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1,000 Paper Cranes

If you're not familiar with the legend of the 1,000 paper cranes, this is a decent enough reference (there are many, many sites on the internet that will explain it). I've always been struck that in the original story, the girl who folded them to get her wish ended up dying anyway, but who knows, maybe that wasn't her wish.

I won't say I did it for any other reason than to have done it. I don't believe that any wish made will come true, though I do believe if you complete the exercise in the spirit in which it is intended (concentrating/meditating on your problems as you fold and fold... and fold) that you may indeed find some inner peace and resolutions to your problems. I, speeding through it as usual, only ended up with very sore, cramped hands. And a sense of accomplishment.

My cranes ranged in size from a 3' square piece of paper to a 1" square piece of paper. I tried going smaller, but just couldn't do it. And while it would be possible to go bigger, it seemed silly - even at 3' square the crane was obnoxiously floppy. Maybe with a stiffer paper...

Some of the other cranes:

Crane folded out of regular colored typing paper. Crane I folded with my eyes closed - after so many, it was easy! Crane folded out of an old map - one of my favorite mediums, after all was said and done.
One of the first, folded out of cheap origami paper.  I eventually learned how not to tear it. Crane folded out of catalogue pages - the thin paper was the best for the smallest ones. Crane folded out of the insert in my Peggle game.
Plain, boring crane folded out of typing paper. Crane folded out of a magazine Crane folded out of a magazine
Crane folded out of a magazine


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