Author Archives: thomasfarley01

About thomasfarley01

Freelance writer specializing in outdoor subjects, particularly rocks, gems and minerals.

Getting Ready for Quartzsite

Quartzsite is a small town in the Arizona desert that each year plays host to rock and gem enthusiasts from all over the world. These rockhounds, prospectors, and lapidary people come to meet hundreds of vendors selling everything rock and … Continue reading

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That Was Intense!

“An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.” From the movie Repo Man. This morning I had Mohs surgery to remove a basal cell carcinoma from underneath my left … Continue reading

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Flying A Drone Part III

Some bright morning when this life is over I’ll fly away To that home on God’s celestial shore I’ll fly away Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch I’ve written on flying a drone before. (internal link) This is a recap and an … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Black December

Now that I am feeling better, with my violent nightmares having subsided, I wanted to write about how concerned I am with the rising suicide rate in America. As medicine is practiced today, I don’t see hope for its decline. … Continue reading

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Goldfield Gemfield Gem Claims Update

My second article for Rock & Gem Magazine was on the Gemfield Gem claims (internal link) outside of Goldfield, Nevada. The claims are a major source of fine chalcedony. Sharon Artlip, one of the two claim owners, now has a … Continue reading

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You Can Justify Anything With The Internet

Today I read a well done article at a major business website. The piece was informative but the writer misspelled the name of the country of Colombia. He wrote Columbia instead. That’s a common and simple mistake. It might have … Continue reading

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Lost and Found in T.S. Eliot

My book is about rockhounding and prospecting in the Southwestern United States. At its heart is exploring. In peppering my book with quotations, I’ll have some thoughts from people who have wandered the world. But all that exploring may come … Continue reading

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