Please consider reading Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes (1977) by Eleanor Coerr. Sadako Sasaki developed leukemia due to radioactivity after the bombing of Hiroshima. A Japanese legend says that if a person folds 1,000 cranes, she or he will be granted one wish. Sadako tried to make 1,000 cranes so that she would be granted her wish to live, but died before folding the cranes. Her friends finished them for her. Ever since, Sadako has become symbolic of the desire for lasting peace.
I like to think that Make-A-Crane moves forward in the same spirit. Making cranes has always been a meditative practice for me, and I began Make-A-Crane after writing a fictionalized case study based on crane-making for a class at Brown. I donate 10% of my profits to Solar Cookers International, as well as earrings, strings of cranes, and volunteer time to organizations like Half the Sky and Mt. Hope Learning Center.
This site is a platform for collecting quotes, brief thoughts, videos, poetry, and music in one place — all related to peace and a good kind of lifestyle. Progress with peace, progress with peace; progress can be both a noun and a verb. Peace is a way of life. And it is not just the antonym of war, but is also about inner peace: living in the moment, appreciating the natural world, compassion for all creatures, dreaming, ideas, hope, love. Such abstract notions are all connected.
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Love and peace,