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Pray for Japan

Posted by bebereader on Sunday, March 27, 2011

On March 11 there was an earthquake approximately 250 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan, triggering a devastating tsunami that swept over the northern part of the country, setting off warnings as far away as the west coast of the U.S. It reached 9.0 on the Richter scale and has been reported as one of the planet’s strongest earthquakes in a century. According to news reports, as of March 21, the official death toll rose to more than 8,600. The final toll is expected to reach almost 20,000, with more than 13,000 people listed as missing and more than 400,000, living in shelters.

Although Japan embarked on a rescue effort, sadly the country also faces a nuclear emergency with leaks of radioactive gas and explosions that have released radioactive material into the environment. Rescue efforts are underway but are complicated by weather conditions, aftershocks, tsunami alerts, radiation risks and electricity outages.

The accounts I’ve been reading are reminiscent of the descriptions of the wreckage of war, except this was not man-made; this was a natural disaster. One account I read was from AP reporter, Todd Pittman, who flew to Japan the day after the earthquake. Here, some excerpts from his report:

 

Video by Abrra

The Voice extends it’s heartfelt sympathy and support to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. With sadness, we’ve seen coverage of the horrific devastation and astonishing destruction. We invite you to join us in supporting the Red Cross’ relief efforts, if you are able. If you’re not able, then as David suggests, please keep those affected by this catastrophe in your prayers.

The American Red Cross is currently supporting and advising the Japanese Red Cross. You can help people affected by this disaster by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

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60 Responses to “Pray for Japan”

  1. Marylee said

    Good Morning Abrra: Your video brought me to tears~the devastation in Japan is hard to wrap ones brain around no matter how many times we see those images on the screen. Your choice of music is perfect..three of the most thought provoking songs ever written. My prayers are going out to the people of Japan. Thank you for keeping this tragedy in front of us so that we are constantly reminded to do whatever we can to help them back on their feet. ❤

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  2. Silverfox said

    Bebe, Your article is at the same time inspiring, sad & heart-wrenching. Hard to believe what humans can endure when faced with immense odds. Japan has proven in the past they are a strong & resilient people and I pray they will come through this disaster to rebuild once again as they did in the past.

    Abrra, your video images are horrific & sad and an unbelievable reminder that Mother Earth can impart terrible misery to her inhabitants in a blink of an eye. And the music, especially David’s voice are sublime and also heart-wrenching. Great song choices.

    I am sure David would be the first to compliment your efforts in bringing Japan’s plight to light so we don’t forget.

    Having said that, please take this in the spirit it is given…as a fan of David who has been looking forward to seeing David sing again, and finding out last week finally we would see him on TV no less, sing the NA, I could hardly contain my excitement and joy that David would be on national TV! It has been a long drought with much sadness and upheaval in the news these last few months. Having David appear in TV for the hundreds of thousands, or hopefully millions, even for a few moments would bring a welcome respite. It was a BIG day for David’s fans. He was great, looked great.

    So forgive me if I was hoping to wake up to a much different article/topic here today to allow David’s fans to relish the experience of seeing him sing live ON TV…even if it was just for those few precious moments. His die-hard fans are not the only ones who think he is special…

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7900258/david_archuleta_his_own_traditional.html?cat=2

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  3. nanaweize said

    I am blessed…!!!!
    Bebe thank you for the reminder and Abrra…the video is wonderful!

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  4. Abrra said

    Marylee
    When we give, we help more then those affected. We help ourselves become more compassionate.

    Silverfox

    We gave coverage to yesterday’s events in the previous thread. Thank you for including the link to a fan’s perspective on the performance.
    Thank you for considering this article in the light of which it was presented.

    Nanaweize

    I made the video as a result of a fan ( PaulaFOD , I believe) hoping that one would be made. I began looking for images and the music just popped into my head. I never actually intended to use it for an article until I realized we had to keep Japan in our prayers as David said in his blog.

