I wish "hell" were divorced from religious connotations because it more aptly describes what has transpired in Japan since Thursday.
Everyone already knows where to donate by now and I have no idea if thoughts and prayers work, but I'll keep sending mine, just in case, to the victims, their loved ones and the first responders.
Of equal personal importance, a close loved one is back in the hospital for the second time in three weeks. Again, I send thoughts and prayers, hoping they help, unsure of their impact.
Life continues reminding us it is beautiful and terrifying in equal measure.