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Spreading Peace…

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title“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”  ~Sadako Sasaki

When I was 10 years old, my mama gave me a story book. A true story book. It was the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. It is the story of a young girl who lived in Hiroshima at the time of the atomic bomb. She developed leukemia as a result of the radiation. She was inspired to fold 1000 paper cranes because of the Japanese legend that one who created 1000 origami cranes would be granted a wish. She wished to live. Sadako folded 644 cranes before she became to weak to fold any more. Her friends and family finished the birds for her and they were buried together in 1955.

Now there is a statue of Sadako holding a giant golden origami crane in the Hiroshima Peace Park. People…

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Barefoot in December Week – Part One

First we warmed up with our hands (and faces, as the case may be).


Then, taking our cues from the adventuresome mice in Ellen Stoll Walsh’s Mouse Paint, we danced and splashed in puddles of red, yellow, and blue, and watched orange, green, and purple magically emerge beneath our feet, and between our toes!