    Abrra

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  5. bebereader said

    Marylee, Silverfox, Nanaweize,

    Thanks for your comments!

    As you can imagine, it was hard to read and write about this horrific event without feeling an overwhelming sense of sadness. With help and prayer, I hope Japan can recover and get back on it’s feet.

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  6. bebereader said

    Guess what?

    Today is Djafan’s birthday!!!!

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  7. Abrra said

    Djafan
    Have a wonderful day!

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    Abrra

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  8. davidstopsmyaging said

    Bebereader, the picture at the beginning of your article is completely mesmorizing. And, Abrra, the video really illustrates the disaster’s immense repercussions. Thanks you for the reminder of what the people of Japan are going through. I think it is human nature to look at these events, and think, “Oh, my”, for awhile, and then, because we are not living them personally, we tend to forget, or put them in the backs of our minds. These people will live with the scars of this for the rest of their lives…….

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  9. bebereader said

    Davidstopsmyaging,

    That beautiful picture up top is the artistry of our own Angelica, and I totally agree with your entire comment.

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  10. bebereader said

    Found on Twitter, another inspiring article by Pamela Pike:

    Open your eyes open your eyes!
    Pamela Pike, Yahoo! Contributor Network
    Mar 23, 2011

    “In April 2008 David sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Think of Me in the top 6 on AI. I remember Webber saying, “He has his own idea about where he wants to take a song, and that’s so rare, that we should all be saying bravo.” That statement was one I still agree with today.

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    There is nothing more important or meaningful in life than honoring your true self and expressing it in the world. When you honor your spirit you are allowing your light to shine and touch the world. It’s about living your truth in your heart and soul.

    David twittered a few days ago about meaning he needed breathing room as in more freedom, the ability to do more possibilities. Perhaps constraints from management and his former Label just didn’t give him the ability to vision the dreams he has for his future.

    Vision means the ability and desire to see very precisely where you want to be in your career, a few or many years down the road. David has a strong sense of where he wants to go with his artistry and is persistence. He is always looking for ways to continue doing what he loves, and when one road does not work out he now shows his maturity to re-evaluate his visions towards an ultimate goal that is truly right for him.

    Everyone needs air to breathe, but when events keep you from living your life or doing the things you’ve always wanted to do it can destroy your dreams. David needs space and air to breathe to thrive and survive.

    Success in music is dependent upon many factors besides great talent; family, luck, timing, good promotion and most of all courage to do the right thing. Many performers don’t have time to move to their objective and every decision they make may stay with them the rest of their life. I admire David Archuleta for his strength of character, his willingness to makes changes for his future and the courage to stand up for his dreams and not compromise his integrity.

    David knows: Your vision will become clear when you look into your heart. Carl Jung.

    Patience is a virtue and we are all being tested while we wait for news, any news in regards to a tour, single performances or just the random food tweet. Twitters the other day did suggest band auditions were in the
    works. Let’s hope soon, but again we need to remember patience. When you love someone, you want what’s best for that person. When you love, you’re willing to do whatever is best for that person, even if that means you don’t get exactly what you want, exactly when you want it.

    Love offers space, respect and trust and what’s meant to happen will happen.”

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/7889700/david_archuleta_think_of_me_pg2.html?cat=33

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  11. ODDity said

    ♪♫ Happy ♪♫ birthday ♪♫ djafan! ♪♫

    Thank you bebereader and abrra for this deeply touching post and video! When I turned on my TV late the night of the tsunami, at first I thought it could not be real. As I watched the huge waves carry away cars and entire homes, my first thought was for the safety of my great-nephew and his little family who were living in Japan while he taught school. As the reality of it all sank in, I wept for the entire little nation. My family was very anxious for many hours because no one could reach my nephew. He finally updated his Facebook page and let us know they were all okay. Evidently the tremors were mild where they lived, and the tsunami did not affect their part of the island. They arrived here from Japan last Monday, so relieved to be out of danger from radiation. They couldn’t bring anything with them, but they’re very grateful to feel safe again. My thoughts and prayers are with the dear Japanese people. They are most deserving of all the help we are able to give.

