Sunday, July 3, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|Lobby of our housing|
|Kitchen/dining hall/lounge/study hall|
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Yagakukan is categorized as a “welfare shelter”, which means a shelter that provides primary care to its residents: however, it is not a hospital. It is similar to nursing homes staffed with healthcare providers and social workers. Its residents are expected to move out when temporary housing along with home care support become available.
|Downtown Ishinomaki with IMH in the background|
|Severe damages at IMH|
(photos: courtesy of the Japan Primary Care Association, also copied from other public web sites, plus my own photos)
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
“You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’".
(from Back To Methuselah, George Bernard Shaw)
This phrase is better known as the statement of Robert F. Kennedy who quoted it in one of his eloquent speeches. To me, it does not matter who said it. The essence is, some people see things and ask "Why?" Other people say "Why not?" The reaction is a little bit similar to the "glass is half empty" or "half full" argument. Everyone sees the same thing and someone tend to find opportunities to do something better.
In my life so far, I have seen and acted on various "why not!" opportunities and met many wonderful people who think, say, and act "Why not!". Yes, you may have noticed that "Why?" ends with a question mark, while my "Why not!" ends with an exclamation mark. When I say "Why not!", I am ready to tackle the challenges. Are you?