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Beads. Things with holes in the that you can string and make jewelry with. Wikipedia defines a bead as a "small, decorative object, usually pierced for threading or stringing ... ."

As with most one-sentence definitions - that does not begin to cover the topic of beads. Beads are magic! Beads are creativity, play, joy, hope, remembrance, love, loss, healing, prayer, forgiveness, ... . Oh, and highly decorative fashion statements!

A pair of drilled sea-snail shells are perhaps the earliest known beads - over 100,000 years old. You might get a sense of being connected to those 3500 grandmothers that represents when you pick up a handful of beads. Or you might just think of how awesome it will look with that lime-green sweater. Either way - beads are cool.