    I went out with a friend last night and was very happy to be able to tell her about David’s beautiful and powerful performance of our national anthem. 🙂 Did anyone else notice how brief his wave was before he began to sing? I’ll bet someone before him got a little behind the timeline and he knew it and did his best to get the song finished before the jet flyover.

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  12. Dakgal said

    Bebe and Abrra–Thanks for calling to our attention the suffering still going on in Japan and the help they need. As one who doesn’t watch TV much –I needed the reminder.

    We had a most delightful seamstress at our business who was from Japan. She has since passed, but I can’t help but remember all the times she spoke of her sisters and their families, and I certainly have them in my prayers , as well as the whole nation of Japan.

    Somehow all I can think of is ” There, but for the Grace of God, go I.”

    A very ♫♪♪♪Happy Birthday♪♪♪♫ to ♥♥♥♥♥ Djafan ♥♥♥♥♥♥ — those are the only cute little thingies I have to play with, so they’ll have to do.

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  13. bebereader said

    Some pics from David at NASCAR yesterday!

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    credit: ACSupdates’s Stream

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  14. bebereader said

    ODDity,

    Glad to hear that your great-nephew and his family are safe and back in the US. Are they back here permanently?

    I, too noticed the quick wave David gave his fans. Wish the camera focused on him more than it did, during the video. But the sound, except for the very end, was awesome.

    Dak, Thank you for your comment. So you’re not much of a TV- watcher either? I remember how glued I was to the tube, every Tuesday and Wednesday from January to May of the year 2008. Since then, it’s been minimal. 😉

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  15. Lynnella said

    Thank you Bebe, Abrra, and Angelica, for your most poignant article, video and picture. Most of us go through life with our own little problems, and think we really have it hard, until we see something like this. It puts everything in perspective. When I first saw the picture at the top of the article, I didn’t see David’s face superimposed on it. But as I scrolled down, it popped out at me. I know he hasn’t forgotten the people of Japan, and I’m sure he wouldn’t want us to either. Thank you so much for the reminder. The video, though painful to watch, makes my little problems seem so insignificant. The music is just perfect, and makes it all the more meaningful.

    Lynne

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  16. ODDity said

    Bebe,

    My great-nephew doesn’t yet know what he is going to do. It wouldn’t surprise me to see him go teach in another area of the world as he seems to have a bit of wanderlust. He has also taught in Taiwan and Turkey. They’re all certainly having some amazing experiences. Thanks for asking. 🙂

    Dak,

    “Somehow all I can think of is ”There, but for the Grace of God, go I.” Amen!

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  17. Dakgal said

    Lynne-#15 -“I didn’t see David’s face superimposed on it.”

    OMG- Thank you-I didn’t see that at all–now the picture is even more beautiful–need to get my eyes checked–seems I’ve been having a hard time lately seeing what actually is in a picture.

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  18. Heidijoy said

    Thank you Bebe,Abrra,and Angelica for the heartfelt article, pictures and Video. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful cause with David peacefully meditating thoughtfully about the situation. It has inspired to help the Red Cross and say some extra prayers for all concerned.

    Happy Birthday DJAFAN! what a nice birthday present yesterday and thanks again for your update.

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  19. bebereader said

    Lynella#15,

    “The video, though painful to watch, makes my little problems seem so insignificant. The music is just perfect, and makes it all the more meaningful.”

    Good work, Abrra! Your video painfully depicted the wreckage and sadness in Japan with soft music in the background.

    HeidiJoy#18, Thank you!

    Bringing Djafan’s recap of yesterday’s NASCAR event here for those who missed it and for those who’d like to read it again:

    djafan said
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 10:18 PM e

    I’m back!!!!!!

    David was beyond amazing, his voice was strong, rich, just perfection.

    I was at the bottom set of bleachers and watched while they introduced him, Ringwald, Mandel, and all the race car drivers. The car drivers shook hands with David and the rest.

