Someone who has finished the first installment of my "Learn Your Minerals" email course writes to say that he has acquired a rock hammer and magnifier, as I recommend, and a backpack too, which I didn't mention, and asks, "So what am I missing?" I guess that one answer might be this: permission to go out and play.
To many peopleprobably most of us grownupsit's been a long time since we just walked out the door and wandered around. What are the instructions? The instructions are to take the leash off. A big part of a scientist's training involves controlling that leashwhen to use your imagination and when to suppress itbut I don't remember a point where an instructor explained it in those terms. For most of us, growing up is all about learning self-restraint, and then you have to set an example for the kids you're training. That's a lot of habit to overcome. What advice would you give?