My friend Earl is back again. Earl always has a great perspective on things and is such a positive and blessing person.

Earl is into origami, the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. Origami started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of material into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Because it uses these folds, you don’t use of cuts or glue.

I am seeing others on facebook showing off their origami. It must be growing in popularity in the area. Earl has a goal of making 1000 cranes (bird) to give away to others as a blessing. I actually have one he made for me.

In today’s thought, Earl shares one the origami cranes (#238 out of 1000) he made and the significance behind it. Earl reminds us that those who shepherd people into eternity are some of the most gifted people around.

This crane goes to the hospice nurse who was one of the ones who cared for my uncle who just passed away. She was so remarkably kind to him and to my extended family. When I saw him for the last time, she gave me a sheet of printer paper that I used to make a crane for him and leave on the table next to his bed.

All nurses are special. It just seems somehow the ones who choose to work with those who are in their last days are remarkably kind and gentle. Thanks for being a blessing to all of us and to the many other patients you serve, Lorraine. You are a rare blessing, and we thank you.

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