I live in Miyagi about a couple of hours south of the earthquake epicenter. At the time, I was still asleep, huddled with my cat and husband next to me. The noises, shaking and swaying of our 8th floor apartment were enough to awaken me. Getting to work across town was difficult as the subways and trains were stopped until after midday. I had to take a taxi to work which was unnerving. Traffic was heavy, emergency vehicles with their sirens kept passing us, and the earthquake reports on the radio underlined the seriousness of the earthquake at the epicenter. I got to work late with only five minutes to prepare for my first class. This past earthquake was a reminder of the need to be prepared for the Big One that Japan predicts will occur in Northern Japan. So getting my Earthquake Kit together is on my list of things to do this week.
The last three nights, my dreams have been about travelling. In one dream I and my husband had just arrived at the train station in the Netherlands. In another, I was crossing fields and farmland. I had never been through these fields, but I knew where I was going and trusted that I would find my way there. My latest Portrait, Socorro, is ink and watercolor on rice paper.