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"Yesterday we could still hear the kids,"

*WARNING* The following video contains troubling images of the Sichuan rescue efforts – view at your own discretion. 

"Yesterday we could still hear the kids," said Wang Tongtian, who was napping when Monday’s quake hit, burying his son’s kindergarten class. "Today, there’s nothing." There’s also NOTHING anyone can say that will help ease that pain. 

Ever since the Sichuan earthquake and the Myanmar cyclone, I have been desperately trying to "wrap my mind" around the magnitude of this – it’s been impossible. Quotes like the one written above, came via Kathleen E. McLaughlin’s article, via the San Francisco Chronicle and speaks to level of devastation and anguish thousands of families are now facing.

So after my last post, I went into a bit of blogger hibernation. Namely because – one – I felt guilty, writing about a topic that had ZERO to do with anything – still kicking myself. And two, I was thinking of a way  to help. After Katrina happened, I spent nearly a week postingtrying to compile information and help spread the word.

Right now, as a blogger I am torn. Should I keep posting general information in the wake of cataclysmic catastrophes? Or, should myself and other bloggers keep the spotlight on these tragic events? I believe the latter.

My goal – always – is to keep my readers informed of all the exciting people, tech trends, books, authors, and homeschoolers out there; but I also want to be sensitive – and show support – when tragedy strikes. 

Unfortunately, it can happen in a moment’s notice.

For ways to help, visit the following sites.
Tom Chow from the China Esquire Blog has a list of links and resources on how you can help the earthquake victims.

Beth Kanter from the BlogHers Act and Other Ways to Help Myanmar victims also has links and resources.

If you know of more, please leave them in the comment section.


  1. Dan Blank says:

    Amy – very powerful video. For someone like me who doesn’t watch TV, I am surprisingly sheltered from a lot of this. Your thoughts on feeling torn on how to cover this event are interesting… the best bet is to simply find a way to bring people together. Perhaps you won’t be able to help those directly affected, but perhaps you can help your readers focus on what it means to cope with disaster, and how this can be integrated into education that is happening within our schools today. The magnitude of this event is beyond what we can really grasp. But then, its not our job to take it on as a whole, but simply to help in at least a small way. Thanks for sharing… now my head is wrapped around this… and that’s a good thing.

  2. Amy Bowllan says:

    Thank you, Dan, for your thought-filled insights. Your suggestions are exactly what the doctor ordered. However, when young lives are lost – I can only imagine from a parents’ perspective.