Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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Pine Cone Feeders

A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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We, The Agents of Iranigami

May 18, 2012: Someone asked me recently, “Why are so many agents of Iranigami kids? What happened to the grown-ups?”

Iranigami was founded by grown-up men and women almost twelve hundred years ago, and for many centuries, the work of Iranigami was carried out almost exclusively by adults.

Over the centuries, as towns and villages grew into cities, and sightings of Imaginaries grew ever more rare, stories about the Imaginaries took on a unreal and mythical quality.

Like most stories passed on through oral tradition, they grew ever more fantastical, and ever farther away from the truth. When the stories became too bizarre, most adults ceased to believe in the existence of the Imaginaries altogether.

And so Imaginaries became the stuff of fable, rather than real creatures that belong on any list of endangered species, and in need of our protection.

In my opinion, I believe that kids are more open to accepting the evidence of their own eyes. Adults, on the other hand, tend to see the world through the eyes of their own belief system. A kid encountering a guyascutus readily accepts that it’s an Imaginary. A grown-up, seeing the same thing, is more likely to interpret what they’ve seen into something they already know, and decide it was really an alligator or an armadillo.

For this reason, kids continue to make the best field agents for Iranigami, because they have eyes that can see.

This is not to say that we don’t have people over 21 among the agents of Iranigami. But most of our adult agents working with us today started out with Iranigami when they were kids. They continue to be invaluable contributors to our effort, working on tasks that are age-appropriate for grown-ups, and we could not do our work without them.

But we find that most people, when they grow up, get too busy for us. They have their careers and their lives, and the job of saving a few Imaginaries just doesn’t seem as important to them.

We don’t blame them for this. We just accept that this is the way it is for grown-ups, and we, the kids, willingly take the bulk of the work of Iranigami upon ourselves. -XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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