I don't know what came over me but I saw a pretty rock in a rock pile and took it. Doug Harris of the Narragansetts says that moving or taking a rock from a rock pile breaks the prayer. Nonetheless he is seen, in a bit of footage, taking a rock from a pile, examining it and putting it back carefully in the same place. So this occasionally must be allowed. But that is no excuse for my taking the rock that I did. It was a nice granite-y rock with white feldspar and black tourmaline crystals. Later, I found an another example of this kind of rock and this made it easier to think about returning the first piece I had taken from the pile. So last Saturday I went on symbolic journey to return the rock. Back at the site, which is in Sterling overlooking Hycrest Pond from the southwest, I sought out the pile I had damaged. On the way, I saw a different pile with a white rock in it and, on closer inspection, comparing what I was carrying to the rock in the pile: I could see this same special tourmaline granite was used here as well. I could not resist taking some new photos of the place, noticing new details: (I have been paying closer attention to how things are related to splits in rocks.)
Then I got back to the damaged pile, as perfect a spot as you could hope for (view to the north) [Notice what looks like a path in this picture, passing the pile and heading toward the lake.]
Found the hole where the rock was missing:and popped it back into place: I know this is not OK but it was the best I could do. A final picture of this beautiful rock, I can tell you that the best surface with the nicest crystal visible was turned uppermost.This is not a common material but it seems relatively common in this part of Sterling.
Later, I continued poking around in the woods to the south and continued to find occasional rock piles with this same special tourmaline granite. This rock was a real favorite. Meanwhile, these piles overlooking Hycrest Pond are right next to an old house foundation and a possible collapsed underground chamber. I can easily imagine a person living in the house, having ceremonies all over the neighborhood, using this special material. For example, right nearby:Symbolism for me, even if stripped of superstition, is still satisfying. I was glad to return this rock.