The Toadstone is where Ross Noble writes about things that don’t belong on his personal blog. A toadstone is a mythical gem residing in the head of a toad, once believed to be an antidote to poison. Much of the discussion here is focused on bringing to light the darkness that has long cast a shadow over this world. Difficult circumstances bring out our best and worst qualities. In these trying times, I hope to find the “jewel” in the toad’s head.

Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.
– As You Like It