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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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Fossil Hunters invite Rockman to their TV show!

The acclaimed group of fearless Fossil Hunters has invited Rockman to some air time on their new PBS series. Mr. Ken returned the favor by sharing one of his secret spots with the Fossil Hunters' cast and crew.

Though the group faced rain storms and the elements, Rockman found a Megalodan prehistoric shark tooth within fifteen minutes!

The brains and beauty of the Fossil Hunters consist of Don and April Brunning. We are happy to have met their family and have them share this part of Mr. Ken's journey.

The episode begins with Rockman, in the lush wilds of Florida, digging shoulder to shoulder with the Fossil Hunters, secondly an interview with April at our home describing the beginning of Bite Me Fossil Sculptures, and finally a promo at his booth during the Venice Shark Tooth Festival, to include another interview by the beautiful April.

Thank you Don, April, Alex and Noah for a wonderful experience, your hospitality and endless smiles and hugs of support. We count ourselves lucky to have met such a talented family. We wish you the deserved success for your Amazing Television Show! Fossil Hunters television show not only entertains, it also educates to define paleontological terms and techniques.

There's NOTHING like a Fossil Hunter!

Fossil Hunters on PBS


We just can't keep him down!

Rockman has nurtured his self described "fossil passion" into two new businesses!

He is the owner/operator of Fossil Recovery Expedition, a guided tour for novice fossil hunters to "hot spot" locations with great finds in Central Florida.

Also recently debuted at the Venice Shark Tooth Festival were his signature sculptures: Sharks & Sea life depictions sculpted from prehistoric shark teeth and other fossils! (including Megalodons) The inception of 'Bite Me Fossil Sculptures' began with a series of rainy days, nonetheless. Mr. Ken found himself unable to fossil hunt due to high water levels and decided to call upon his artistic skills from his younger days. In the past, Ken sculpted with wood, metal, and paper mache. In more recent years he has been brilliantly skilled at stained glass and infused glass creations. Now he is unstoppable!

His one of a kind pieces are like nothing ever seen! Rockman has each piece registered and certified to keep the integrity of his work safe. We are so excited to see him flourish in what he loves to do: fossil hunt and create art! He even creates sculptures from other fossil hunters' finds who wish to showcase their treasures instead of keeping them in a box.

Stay tuned for updates from 'Bite Me Fossil Sculptures' and Fossil Recovery Expedition!

Venice Shark Tooth Festival 2015 Debut
of Bite Me Fossil Sculptures

Bite Me Fossil Sculptures

(Fossil in Mr. Ken's hand is a camel knuckle.)

catching lazy Sunday mornin rays~

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funtastic stay-cation with my youngest daughter

a recent visit from my Chi-town daughter helped me to appreciate my new home state! we hit the Everglades, beaches at Sanibel, Naples, Venice and Fort Myers, and an Exotic Bird Sanctuary!
she learned how to hang on during an airboat ride, hug an alligator, bond with a macaw, tickle an 300 lb python, tell the difference between a king snake and coral snake as she held a king snake, spot wild life on Cypress boardwalks, and avoid the dreaded fire ant hills.

Mr. Ken even taught her how to snorkel and use a hookah dive air system.

I got to visit the Skunk Ape Research Headquarters of Florida! (now i can cross that off my bucket list)

What A Great Time!!! So happy she had a great vacation from her busy schedule as the nurse in an Alzheimer's unit at a nursing home with dozens of patients to care for at once. What an brilliant professional she is at the age of 24!

appreciating the treasure in my youngest child~
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Congratulations, Alexis!

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"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

Margaret Mead

the red rose was given to Grandma Odette from the Graduate, as being the person that assisted the most with her education~

Bob & Oddette Follman with 2014 Riverdale High School Graduate, Alexis Nicole Syliva, Cum Laude Honors~

Love Bug

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Glyptodons have been described as being as large as a VW Bug! Remember, Herbie?

Rockman rebuilt a sizable portion of one from one of his recent digs. The small bone beneath the reassembled shell is its single vertebrae. It is above the glyptodon picture on the frame in the second photo.

The individual segments, also known as scutes, are beautiful ~ like flowered stop signs.

The scutes are 2.5 cm thick! The thousand plus scutes must have been helpful during duels, with other glyptodons, considering their spiked tails! Who says vegetarians can't have a bad temper?

Happy Sunday, everyone! Mr. Follmann is digging up more of a Florida creek bed, searching for new fossil finds ~possibly additional bits of Glyptodon,The Love Bug! He is hoping to find its skull!

I wish you an equally pleasant day, in the pastime of your choice~

Glyptodon info links:

Herbie The Love Bug:

glyptodon, sloth claw, and 3/9/14 joshua creek bed fossil finds

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Mr. Follman was excited to find his first Sloth Claw,(Jefferson's Sloth),his first dolphin ear bone, a Mammoth bone, horse teeth, armadillo scute, and some 'sweet' shark teeth~ hurrah for the past and the treasures nature saves for us, if we are stalwart enough to dig them up!

A Haunting Dedication Wins a Prize

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Our resident artist, Alexis, was awarded Honorable Mention for an art presentation at the Rush Library of Edison State College. She chose the late Paul Walker as her subject. The technique, as told by Grandma Odette, is 'stippling'. Our Alexis is such a talented young lady. She is redirecting her college goals towards Psychology. I keep hounding her to utilize her gift as an artist and future training as a therapist, to offer assistance as an art therapist. Such therapists are invaluable in working with children. Art therapy in itself is underutilized. So far our Alexis tells me she wants to continue her artwork 'just for fun'. She is the sort of young lady that everything comes to easily while others struggle. How wonderful it must be to create beauty, without effort, 'just for fun"! Congratulations, Alexis, from the Follmann Family Picnic!

I received additional pics from Odette, sharing Alexis with her artwork in it's prized post! Not only was she part of a collegiate reception, but she earned $50 prize money as well! Zowie! Bam! Bang! Keep going, Alexis! We are so proud of you!