In the sorting out of the wreckage after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, many Americans have begun paying more attention to a phrase they had barely known -- "supply chains."
When faced with catastrophe on the scale of Japan's current plight abiding questions get asked... How does a nation recover from such tragedy? How does an individual rise from the ashes of calamity on such a biblical scale?
Watching the devastation first unfold in northern Japan from the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear facility meltdown, I was sad beyond belief. I reached out immediately to see if my friends in Tokyo were OK.
Governments and agencies too often rush to enter the third or Reconstruction Phase that follows a disaster of this magnitude without understanding the consequences of ignoring the deeply held emotional traumas of the local population.
The past few weeks have strikingly revealed an ugly truth about TV. It's a medium increasingly driven by one of the baser human emotions: Fear.
If we survey the landscape of nuclear development across the planet, we see that the destructive impacts of the technology are often paired with the dehumanizing impacts of environmental racism.
Japan's Fukushima disaster, stoking fears we've tried to bury since James Bridges's 1971 epic "The China Syndrome," is a sobering reminder of the frag...
We need to learn skills for coping with our feelings of sadness, anger and terror evoked by tragedies like those in Fukushima, Katrina and Haiti, so that we rise to these occasions rather than collapse into them.
We are always shocked when catastrophes strike, and we always feel badly for the people affected by them -- for a while. But inevitably, we forget, and we don't make any changes to our lives at all.
That bumper sticker kept going over and over in my mind: "The best things in life aren't things." And yet, as true as I knew it to be, I still couldn't help but feel somewhat sick to my stomach that most of my things were now in a pile of ash.
Amid the slushy mid-March drizzle, Bostonians came together in a place of heaven to mourn Japan's trifecta from hell.
Despite all that's happened, I believe in the enduring spirit of the Japanese people, those who live in the Land of the Rising Sun. "It has happened, it will pass, they will soldier on."
A major sushi restaurant chain's refusal to buy Japanese-caught fish is an overreaction. But that doesn't mean the toxic residue of a substantial radioactive release should be taken lightly.
When a politician says that they want to end environmental restrictions on drilling in order to end U.S. dependence on foreign oil or bring the price of gas down, they are speaking utter nonsense.
It is true that there are challenges involving the isolation and disposal of radioactive waste. But it's not the occasion to engage in conversations about abandoning nuclear energy altogether.
Bidding on works in "Handmade for Japan" is a fitting way to support the immediate rescue and recovery effort, and it is also way to give thanks to Japan for the way their aesthetics have helped all of us see the world around us in a different way.