    When David stepped of the stage while they did more introductions and was immediately surrounded by people on the ground surrounding the stage including the drivers asking David for a picture. David took pictures and signed autographs until he was led back to the stage for the NA.

    As he waited you could here the screaming of fans trying to get his attention, David! David I love you! He waved and smiled, at one point the ladies next to me got his attention and he turned to us and waved, I waved like a lunatic, lol.

    David sang and I heard the most beautiful sound ever. I know I saw in December twice, but darn it was so good to see him. Off the stage he went again and once again he was surrounded and was then escorted to the center of the race track were the pictures and autographs continued.

    Some gray cars pulled up behind him and all the others and was I surprised to see him get in the front passenger seat of one of them while Ringwald and Mandel got on the others. They took off around the track, pretty fast and waved as they passed the stands, the race cars followed behind. David jumped out the car looking mighty excited. He stood there while people continued to take pictures.

    When the race started he clapped and jumped watching the cars go round the track. And then after watching a few laps they led him off to the buildings where there were indoor viewing areas, probably where he did the vlog from.

    Abrra is right I did leave before the race ended buy only until after David was out of my sight and made sure he wasn’t coming out again. 🙂

    I’m so proud of David and by the response there he sure draws a loving crowd.

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  20. ODDity said

    I would love to have seen David riding around in one of those cars! Goodyear blimp? Nascar? National exposure to his glorious rendition of the SBB? Methinks our David is having a fantastic time and no one deserves it more! So proud of him. Love him to pieces!

    Thanks to djafan for bringing this home to us, and thanks bebereader for bringing dja’s story over from the previous thread so we can keep on enjoying it! ♥♥♥

    Gonna quit spamming and go read for a while.

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  21. SandyBeaches said

    Happy Birthday Patty…

    You had a special birthday present yesterday or so it must have seemed…

    Pleased to see that your recap was brought over for fans to read as it was lost in the shuffle for awhile. I don’t believe that there were many firsthand reports and the tv had so little of him. It was a big day for everyone ‘celebrating’ his performance. Although it was only one song, there was so much more as always with David.

    Best Wishes Dja for another great day…

    SB

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  22. Annie 318 said

    Hi everyone. I’m mostly a lurker but I come here daily. The Voice is just so good! First I want to wish djafan a very happy birthday. May all your dreams come true. I’ll bet one of them came true yesterday! So happy for you.
    I want to say thank you to Bebe, Abrra & Angelica for the beautiful picture, the touching article and video. Unfortunately for me, I can’t see the video on my phone. No Adobe. If you decide to put it on youtube I’ll look for it.
    Lastly, last night my husband & I decided to try the restaurant David mentioned the other night in a tweet “Slaters 50/50”. It’s near our area. I had visions of him being there again because he liked it so much! But no, David wasn’t there. The wait time for a table was an hour & 35 minutes! We didn’t want to wait so left.
    Anyway ladies, thanks for all you do for our beloved David.
    Annie

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  23. Abrra said

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    Thank you for delurking! Now you can see the video. I hope you find it compelling.

    It is on youtube. I had set it to unlisted until today. Here you go.

    Abrra

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  24. Jan said

    Happy Birthday Djafan!!!!
    I want to say that the first picture is so beautiful, even though it is dipicting the whole Japan devastation. Blended in with David in his “other world” picture, it is so thought provoking.
    Heidijoy, also want to say it’s good to see you on here commenting too. It was so much fun “gadding” around with you in SLC at Motab. We made some memories that I will never forget. Hard to believe it was 3 months ago already.
    Angelique, maybe it’s late, but I wanted to thank you for all the work you did putting together the luncheon in SLC. It was so nice, loved the “goodie” bag.. Good fun by all.

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  25. heidijoy said

    Hey there Jan. Definitely enjoyed gadding around in SLC and hoping we can have a reunion @ a tour spot along the way. Good memories for sure.

