Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

folding for solace

Inspired by this story, Gretta and I have been folding paper cranes. As we were sitting yesterday, I heard news that Lenore, despite our strongest hopes and her amazing courage, had left this world on Sunday night.
I tucked a crane into a note I sent to her family. Gretta and I have been folding cranes when we have a spare minute. We have a growing flock. This morning, as the snow falls gently outside, I have lit a chalice to comfort me as I fold.
These cranes are headed to the Office of Student Development at Earlham College, where the staff has been working mightily to hold our beloved community together through this very sad time. It is one small way that I can add to the comfort, light and hope that we all crave right now. 
I am far away in miles, but I am standing on the heart in spirit. Please let me know if you would like to fold some cranes and send them along...


  1. So sorry to learn th news, Karen, but glad some old symbols still offer comfort. I have lit a chalice here this a.m. and would be happy to send along some cranes - let me know where. With warmth in my hear for you and the whole community - pacem.

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  3. Of course I will fold some cranes, I ill send them to you, still have your address. Bon courage!

  4. I am so sorry for the sad events that have befallen your beloved Ealham, Karen. I send my most loving thoughts to you, Gretta and your whole community. I'm afraid I have trouble with origami, so I will give wings to my prayers for solace in this difficult time.

  5. Karen,
    Feeling deep sadness for the Earlham community, but for Lenore's family especially. I would like to fold a few paper cranes if you could steer me toward a good tutorial and tell me where they should be sent.
    Holding all of you in my heart.

  6. What a wonderful form of meditation and solace.

    Thinking of you, Gretta and all those at Earlham. Wishing you peace.