Finding some happiness in a box of rocks

I walked into the Rock and Mineral Show with $6, a receipt from the Salvation Army and a $1 scratch-off in my wallet. I left with some amethyst, a small elephant statue and a renewed sense of optimism.

The 48th Rock and Mineral Show (or Gem and Mineral Show, or Mineral and Fossil Show, as the different signs read) was held on Saturday and Sunday at the Johnson City Senior Center. It is hosted yearly by the New York Southern Tier Geology Club, and the house was packed. Without exaggeration, I...

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