Exploring the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

… For a bookish, awkward young girl who was uprooted so frequently, making friends was difficult. I believe that’s why the things I acquired took on larger importance. So I was loathed to give up my cherished collection, which included smooth black river stones, smoky quartz, glinting pyrite, marbled agate, amethyst, bluest turquoise, feldspar and pale green jade.

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