participating in Friday's Day of Silence for bloggers. You should check it out:

Please click here to join in or to donate via Shelterbox. Arigatou gozaimasu.


vmichelle said...

This whole thing in Japan is terribly wrenching. Terribly. And I've only passed through the airport once - and had the fun of going to the bathroom with the tiny footprints painted on the floor to indicate where one was to stand in line. I can't imagine how it feels for you having lived there and really soaked in the people and the culture. I have felt "blogger's guilt" posting about anything happy or upbeat every day I've posted. Because it's always in the back of my mind. So I think the day of silence is a great idea - because frankly I've not known what to do or say. said...

I have been feeling the same way...i lived there 30 years ago but still have friends there. One was trapped in the airport for 3 days, but has now got home to Tokyo. It is sooo sad. My consolation has been talking to Japanese friends via fb. Thanks for telling us about the day of silence.

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