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  26. Hi everyone. My daughter just left for Austin, so wanted to catch up.Miss her already.:(
    I was already in tears with our goodbye, so seeing and reading the new article and watching Abrra’s video really got me going. I’ve been crying a river.

    It is hard to get your mind around what has happened in Japan.As strong and resilient, as self reliant the Japanese people are…they have truly suffered beyond belief with this.I have prayed for the souls of those who perished, but mostly those left behind who will hopefully get through this nightmare.
    Bebe, thank you for including the press release from the AP reporter, shows the real daily struggles of surviving after the disasters, and brings
    the events, to a level of comprehension.

    Abrra, your video is so touching. Glad you got it out there, it is very powerful.

    Angelica, your superimposed picture is amazing. I don’t know how you do it but you are genius, you truly are.It is stunning.Especially the effect of what you see, and what you don’t see right away.What you achieved with not seeing david right away, but as I scrolled down took my breath away.
    so Bebe, Abs, and Angelica, thank you.
    Need kleenex now,

    sky

    PS.
    ♫ Happy Birthday ♫ Djafan! Hope your day was wonderful!

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  27. betsy said

    Bebe, thanks for this beautiful, well written article. My heart is breaking all over again.
    And Abs, your heart is showing again. ♥ This video is great.
    Thanks.

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  28. MT said

    Thanks to Bebe, Abrra & Angelica for the beautiful picture, article and video. My grandson was here for the weekend and we actually had people here this weekend collecting for the Red Cross/Japan so we had a nice long discussion about the Red Cross and Japan and why it was important to support that particular charity. The devastation there is just heart breaking.

    Oddity: So glad your great-nephew is safely home.

    Dak: Don’t feel alone, I also missed the superimposed photo. LOL

    Djafan, ♫♫HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU♫♫!!! ♥ Hope you had a wonderful day!!!! ♥

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  29. Angelica said

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    I know seeing and hearing David live yesterday was a wonderful pre-birthday gift and I’m so happy you received that!

    He was wonderful, wasn’t he? I love the way he sang it so purely and simply without embellishment. It has been in my head all day, just the way he performed it. So rare to hear it sung so stripped down and it added to the power of it for me.

    Jan, thank you, but the luncheon was the tireless work of Marciami, who organized it and helped Miss Bianca with the goodie bags. I gave moral support to Marciami and that’s about all. It was a great success, thanks to the two of them.

    Thank you all for keeping Japan in your prayers. It is such a tragic time for them and makes me thankful for all the blessings I have. Sometimes, when I am tempted to complain I think like Dakgal, “but for the grace of God, go I” too. There is so much still to be done to rebuild and heal and they deserve a place in our hearts during this recovery time. Abrra, the video is beautiful and Bebe, thanks for writing such a wonderful article to go with it.

    Annie, Welcome!

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  30. betsy said

    Dja – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    And yesterday – I can’t imagine a better gift. 🙂

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  31. Tawna21 said

    Bebe, Angelica, and Abrra…thank you for this article. It is so beautiful and very, very needed to remind me of the struggles that go on outside of ‘my little world’. When I think my chips are down and I’m running on empty, I just have to have someone (thank you admins) remind me that somebody else is in a worse situation. I just can’t comprhend what has happened in Japan. I think it is the radiation that concerns me the most. The life-long after affects of that stuff just can’t be imagined. My prayers are certainly with these precious people. Thank you again.

    DJA–♫♪♥Happy Birthday!♥♪♫ Have you come down yet from yesterday’s awesomeness? I would love to hear David sing the SSB live! 🙂 It gives me goosebumps just to think about it.

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  32. bebereader said

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    Djafan, Where are you??? Out for your birthday? Please remember to stop by here when you get back.

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  33. Abrra said

    Thanks to all who are commenting.

    Tawna
    I had a visceral reaction as well when the word radiation started to be used after the earthquake. If anyone thinks that this is Japan’s problem alone, it’s not. Consider this blurb that was on my local newscast’s website. Safe? Maybe for now, you never know what the wind will bring.

