This memoir was inspired by a stringed, beaded necklace that burst when I was traveling. There were beads running up and down the aisle of the plane! I was fortunate enough to save most of them. My favorite double strand necklace was no more. I had a friend of mine see the gathered mess I had kept in a baggie. She makes jewelry and had the vision to give the beads a new purpose: a single strand necklace, bracelet and pendant. They turned out beautiful!