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Published: 2/26/2012


Collect Call: Rothman's Rocks, Pins

Gingi Rothman, of Maumee, collects heart-shaped stones that she finds everywhere from Lake Michigan beaches to parking lot gravel. She also has accrued scores of lapel pins. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

Gingi Rothman wears a pin of a heart-shaped rock, a piece that combines two of the Maumee woman's collecting passions. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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 Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Lapel pins are another favorite item for Gingi Rothman to collect.
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These bird pins belonged to her mother and aunt. Enlarge | Buy This Photo These bird pins belonged to her mother and aunt.
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A mask pin from Venice. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A mask pin from Venice.
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Rothman found this pin of a cow jumping over the moon at an art festival. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge The baubles in this snowman pin's hands move as the wearer walks.
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This snowman pin lights up. Enlarge | Buy This Photo This snowman pin lights up.
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Two 'lords a-leaping.' Enlarge | Buy This Photo Two 'lords a-leaping.'
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A toy soldier pin. Enlarge | Buy This Photo A toy soldier pin.
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Rothman received this pin in September 2001. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Rothman received this pin in September 2001.
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These pins commemorate places and events. Enlarge | Buy This Photo These pins commemorate places and events.
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Willys Overland pins from her grandfather. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Gingi Rothman, a third- and fourth-grade teacher at Maumee Valley Country Day School, says students and staff often notice ...
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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. Enlarge | Buy This Photo 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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