    BOSTON —

    Low levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in a sample of rainwater in Massachusetts according to state health officials.

    According to a statement by the Department of Public Health, the amounts of radioiodine are very low concentrations and have no impact on state drinking water supplies.

    The samples were taken during the past week by the US Environmental Protection Agency as part of regular monitoring of radioactivity. Officials in Massachusetts echoed the same sentiments as their counterparts in Rhode Island saying they do not expect any public health concerns.

    Rhode Island’s Health Department says no testing has been done to the state’s drinking water though they would expect the levels to be similar to those found in Mass.

    The increased levels are believed to have come from the leaking nuclear plant in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami two weeks ago.
    Source: http://tinyurl.com/6bb5ou5

    We are all really one big family called the human race. If we can’t help each other, regardless of race or place, we will all suffer. I have so much admiration for David. He shows compassion to all which is why his voice is the first sound you hear on the video. He demonstrates what real charity is about.

    Abrra

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  34. Tawna21 said

    Abrra #33~~‘We are all really one big family called the human race. If we can’t help each other, regardless of race or place, we will all suffer. I have so much admiration for David. He shows compassion to all which is why his voice is the first sound you hear on the video. He demonstrates what real charity is about.’

    This is the riddle–what is this life all about?. David is teaching us and leading us to the answer..real charity and compassion for others.

    Tawna

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  35. Jan said

    Let me get this right…Angelica, first of all, I spelled your name wrong, sorry. Someone has to be there to give some moral support.haha And thank you Marciami and Miss Bianca, for all your time and hard work. You all done an awesome job! Hope the spelling is right(lol)(sometimes I feel so dumb)

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  36. gladys said

    DJAFAN

    feliz cumpleaños, muchas gracias por todo y ademas por prestarnos tus ojos para sentir a david, como si nosotros estuvieramos alli, gracias por cada momento.

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  37. Angelica said

    Jan,

    I like the name Angelique. 🙂 Wish I’d thought of that. lol. You are not dumb at all. You are sweet to express your gratitude to others. Thank YOU!

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  38. djafan said

    Hello all!

    Abrra, Bebe, and Angelica,

    You three have put together such a heartfelt piece. Thank you all.

    Thank you David for your compassionate soul and for the example you set for us all to be better people.

    Sorry for the absence, I’ve had a wonderful day with family and took a long nap. I have been on such a high since yesterday, I don’t understand the exhaustion that hit me. The effect this young man has on me just is blows my mind.

    Thank you all for the great birthday wishes, they are so much appreciated.

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  39. emmegirl said

    Thanks for the excerpts bebe, I can’t even begin to imagine. Abrra, the images are heartbreaking and my heart goes out to them for all they have and have yet to endure. And it definitely gives me pause and appreciation of all the things I take for granted on a daily basis.

    Did not notice the imposed image. So glad someone mentioned it. Stunning.

    Dja, ♫ Happy Birthday to you ♫

    Yesterday, he was simply wonderful.

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  40. sweetonDA said

    Just got home and wanted to wish Djafan a Very Happy Birthday!

    Bebe, love your article. Wish so much I could do more than what I have to help these people. My prayers are with them daily.

    Angelica, love your picture. You are so talented.

    A big WELCOME to you Annie. You’ll love it here!

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  41. Shawna said

    Beautiful and touching article!!! You admins are the best!!! Just can’t help but love it here!!!

    Happy, Happy Birthday Patty dear! Happy days will come to u all year! If I had one wish than it would be, a happy, happy birthday to u from me!!! So glad u got to see and hear David yesterday! Hope u had a super fantabulous day today!

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  42. djafan said

    I’ve changed the vodpod videos for quick access to David’s NASCAR vlog and NA performance.

    Goodnight all!

