My post after the browser crash, appropriately for Japan.

I was almost finished with writing this garden blog post last night. Then the swirling, Mac beach-ball-of-death aka “eternity ball”, appeared. I immediately knew this post was doomed.

Safari crashed before I could save the text. After a long moment of silence, I was staring at a blank computer screen. And I know I’m not the only one this has happened to. I felt like a victim, a sad story of what bloggers often go through when auto-save fails to work in time.

Woe was me.

Then moments later an 8.9 earthquake hits Japan. I read it on twitter, I watch the devastation on television. My feelings of my tragic blog loss suddenly felt selfish, so minuscule compared to the real catastrophe that was occurring on the other side of the world.

I stopped complaining.

Moving forward, I decided to publish this post without any of the original text. With the images before you, I’m hoping you can imagine what my thoughts were and what I was wanting to share.

Sometimes, silence is golden. And i’m feeling that it’s extra appropriate today, in light of the events in Japan.

Our thoughts are with Japan and the whole world.


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Susan

    Just found your beautiful post. You are a person with a very kind heart and I think I’ll be tuning in often!

  2. Mairi @ Toast

    Beautiful post. Beautiful words & photos. Love the quietness.

  3. Nate @ House of Annie

    Just put it in perspective.

  4. Giselle

    It’s surreal how words aren’t necessary, when these pictures show the promise of rebirth. My prayers are with those who have lost loved ones. Prayers are going to the rest of us in hopes that we stop bickering and realize that we are our brothers keeper. Look beyond your front door and make a difference.

  5. Rachelino

    Thank you for the reminder.

  6. Donna A.

    Life springs from the earth
    If only for a short time
    Enjoy it’s beauty

    1. ellen

      that was beautiful. thank you for your kind music :)

      1. White on Rice Couple

        Absolutely agree with Ellen. Thank you, Donna A.

  7. a frog in the cottage

    this is a very sensitive post !! we are all japanese right now !!

  8. Cookin' Canuck

    What lovely whimsical photos. Tragedies, such as what is happening in Japan, do make our daily problems seem so trivial. My thoughts are with all the people who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

  9. Diaz

    thank you for these great photos. let us all hope that it is not going to get even worse…
    momentarily i stopped my travel blog in respect for the situation in japan. hopefully we will find some good news to write about soon.

  10. karin

    Beautiful pictures and beautiful words. Our thoughts all go in the same direction today.

  11. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    Diane, thank you for keeping it all in perspective and reminding us to all do the same. Whatever we are all worried about is nothing compared to what those in Japan are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

    And yes, I have also lost posts due to browser crashes and autosave failures. And it brings out the best of my four letter words, I will admit :)

  12. Kiran

    A thoughtful tribute. I can never fathom the devastation that has occurred and continues. My thoughts and prayers to each and every one in Japan.

  13. nicole

    I saw on twitter when you posted you lost your post. It’s happen to me to and it feels awful. Of course then it’s things like the earthquake in Japan, talking to a family member struggling with cancer, or a bad accident on the side of the road that bring things into perspecitive. Your silence is golden, and I think we all really get how you feel, how we all feel.

  14. sveera

    Very nice thought. Just this morning i stopped complaining about the bad weather i was facing after seeing the devastating state of Japan. My prayers to all.

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