Usually, I prefer to do separate topics for Mil Palabras and 千字作文, maybe with a connecting theme, maybe not. But this week I decided that I would do something different. I decided to do both pieces on the Sendai earthquake and subsequent tsunami. I did this not because of laziness, but because I was personally affected by the news, despite the fact that I was no where near any of the affected areas, and as far as I know none of my friends has been harmed (though I do worry about at least one Japanese friend).
Of the two posts, what I wrote for 千字作文（仙台地震：全太平洋的灾难） is a little more "newsy", while what I wrote in Mil Palabras (El tsunami y yo) gets more into my personal feelings. But one thing I suggested in both is: do whatever you can to help, if you can. And there are tools to help if you can't find someone. That is all.