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Collect Call: Rothman's Rocks, Pins

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Gingi Rothman wears a pin of a heart-shaped rock, a piece that combines two of the Maumee woman's collecting passions.

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Ms. Rothman says scanning the environment for heart-shaped stones is "an addiction."

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Many of her rocks are displayed in shadow box-like cases.

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A friend gave her a rock shaped like Cupid's arrow to go with her heart-shaped ones.

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Rothman finds many of her rocks while walkingthe shoreline near her family's Harbor Springs cottage on Lake Michigan.

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She also has found interesting rocks in ordinary places such as a fast-food restaurant parking lot.

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Lapel pins are another favorite item for Gingi Rothman to collect.

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These bird pins belonged to her mother and aunt.

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A mask pin from Venice.

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Rothman found this pin of a cow jumping over the moon at an art festival.

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This cloth Santa Claus is part of her Christmas pin collection.

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Rothman's daughter, who is now in college, made this snowman pin for her during preschool.

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The baubles in this snowman pin's hands move as the wearer walks.

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This snowman pin lights up.

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Two 'lords a-leaping.'

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A toy soldier pin.

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Rothman received this pin in September 2001.

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These pins commemorate places and events.

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Willys Overland pins from her grandfather.

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Gingi Rothman, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Maumee Valley Country Day School, says students and staff often notice the different pins she wears.

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Students likely get a kick out of this girl's braids and arms rising when Rothman pulls the string on the pin.

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