The Gemstone Dictionary began life in late 2005 when I began compiling my knowledge of gemstones. In mind 2007, just as I was getting ready to put the site online, I was in a severe car accident. With the help of friends and family, we managed to get what was already written add to the actual web site, but little was done to it for about 5 years while I worked to heal my mind, body and soul of my injuries.
In late 2012, I reached the point in my recover I was determine to begin working and writing again. Because of the accident, I now suffer with anomic aphasia (can't remember nouns), am severely vision impaired and have physical disabilities as well. For most people, the first two problems would be a death blow for a writer, but I have been determined to overcome these issues. I now have a HUGE TV for a monitor and with special software I overcame the the vision problems.
The Anomic Aphasia was a little harder to overcome, but I now have a good sized list of people who understand when I call them and ask "What do you call those big tall green things in your yard", that I have not lost my mind, it is only the aphasia messing with my writting, lol.
I may never again be the prolific writer I use to be and I probably use the wrong word more often than I prefer, but when you consider no one thought I would ever get this far, 6 years later, I am back and have BIG plans for the Gemstone Dictionary.
Summer of 2013, I decided GD needed a facelift. The original site was HTML only. I had never heard of CSS. Its entire structure was lots of nested tables. (they are now considered mean, ugly, nasty things on websites) I had to learn the proper way to do HTML and learn CSS from start to end, but as of today (10/08/13, my fathers 80th birthday) I am begining to transfer the site to the new format.
I am still fairly slow so the change over will probably take a few weeks, but as soon as it is complete, there will be many new things added to the site. I have already set up a blog, thought nothing is on it yet. It does however give everyone a way to contact me for help with information for their own sites.
During the time I was unable to work on the site, there was a TREMENDOUS problem arose. The Gemstone Dictionary became one of the most plagiarised site on the internet. It seemed thousands of people making hand made jewelery and hundreds of people setting up sites about magic or crystal healing, thought it was fine to simply copy most of GD onto their site and claim the information as their own.
Now there is no reason for them to do this as I am offering everyone help in this area at no cost, for nothing more than a link back to GD.
I will also now begin the process of adding the hundreds of other stones that I did not have included before the accident. I hope to also begin the process of photographing some of my own stones, many of which I physically dug from the gemstone mines in Franklin, NC.
There is much more to come, but these things listed so far will keep me busy for several months. If there is something you would like to see included on this site, please feel free to drop me a line. I will not guarantee I can give a personal reply to everyone, however rest assured, I will read every message.
Bright Blessing to you all!
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