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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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Throw 2013 an Old Bone!

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My Rockman is closing out 2013 in a beautiful way! He is throwing this soon to be past year an old bone, cases of them to be precise! We can now visually appreciate, on a daily basis, the unique wonder of Florida's fossil past, some of it millions of years old.

Rockman created shadow box dioramas, portraying the many origins, of his 'golden shovel' Joshua Creek finds! A recent dig boasted eleven different species in one spot! There have been 22 species found at this dig site! Rockman's finds include: Giant Wooly Mammoth, Prehistoric Whale teeth and vertebrate, Birds, Camel, Deer, Dire Wolf, Giant Capybara, Giant Armadillo, Giant Beaver, Glyptodont, Giant Ground Sloth, Three-Toed Horse, Prehistoric Horses, Alligator, Tapir, Peccary, Manatee/Dugong, Turtle shell and leg spurs, Snake vertebrate, Fish mouth plates (including Puffer fish) and ballast/bladder bones, Prehistoric Sharks including, Megalodon, Tiger Sharks, and Hemipristis ~ Hemis/Snaggletooth Sharks,fossilized Lemon, Bull, Dusky, Mako, Tiger and Grey Sharks, Drum Fish teeth, Barracuda teeth, Gar Fish Scales, Stingray barbs, mouthparts, and dermal plates, Crab pinchers, Clams, Sea Biscuits,and Corprolite/fossilized dung! Whew!

Here are links to outstanding fossil sites: http://www.fossil-treasures-of-florida.com/
http://www.fossilguy.com/gallery/vert/fish-shark/hemipristis/hemipristis.htm

He really wants a Mastodon tooth specimen from Joshua Creek for the new year! I am looking forward finding Cow Shark teeth or Dolphin ear bones at Venice Beach!

I am so proud of his incredible collection and knowledge built in such a short time! WOW! ~is the only way to describe all his focused hard work. These finds do not come on a silver platter. They involve wilderness hikes for vine scratching miles, hours of digging in river bed gravel, exposure to the elements, snakes, alligators, possible stagnant water illness (bacteria, amoebas, etc. yikes! http://voices.yahoo.com/9-deadly-types-bacteria-found-standing-flood-11478652.html), detail inspection of each shovelful of riverbed muck, and back breaking hard work!

But Rockman's legendary record time success has drawn attention from fossil hunters worldwide. He now takes interested folks on fossil hunting tours, buddies with archaeologists,and makes his own fossil hunting tools and supplies! Last night he revisited a skill he mastered years ago: fossil restoration. Rockman uses craft store polymer clay to restore large prehistoric shark teeth that resurfaced to our times broken or otherwise damaged. I cannot see where the restoration begins and the original tooth ends! I am constantly amazed at his ingenuity and perseverance with this amazing hobby!

His adventures have paired him with other fossil hunters who are also divers. He hopes to join them soon, on the East coast, for ocean fossil dives!

I am so proud of Mr. Follmann's decision not to wait until he was too old to enjoy his life. He told me years ago he planned to move from the harsh winters of Illinois to discover the adventures he craved in Florida, I proposed marriage to ally my support and sunshine stay, and the rest is history! I remain grateful that he is patient with the biggest living fossil he has ever discovered: ME! I am humbled everyday by my husband's kindness, generosity, and much needed sense of humor! I may not be swinging a pick ax, but I have found my treasure! Sometimes it seems like I have followed the steps of a Pirate's lost treasure map, 20 paces to a tree, turn at a rock, WAA! Gratefully, my treasure has always been unearthed and brilliantly clear. I am one of those lucky women who is married to a 'great guy'! (yep, that's me!) I never take it for granted. It is never fossil old. This is my showcase, not only for this past year, but with good fortune~for years to come. I smile to see the treasure for me is not behind glass in a case, but behind blue eyes, in the Boy Scout grin of my loving, adventurous husband, Mr. Ken~
Happy New Year, everyone!
We wish you all blessings & peace~

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
~ Søren Kierkegaard

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Viv says:

Wow - hope next year is even more successful - sounds as if it will be )

31st Dec 2013, 16:27

Thank you, Viv! He is widening his knowledge base,so is able to recognize more finds! Here's to a great New Year for us ladies as well! :)

31st Dec 2013, 19:09

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