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  43. Annie 318 said

    Thank you for the warm welcome everyone. What I so appreciate is that every single one of you get David just as I do.
    Abrra, your video is just so perfect. Beautiful, tragic, heartfelt. I can’t begin to imagine what the poor survivors are going through. With another earthquake happening today, it seems unthinkable that Japan has to bear so much. I am praying for them to have endurance and draw nearer to God.
    On a lighter note, I am getting excited thinking about seeing David perform again.
    Annie

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  44. FG said

    Happy Birthday DJAfan! Thanks so much for your comments about seeing David on Saturday! I couldn’t be more proud of him!!! So glad you got to go!

    Now, off the read the article here and watch the video.

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  45. archiesfan4life said

    A belated Happy Birthday djafan and many thanks for the updates on Saturday!!!

    Angelica – that picture is just breathtaking!

    Abrra- the video certainly makes me count my blessings – the people of Japan need our prayers and our help. Their strength and dignity through this horrific disaster is an example to everyone.

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  46. SandyBeaches said

    Abrra #33…In relation to the radiation emitted from Japan, there is unfortunately more. We only just found out that we have high levels of uranium in our drinking water. Our family is on a detox program at the present time for ourselves and our four legged family members. Not only can radiation be in our water, but we can ingest it so many other ways especially in our present world. I am working through the planning program actually this morning…here is a little info…

    http://meditationexpert.com/RadiationDetox//index.htm

    Now back to the joys in our lives…well, the one joy for now.

    SB

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  47. refnaf said

    Thanks bebe, Abrra and Angelica… your combined efforts really bring this tragedy closer to my heart again. Diffficult to fathom, makes us realize how small we are and yet we are all together on this rock called earth.

    Happpy belated birthday DJA!!!! Blessings to you and thanks for the recap!!! He did soooo good!!

    Thanks abbra for the shoutout last thread:)
    eeeeeeeeeeee my website is open and I am living my dream!!! Thanks for all your support, David has relly inspired me to finally do this!!
    Just click on my name if you like to check it out… there is also a permanent link at snowangelz!!!
    ((((hugs)))

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  48. TOfan said

    Bebe and Abrra, beautiful post and video, such an important reminder that there is much help and prayers still needed in Japan. Makes me count my blessings, including David and his music and all of you guys! ♥

    Happy Birthday, djafan!!!! How cool you got to attend this weekend, thanks so much for sharing with us! 🙂

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  49. grasshopper said

    Happy Birthday djafan 🙂

    Well done with post above, I really feel for the devastation the folks in Japan are going through 😦

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  50. archiesfan4life said

    Sorry – I reread my comment and noticed I forgot to include my book-signing buddy Bebe in my thanks for this article – thanks Bebe!

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  51. grasshopper said

    ZOOM LENSE! @CBSRacing David Archuleta The National Anthem NASCAR Auto Club Speedways’ Royal Purple 300 http://bit.ly/h1ZSfs

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  52. djafan said

    Thank you all for your birthday wishes!!!

    @davidarchie tweets!!!

    Last night I had a dream that I got hired to work at In N Out Burger. Was late already for my first day haha. about 6 hours ago via web Retweeted by you and 100+ others

    If you didn’t catch the video blog from this weekend at NASCAR here it is! —-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23dNgFYKSpU about 4 hours ago via web Retweeted by you and 77 others

    Her tweet to him

    @DavidArchie tu fan de centroamerica presente.. te amo♥ saludos desde EL SALVADOR ♥ eres el mejor y mas lindo cantante del mundo I Love You♥ about 5 hours ago via web in reply to DavidArchie Retweeted by you and 1 other

    translation:

    @DavidArcheie Your fan from Central America is here… I love you♥ Greetings from EL SALVADOR ♥ you are the best and most lovely singer on earth I Love You♥

    David’s response

    @Destiny_Steffy Muchas gracias! Me encanta pupuserias! haha about 5 hours ago via web in reply to Destiny_Steffy

    Translation:

    @Destiny_Steffy Thank you very much! I love pupuserias! haha

    @GoodyearBlimp tweets David’s vlog!

