Resolve to Stay Curious and Live Passionately in 2014


| 1/2/2014 9:19:00 AM


Tags: geology, concretions, Lindsay McNamara, New Jersey,

ConcretionsMusicRoomEver curious about the world around me, I picked up some of the rocks on the table in Susanna’s music room and turned one over and over in my hand.  Immediately, I began asking Susanna a series of questions: Where did you get these?  How are they formed?  Can we go get more?

Susanna — herbalist, organic farmer, owner of Raven Crest Botanicals, and the amazing woman who said yes when I asked to volunteer on her organic farm earlier in the year — patiently answered all of my questions in the music room of her house that sits on 250 acres of beautiful farmland in upstate New York.

I learned that the rocks are called concretions and Susanna had visited a woman named Stephanie a few miles down the road from her farm to pick out a few.  Susanna and my other friends from the farm, Yoav and Thomas, explained that no one is quite sure how the rocks are formed, and that they are only found in certain parts of the world.  Some believe that the energy of each planet is held in place by a mysterious grid and that the concretions mark this grid of energy.  Other theories have to do with concretions being fairy stones or serving as the currency of aliens.  Clearly, there is a wide spectrum of speculation on the matter.

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Susanna and Yoav had brought home dozens of rocks and together we marveled at their simple, yet complex beauty.  Before the end of my visit to the farm, I promised myself I would visit Stephanie to pick out my own concretions and hear her thoughts on their existence and formation.  A few days later, Thomas, more farm friends Ashley, Peter and Ben, and I went to visit Stephanie who we referred to as “the rock lady.”

We pulled up to her quaint, white house off one of the busier streets near the farm.  Stephanie had set up all of her rocks for us on the porch in containers organized by price.  I learned that the rocks are monetarily valuable and that Stephanie makes some of her living from selling the concretions to museums and collectors on the internet.




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