Friday, November 12, 2010


My friend Anna Karena works in fundraising for the Brain Injury Center of Minnesota. She has initiated an awareness campaign requesting 100,000 origami paper cranes which she intends to hang in their lobby. This very large number has a direct relationship to the number of people in Minnesota who are dealing with brain injuries. There is a Japanese legend that says receiving paper cranes will grant your wish or bring you good luck.

This request from Anna coincided with a large stack of music copies left by our son, Joseph, to be recycled. He was the resident conductor and artistic advisor with the Chamber Music Midwest festival this summer. This was the third season of the event, directed by Clare Harmon and takes place each year in New Richmond, WI.

The folding and the music are such a happy juxtaposition! The talented musicians who used this music now pass it on as paper cranes to help awareness for this important organization.

But, of course, as Anna has foreseen with her call for paper cranes, these sorts of things take on a life of their own. When I folded musical cranes on my lunch break in the workplace kitchen co-workers took up the cause. They are going to be making quite a contribution toward the 100,000 crane goal!

When the cranes are hung in Anna's lobby I will try to get photos to share. If you would like to help, here is a link to a fun animated instruction for folding paper cranes:

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  1. Geeze Kris, I am feeling like a slacker, I have done maybe 10! We should get together and fold and catch up one our spare time! Lovin' your blog photos and posts so far!

  2. Amazing, how have I now only just stumbled on your blog? I'm a recycler/reuser too, keep up the amazing projects.