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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December 6, 2014: I am loving college, but I have to admit, I’m overwhelmed.

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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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Who is Xax?

June 18, 2012: One of you asked, “Who is Xax?”

Xax is the name that I adopted when I became Keeper for Iranigami. The Keeper is responsible for coordinating the movements and activities of Iranigami agents. Before the internet, Keepers had to keep track of agents through letters. I don’t know how they did it. They certainly couldn’t have mounted the kinds of coordinated campaigns that Iranigami agents now undertake.

I was seven years old when I saw my first Imaginary – a ce sith – while traveling in Scotland with my parents. (For those of you interested in classifications, Black Dog, mentioned in the June “Field Notes” at this site, is in the same genus as Scotland’s ce sith.) I was deeply inspired by my first sighting, and joined Iranigami that same year. I spent a couple of years training up to be an agent, and then started my actual fieldwork when I was nine, the year I was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis and started home-schooling.

After four years as a field agent, I started having seizures, which compromised my ability to continue on in that role. So I worked as an archivist for a year, and then stepped up to the role of Keeper for Iranigami three years ago when the previous Keeper left for college.

I love the Keeper job even more than I liked being a field agent. From my computer set-up in the basement of my parents’ house, I get to talk to hundreds of agents all over the world every day, and do a little good for the planet besides.

I’m seventeen now, and like the Keeper before me, I’ll probably need to turn this job over to a successor when I start university. I’ll miss the work, but it’s a part of the Iranigami tradition never to stay Keeper for too long. It keeps us from getting so attached to the job that we forget about the mission. - XAX, 236th Keeper of Iranigami


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