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I'll have a story coming out eventually in Not One of Us in which a stone is enlisted as a therapist. I sent the story to oiktirmos (we had been corresponding about stones), and he sent me a wonderful article from the Seattle Times about stones being used as confidantes by heroin addicts in Kyrgyzstan: "Addicts in Kyrgyzstan Fight to Break Heroin's Grip, Armed with Stones."

The stones not only accept the people's confessions, they also take on all the negative things that the people associate with their addiction. Then, after a month of treatment, people walk to the top of a hill and throw the stones down it:

About 5,000 addicts have thrown their stones at this place over the past decade, according to the clinic, forming a heap representing those thousands of stories of pain and struggle with addiction. Not all the rocks were thrown there by addicts, though; local residents with problems unrelated to narcotics also heave rocks at the site.

The article mentions a legend of the area, also related to rocks. The conqueror Tamerlane, leaving on a campaign, instructed his troops to bring a stone and drop it in a particular valley. On the way back, they were to retrieve a stone. The stones left over represented those who had not made it back from the campaign.

All in all, an interesting story. Many thanks, Oiktirmos!

I leave you with some images from a Japanese museum of stones with faces. (Source is This Is Colossal)

This one is labeled "Presley"


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Nov. 22nd, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on getting your story accepted for publication.

Stones. They seem so simple. And, yet, there is so much complexity to them. The more we examine them, the more we find.

Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Lots of things are that way, huh--the more we examine, the more we find/see.
Nov. 22nd, 2016 10:43 pm (UTC)
That is so awesome. Congratulations!!!!!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:31 am (UTC)
Thank you--and thank you for that wonderful poem!
Nov. 22nd, 2016 11:18 pm (UTC)
Those images are amazing.

I look forward to reading your story!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
I love the stones. I love that someone made a museum of them!. (And thank you!)
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Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:32 am (UTC)
Thank you! And it is... Doctor Stone (heh--but seriously: that's what it is).
Nov. 23rd, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)

And that is pretty cool about the stones.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:33 am (UTC)
I liked both the main story about the addicts and the story about Tamerlane, too.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 12:51 am (UTC)
Reminds me of Princess Mononoke.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:34 am (UTC)
That was what I thought, too! I wonder if Miyazaki knows the museum.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:25 am (UTC)
stones being used as confidantes by heroin addicts in Kyrgyzstan

I like that idea a lot. It reminds me of Syracuse in Ondine (2009), asking the priest to be a tree for him so that he can tell his secret.

Edited at 2016-11-23 01:25 am (UTC)
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:34 am (UTC)
Yes--very like that, now that you mention it!
Nov. 23rd, 2016 02:48 am (UTC)
Way to go on the story.

Those stones are wonderful. I'm going to start looking for them and putting them on little bases like that too.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 05:35 am (UTC)
Oh excellent! I hope you find bunches (I'm sure you will), and I hope you take pictures of them on their pedestals.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 06:53 am (UTC)
Congratulations. What an intriguing premise! Those stone faces are super creepy, I think.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:12 pm (UTC)
They remind me of the kodama (the little ghosty white rattle-head creatures) in Princess Mononoke:

Nov. 23rd, 2016 09:36 am (UTC)

I've been thinking about story ideas for rocks and/or crystals. One of my specialties at the nature center is teaching 4th graders about geology. Most kids love rocks. Your picture of the faces is interesting.

Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:13 pm (UTC)
Rocks are full of potential. And they've seen so much! I bet the kids love your geology class.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 11:32 am (UTC)
I can hardly wait to read your story! - It really is an old belief in some cultures, that you can tranfer your pains to a rock. What a wonderful belief.

Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:15 pm (UTC)
I guess around the world we recognize that stones, more than any other things, are the older brothers in the world. We see plants, animals, and people come and go, but rocks remain. It''s true rocks can get worn down as well, but in s-l-o-w time.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 11:54 am (UTC)
This post is so full of good!
Congrats on the story!
What a cool idea for the therapy, and that museum rocks...um, pun was not intended. :P
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:16 pm (UTC)
I bet rocks appreciate that we use "rocks" as a verb of approbation ^_^
Nov. 23rd, 2016 12:31 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful post! Love the museum of stones with faces - and congrats on having a story published! Stones can be so useful.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And yes they can.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the story acceptance!

And that museum of stones with faces is magical. I could just see the stones chatting together after hours... and Presley probably trying to give them a concert.
Nov. 23rd, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah! They also had a Kennedy rock, but its face was less persuasive for me than the Presley one.
Nov. 24th, 2016 10:20 pm (UTC)
Those are all good stone stories - and yours sounds it as well.
And: "Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak."
Nov. 28th, 2016 04:46 am (UTC)
I imagine small pebbles moving around in large flocks, making a noise like small thunder.
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