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Sweetgrass Amulet

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Today was a glorious glimmer of spring: at Jean-Talon Market we bought leeks, baguettes and sweetgrass, and carried them home through the songbirds' notes and the sounds of street musicians. We shucked and ate fresh oysters with lemon and chilled white wine. It was the day the clocks sprang forward and when dusk came I worked on filling and finishing this bead amulet my daughter Juliette made for me after seeing a beaded pendant worn by our Mohawk friend Jonas. Inside the amulet I put some of the sweetgrass along with a feather I found in the Arctic and a couple of secret ingredients. I've never used sweetgrass before, or worn anything like this beaded beauty:

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