Light planes and vehicles sit among the debris after they were swept by a tsumani that struck Sendai airport in northern Japan. Kyodo News / AP 

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Today, the news from Japan is just breaking my heart. I watched the video of the waves rushing into Sendai, Japan this morning online and I could see cars driving on a road in the path of destruction. There were people in those cars. Are they OK? 

I can't quite wrap my head around it. How can I do anything else, write about anything else, when so many people have died all at once.

On Twitter, @marwilliamson wrote, "Let's dwell in a deep, respectful and sacred space today, making our minds a collective shock absorber for the enormous events in Japan." I don't know who she is, but I love this sentiment.

What do we do, other than stare at the screen and be sad when these things happen? As always, The Big Picture has the best shots coming out of Japan.

The world is such a global place, news and reports are seen and expereinced live on Twitter, but we are still so far away. It feels like the world should stop for a moment and pay attention, but when I turn on the TV, all the regular shows are on, people are chattering about all the regular things. It seems so hollow.

So I find CNN and I keep that on, I look up videos on the internet, check out the hashtags on Twitter. I'll hold this in my head today and hope that somehow, they know that I am thinking of them.