    David Archuleta shares his perspective on what it’s like to ride the @GoodyearBlimp [VIDEO] http://bit.ly/dYfctY

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  53. Abrra said

    Annie
    Glad you got to view it on youtube. Thanks!

    AFFL 😉
    Thanks for the comment. It’s easy to forget when it’s not on our soil. Yet we are all affected.

    SB
    Good luck with your detox!

    Ref and TOfan
    Love my SnowAngelz. Thanks for stopping in to comment. Ref I love your designs!

    OK a few old pics here. I was listening to Rexburg today. It never gets old 🙂

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

    credit Jen Barry

    Abrra

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  54. Dakgal said

    DJA—Miss Don’t Know What She’s Doing here—tried to translate this word— pupuserias— and it WON”t do it BAH!

    What does it mean?

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  55. djafan said

    SB, Are you saying you have radiation in Nova Scotia???

    Hey Dak, pupuserias are Salvadorian restaurants where they serve pupusas and they are delicious. See the link below. 🙂

    http://www.doortoelsalvador.com/Cuisine/pupusas.php

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  56. djafan said

    David’s radio spins.

    59 51 David Archuleta, Crush (132)

    88 83 David Archuleta, Something ‘Bout Love (22)

    Here is the link for radio requests for anyone who’d like to.

    http://www.alliholics.com/board/index.php?/topic/27-request-info-for-radio-stations-in-every-state-in-alphabetical-order/

    For anyone who’d like to vote there are two polls with David on them.

    In 2nd place here:

    http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/american-idol-top-11-rewind-carrie-underwood-david-archuleta-adam-lambert-and-more.html

    In 5th place here:

    http://musiqtone.com/#videooftheweek

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  57. Dakgal said

    Dja– Thank you–I have to know everything don’t ya know–they sound delicious and I’m really hungry right now.
    Wonder if i could ever make them ( going to bookmark that site) if they turn out good I’ll share –if they don’t–no one will ever know but the garbage can.

    Abrra–You mean a few old heart grabbing pictures don’t you?
    Thanks–always love pictures.

    Steno–report in or I’m sending out a search party w/dogs,
    you wanna get treed?

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  58. bebereader said

    SB#46 Thanks for the link regarding detox for radioactive exposure. Very informative but scary too. A little knowledge goes a long way!

    AF4L#50, my book-signing buddy! Where’ve you been, girl??

    Been missing this song, and then this video appeared. Thanks, Betsy for the tip.

    credit Alan57700

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  59. kaycee said

    Aaaahhh, the Voice. Life has been keeping me away from my late night therapy lately. Nice to stop in and catch up. Such a touching and poignant reminder of those whose lives have been so affected in Japan…my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to them. And I am reminded of the simple joys in life that I take for granted.

    And what a great weekend for David–awesome SSB, great blog, and such a fun experience for him! Great seeing him sing live again! I want to have that same exuberance for life’s experiences. Can’t help but wonder what’s going on behind the scenes (with his career)–he sure seems happy.

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  60. Blueberry Ice said

    Bebereader, Abrra, Angelica; I am touched beyond words for your meaningful post, emotional video and compelling photo on what Japan is going through and it’s potential impact on the world … these are very difficult times, filled with so much uncertainty and ongoing struggles but if the worldwide community continues to band together in support there is hope for recovery, rebuilding and healing.

    Although the memory of this emotional and physical pain may never be forgotten, in time, the human spirit somehow finds ways to overcome it … this resilience I’ve seen in my mother, who saw similar unthinkable horrific devastation from Hiroshima’s atomic blast. Thank you to all the beautiful hearts of The Voice and commenters, for it is such a good place to be among compassionate and caring people as I am reminded that “no man is an island …”

    Djafan; Hope that your b-day was fantastic! Your lovely recap on seeing David was the perfect highlight to the wonderful feeling of seeing him on TV again … thank you so much!

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