About two months and a half months ago, I sent Catherine Fitchett in Christchurch, New Zealand a copy of Blameless Mouth, so that she could participate in the Blameless Mouth blog tour. I was thrilled with the idea of my little book crossing the ocean and visiting a country I’ve never visited before. Catherine and I agreed upon a date in mid-March for her to participate in the tour.
Then, on February 22, the city was hit with a devastating 6.3 earthquake. Parts of the city were devastated. Homes and buildings were ruined. Whole neighborhoods, including Catherine’s, were without basic services – water, electricity, available food sources. Reading through Catherine’s blog, I was able to follow how her life has changed immeasurably since the quake.
Despite all this, Catherine was still able to read through my book and post a blog tour post this week. I hope that you will stop by and read through it, as well as read her eyewitness accounts of the quake recovery.
The gift of the internet is that we can connect across oceans and learn how people survive and thrive, in the face of daily woes and extraordinary situations. Even as we watch Japan deal with the truly scary ramifications of another devastating quake, it’s important to keep in mind the ongoing recovery work of the people in New Zealand.